TGC reunion like no other
Tauranga Girls’ College is having a 60th anniversary celebration like no other.
The local college has a special place in the hearts of past and present students, many of which are outstanding achievers in community and business— so the organising committee wanted something innovative and out of the ordinary to celebrate this very special reunion.
Events and communications manager Ewan McLeod, who is a tourism and social studies teacher at the school, has had a long associationwith the Tauranga Girls’ College. Hiswife and children have attended the school and now his grandchildren.
“We could have done the standard reunion but we wanted to create a point of different for this special event sowe brainstormed the concept of a Sixtieth Summit— a celebration of the achievements of women in business, arts and culture, sport and leadership.”
The theme is Wahine Toa: Aspirational agents of change and is in keeping with Suffrage 125. There are a number of speakers at the jubilee— experts and wellknown women in their chosen fields. Many are exTauranga Girls’ College students.
The former students include: former mayor of Hamilton Julie Hardaker, Tarnished Frocks and Divas’ Denny Spee, Nurses’ Organisation advocate Carol Beaumont, former Trilogy CEO Angela Buglass, Repertoire’s MeghanMaher; Beewrapt’s Trudy Kendall and One News sports journalist Michelle Prendiville, who will alsoMCthe event.
Professor Margaret Wilson— University of Waikato academic,
former politician and first (and only) female Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives— will be able to give an interesting behind the scenes perspective on Parliament, and relevant to Suffrage 125.
The event will also showcase the achievements of three other prominent alumni: Ria Hall— respected award-winning singer,
performer and lover of culture and tikanga Ma¯ori, Annabel White— author, chef and media personality, and Gemma McCaw — former New Zealand Olympic representative for the Black Sticks Women.
Principal Tara Kanji says their school reflects the community, and so should their jubilee.
“In the 125th Suffrage year, it
made sense to have a 60th diamond jubilee event that had a point of real difference whilst still maintaining a focus on the mana of wahine. This event celebrates the contribution that womenmake to all facets of society and that this journey of ‘contributing’ beginswhen our young women are at school including, of course, Tauranga Girls’ College.”
‘Sixtieth Summit — a celebration of the achievements of women in business, arts and culture, sport and leadership.’’
Tauranga Girls College principal Tara Kanji with students. From left, Lily Alton, Angel Haeata-Burrows, Leah Owen, Tara Kanji, Emily Kneale, Katie Oliver and Clara Codeco.