TGC re­u­nion like no other

Bay News - - FRONT PAGE - By Re­becca Mauger

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.’’

Ewan McLeod

PHOTO/An­drew Warner

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.

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