Former police commissioner Howard Broad is again rallying the
troops - this time, former Kaikorai Valley College pupils to
establish the school's alumni association.
Mr Broad, a pupil at the school from 1970-74, said a large
number of former Kaikorai Valley College pupils had gone on
to do ''huge things'', and he was keen to establish an alumni
association to help the school create more high-achieving
Those already known include film-maker Robert Sarkies,
Mastermind New Zealand winner Mark Allan, Straitjacket Fits
singer-songwriter Shayne Carter, University of Otago deputy
vice-chancellor and physics professor Richard Blaikie,
actress Raewyn Lippert, and Baylor College of Medicine
(Houston) professor Helen Heslop.
''There are quite a number that we already know about, and a
huge number who have gone on to do huge things which we don't
know about yet.''
An establishment committee was being formed and Mr Broad
hoped the alumni association would create connections between
people, which in turn would create opportunities.
It was still early days, but he hoped the alumni would
eventually be able to help pupils at the school with
scholarships, events and mentoring programmes.
The initiative was sparked by sentimental memories of his
time at school and a conversation with former school friend
and present deputy principal John Downes.
''We all went to the same school but we've all dispersed
around the world.
''I feel a strong connection to the school as I get older and
I don't even live in Dunedin anymore.
''Having retired from the police force, I cast around for
things to do that would give me a meaningful life after the