A 50th anniversary reunion for ex-pupils of The Taieri High
School is gathering widespread interest from throughout New
Zealand and overseas - and more than 130 people have
Ex-pupils Robert Findlay, of Auckland, and John Cuttance, of
Roseneath (Port Chalmers), co-conveners of the reunion
organising committee, said they were delighted with the
response to the reunion of people who attended the school
between 1960 and 1965, which will be held from November 7-9,
The programme includes a remembrance service at the Mosgiel
Presbyterian Church and a dinner.
More than 150 have booked to attend the dinner.
The remembrance service, to be led by ex-pupil John Stoddart,
a pastor, would acknowledge pupils of the era who had died,
with a special tribute to John Preston, who died from
injuries sustained in a rugby game while playing for the
school's first XV in 1963.
Speakers at the dinner would include Prof Bryan Williams, a
leading cancer researcher from Melbourne's Monash University,
who was also a director of Dunedin-based Pacific Edge Ltd,
and international helicopter pilot Dick Deaker, who is based
Other notable alumni attending the reunion will include
Warbirds and Air New Zealand pilot Keith Skilling, of
Katikati, Wellington political journalist and author Colin
James, and Taieri farmer and world ploughing representative
Also among those registered were at least 10 married couples
who met while pupils at The Taieri High School, several past
teachers and widows of teachers.