Class Act 2013 ten years on: Kaikorai Valley College

Where are they now?


2013: A high academic achiever and keen environmentalist, Johnstone had been a New Zealand youth delegate at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20. She hoped to study politics and international relations at Cambridge University.

2023: Johnstone is a research associate in net-zero aligned offsetting at the University of Oxford, undertaking research into how the world can reach net-zero.

She is also in the final stages of a PhD in international climate law through Victoria University of Wellington.

She has science and law degrees, a master’s in natural resources, energy and environmental law and has been admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court.


2013: A member of the school’s first XV rugby team and a former Otago age-group hockey representative, Hills had also received school awards for academic excellence. He planned to study surveying.

2023: After gaining a surveying degree and working as a surveyor, Hills switched career last year. He is now a project manager withOcta Associates in Dunedin and involved in the management of several major projects in the city.

He played rugby for Zingari Richmond after graduating but hung up his boots after breaking a leg during a game and undergoing surgery to have a metal rod and screws inserted.

He recently took up cycling, competing in the Monday Night Racing series run by Cycling Otago last season.