College 150th reunion put off till next year

Taieri College’s 150th reunion will happen, but a year later than planned.

The reunion, which was meant to be held over Labour Weekend (October 24-26), has joined the growing number of events postponed due to Covid-19.

Organising committee member Kristy Compton said about 800 people from around New Zealand and Australia had been due to attend.

However, with transtasman travel paused and uncertainty around when the whole of New Zealand would move to Alert Level 1, the decision was made to postpone it until Labour Weekend 2022.

"We have obviously been dealing with Covid-19 the whole time we have been organising it, and we have all been really positive about it," she said.

"But it just became too much of a risk to run it in this environment.

"We are hoping next year will give people certainty and that it will just be even better."

The event, which much hard work had gone into, would have involved a social event, high tea, gala night and a family day.

Meanwhile, Otago Boys’ High School is planning to go ahead with its 150th hostel reunion at Labour Weekend, at this stage.

Organising committee chairman Des Smith said organisers were hoping Level 1 would be in place by the end of October, and would wait another three weeks before deciding.

Otago Girls’ High School principal Linda Miller said the school had not decided whether its 150th jubilee, also planned for Labour Weekend, would go ahead.

The committee was waiting to see what the Government announcement would be today regarding alert levels and would meet tonight to discuss what to do.

The school’s jubilee was pushed back from February this year to Labour Weekend after Covid-19 restrictions last year affected organising and planning for the event.

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