Aged just 23, ACG Strathallan alumna and Pukekohe native Lucy Gill is already making waves in the world of art and fashion.

Having graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts last year, she has exhibited her paintings in Matakana’s Vivian Art Gallery, Sanderson Gallery in Auckland, and worked at Paris Fashion Week alongside Kiwi fashion consultant Jo Knight.


Basketball teaches sacrifice, dedication, desire, sportsmanship, winning, losing, patience, trust, integrity, love, and many more attributes that play an important part in your life.” — Byron Vaetoe

With basketball the fastest growing sport in New Zealand, former Tall Blacks captain Byron Vaetoe has come on board to help ACG Tauranga develop its burgeoning basketball programme.

The 104-test veteran says his aim as a consultant is to implement a culture of learning – both on and off the basketball court.


The NZQA Top Scholar Awards were presented at the Grand Hall of Parliament on Wednesday (2 May). The prestigious awards recognise the top students from the 2017 New Zealand Scholarship examinations. While independent schools account for less than 4% of the education sector in NZ, our students scooped over 20% of these top academic awards.


Chilton Saint James School will be the first school in Wellington to drop NCEA assessments altogether in favour of another system.

Principal Kathy Lloyd-Parker said the school will have phased out NCEA by 2020 and replaced it with the Cambridge International Examinations.

Lloyd-Parker has been at the school for two years, and said she did not like what she saw when it came to NCEA.

"I had a very strong look at the girls in my care and what I saw was some fairly lethargic practice," she said.


Olivia Bennett, St Cuthbert's joint Dux in 2017, has won the prestigious Sir Douglas Myers scholarship to study at Cambridge University in the UK.

The 18-year-old top scholar will read Economics at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge – one the world's top universities.

Olivia Bennett