Colin completed his final two year’s schooling at Matamata College. As his Dad was the postmaster, they moved around every few years. Colin made an instant impression at Matamata College. In his final year he was a School Prefect, won the Senior Athletics Championship and was the Captain of the 1st XI Hockey Team.
Colin gained an A Bursary. On leaving he attended Auckland University where he graduated with a BSc in Applied Mathematics. In 1972 he attended Epsom Teachers College to gain his Dip Tchg and began teaching in 1973.
His first position was at Birkdale College teaching Maths and Science. That followed with two years at Henderson High, four years as HOD Maths at Queen Charlotte College, Picton and 12 more at Napier Boys High School.
He then had a break of nine years out of teaching doing a variety of youth and church work. Colin went back into teaching as Curriculum Manager and then Deputy Principal at Massey High School for 12+ years.
Over the past ten years Colin has had great experiences taking sports teams to various parts of the world.
2004 – 31 day Six Nations rugby tour – England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales France and Italy. Also did the three week pre-tour to set up accommodation, contacts etc.
2006 – Three week South Africa rugby and netball tour – to Johannesburg, Sun City, Bloemfontain, Port Elizabeth, Grahamstown, East London, Capetown and Durban. Also did the two week pre-tour.
2008 – USA and Canada tour – rugby, netball, badminton, field hockey – San Francisco, Vancouver, Toronto, New York, Miami, San Diego, Los Angeles – also did Vegas and Washington on the pre-tour.
2012 – France and Italy rugby tour – 3 weeks. No pre-tour – used a tour company.
What fantastic experiences for the teams and no doubt Colin got a lot of enjoyment from these encounters.
He lives on a three acre property in Taupaki, West Auckland with his wife Dene. They have three adult children:
Katie, born in 1979, is a teacher at Mairangi Bay Primary School
Becky, born in 1981, has also been a teacher but now works as a career consultant at Unitec in Auckland
Jared, born in 1987, is a teacher at Kristin School on the North Shore.
Both girls are married – no grandchildren yet though! (Nov 2013)
Colin’s sister, Marie also attended school at Matamata College, is also a teacher and is currently living in Papamoa.