Hastings Boys' High School

Newsletter 2022 November Volume 7

Message from the Headmaster

Kia Ora Koutou

With two busy formal occasions behind us, Sports Prize-giving and Senior Prize-giving, it gives us a chance to reflect and recognise the achievements that have been 2022. It is most heartening to see students who entered as Year 9 boys in 2018 leave as fine young men in 2022. The Sports Prize-giving and senior academic prize-giving gave us the opportunity to applaud the successes of both individuals and teams. Our goal has always been to turn out fine young men, young men who are both clever, innovative, yet caring and compassionate. There will be many fine young men that have not been formally recognised, but your time will come.

To seniors sitting NZQA external exams, put aside all your social plans and dedicate your time to study and revision, there will be plenty of time afterwards to enjoy the rewards of your endeavours.

As with all of my end of year summaries, I ask that you treat everyone with respect and dignity. Help and support those less able than yourselves, be fine young men we can all be proud of.

Nga mihi nui

Mr R G Sturch, M.Ed.Admin.(Hons).,B.Ed., Dip Ed.
Senior Prizegiving 2022

The full prizelist can be found by clicking this button

HBHSOBA Inductees to the Wall of Fame 2022

Four of our Old Boys’ were inducted onto our Wall of Fame at our Senior Prizegiving on 4 November 2022. Read all about it here

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Click on this link for the final Interhouse results

Introduction to Employment - November

On Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th Nathan from Industry Training Solutions came from Palmerston North to run an Introduction to Employment course with a group of our students.

He covered topics like employment contracts, interview skills and problem solving within the workplace.

Police Recruiting Expo

Police Recruiting Expo November 12th, 2pm at the Ellwood Function Centre, Hastings.

Have you ever considered a career in the NZ Police Force?

Either as a sworn officer or one of the many support roles? This is a great opportunity to head along, pick up some info and have your questions answered.

Must haves:

- You need to be 17 years old to apply and 18 by the time you start Police College.

- You must be a NZ or Australian citizen or have NZ permanent residency.

- You must be physically fit.

- You must have a full NZ Driver Licence.

- You must have good eyesight.

- You must be able to read, speak and write in English.


Athletics Meet

Reading Trophy & Lydiard Cup 2022

Mitre 10 Sports Park, Hastings 26 Oct 2022

We sent a really small team this year as our Sportsman's Dinner was on at the same time.

Two notable results were:

Junior Boys 3000m - 2nd Place: Alex Wilson - 10:25.75

Senior Boys 800m - 3rd place: Jackson MacKay - 2:02.16

Great effort boys!

Building Academy Opening

Below are photos of our Opening of our Building Academy

Badminton Champion

In addition to last week's amazing results of winning the NZ U19 Badminton Title, Lezhi Zhu has also finished the National U17 championships as:

Winner of the National U17 Boys' Doubles

Semi Finalist U17 Mixed Doubles

He then lost in round 3 to the eventual winner in the U17 boys singles.


Senior Sports Awards 2022

The following students won awards at the Sportsmen's Dinner held at school on Wednesday 26th October


Jackson McKay 13Fe

The Graeme Kelly Cup for Senior Athletics Champion


Michael Lansdown 13Fe

The Neil Dawson Cup for Senior Swimming Champion

Cross Country

Brayden Reeve 11At

Cross Country - The Sargisson Cup for Year 11 Cross Country Champion 1st Equal

Callan Robson 11At

Cross Country - The Sargisson Cup for Year 11 Cross Country Champion 1st Equal

Jackson McKay 13Fe

The A M Brodie Cup for Senior Cross Country Champion


Fletcher Bainbridge 13Bd

Contribution to Senior Volleyball

Derek Fa'avae, 13Bd

Poni Sula Cup for Senior Volleyball Player of the Year


Blair Hastie 11At

Golf - The Most Valuable Golfer of the Year


Christian Niederer 12Ro

Contribution to Senior Futsal

Canoe Polo

Beau Heibner 11Ow

Most Valuable Player Canoe Polo

Ki O Rahi

Jehmial Ross 13Fe

Senior Ki-o-Rahi Cup


Nopera Tangaroa 12Dn

The Dion Nukunuku Trophy for Softball


Brodie Lewis 12Cl

The Tony Sutton Memorial Cricket Cup for 1st IX Fielding

Kulwant Singh 12Cl

The J A McDowell Cricket Cup for 1st XI Bowling Average

Koji Hardgrave-Abe 12Ro

The Hastings Old Boys' Cricket Cup for 1st XI Batting

Joshua Doran 13Bd

The D Puha Memorial Cup for Contribution to Cricket 1st Equal

Michael Lansdown 13Fe

The D Puha Memorial Cup for Contribution to Cricket 1st Equal

Waka Ama

Quaid Crawford 13Fe

Waka Ama W1 Paddler of the Year

Waka Ama - Waka Ama W6 Paddler of the Year


Max Thornton 11At

Fred Chu Memorial Cup for most Promising Basketballer

Zoram Smiler 11Ha

Paora Winitana Award for Most Outstanding Guard in Basketball

Henry Massingham 12Ro

Arthur Trousdell Cup for Most Outstanding Forward in Basketball

The Michael Smiler Cup for the Most Valuable Player in Basketball


Samuel Harris 12Ro

The 1974 Leavers Cup for Hockey

Wills Moroney 12Ro

The Kersten Cup for Contribution to Hockey

Reuben O'Connor 12Ro

Hastings Boys' High School Cup for Most Improved Hockey Player


Brayden Reeve 11At

Football - The Coach's Cup for Top Attacking Player

Jaykob Brown 11Ha

The Football Cup for Most Improved 1st XI Football Player

Christian Niederer, 12Ro

The Aaron Hartigan Memorial Cup for Contribution to Football

Divik Mudliar 13Bd

The Somsak Pensuk Memorial Cup for the Most Valuable 1st XI Football Player


Bryson Crawford-Pakoti 13Br

The Hastings High School Old Boys Cup for Most Improved 1st XV Back

Vikta Tevita 13Br

The M P Razos Cup for Most Improved 1st XV Forward

Tali Ioasa 13Fe

The Roger Randle Cup for the Most Outstanding 1st XV Back

The Hikawera Elliot Award for Leadership and Contribution to Rugby

A One Lolofie 13Ls

The Josh Kronfeld Cup for Outstanding 1st XV Forward

Special Awards

Bryson Crawford Pakoti 13Br

The Headmaster's Cup for Outstanding Contribution to Sport

Carter Wiffin 13Bd

Headmasters Award for Outstanding Sporting Achievement

Lezhi Zhu 10Bc

Sportsman of the Year 2022

New Zealand Representatives and New Zealand Champions

Paradorn Maidens 10Bc

New Zealand 14-16 Karate Fight and Kata

Lezhi Zhu 10Bc

New Zealand Under 19 Badminton Champion (Singles and Doubles)

Mackenzie Chandler-Williams 13Br

New Zealand Mounted Games

Carter Wiffin 13Fe

New Zealand Junior Mountain Biking Team

Bryson Crawford-Pakoti 13Fe

U18 Maori Nga Whatakura

Tom Allen 13Fe

New Zealand Secondary Schools U18 Rugby

A One Lolofie 13Ls

New Zealand Secondary Schools U18 Rugby

Badminton Nationals

For tournament week Hastings Boys' High School sent five badminton players to Wellington to compete in the Secondary School Badminton Championships. The team - Kyle Nguyen, Shusil BK, Cameron McKay, Anthony Drinnan and Lezhi Zhu - played in the second boys division, where they placed fourth.

During the week, the team had the opportunity to play against several different teams - Tauranga Boys' College, Palmerston North Boys' High School, Hutt Valley High School and Onslow College - a few teams ranking as some of the best teams nationally. The competition was fierce as the week unfolded. And yet HBHS held their own, in both singles and doubles matches, securing a superb result the team should be proud of. Highlights include Anthony’s win against Hutt Valley, Cameron’s close match against Palmerston, and Shusil and Kyle’s strong finish to their badminton careers as Year 13 students. However, the most memorable moment was Lezhi's contribution to the decisive match against Hutt Valley, which ultimately came down to points, where he secured an extraordinary 21-0 21-6 victory. All the boys' efforts throughout the week should be celebrated. The wider badminton community at HBHS is hoping to build upon this year's success in 2023.

Congratulations to Mack Chandler-Williams

Mackenzie Chandler-Williams is now Reserve Champion in the National U18 Individual Mounted Games Competition. He also won the Interschool Senior pairs competition with a young lady from the South Island and his team were Reserve Champions at our North V South Island annual competition so huge congratulations to you Mack! .

New Zealand Secondary Schools Rugby Reps

A One Lolofie

1st XV Rugby, HB U18's, Hurricanes U18s, NZ Secondary Schools

Tom Allen

1st XV Rugby, HB U18's, Hurricanes U18s, NZ Secondary Schools

Bryson Crawford Pakoti

Ki o Rahi Senior, 1st XV Rugby, HB U18's, NZ Cook Island 7s, U18 Maori Nga Whatukura


Geography Trip to South Island

The Geography wing of the Social Sciences Department has had another busy year. While Covid again proved to add disruptions into the programme we still managed to get out and about and expand on the learning that took place in the classroom.

The Geography courses offered at HBHS include the NCEA Level 1 -3 classes and also the IGCSE (Cambridge) course that is offered in Year 11. Students taking the subject learn about the key issues facing society at a local, regional and global scale. It is important to gain an understanding of these issues, as they affect all of us in our daily lives. Knowledge is power and students who understand the key issues we face can become part of the solution. Students who have this awareness are well sought after by employers in most industries. This is what Geography is all about at Hastings Boys’ High School.

Part of our student learning is to conduct field trips to various locations to help students gain a wider understanding of what they are learning in class. The most notable group field trip the department went on this year was to the South Island in Term 3. Joel Van den Hout, a Year 13 geographer was on the trip and his report follows:

On the 28th of September, a group of students from Years 11, 12 and 13 Geography went on a 7-night trip down to the South Island to look at possible careers available in Geography. The flight at 6.25 am meant an early start for the boys, and after a smooth flight, we arrived at Christchurch Airport.

The first two days of the trip were spent in Christchurch, where we spent time looking around the city and learning about how engineering had advanced following the devastation of the 2011 earthquake to make buildings safer. Our guide, Brandy from the University of Canterbury, also took us to the red zone of Christchurch, which was interesting to learn about as what was once a whole suburb now looked like a big open field. We also visited the Antarctic Centre and took a quick tour around the University of Canterbury campus, led by last year's Head Boy, Sam Connor. The food in Christchurch was a highlight for the boys, especially the Riverside Market and the Little High Eatery.

On the third day, we began our journey southwards, setting up camp in the stunning Lake Tekapo. During our time here, we visited the Church of the Good Shepherd and also walked the Hooker Valley Track, which had amazing views of a glacier lake and Mt Cook. But the best scenery came from Reuben when he blessed our eyes with his budgie smugglers at the hot springs in Tekapo and Twizel Lakes. The night sky in this area is phenomenal, and Mr Barclay took us outside at night and taught us about some constellations.

Day 5 began with a helicopter flight up to the mountains. The views from the mountaintops were breathtaking, especially when we landed on a glacier above the cloud. We then made our way southwards to Queenstown, our final destination. We stopped at Arrowtown to attempt gold panning.

During our time in Queenstown, we met up with an Old Boy from the school, Luke Place, who talked to us about his job as an Urban Planner for Queenstown Lakes District Council and the challenges they are facing in the next 30 years. We also experienced some of the tourism in the area, doing the luge and zipline, which was one of the trip's highlights. This was partly due to Briarne’s enthusiasm (or over-enthusiasm, some would say). The final day for me was the best day of the trip. We spent a whole day skiing at Cardrona Ski Field, and upon figuring out how to stop and turn without falling over, the boys had a blast. The views from the top of the ski field were simply out of this world. The trip back to the Bay wasn’t relatively as smooth as the way there. A polar vortex hit and cancelled our flight out of Queenstown, meaning a slightly stressful 7-hour drive back to Christchurch to catch a 6 pm flight. In a way, it was a fitting way to end such an epic trip. The views of the snow-covered Ida Valley and surrounding mountains on our way back to Christchurch were amazing.

A big thank you must go to Mr Barclay and Mr Crawford for the massive effort in the trip preparation and for transporting us around the South Island. The boys performed a haka for Mr Barclay and Mr Crawford at Hawkes Bay Airport to show our appreciation for this, and they were presented with taonga. It was such an awesome opportunity to see our backyard in New Zealand, with the anxiety around Covid-19 finally gone with the total relaxation of the rules.

For me, and I’m sure for many others, this trip was the year's highlight.


Trip of a lifetime!!

Mr Barclay and Osiris experienced a trip of a lifetime in September when he was given the opportunity to travel to The Northwest Territories of Canada for 22 days to take part in a cultural exchange programme with the First Nation Dënesųłıné indigeonous people from Thaidene Nëné (The Land of our Ancestors). Mr Barclay was invited on the trip and given the opportunity to ask a Geography student to come with him.

The goal of the cultural exchange was to understand how Indigenous people around the globe are using their knowledge to make decisions about their tribal territories, plants and animals that they consider taonga. A significant part of this cultural exchange program was to experience how the Dënesųłıné indigeonous people are supporting and developing the capacity, wellness, confidence, and resilience of their youth to confront the challenges of the future.

This trip was in the making for five years and was put together by landcare researchers at Manaaki Whenua, Phil Lyver and Puke Timoti. There are absolutely no words to describe how thankful, privileged and thrilled I was to travel to a country I have only dreamt going to! I would like to give a big Ngā Mihi to them for giving me this opportunity. I enjoyed meeting new people, participating in activities, creating fond memories and listening to stories the Dënesųłıné had to tell. A highlight I recall is the absolute beauty of the pristine nature, with little to no human interaction! Canada has a varied landscape, with majestic mountains, rolling plains, forested valleys, immense barrenlands and beautiful blue rivers and lakes. There was never a dull moment. I’ve made a lot of friends and I wish to go back in 3 years.

The trip involved travelling to Yellowknife in Northwest Territories, and then on to Łutsël K’é - a settlement only accessible by boat, plane or snowmobile in winter. From there we flew by float plane further north to our campsite for the next 2 weeks at Artillery Lake, or Ɂedacho Tué as it is called in the Chipewyan language.

What a fantastic opportunity given to one of our Boys - we are so happy for you. Thank you for the great article and photos Osiris. Photo to the right: Myself and Chase - A Dënesųłıné Legend

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Basketball Junior A Nationals

Our Junior A Basketball team had the privilege of competing at the annual Basketball New Zealand Zone 3 Junior Premierships held in New Plymouth this year. With the number of high calibre athletes playing multi codes we had taken a team of enthusiastic and competitive players of Year 9's and Year 10's away. For most of them it was their first time travelling away as a team to a big tournament.

We decided to enter our team into the A Grade Division where most teams played the same style of basketball you come to find around the country but Hastings Boys' High School played with a little bit more structure.

Full credit to our Junior A Team for winning the A Grade Division, it was a great accomplishment, especially showing their commitment at training all year.

A job well done.


Day 1 vs Hutt Valley, HS Won 87 - 64,vs Francis Douglas Won 114 - 33

Day 2 vs PNBHS Won 74 - 64. vs Spotswood College Won 87 - 78

Day 3 - Semifinal, vs PNBHS Won 83 - 58

Day 4 - Grand final, vs Hutt Valley, HS Won 91 - 74

Regan Spooner

Year 12 Leadership Camp

The Year 12 leadership camp consisted of biking up Te Mata Peak, tree planting, orienteering and helping at Ākina Tukua. The 2nd day we headed to the Cape Sanctuary, then had Waka Ama at Pandora with Takitimu Outrigger Canoe Club.

Great teamwork and community help boys.

New Director of Rugby

Hastings Boys’ High School are delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Jason Shoemark as the Director of Rugby and 1st XV Rugby co-coach for 2023.

As the current Hawke’s Bay Rugby Player Development Manager, Jason brings with him an extensive wealth of knowledge and experience to the role. He has also represented the Highlanders and the Blues at super rugby level and has coached Hurricanes age grade representative teams.

Headmaster Mr Rob Sturch has said that, “Jason will be a great addition to an already strong coaching team, and will provide pivotal support as we push for top honours in 2023.”

As a former Magpie captain, Jason will also join former Magpies Mr Karl Lowe, Mr Sona Taumalolo and Mr Jason Bird as part of the coaching and management team.

Hawke's Bay U15 Basketball Team

Two of our Year 10 students, Dantae Stoney and Tyrell Minogue were selected into the HB U15 Team and headed off to Basketball New Zealand AON Under 15 Nationals in Auckland. Hastings Boys' High School Head Coach, Mr Regan Spooner was the Coach and Old Boy Ezrah Eagle the Assistant Coach.

It was a successful campaign overall and HB came fourth in New Zealand only losing to Nelson by 7 points for 3rd or 4th placing. This is the first team Mr Spooner has coached where there were seven players who were top age and five players who are bottom age who can come back next year and play under 15s again. This was the first time for these boys at the Nationals.

Youth Potential Award 9th August 2022

These awards were held in the Toitoi Function Centre in Hastings. The Youth Potential Awards seek to recognise commitment, hard work and resilience. These awards are to acknowledge rangatahi who have achieved success in the face of adversity, may not get recognised for this in their current setting and continue to be successfully engaged in school and/or a youth programme.

Award categories are Tāne (Male), Wāhine (Female) & Rōpu (Group).

All nominees must:

  1. Be part of a Youth Provider programme or service and/or currently be attending school
  2. Reside in the Hastings district or be Hastings-based residents
  3. Be between the ages of 13 and 19

Ngā Tohu Aumangea - The Youth Potential Awards seek to recognise commitment, hard work and resilience.

Students from Hastings Boys' High School recognised at this event were:

Shayden Pere, Maiti Leef, Storm Hepi-Tilton, Kayden?? and our Kapa Haka group.

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Hurricanes Rugby Training Camp

Cogratulations to our students who were chosen for this Camp:

Tom Allen
Bryson Crawford-Pakoti

A One Lolofie
Josh Leach
Tali Ioasa
Matolu Petaia
Fletcher Bainbridge
Jehmial Ross

Ākina Tukua

All our cultural groups took part in this extravaganza of sound, colour and enthusiasm. The event ran over two nights for the public and a matinee for our contributing schools. The hall was at capacity with 600 people on both nights. There were food trucks on site offering food and beveridges and the atmosphere around school was incredible.

A lot of hard work by the staff and students must be acknowledged. Lots of time spent planning and practicing and it was well worth it.

Ten Pin Bowling Tournament

Alex and Dennan Zurcher won a bronze medal in the Junior Graded Teams for the Youth National Ten Pin Bowling tournament in the holidays.

Alex is Y12 and Dennon will be at HBHS in 2023. Congratulations to you both.

Former Students who have Graduated from Victoria University of Wellington

Congratulations to these former students of Hastings Boys' High School who graduated between June 2021 and May 2022

Brett Clayton MSS - Master of Strategic Studies (Passed with Distinction)

Campbell Whitworth BSC - Bachelor of Science Data Science

Drue Joseph BCOM - Bachelor of Commerce Finance (Management)

Jacob Paget BA - Bachelor of Arts (International Relations; Political Science)

Latu Amani BA - Bachelor of Arts Education; (Pacific Studies; Samoan Studies)

Mathew Rolle BDI - Bachelor of Design Innovation (Industrial Design)

Michael Vaisigano PGCDE - PGCert Designed Environs Architecture

Robert Pruckmuller BA - Bachelor of Arts (Criminology)

Sachan Dadrah BAS - Bachelor of Arch Studies (Interior Architecture)

Sam Treweek MSC - Master of Science

Tertiary Scholarships awarded to school leavers 2022

Jackson McKay - University of Waikato Ko Te Tangata School Leaver Scholarship

Michael Lansdown - Massey University Academy of Sport Scholarship

Riley Bogard-Allen - University of Auckland Top Achiever Scholarship - accepting this

And University of Otago Vice Chancellor's Scholarship (not accepting)

And Victoria University Wellington Tangiwai Scholarship School Leaver Scholarships for Excellence (not accepting)

Arnie Cave - University of Auckland Academic Potential Scholarship

Josh Leach - University of Canterbury Engineering Māori Scholarship

Pritesh Sunder - University of Auckland Top Achiever Scholarship - accepting this

And University of Canterbury Hirunga Scholarship for Academic Excellence (not accepting)

Storm Hepi-Tilton - Waikato University Vice Chancellor's Scholarship

Quaid Crawford - University of Auckland

Jack Swindells Estate - Young Peoples Scholarships

Got a trade? Got it made!

Hastings Boys' High School and our Careers Department hosted this event in our school hall. It was open to all high school in the area to attend across the day.

Trade Speed Meets are giving hundreds of students across the country an opportunity to quiz trades and services industry employers who are hiring and get answers to important questions such as: “Where can this industry take me?” “Can I work while I’m studying?” And the crucial, “How much could I earn?”

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