Rangi Ruru Alumnae

Rangi Ruru Alumnae is an inclusive group combining both the Rangi Ruru Old Girls’ Association members

Membership of the Rangi Ruru Old Girls’ Association is open to all old girls of Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, and to present and past members of staff who held appointment for two years or longer. If you are interested in membership please visit our website rangiruru.school.nz/community/alumnae/ or email Tamara Tait, RROGA Administrator, [email protected]

Operating as usual


Registrations for The Catch Up event in August are filling up quickly! Don't miss out on this fun filled morning of reminiscing and reconnecting. Register now through the link below. 💛💙



Such a great lineup of speakers! It would be great to see some of our wonderful Old Girls for what promises to be a top evening out.

Our next Friends at Five Thirty speaker series event is shaping up to be one of the best yet! Join us on Thursday, 4 July for a drink and some canapés before heading into our Merivale Lane Theatre to hear from three amazing Rangi Ruru community members, including:

🎌 Pen Naish - Hospo Hero, Alumna, Current Rangi Mum, and Japanophile

🎬 Scott Flyger – Award-Winning Editor-Turned-Producer, Current Rangi Dad, and Budding Chef

✈️ Justin Watson – Business Leader, Current Rangi Dad, and Outdoor Pursuit Enthusiast

Tickets are only $15 and can purchased here: https://events.humanitix.com/friends-at-five-thirty-6yunqp4b


📢Calling all Alumnae

With invites to events, reunions, newsletter's and much more getting sent out, we want to make sure we have your correct contact details to make sure you are receiving all emails and invites.

If you need to update your details or are not receiving emails from us and may have unsubscribed at some point please get in contact - you can send us a message on social or email - [email protected] 📧

Photos from Rangi Ruru Alumnae's post 04/06/2024

Last week we held our combined annual Bridge tournament with St Margaret's College Old Girls' Association at the Christchurch Bridge Club. The day was a lot of fun, and it was great to see so many memories shared, and created!

🥇 Congratulations to our winners, North/South - Marylin Copeland and Lyn Mould, and East/West - Mary McKenzie and Joan Small and big thank you to all the helpers on the day.

Keep an eye out for next year's tournament if bridge interests you! 💛


📢The Catch Up Event!

Join us for a fun, never-been-done-before event, The Catch Up! This special morning is designed to bring alumnae together, giving you the opportunity to reminisce and reconnect with people you may not have seen for a while over morning tea, followed by a guided tour of the Rangi Ruru campus. 💙💛

Saturday, 24 August 2024

10:00am - 10:45am: Morning Tea
Enjoy mingling with fellow guests over morning tea. Hear from the RROGA president, Amanda Dick, and the new school principal, Tracy Herft.

10:45am - 11:30am: Guided Tour of the School
Be guided around the campus by current students, see what has changed and appreciate the beautiful buildings Rangi Ruru has to offer.

There is no charge for this event; you simply need to register below.

We look forward to seeing you there!



Celebrating Recent Grads!

Rosa Davies, class of 2016, Rosetta Brown, class of 2015 and Hazel White, class of 2015 (pictured left to right) following their University of Canterbury Graduation.

👩‍🎓 Rosa - Bachelor of Product Design (Industrial Design), Rosetta and Hazel both Bachelor of Fine Arts with first class honours.

👩‍🎓 Rosetta also got the Seager Prize for top 400 level student at the School of Fine Arts at UC. Rosa and Rosetta were past Heads of Sustainability and Hazel was past Head of Art at Rangi Ruru.

Send through your recent graduation photos so your Rangi Ruru whānau can celebrate along with you!


Rangi Ruru Old Girls' Association is excited to welcome you back to school for our 2025 Reunion on Friday, 21 & Saturday, 22 February, 2025.

Registrations will open, and more information will be sent to you at the end of Term 3 (late September).

So, grab your classmates, and join us for what will be a memorable weekend. If you have any queries, please contact RROGA Coordinator Olivia Ling on [email protected]. We look forward to seeing you all in February! 💙💛


The Catch Up: Reconnecting with Rangi Ruru Alumnae

33. Sophy Weenink (nee Deans) 1987-1991

🎙 Since leaving school...
"After gaining a BA in history and a Law Degree I worked as a telco/IT lawyer, living first in Wellington, then London, Singapore, Qatar and France."

🎙 Greatest achievement to date...
"Working and travelling my way around the world with my husband, Scott, and four children."

🎙Favourite memory from school...
"As a boarder, getting the pick of day girls' lunches on hot chips day in the boarding house."

🎙Words of advice for today’s students...
"Be curious and look for opportunities in everything. When you are feeling restless it is time for change or to do something differently. Cherish your friendships from school."


The Catch Up: Reconnecting with Rangi Ruru Alumnae

32. Cath Grant 1990-1994

🎙Since leaving school...
"I did a B.A in psychology and master’s in public health and worked in public health for 14 years. After having 4 children I reconnected with my artistic roots studying floristry, then opened a flower business ‘Flowers on Friday’ in Auckland. Sadly, my husband died suddenly last year so I closed the business, and we moved back south to be closer to family and friends. Tragically three months later my father was killed in a workplace accident, so we moved to Akaroa to live with my Mum, supporting each other through our life changing tragedies. During this sad time, I reconnected with my brushes; painting provided the necessary escape, focus, direction and optimism for life ahead. I rebranded and started my new business Cath Grant Creative. The children and I are now settled in Christchurch finding our new normal forward".

🎙Greatest achievement to date...
"Being mother to my four beautiful children Ella (10), Tom (9) and Olivia and Lucia (5)".

🎙Favourite memory from school...
"Liz Johns and I were clan leaders for Dunvegan. Seeing our clan spirit, pride, energy, enthusiasm, comradery, and thirst for ridiculous purple get ups, for every clan event, will always resonate deeply with me".

🎙Words of advice for today’s students...
"Be yourself and back yourself. Know that you will always have the love and support of your friends and school forever because Rangi Ruru nurtures something pretty rare and special".


The Catch Up: Reconnecting with Rangi Ruru Alumnae

31. Ruby Wallen 2007-2010

🎙 Since leaving school...
"In my final year of Rangi, I did an exchange to the US. Following that I studied a BCom with a major in Finance and Strategy & Entrepreneurship. My final semester I went on an exchange to Vienna and had the option to come back and start a grad job with EY or take a finance internship at a private equity firm in Austria. Now, almost 9 years later I am still in Vienna owning a fashion accessories label called Published By, together with my partner Chris. You can read more about my journey in the article on Vogue.com (https://www.vogue.com/article/published-by). You can also check out our Instagram & Website".

🎙 Greatest achievement to date...
"Any one answer seems too one-sided and Rangi did instill a sense of balance between academic, social, sport & culture. For my career I'd say it was raising an investment round of more than $1m NZD for the brand, and privately it's been to be in the position where I can fly home for an extended period each year to spend time with family (while working remotely)".

🎙Words of advice for today’s students...
"Your high school is instilling in you the confidence, courage and tools you need to lead you far - so take every opportunity you can (especially while young) to get yourself out of your comfort zone, explore and find out what you are passionate about. I went on two exchanges, was on student executive councils, tried many different jobs (interned at a Venture Capital firm, was an Edge Road Runner, worked in hospitality), sports (underwater hockey, water polo, horse riding, basketball & rugby) and networked wherever I could. You'd be surprised how many great connections you can make by reaching out to someone on LinkedIn who has/is doing something you would like to. Reach out and ask them for coffee or a call - and you will probably get a yes".

Photos from Rangi Ruru Alumnae's post 30/04/2024

🎷🎺 in honour of International Jazz Day, here are some photos of Rangi Ruru Jazz bands over the years 💙💛


The Catch Up: Reconnecting with Rangi Ruru Alumnae

30. Isobel Melhuish 2018-2022

🎙 Since leaving school...
"I moved to Paris and am studying fashion business management at École Supérieure des arts et techniques de la Mode (ESMOD)".
🎙 Greatest achievement to date...
"Definitely moving to Paris, it took a lot of work but I’m here! This move has been something I’ve dreamed about since I was a child, so it's pretty surreal".
🎙Favourite memory from school...
"Lunchtimes during Year 13. I would just sit and chat about anything and everything with my friends".
🎙Words of advice for today’s students...
"Embrace change. It can be daunting, but life continues on, and everything works out, if not in the way you expect".


The Catch Up: Reconnecting with Rangi Ruru Alumnae

29. Andrea Hopping (nee Bryant) 1990-1994

🎙Since leaving school...
"BLA with hons and BRS at Lincoln University, lived and worked in Dubai in 2000 and 2001, now working as a Director and Principal Landscape Architect whilst bringing up family here in Christchurch".
🎙Greatest achievement to date...
"Bringing up two incredibly happy caring boys in a fairly hectic and crazy old world".
🎙 Favourite memory from school...
"Toss the Clan Leader! This was the day I flew because we had a united strong clan.
But to be honest I loved school, boarding and all the opportunities that were right at our fingertips".
🎙Words of advice for today’s students...
"When at crossroads with a major choice in life, do not 'just go with the flow'. If you make a well-considered decision, even if extremely difficult, back yourself and know it was the best choice for you, at that time".

Photos from Rangi Ruru Girls' School's post 11/04/2024

A few weeks ago we held our annual Gibson Girls lunch, this is always a treasured event and is great to see Gibson Girls coming together💙💛

Photos from Rangi Ruru Alumnae's post 08/04/2024

With Summer tournament week wrapping up recently, can you recognise anyone in these photos from tournaments over the years? 💛💙


The Catch Up: Reconnecting with Rangi Ruru Alumnae

28. Lucy Butterick (nee McPherson) 2009-2013

🎙 Since leaving school...
"I went to university in Wellington to study law but quickly realised law wasn't for me. I switched to Massey University the following year to study marketing and communications. After graduating, I travelled around Europe for three months with some dear school friends. Upon returning home to Christchurch, I secured a job with the Foundation for Arable Research. Three years into the role during COVID I completed a master’s in business and marketing, while still working. Meanwhile, at home, I worked with my partner growing his sheep stud, and creating an on-farm sale and social media presence. After four years at my job, I sought a different challenge and joined PGG Wrightson. Married to Ben, we live on a farm near Tai Tapu where we continue to grow our two sheep studs in our spare time".

🎙 Greatest achievement to date...
"Completing my degree and master’s and marrying my now husband".

🎙 Favourite memory from school...
"The boarding house was a highlight, including the lifelong friendships and connections made, as well as the comradery and new experiences we got to do together".

🎙 Words of advice for today’s students...
"When selecting your subjects, pick what you're passionate about and enjoy it".

Photos from Rangi Ruru Alumnae's post 24/03/2024

It was a fantastic day at the Annual Golf tournament last week, despite the weather being a little less than ideal! It was great to see so many Rangi Ruru Old Girls' get behind the event and connect with Alumnae from Craighead and St Margaret's. Congratulations to our prize winners (pictured left to right):
💙 Mandy Austin - winner of the Ellece Royds Salver for Best Stableford
💛 Robyn Willis - winner of the Armstrong Cup for Best Net
💙 Sally Williamson - winner of the Betty Murray Cup for Best Gross
💛 Joanna Craw - winner of the Parents & Friends Cup


📢 Calling all boarders from 1963-1965 📢

We are trying to find out the first name of Matron, Mrs O. Gowling.

Mrs Gowling was Matron from 1963-1965 before her return to Britain.

If anyone knows of her first name, could you please comment below.


Congratulations to Bella Carter, class of 2014, who has been selected in the NZ Rowing Team to compete at the 2024 Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland. Go well Bella! 💙💛


The Catch Up: Reconnecting with Rangi Ruru Alumnae

27. Robyn Bissett 1957-1963

🎙Since leaving school...
"I graduated as a nurse in 1967 and worked in the operating theatre at Christchurch Hospital before heading on an 18-month OE. I returned home to nursing then moved to Whangarei in 1972, married, and continued nursing part time whilst raising two daughters. Moving back south in the 90’s, I worked at Burwood Hospital before establishing and managing the Day Surgery at St George’s Hospital where I stayed for 22 years, transitioning after this to be a Business Relationship Manager until 2016. I’ve been a Rotary member for 30 years, served as President and helped run the Children's Charity Ball for 21 years raising over $1.3 million. I served as the first female President of the Canterbury Club, chair the Nurses’ Memorial Chapel Trust and the Windsorcare Retirement Village Board and am involved with multiple NGOs."

🎙Greatest achievement to date...
"Apart from my two wonderful daughters, being awarded the QSM for services to the community."

🎙Favourite memory from school...
"French with Miss Tobin. Playing the piano to accompany singing in assembly (I didn’t have to march in and out). Being athletics captain. Friendships that are still alive and well today!"

🎙Words of advice for today’s students...
"Make the most of the opportunities presented to you. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes."


The Catch Up: Reconnecting with Rangi Ruru Alumnae

26. Sarah Lawrence 2015-2019

🎙Since leaving school...
"After graduating, I initially pursued a law degree at Victoria University, with dreams of wealth and success. Instead, I fell down the rabbit hole of the Wellington arts scene, and after two years I took a big risk, dropped out, auditioned and gained admission to Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School. I train eight hours a day with some of the country’s most exciting practitioners. Beyond acting we’re encouraged to explore our artistry. This year I wrote and performed in my first play, composed soundtracks for film projects and published my first collection of poetry, Clockwatching."

🎙Greatest achievement to date...
"Running a half marathon. I’m the least athletic person in the world."

🎙Favourite memory from school...
"Spending way too many hours playing music with my best friends."

🎙Words of advice for today’s students...
"Try as many things and meet as many people outside of the Rangi bubble as you can - it’s a wonderful bubble to be in but the world is so much bigger!"


Calling all Rangi Ruru boarders from the 1980s and 1990s - WE NEED YOUR HELP!

📸 We are in the midst of creating a beautiful work detailing the history of boarding at Rangi Ruru but we don't have any good quality photos on file from the 80s through to the move from Te Koraha into the new boarding house.

📬 If you were a boarder during this time and have good quality photos tucked away in an album or a box in the attic, we would love you to hunt them out and fire them through.

🙏🏻 Please scan and send to [email protected] or drop them in to the school office (and we promise we will return them to your safe keeping).

💙💛💙 Thanks in advance for your help in building a rich library of photographic memories.

Photos from Rangi Ruru Alumnae's post 23/02/2024

We had a fantastic time at our annual reunion over the weekend, with over 150 Alumnae attending it was fantastic to have such a great turn out. It was lovely to see everyone catching up with friends or class mates that had not seen for a while as well as seeing all the changes made to the amazing campus.

A big thanks to those who attended and made it a weekend to remember, and to our wonderful committee and team who pulled the reunion together!

It is always a great weekend and we look forward to welcoming the classes of 1935, 1945, 1955, 1965, 1975, 1985, 1995, 2005 & 2015 around this time next year! 💛💙


📢🏌We are pleased to announce our Combined Old Girls Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, 15 March 2024.

All Old Girls, mothers (past and present), grandmothers, staff and associates of Rangi Ruru Girls' School, St Margaret's College, St Hilda's Collegiate School, Craighead Diocesan Sport and Columba College are warmly welcomed for a day on the green, followed by a light lunch.

Location: Weedons Country Club
Cost: $55 - 18 holes, $40 - 9 holes, $35 - cart hire (optional)

Please buy tickets via the link below.

We look forward to seeing you there! 💙💛


Homecoming for young polo player 13/02/2024

Zoe Reader (Class of 2014) is currently at home in Aoteaora from Melbourne to play at the Lexus Urban Polo events. Zoe first picked up polo whilst a student at Rangi Ruru; it's great to see her succeeding in the sport and continuing to follow her passion!

Read more about what she has been up to by clicking on the link below.


If you know of any alumnae doing cool stuff that we should share, please get in touch.

Homecoming for young polo player Living abroad playing polo all year is far from what Zoe Reader imagined when she took up the sport in school. She’ll be in action when the Urban Polo comes to Hagley Park.


📣Calling all our past rowers, Audi fans or anyone looking to win this beauty of a car below!. The Rowing team are fundraising for the Maadi Regatta in March and proceeds of this raffle will be going towards reducing the cost for students attending. You can purchase tickets via the link below. Good luck! 💙💛

Fancy yourself behind the wheel of this snazzy Audi A3?

💛💙 We’re currently raffling the 2015 Audi A3, as well as an AA Youth Membership and AA Defensive Driving Course, to raise funds for our rowing programme.

Here are the details:
🚗 Tickets are $50 each
🚣 Only 800 tickets are available
🚗 More information on how to purchase tickets available here: https://rangiruru.school.nz/school/sport/rowing-raffle/

🙏 A huge thanks to our friends at for generously supporting the raffle.


💙💛Happy New Year! From the RROGA committee, we wish you all a healthy and prosperous 2024 and we look forward to catching up with you at events during the year.

🎊🎉 There is just over three weeks left to purchase your tickets to the 2024 reunion, make sure you grab your tickets for this event!

Photos from Rangi Ruru Girls' School's post 12/12/2023

Last Thursday we hosted the 2023 Leavers' Ball at Te Pae. This marks a special occasion where students become alumnae. We look forward to having them part of the RROGA community. 💙💛


Read all about it!

The summer edition of Wide Sky is hot off the press!

💛💙💛 This issue celebrates everyday heroes within our community. From staff who go the extra mile to students standing up for their beliefs, these stories remind us that heroes often walk amongst us, quietly and without fuss.

🔗 Click on the following link https://issuu.com/zoomroom/docs/rr_-_issuu_upload_-_wide_sky_2023

Happy reading! 💙💛

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Membership of the Rangi Ruru Old Girls’ Association is open to all old girls of Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, and to present and past members of staff who held appointment for two years or longer.

If you are interested in membership contact Victoria Tait, RROGA Administrator on +64 3 983 3782 or [email protected]

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