University of Otago's 150th Anniversary Celebrations, 1-3 June 2019

Knox College was fully involved in the University's 150th celebrations, which were held over Queen's Birthday Weekend. On the morning of Sunday 2 June, the Master of Knox College, Dr Graham Redding, delivered the sermon at the University's Celebratory Church Service at Knox Church. Dr Redding's address can be viewed HERE. Following the Church Service, Knox College opened its doors to visiting alumni, about 40 of whom stayed for lunch in the college. Later that afternoon a choral service, featuring the Chapel Choir, gave a recital in the Ross Chapel. And then, on Monday 3 June, at the University Oval, the annual Knox versus Selwyn men's rugby match was played before a large and vociferous crowd. It was a great sporting spectacle. Knox led at half-fime, but eventually lost to a strong and determined Selwyn team. So the Somerville Shield stays in the Selwyn trophy cabinet for another year. Fortunately, the loss did little to erode the large lead that Knox has in the Cameron Shield competition as it heads into the second semester.

Allegations of sexual assault at Knox

On March 17 2019, the OUSA student magazine Critic published an article citing allegations from students, who were past residents at Knox College, that: sexual assaults not only occurred at Knox, but went undisciplined, and that the culture at Knox at the time was not conducive towards sexual assaults being reported. 

The Presbyterian Church's Council of Assembly has rightly expressed its concern over the allegations and invites any past students of the College affected by the type of behaviour and culture at Knox College described in the Critic article to contact Sally Peart and Stephanie Pettigrew, partners at Marks & Worth Lawyers, on a no-cost, confidential basis.  Sally and Stephanie are independent of Knox College and they will impartially listen to the experiences of past students and explore how the Council can help and provide support to them.

Here are the contact details:

Sally Peart and Stephanie Pettigrew 

Marks and Worth Lawyers

Level 2, 115 Lower Stuart Street,

Dunedin 9016;

PO Box 1116, Dunedin 9054;

Ph: 03 474 9272

To see an Opinion Piece on the issue by the Master of Knox College, click HERE.

Knox Alumni Event: Auckland

On Friday 26 October, around 50 Knox alumni and guests gathered in the historic Pah Homestead in Hillsborough. Host for the evening, and Knox College Fellow, Sir James Wallace, welcomed everybody and talked a little about his longstanding interest in, and support for, the arts in this country. Sir James was followed by the Chancellor of the University of Otago, Dr Royden Somerville QC, who shared something of his experience of being a Knox resident and encouraged everyone to come down to Dunedin for the University's 150th anniversary celebrations over Queen's Birthday Weekend next year. Finally, Professor Nicola Peart, speaking on behalf of the Foundation for Knox College and Salmond College, talked about opportunities to support the college financially, especially in regards to the provision of scholarships.

All in all, it was a very pleasant evening, something which we hope to repeat in a couple of years' time. Until then, our focus will be on hosting visiting alumni for the University's 150th anniversary celebrations in 2019.

Knox Alumni Event: Wellington

On Wednesday 4 July, more than 120 Knox alumni gathered in the Grand Hall of Parliament in Wellington for the first college alumni event since the College Centenary back in 2009.

The Master of Knox College, Dr Graham Redding, hosted the event. National MPs the Hon Tim Macindoe and the Hon Nikki Kaye welcomed the alumni to parliament and shared some personal memories of when they had been residents of Knox College in the early 1980s and late 1990s respectively. The current Vice-President of the Knox College Students' Club, Jack Saunders, spoke in glowing terms about what the current Knox experience is like, and a Trustee of the Foundation of Knox College and Salmond College, Professor Nicola Peart, talked about the work of the Foundation in helping fund new developments, including the provision of more scholarships to make Knox affordable for those of limited financial means, and potential building developments.

A good spread of ages was represented among the alumni, including three alumni who had attended Knox College in the 1940s: Wyn Beasley, Colin Fenton and Denzil Brown (pictured below)

Also pictured below are the Hon Nikki Kaye and the Hon Tim Macindoe with the KCSC Vice-President Jack Saunders and Sub-masters Alec McWhirter and Juliana Costa.