A life of service and achievement

23 May 2017

Old Boy Sir Terence Arnold (6983) was presented with one of College’s highest awards, the Senior Honours Tie, at assembly on Tuesday 23 May.

Although he described himself as “a mediocre pupil”, Sir Terence says he enjoyed his time at College and it gave him a strong foundation of education and experience that served him well in his career. “I can sum up in three words the key benefits I obtained from my time at College: curiosity, endeavour and service. These attributes have served me well throughout my professional life – quite apart from the personal skills and comradeship which life at College developed.”

Sir Terence advised the boys to find their passion. “People who stand out are people who have passion. Be passionate about whatever it is you are doing, approach things with passion and enthusiasm and you will find people respond.”

Sir Terence attended Christ’s College from 1960–64 and, after studying at Victoria University of Wellington and New York University, went on to enjoy a long and distinguished legal career. He was the Solicitor-General of New Zealand from 2000, became a judge of the Court of Appeal in 2006 and was elevated to the Supreme Court in 2013. Sir Terence was made a Knight Commander of the NZ Order of Merit (KNZM) in 2016.

The Senior Honours Tie is awarded to Old Boys who have achieved distinction in the world, or to anyone who has given outstanding service to College.

Sir Terence Arnold

Christ's College Old Boys' Association President Jeremy Johnson with Sir Terence Arnold