Chris left Newlands College in 2010. He made a significant impact on the school. He gained five scholarships at the end of the year, including in Horticulture & Agriculture, which the school does not teach as a subject. He was also a leader as a Board of Trustees Student Representative, and played basketball at a high level (alongside Steven Adams in the NZ U17 team). Since Newlands College, Chris went to Victoria University and studied Geography, alongside working in journalism (anything from the student magazine to RNZ) and playing for the Wellington Saints. At the end of University he applied to be the editor of the student magazine and applied for the Rhodes Scholarship and didn’t get either of them. He end up going back to University to study for another year. Work followed, he was an Associate for the Boston Consulting Group in Sydney and volunteered for 180 Degree Consulting, the world’s largest consultancy for non-profits and social enterprises. This took him back to the Rhodes Scholarship and in 2016 he was awarded this prestigious prize.
At Oxford, Chris proposes to study for a Masters of Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, focusing on the changing nature of public service provision and the future need for greater coordination between the public and private sectors to manage supply and meet policy outcomes.
Chris left the Year 13s with four pieces of advice:
- There is no reason why Newlands College people can’t achieve anything. Just because it doesn’t have the reputation of some of NZ’s traditional schools, doesn’t mean your skills and abilities are worth any less to society.
- Someone has to do this stuff. It could be you – make a difference. You miss 100% of shots you don’t take.
- Follow your interests. Do what interests you.
- Think about who you surround yourself with. Choose the people that have a positive influence.