Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen,

I would like to extend a very warm welcome to you all and a special welcome to those of you who have travelled from Christchurch.

Peter Ferguson, the ISNZ Chairman, extends his apologies for not being able to join us this evening. Peter is unwell, so our thoughts and best wishes are with him for a speedy recovery.

I would like to thank the Honourable Rodney Hide, Associate Minister of Education, for kindly hosting us this evening and allowing us to hold our annual cocktail function in this beautiful venue.

David was one of Christ’s College’s top academic students, and was awarded its joint Dux award for 2010.

Saint Kentigern College reports that for the second year a in a row, the Premier Girls' Tennis team has won the NZ Secondary Schools national title, with the Premier Mixed team also in a podium finish in third place.  This is testament to the ongoing strength of the advanced tennis programme at the College and the work of Academy Director, Mr Peter Langsford and his team.

In July Michael Moore-Jones, a Year 12 student at Scots College will be packing his bags for Singapore. Moore-Jones has been selected as one of just 30 young Internet entrepreneurs aged 16-25 years, world-wide, to participate in the MyCube Digital Life Academy, a 6-week internship program that runs from 4 July - 14 August 2011.

ACG was the recipient of the Air New Zealand Cargo Exporter of the Year Award – Consultants & Services Category, at the annual awards ceremony held at the Auckland Langham Hotel on Friday 17th June 2011.