Life after College can take many forms and we recognise that due to physical location or family and work commitments our alumni will have differing levels of capacity and interest in ongoing engagement with the College. We have put in place various ways of staying connected and explain these in detail below.
National Alumni Gatherings
We consider the annual National Alumni Gatherings (one in Auckland and one in Christchurch) as the highlight of the alumni calendar. Along with great theological content and opportunities to catch up with old friends and make new ones, the National Principal updates the wider alumni body on the current initiatives and challenges facing the College.
Love to Know: Laidlaw College's Alumni News
Love to Know is a free quarterly newsletter for alumni containing news updates from the alumni body along with information about upcoming events and an update from the National Principal.
This newsletter is sent by email (or posted out if preferred).
You are invited to send your news updates for publication to Vivienne Richmond (early years up to 1989) or Jenny Mackie (1990 onwards):
Vivienne Richmond – 14 Searle Street, Stonefields, Auckland 1072 or [email protected]
Jenny Mackie – Private Bag 93104, Henderson, Auckland 0650 or [email protected]
Previous editions of Love to Know can be accessed on Rauhitanga - the private social networking site for alumni. To register or sign in to Rauhitanga please click here.
Rauhitanga: a gathering place for Laidlaw alumni
‘Rauhitanga’ is the Maori word for ‘gathering place’ which we think describes the ethos of this private social networking site for former students and staff of Laidlaw College, BTI, BCNZ and MASTERS Institute. We want this to be a space that enables you to stay connected with each other and through which job opportunities, announcements, updates and invitations to reunions, conferences or events can be shared.
We know our alumni are scattered throughout New Zealand and the world, so gathering in person is not possible for many. Rauhitanga is designed especially for you. It works a bit like Facebook (with members and groups, discussion forums, blogs and the ability to upload photos or video links) but also has some unique features. You can search for each other by location or by graduation year or qualifications gained. Come visit and explore.
For more information or to apply to join visit www.laidlawalumni.org.nz.
Encounter is a newsletter sent to the wider College community and contains information about life and events at College, profiles of staff, students or graduates and theological reflection. It is sent by post or email, as is your preference.
Find us on Facebook
Laidlaw College has a fun and vibrant Facebook page that provides a window into life at Laidlaw College, in all its varied and wonderful aspects, at our Waitakere, Manukau and Christchurch campuses. Liking the Laidlaw College Facebook page is an easy way to stay connected.
Alumni and Supporters' Evenings
It is important to us that connection with alumni goes both ways and that opportunities exist for genuine consultation and conversation with alumni. To facilitate this Laidlaw College holds a number of Regional Alumni Conversation Evenings around New Zealand each year. At these consultations, the National Principal shares the vision and direction of the College followed by a time of engagement with alumni where ideas, responses, thoughts and concerns are discussed. We value the insight, expertise and experience of our alumni. We want to hear your voice. If you are interested in hosting or facilitating one of these Regional Alumni events, please contact Jenny Mackie.
Reunions are a great way to reconnect with old classmates and travel down memory lane together as your reminisce about your College days, the lecturers, the learning, the duties and the practical jokes! It’s also an opportunity to share highs and lows since graduation and hear stories of God at work in people’s lives.
If you would like to organise a reunion for your year group(s) please contact our Alumni Coordinator, Jenny Mackie on [email protected] to find out how we can help.
Membership of Laidlaw College
We encourage those alumni who desire a deeper level of engagement with College in an advisory, visionary or governance capacity to become members of Laidlaw College. Members of the College attend the Annual Meeting (where possible), are able to vote (in person or by proxy), receive the College’s Annual Report, and are sent Partners in Conversation, a twice yearly update from the National Principal detailing current developments, opportunities and challenges.
Those eligible for membership are:
- Graduates of Laidlaw College, BTI, BCNZ and MASTERS Institute
- All past employees of Laidlaw College (includes BTI, BCNZ and MASTERS Institute)
- Current staff of Laidlaw College and their spouses
- National Governing Council members
- Anyone who applies and is accepted.
The only requirement of members to join is to sign the College’s Statement of Faith to indicate their agreement with it and subsequently advise the College if they cease to subscribe to those beliefs.
The rules governing membership can be found in the Laidlaw College Incorporated Constitution and Rules document which is available on request from Esther Sila’ila’i ([email protected] or 09 836 7820)
To join Laidlaw College, please fill in your details on the Laidlaw College Incorporated Society Membership Application form, sign your agreement to the Statement of Faith (on the reverse of the form, and return it to Laidlaw College.