This year, Tom Bird an ex-student contacted Naenae College to say he was completing an Internship at the Reserve Bank and invited Years 11 and 12 Accounting and Economic students to visit the Reserve Bank in Wellington.
Tom told stories of how the Reserve Bank had special connections with Naenae College and the local community. First, Graeme Wheeler the present Governor was also an ex-student of Naenae College during the 1970’s. Second, our Principal John Russell’s Uncle Spencer was the Governor in Robert Muldoon’s reign. Third, there is a house in Rata Street, with a vault underneath that the Reserve Bank built in WWII to hide the country’s bullion. The house is still there today, but sadly the vault has been removed. We now have a fourth connection with Tom completing his Internship and look forward to seeing Tom in the future, maybe be the second student from Naenae College to become the Governor of the Reserve Bank .
Our students were enthusiastic and asked in-depth, intelligent questions, despite not knowing a great deal about what the Reserve Bank’s role is in the Economy. The trip was invaluable and sparked an interest, enlightening students as to future career pathways.