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OBHS Hostel 150th Reunion Update

Hostel 150th Committee —

We are pleased to report that preparations for the celebration of the OBHS Hostel 150th Reunion are progressing well. We will continue with updates of how the events are building towards the big weekend.

Exciting News

We can confirm that Richie McCaw, Hamish Bond and Ken Stewart have all registered for the Reunion and will be present at all events.

Richie attended OBHS from 1994-98, being a member of the 1st XV in 1998 that were joint winners of the National Championship. He played 148 tests for the All Blacks, captaining the team in 2 successive World Cups – 2011 and 2015.

Hamish Bond attended OBHS from 1999-2003 being an outstanding rower at school, going on to win 8 world titles and 2 Olympic Gold Medals. Both Hamish and Richie were Head Boys of the school in their final year.

Ken Stewart attended OBHS from 1966-70, being a member of the 1st XV for three years. He played 73 games for Southland from 1971-1983 and represented the All Blacks from 1972-83 playing 55 matches including 13 tests.


Many of you have been contacted regarding your registration. A huge thank you to those who have come back to us confirming what events you (and your partner) will be attending as well as making the appropriate payment.

For those who have not registered please complete the online form on our website.

It is important that you complete the registration form as well as indicate what events you, and your partner if applicable, will be attending – payment is also required. If you wish you can register in paper form, by phoning the school on 03 477 5527.

Please note that registrations close on Friday 30 July, 2021 to allow time to order the merchandise and confirm the venues.


Aurora on George is our recommended accommodation provider. They have Executive studio units at a reduced rate of $165 per night and Luxury studios at $190 per night. Contact them directly and quote "OBHS Hostel Reunion" to get the special rate. Website - www.auroradunedin.co.nz. Phone - 0800 73 73 78


The merchandise has now been finalised and can be viewed below. There is a special badge, an engraved glass mug, and a 150th tie all designed especially for the occasion by two current hostel boys – they are quite superb and will give you a wonderful memento to take home from the celebrations. You can purchase all 3 for the special price of $60 or it is possible to buy them individually. All profits will go to the Hostel Redevelopment.  We will explain how you can order these items in our next update.

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In addition, everyone attending will receive a booklet written by a previous hostel master, Gregor Macaulay, recording historical information regarding the hostel over the past 150 years.  


If you are unsure of the programme for the weekend, please go to obhs.school.nz/boarding/hostel-150th-reunion

You will see the programme clearly outlined and you will note that we have kept the costs of the functions to a very reasonable level. The Saturday night get together is $25 per person, which includes food, while the Sunday night cost for a 3 course buffet meal plus entertainment is $50 per person. So please spread the word and encourage your mates to register.

We would like to thank the following sponsors of the event.