OUS Auckland - Relaunch of the group
Realising that there had not been any alumni events in Auckland for some time, I recently agreed to take on the role of Secretary of the OUS Auckland group, with a view to relaunching and reinvigorating the group.
After a hiatus of four or five years or so – a long time between drinks! – I was somewhat nervous about the level of momentum which could be generated from a standing start, and without any funding. My concerns proved unfounded. The relaunch of the group has received much enthusiastic support and there are already several willing volunteers assisting to co-ordinate group activities and to spread the word.
Despite not having email addresses (yet!) for about half of the alumni database provided by OUS, nearly a quarter of all alumni we were able to contact attended a drinks function at the end of October.
The event was held at the impressive 28th floor offices of local law firm Simpson Grierson (which counts several alumni among its partners) who also kindly sponsored the refreshments.
The 50 or so alumni who attended enjoyed panoramic views of Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour (see below) as they indulged in semi-organised speed networking. It was pleasing to have the opportunity to connect with so many alumni, and I am confident that the event will provide a great platform from which to develop the Auckland group.
Jon Lewin (Balliol, 1992) - Secretary, OUS Auckland