Rangiora High School, Rangiora High Website, Rangiora High School North Canterbury New Zealand


Throughout its long history, Rangiora High School has produced students who have gone on to make a national and international contribution to:

  • academia
  • religion
  • the military
  • the civil service
  • politics (including four NZ Cabinet Ministers)
  • sport (including six All Blacks).


Notable former students of Rangiora High School include:

  • Hon Dr Nick Smith - Cabinet Minister, MP for Tasman/Nelson (1990-present)
  • Brent Snellex - NZ Ironman Triathlon Champion 1987, NZ Ironman triathlete representative  1987-88, NZ Dragonboat Team 1995 (3rd in World Champs), Coach of NZ Dragonboat team 1996 (World Bronze medallists) 
  • Dr Clifford Stubbs - Quaker Missionary, Professor of Chemistry at West China Union University [murdered 1930]
  • Henare Rakiihia (Rik) Tau, ONZM - Ngai Tahu kaumatua
  • Cary Taylor - Chief Engineer for Brabham Motor Racing Team and Denny Hulme's number one engineer for the win at the Monaco Grand Prix. Denny Hulme and Cary Taylor moved to Bruce McLaren's Team in 1965 and Cary became Chief Engineer for the McLaren Team
  • William Taylor - Senior Trade and Tourism Commissioner to Australia (1935-1942)
  • Barry Thompson - All Black (1979)
  • Dr Helen M S Thomson - Senior Lecturer, School of Home Science, University of Otago (1931-1961)


Rangiora High School wishes to acknowledge the work of Mr Ian (Ted) Piner (RHS: 1955-1957) whose research has allowed us to add to our list of notable former students.


If you are aware of other notable Rangiora High School alumni, please email us their details by clicking here.

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