malcolm tarbottonMichael started his secondary education at Ashburton Technical High School in 1953.

As a member of Green House he also went on to captain the Boys' 1st XI Hockey team.

His partner in crime was Neil Alexander.

Michael's most memorable moments were the socials, that were held at the start and end of every term (3 terms back then) The students played musical instruments and the venue (what is now the Police Station) swung into life.

When it came to the teachers that made an impact, three immediately came to mind: Colin Knight, Bill Corbett & Trevor Gibson, the latter not so fondly, as that involved three of the best with the cane for something very trivial.

If he could go back to his school days and give himself some advice it would be to take the right path, watch and learn.

After leaving school in 1957 Michael worked for his father and has been on the land ever since. He is currently very busy working on his subdivision on Tarbottons Rd.



Liz CarrickLiz started college in 1976 and was a member of Orange House. A drama enthusiast, she recalls very fond memories of her role as Mrs Brockhurst in The Boyfriend.

Another memorable moment was in the 7th Form Common Room and Ann Stapleton being very growly with all the shenanigans! 

Elaine Vallender nee Isles was her all time favourite teacher.

After leaving school, Liz went to UC, Teachers College and then returned to AshColl as a teacher from 1986-88. During this time she initiated the Stage Challenge in which Ashburton College went on to win 4 years in a row.

Her teaching profession has taken Liz all over the world with stints in England, China and DP of schools in Bangladesh, Singapore and Indonesia. She is now back home, Mum to two lovely daughters and you guessed it, back at college. Welcome back Liz!

I still remember the shock of moving from the small rural primary school of Wakanui to the comparative enormity of Ashburton College. However, I adapted pretty quickly and have many fond memories of the college, in particular the creative chaos of the art room run by Glenn Smith.

From Ashburton I went on to study architecture at Auckland University and then art at Brera Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan and Central Saint Martins in London. When moving to London I also completed my registration as an architect through Westminster University. So art and architecture were interwoven throughout my education and continue to be now in my working life.

I’ve been based in London since finishing my studies here, but spend a lot of time abroad for exhibitions and commissions. My works engage a range of different media from sculpture and installation to photography and film. However, all the works follow my interest in the connections between art and science, in particular recent works have been focused on how we perceive the physical world and how far our perception is from what we call reality.

Currently I’m working on a range of projects from gallery exhibitions to commissions for larger sculptures within private and public collections.

Despite being abroad for a quite a few years now, New Zealand still feels very much like home.