Our Floreat Semper Luncheons offer a wonderful opportunity to catch up with contemporaries across a range of year groups onsite at the College so you can continue to experience College life and connect with the College today. Each event includes a Chapel Service, along with performances by our talented students, and a luncheon attended by our senior students as well as a guest speaker.
This event will feature an Honours Tie Service for Andrew Coster, Police Commissioner (1989-1993).
Date: Wednesday 21 September
Time: Arrival from 12pm outside the King’s College Chapel, prior to the Honours Tie Service at 12.15pm. This is followed by lunch in the Student Dining Hall (expected finish time of 4.00pm).
Location: King’s College Chapel and Student Dining Hall
Price: $60 for a single ticket or $115 for a double ticket
This invitation is open to all Floreat Semper members, their spouse or partner, and to King's College contemporaries whom you think would enjoy the occasion.
Membership to the Floreat Semper Fellowship is open to Old Collegians, former King’s College staff members and their spouses or partners and former parents who are 70 years and over. A small lifetime membership of $100 (or $10 annually) supports a programme of activities including the popular luncheons held twice a year at the College as well as regular communications.
Tickets to the upcoming luncheon and membership can be purchased below before Tuesday 13 September. Places are limited.
For any further information regarding the Spring Luncheon or Membership, contact us on:
Ph: 09 270 7882
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Andrew Coster, Police Commissioner has an impressive police career that spans over 24 years and has a long list of accomplishments following his graduation from Police College in 1997, including serving in frontline and investigative roles in Counties Manukau and Auckland.
Commissioner Coster has worked in a variety of Police leadership roles that have taken him around New Zealand, including Area Commander in Auckland City Central and District Commander for the Southern Police District.
He was appointed Assistant Commissioner, Strategy and Transformation in 2015, providing leadership and co-ordination for Police’s largest IT project of the decade – the replacement of the organisation’s HR and payroll system. He also spent some time as acting Deputy Commissioner: Resource Management.
Commissioner Coster has a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Auckland and a Master of Public Management from Victoria University of Wellington. He has been a Solicitor in the Office of the Crown Solicitor in Auckland and was seconded to the Ministry of Justice as Deputy Chief Executive in 2016. At the Ministry he led the development of a five-year plan to modernise courts and tribunals, before returning to Police.
Before being appointed as Commissioner, he was acting Deputy Commissioner: Strategy & Partnerships. In the period immediately after the tragic terror events in Christchurch, he oversaw the development of the Government’s firearms reforms, including the ban on semi-automatic firearms. Andrew Coster became Commissioner of Police on 3 April 2020 and since then has led significant policing developments and initiatives, such as a review of frontline safety and the introduction of a new tactical response model, as well as research into how Police can ensure it is delivering policing that is fair and equitable for all our communities.
In 2020 Commissioner Coster introduced three new priorities to the New Zealand Police: Be first, then do (strengthening how and who we are as an organisation); Deliver the services New Zealanders expect and deserve (understanding and providing what the public want from their police); and focused prevention through partnerships (focused police effort and working with others to achieve better outcomes).
In 2021 Commissioner Coster launched an Organised Crime Strategy to address organised crime, its social drivers and the harm it causes. This strategy has seen a national operation underway that is targeting firearms-related violence by gangs and organised crime groups. Operation Tauwhiro is successfully removing firearms from criminals and preventing them from getting firearms in the first place.