25 Apr 2023

Tuesday 25 April 2023

ANZAC Day is a special date in the King's College and KCOCA calendar where we come together as a community to commemorate Old Collegians, staff members and fellow New Zealanders who have died in service to New Zealand, whilst also honouring returned and current service men and women.

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Our guest speaker for the 2023 ANZAC Day Address will be Colonel Tenby Powell. Col Powell is connected to the College as a past parent and we are delighted that he can join us as our guest speaker this year.

Date: Tuesday 25 April 2023 

Time: 09.30am Chapel Service, 10.30am Morning Tea.

Location: King's College Memorial Chapel. 

Refreshments will be served in the Dining Hall following the service. The event concludes at 12.00 midday. 

Please register if you plan on attending.


Guest Speaker - Colonel Tenby Powell

Tenby Powell is a well-known entrepreneur, community leader and politician in New Zealand. He has made a significant impact on the country's business and political landscape, and his contributions have earned him widespread recognition and respect.

Educated at the University of Waikato, Col Powell holds a Master of Management Studies in International Business with First Class Honours and was awarded Distinguished Alumnus for the University of Waikato in 2010. In addition, he has studied at Harvard Business School, and the New Zealand Defence Force.

Col Powell has served in the Regular and Reserve Forces of the New Zealand Army since 1983 and from 2001-2002 Mr Powell held the appointment of Deputy Chief of a United Nations unit operating in the Middle East and, from 2005-2007, was Commanding Officer of the Auckland Battalion. 

From February - June 2017, Col Powell worked with the Papua New Guinea Defence Force on sustainment and capability development, on assignment with the New Zealand Defence Force. And, due to his mix of business, government and defence relationships, was appointed by the Minister of Defence to serve on the 2015-16 selection panel of the Chief’s of Navy, Army and Air Force.

Col Powell has held an impressive multitude of governance and leadership roles across some of New Zealand’s most well know organisations, including serving as Mayor of Tauranga. 

Most recently Col Powell has applied his business and military skills to establishing Kiwi K.A.R.E., a highly respected New Zealand Flagged ‘last mile‘ Humanitarian and Medical Aid organisation operating in the Red Zones (the newly liberated areas and those towns and villages behind the Front Line) in Ukraine, delivering aid directly to front line hospitals and medical centres, and to residents who have remained in situ. 
Col Powell’s work with Kiwi K.A.R.E has meant that he has had some significant experiences with the recent war in the Ukraine. Some of you may have seen in recent New Zealand news, the reporting of a convoy of seven disestablished St Johns ambulances that have made their way from Christchurch to Auckland, all bound for the Ukraine. Col Powell has been instrumental in the organisation of this, including being one of the drivers of the Convoy and will also accompany the Ambulances on their journey to the Ukraine.
We look forward to hearing from Colonel Tenby Powell at our ANZAC Day Service.