01 Oct 2019

Tuesday 01 October 2019

The presentation of an Honours Tie is a recognition by the College of Old Collegians’ contributions, not only to their school but to the community at large. 

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Presented with an Honours Tie this week was Dr John Matthews, who attended King’s College between the years of 1949 and 1953 in School House.

Upon graduating, Dr Matthews worked in farming for two years before deciding to pursue training as a medical doctor at the University of Otago. 

From there, Dr Matthews began his long record of service to medicine, education and the community. For over 25 years, he was one New Zealand’s leading haematologists, and was instrumental in guiding many of the haematologists practising in New Zealand today. 

Dr Matthews was a founding trustee and later Chair of the Auckland Medical School Foundation, and Chairperson of Southern Cross Healthcare Group. 

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He was also Chairperson of DNA Diagnostics and Proacta, and played a key role in the establishment of what was Diagnostic Medlab.

Nine years ago, he received the Insignia of a Companion of the Queen's Service Order for services to medicine and the community.

Dr Matthews has had two sons and one granddaughter graduate from King’s College, with grandson Jack currently in Year 10.

Dr Matthews was presented with his Honours Tie in front of a gathering of members of Floreat Semper. King’s College is pleased to recognise his services to King’s, medicine and the community.