Liston College

Liston College

Infobox NZ school
name = Liston College
motto = "In Christ We Live"
type = Integrated Catholic Boys Secondary (Year 7-13)
established = 1974
address = 16 Edwards Avenue,
Waitakere City,
coordinates =
principal = Chris. S. Rooney
roll = 751
decile = 5 [ [ Decile change 2007 to 2008 for state & state integrated schools] ]
MOE = 46
homepage = []

Liston College is a college for year 7 to 13 boys and offers a Catholic education to its students. It was the second school opened by the Christian Brothers in Auckland. It was named after Archbishop Liston (1881 - 1976), the seventh Catholic Bishop of Auckland (1929 - 1970). [Rory Sweetman, Liston, James Michael, The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, Volume 4, Department of Internal Affairs, Wellington, 1998, pp 288 and 289:] The school was founded in 1974 to serve the Catholic families of West Auckland and to absorb the growing number of boys who travelled daily to St Peter's College in central Auckland.Graeme Donaldson, To All Parts of the Kingdom: Christian Brothers In New Zealand 1876-2001, Christian Brothers New Zealand Province, Christchurch, 2001, p. 17]


Liston College has a diverse, multicultural roll. In 2005 its ethnic composition was NZ European/Pākehā 46%, Māori 7%, Samoan 14%, Asian 10%, Tongan 4%, Cook Island 1%, Other 18%. [cite web|url=$File/46.htm?OpenElement#_Toc129492940|title=Education Review Report|work=Education Review Office|date=November 2005|accessdate=2007-11-06] The college excels in sporting and cultural activities. Academically, the school offers for senior years both the National Certificate of Educational Achievement assessment system (NCEA) and the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). [cite web|url=|title=Qualifications Introduction|work=Liston College|accessdate=2007-11-06]


Liston College was established in February 1974 by the eighth Catholic Bishop of Auckland, Reginald Delargey (1914-1979, Auxiliary Bishop of Auckland 1957-1970 and Bishop of Auckland 1970-1974). The College commenced operations on 7 February 1974 using classrooms at Holy Cross School, Henderson, [cite web|title=Liston College History|url=|work=Liston College|accessdate=2007-11-06] with a staff of two Christian Brothers, Br G J Wellsmore and Br J P McKean and 72 foundation pupils. The pupils were divided into Form One 'J' and Form One 'M'. These initials stood for Archbishop Liston's Christian names - James Michael. Classwork began immediately and homework was set on the first day." "Brother Wellsmore ... supervised the building programme, the establishment of the curriculum and the development of a unique school spirit. The Christian Brothers tradition and values underpinned Br Wellsmore's vision for the school. As the school roll grew and the building programme was completed, the college spirit became embedded in the Liston community."Liston College: 25th Jubilee 1975-2000, p. 1.] During 1973 and 1974, the school was erected on the property at Edwards Avenue, which prior to work commencing was " ... an open paddock with an old house on it." The buildings, gymnasium and grounds were ready for occupation in the first term of 1975. The school was formally opened in November 1975 by John Mackey, the ninth Catholic Bishop of Auckland (1974-1983), in the presence of Archbishop Liston (who died the following year, 8 July, 1976). [Liston College: 25th Jubilee 1975-2000, pp. 4 and 8; Nicholas Reid, James Michael Liston: A Life, Victoria University Press, Wellington, 2006, p. 304.]

When Brother R A Sisson became Principal (1980-1985) the roll had grown to 380 boys and 28 staff including five brothers. The deaths of Deputy Principal Brother Thomas Aquinas Monagle in 1983 [Brother V. Ives, "Brother Monagle 1928-1983", "Liston College 25th Jubilee 1975-2000", p. 28.] and the head of the Intermediate Mr Hemana in 1984 had a profound effect on the whole school community.

"From its beginning the college had good parental support. A very strong PTFA helped run various activities and it provided the backbone of great fundraising efforts. 'Foremost among these was the Friday night flea market which involved many families. Not only was it profitable but it was a great social event in Henderson. Crowds came along and at its peak $40,000 was made annually for the benefit of the school.' The annual gala was another source of revenue. The funds provided sports equipment, cricket wickets and practice nets, tennis courts, computer room, audiovisual materials and teaching resource material. Many building alterations were funded over the years." [Donaldson, pp. 17 and 18; Liston College 25th Jubilee 1975 - 2000, pp. 6 and 7.]

"In 1982 Liston College became an Integrated School and the number of brothers on staff was six."Donaldson, p. 18]

"The College has been well served by Boards of Governors/trustees who have worked to provide the best in education to the students. The board oversaw the completion of the school buildings, gymnasium, grounds and the Religious Education Centre/Sports Pavilion."

"In other respects the school was undergoing a change of character. The number of Christian Brothers in the school in 1982 was six. This was the largest representation in the history of the school. The sole remaining brother by 1985 was the Principal Br Sisson. When Mr Francis (Frank) Huckle replaced him, it marked the last official connection of the Christian Brothers with the school". "Br Sisson completed his years as Principal in 1985 and the Brothers withdrew at the end of 1988" However Brother J D O'Neill taught at Liston College 1991 - 1994 and he was the last Christian Brother to do so. [Robertson, p. 206.] The Christian brother connection with Liston College thus lasted for most of the first twenty years of its existence.

"The first lay-Principal, Mr Huckle led the college from 1986 until his [retirement and subsequent] death in April 1999. This saw a period of consolidation and then growth in terms of enrolments, academic success and sporting achievement and it was a continuation of the self-help spirit, which was at the heart of the College from its foundation. 'Among Mr Huckle's many achievements, one was significant. It was his spiritual leadership of the College and it was consistent and clear during his thirteen years as Principal.'". [Liston College 25th Jubilee 1975 - 2000, p. 29] "Mr Chris Rooney, the current principal, said it was appropriate to remember the contributions of Br Wellsmore, Br Sisson, and Mr Huckle, who shaped the College before him, and he sees it as his task to enhance what they had entrusted to him.""."

Liston College was fortunate to receive some considerable gifts in its early years. In 1978, John and Betty Rose donated the engineering workshop to the school. "Through their generosity, hundreds of young boys got the opportunity to learn engineering skills - skills that many fine-tuned in later years of life." In 1978, Henry Norcross donated the Liston College main entrance crucifix. Graham and Patricia Glamuzina donated the school chapel in 1979. "The chapel erected in the grounds of Liston College stands forever as a tribute to the thoughtfulness and generosity of the Glamuzina family. With the opening of a Catholic boys' college to service West Auckland, Graham and Patricia decided that an appropriate addendum to the college would be a separate chapel and so they provided the funding to complete the work. The delightful little chapel with its feature window designed by Colin McCahon will always be a fitting way for us to remember the Glamuzina family." [ Liston College 25th Jubilee 1975 - 2000, p. 24]


The names and colours of the Liston College Houses are:

* Cook - red
* Kupe - yellow
* Pompallier - blue
* Tasman - green

The Houses are used for some administrative purposes, such as assigning form classes, but are primarily used for the purpose of holding inter-house competitions in a variety of sports. Winning Houses are allocated points and at the end of the year, the House with the most points wins overall and the leaders of that House receive the "House of the Year" trophy.


* Brother G. P. Wellsmore (1974 - 1979) (Foundation Principal)Liston College: 25th Jubilee 1975-2000, p. 3.]
* Brother R A Sisson (1980 - 1985))
* Mr F D Huckle (1986 - 1999) (First Lay Principal))
* Mr C S Rooney (1999 - present)

Notable former lay staff

* Mr Rauna Kauahia (Brownie) Hemana (1935 - 1984); foundation teacher at Liston College, taught at the college 1974 - 1984; head of the intermediate in 1984. [Liston College 25th Jubilee 1975-2000, p. 28: "The Totara tree has Fallen." "The soul departed in the Lord does not die, it returns to God, Who is the Giver of Life. Liston Magazine '84 had already gone to print when we were saddened by the sad loss of one of our foundation teachers, Rauna Hemana. This tribute therefore coincided with the first anniversary of Brownie's death, and the memorial service held here at Liston showed that Brownie's memory was strong in the minds of those left behind. Everyone remembered that the time was 'not a minute before and not a minute after"; few had missed out on the legendary tales of pig-hunting, eel-trapping and the 'Tin Man'. But what really shone out in recall was the amazing generosity and energy that Brownie dedicated to almost every aspect of College life. The area between the library and staffroom is to be dedicated to Brownie's memory and everybody who visits 'Hemana Court' will be reminded of the great fortune we enjoyed to have Brownie as a teacher and friend who stamped his own particular character on Liston. In memory of the great love Brownie Hemana had for sport, a special shield was prepared to be presented to the most outstanding sports team each year. This shield, donated by the Hemana family, was first presented to the First XV Rugby team for their successes this year by Brownie's eldest son, Bill. Bill emphasised while presenting the shield that the presentation was in no way limited to any particular sport or age group."]

* Mr Frank Huckle (deceased in 1999 or 2000) third, and first lay, principal of Liston College (1987 - 1999). [Liston College 25th Jubilee 1975 - 2000, p. 29: "Frank Huckle: A teacher of great expertise and commitment. The Liston College community was shocked and greatly saddened by the sudden death of Frank Huckle who had so recently retired as Principal. Mr Huckle had been Principal from February 1988 to April 1999. He was dedicated to his role as leader of the school community and viewed his position as one of servant as much as leader. Frank will be remembered for a number of reasons. His passion for learning and education was evident from his first days at the school. He was determined to raise the standard of academic success for Liston College. This was achieved through his dogged determination to see it happen. One of Frank's great attributes was his capacity for hard work. He was able to sustain a very high level of effort for long periods of time. The result was exhausting for either those who had to keep pace with him or those who were attempting to achieve a favourable outcome to a pet project. Frank will be remembered as a teacher of great expertise and commitment. As recently as term one of this year [1999 or 2000 ?] Frank had been invited to tutor a group of postgraduate students in the mysteries of statistical methods and processes. His sense of humour was something, which he shared with many of his colleagues and peers. This personal side to Frank was always evident in the social setting. Discussions on the relative merits of 1998 Merlot versus Pinot Noir were guaranteed to bring a smile to his face. The same could not be said about any criticism of Canterbury's sporting prowess no matter what the sport. When it came to the nuances of rugby coaching, Frank was only too willing to share his experience. 'Win the ball, keep it, then score," could sum up his philosophy on the game. The All Blacks were second only to Canterbury in terms of his passion. Indeed if he had not seen the game live, he would not watch the replay if his team had lost. Frank's interests were truly catholic. He was passionately interested in music, gardening, literature and theatre in addition to his beloved sport. He was a man of deep faith and was committed to the Catholic Church. Frank would share this openly, but with humility. His spiritual leadership of the school was consistent and clear during his thirteen years as Principal. His immense contribution not only to Liston College, but also to Catholic education in general is a measure of his commitment to a living faith, which was inclusive. Frank was a devoted husband to Cecily. He talked often about his admiration for her and the price he felt as her husband. As a family man he was clearly proud of their children. In recent years he assumed the role of grandfather. His family have suffered a great loss. But his spirit is evident in the school. His legacy is there for all to see."]

Notable Christian Brothers


Notable alumni


*Ciaran Connolly: in 2000 "is our first professional international dancer who is now touring with the riverdance troupe." [Liston College 25th Jubilee 1975-2000, p. 19: "Ciaran Connolly is now in the Riverdance dancing Troupe. Ciaran had already secured a swag of national and international titles, including a first and second in the Australasian Champioships, and a top-10 placing in the World championships. He has now returned to America for a further 12 month contract. He is travelling in the Virginia, Texas, North and South Carolina areas etc. He is hoping to audition for the 4th troupe which will be based on Broadway."]


*Father Craig Dunford (b. 1970): first old boy of Liston College to be ordained a priest; ordained by Bishop Pat Dunn on 26 January 2002; commenced his education at Liston College in 1982.Liston College 25th Jubilee 1975-2000, p. 20; Choosing Lives of Service, "The Listoner", April 2005, p. 3.]

*Father Andrew Matthew (. 1964): ordained 31 July 2002 at St Joseph's Church, Takapuna; attended Liston College 1979-1981.Liston College 25th Jubilee 1975-2000, p. 20; Choosing Lives of Service, "The Listoner", April 2005, p. 3.]


* Br Paul Vincent Donnelly: Christian Brother; teacher.


*Sean Hanna (b. 1972) BHB MBChB: Liston College's first doctor.Liston College 25th Jubilee 1975-2000, p. 19.]


*Simon Dallow (196?- ): New Zealand television presenter and lawyer.


*Josh Blackie (b. 1979): Professional rugby player.
*Mark Carter (b. 1968): All Black, flanker (1991 - 1998). [cite web|title=Mark Carter|url=|work=NZRU -|accessdate=2007-11-06]
*Craig Dowd (b. 1969): All Black, prop (1993 - 2000). [cite web|title=Craig Dowd|url=|work=NZRU -|accessdate=2007-11-06]
*Jason McLennon (b. 1971): "represented Fiji in International Rugby 1993 - 1995." [ "35 years old and living in Australia. Represented Fiji in rugby (15's) for 4 seasons and was lucky enough to tour the world playing rugby (before the professional era!) Met my wife in Fiji and am now lucky to be blessed with 2 beautiful children (boy & a girl) I am currently the Chief Operating Officer with International SOS (Aust) Ltd in Sydney (global medical assistance company)."]
*Paul Radisich (b. 1962): World touring car champion, won the Touring Car World Cup in 1993 and 1994; foundation pupil of Liston College in 1974, [Liston College 25th Jubilee 1875 - 2000, pp. 10 and 20: Paul Radisich was in Form 1J in 1974 and was taught in that year by Brother G Wellsmore.]
* Kevin Senio (b. 1978): All Black, half back (2005). [ The Listoner, Volume 2, Issue 3, December 2005, p. 5] [cite web|title=Kevin Senio|url=|work=NZRU -|accessdate=2007-11-06]
*Anthony Swann (b. 1975): New Zealand representative Rugby League player; a member of the New Zealand national Rugby League team, "the Kiwis" from 1996; played for Samoa in the 2000 world cup.(?). [cite web|title=Anthony Swann|url=||accessdate=2007-11-06] [cite web|title=Rugby League World Cup 2000 - Team Profile Samoa|url=|work=BBC Sport|accessdate=2007-11-06]
*Paul Urlovic (b. 1978): New Zealand representative soccer player; striker; first selected for the New Zealand National Football Team, the All Whites in 1997; 33 caps. [ Liston College 25th Jubilee 1975-2000, p. 20: "At the current time (i.e. 2000) I am enjoying playing soccer in the ASL for Melbourne Knights. In the last few years I have experienced a lot in terms of football. In the season just finished in New Zealand I received NZ's soccer's Golden Boot for leading the National league in goals scored. As well as this, our team finished champions of New Zealand. This team finished 3rd in the Oceania Club championship held in Fiji in September of this year. A major highlight in my career to date is playing for NZ in the Confederation Cup which our bay (sic) performed very well against some of the world's best in June of this year. An experience I will never forget. In terms of the future, I wish to improve with each game and hopefully play professional football overseas, and also to do well at the international level] [cite web|url=|title=Paul Urlovic|work=New Zealand Football -|accessdate=2007-11-06]
*Kim Wright: New Zealand representative soccer player; selected for the New Zealand National Football Team, the All Whites in 1990. [cite web|title=New Zealand Honours|url=|work=Waitakere City Football Club|accessdate=2007-11-06]




*Paul Malcolm Robertson, "Nga Parata Karaitiana The Christian Brothers, A Public Culture in Transition, A Comparative Study of the Indian and New Zealand Provinces", an unpublished thesis for MA in Anthropology, University of Auckland, 1996.
* Rory Sweetman, Liston, James Michael, "The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography", Volume 4, Department of Internal Affairs, Wellington, 1998, pp 288 and 289:
* "Liston College 25th Jubilee 1975 - 2000", Liston College, Waitakere City, 2000.
* Graeme Donaldson, "To All Parts of the Kingdom: Christian Brothers In New Zealand 1876-2001", Christian Brothers New Zealand Province, Christchurch, 2001.
* Bridget (Anderson) Harrod, "100 Years Catholic Education in Rotorua 1903-2003", St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Rotorua, 2003.
* [$File/46.htm?OpenElement#_Toc129492940 Education Review Office, Education Review Report: Liston College, November 2005]
* Nicholas Reid, "James Michael Liston: A Life", Victoria University Press, Wellington, 2006.
* Rick Maxwell, "St Peter's College, Auckland", Simerlocy Press, 2008

External links

* [ Liston College website]
* [ Edmund Rice Network]
* [ All Blacks website, Liston College All Blacks]
* [ Catholic-hierarchy website]
* [ Catholic Diocese of Auckland]
* [ Catholic Church in New Zealand]

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