Dilworth Old Boys' Association (DOBA)

Whether you have just left school or been away for years, every former student of Dilworth is eligible to join DOBA, now and at any time they wish.

 In June 1919 a small but enthusiastic group of senior boys, conscious that their own school days were coming to an end and anxious to retain the friendships they had forged and their links with Dilworth, arranged a meeting with a group of former pupils. That informal gathering was effectively a first reunion of Old Boys and was the genesis of what eventually became an active, influential and vigorous organisation – The Dilworth Old Boys’ Association (DOBA). A constitution was subsequently drawn up, and on 19 September 1919, the first official meeting of DOBA took place. Those in attendance confirmed the constitution whose aims were: 

  • To foster fellowship among the Old Boys 
  • To encourage Old Boys to retain their interest in the school 
  • To support and encourage the school in its work 
  • To assist school leavers in establishing themselves in the community and in their careers. 

Apart from some minor tweaking, our constitution has remained largely unchanged. 

The Old Boys’ Association has for over 100 years fulfilled those aims, and with your participation we will continue to do so. 

Get involved in DOBA

We encourage you to attend DOBA organised events and school activities. These provide you an opportunity to catch-up with other Old Boys, current and former staff, and importantly, engage with today’s Dilworth boys – continuing the legacy of building a rapport with our future Old Boy brothers, whilst inspiring them to make the most of their time at Dilworth. 

 DOBA organises a range of activities throughout the year, including: 

  •  Our annual AGM and Founders’ Weekend dinner 
  •  Regular (monthly) gatherings
  •  Bi-annual Country Reunions 
  •  DOBA Christmas gathering (usually late November – details will be announced in advance) 
  •  Junior Campus Cockhouse

Keep an eye on your email, our Facebook group or the Dilworth calendar for details of upcoming DOBA events. We will have an updated DOBA calendar for 2022 soon.

DOBA Council

Our Council consists of nine elected positions and one non-elected position – that of the immediate past-president. 

Your DOBA Council is: 

  • President (email: president@doba.nz): Gerry Smutz
  • Vice President: Connor Bindon
  • Secretary (email: secretary@doba.nz): David Mossman 
  • Treasurer (email: treasurer@doba.nz): Pernell Callaghan
  • Immediate Past President: Cody Carnachan
  • Honorary Legal Counsel & Councillor: Bruce Stewart 
  • Councillors: Dean Ginders, Stuart McDonald

If you are interested in joining the DOBA Council, you need to have paid your membership fee (subscription). We hold our Annual General Meeting in March each year – so come along, get involved – this is your association; active participation is the key to strengthening the bonds in our association. 

DOBA Emails

  • Council (Reach out to all councillors): council@doba.nz
  • Administrator (Database, Website and Facebook administration): admin@doba.nz
  • Events (Reach out to the event organisers): events@doba.nz
  • Young Alumni (Support for young alumni - left school 2012 or later): youngalumni@doba.nz

Pay Your 2022 Subscription

Subscriptions are levied to provide the income to run the DOBA and its activities. Members who have paid their subscriptions are entitled to hold office and have voting rights.  

You may pay using these payment links:

You may also pay your fee to our bank a/c: 02-0160-0113602-097. Please write your first & last names and years at school.

As per the constitution - your payment is an application for financial membership. 

If you have any questions about paying your subscription then please contact the council - council@doba.nz.

Your subscriptions achieve the following:

  • Permit you to vote at DOBA meetings, such as the AGM
  • Permit you to hold office as a councillor
  • Ensure you are included in the monthly DOBA Members newsletter (starting March 2022)
  • Entitle you to member subsidies and discounts at events
  • Pay for DOBA infrastructure
  • Support DOBA operations


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