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CUMPSTONES in New Zealand

University of Canterbury College of Science

UC College of Science Scholars in Science Prizes 2008


Catherine Cumpstone (Winner) Nayland College



The New Zealand Schools’ Debating Council (Te Kaunihera Tautohetohe ā-Kura o Aotearoa) Is A Non-Profit Organisation Proudly Sponsored by Russell McVeagh. Nelson / Marlborough  2007 Championship


2007 Championship

The fifth Nelson/Marlborough Schools’ Debating Championships were held on Saturday 17 March at Nayland College in Nelson. After five years of competing many of the schools are becoming ‘old-hands’ at the championships, and the adjudciators thought that there has been a definitie improvement in the skills of the debaters.


Over three rounds 10 teams competed to be the Regional Champions debating the topics ‘This House believes that New Zealand should ban smoking’, ‘This House believes the war on terror has done more good than bad’ and ‘This House believes New Zealand should become a republic’. The Bioethics Council final was between Nayland College and Waimea College who had each won all three of their rounds. Impressively 5 out of the 6 debaters in the final were Year 11. Debating ‘This House believes that parents should be able to design their children’, the students demonstrated an impressive degree of knowledge about this complex area with the Nayland College team of Catherine Cumpstone, Abby Ward and Joseph Habgood emerging victorious.


Nelson/Marlborough Schools’ Debating Team – Catherine Cumpstone (Nayland College), Jono Kenyon (Marlborough Boys’ College), Tom Nelson (Motueka High School) and Reserve James Hurndell (Marlborough Boys’ College)



Congratulations to Catherine Cumpstone and Matt McDonald, two of our MATH199 (AIMS) students from Nayland College who have jointly won the 2007 Scholars in Science competition run by the College of Science. They will get a fees waiver for three years on condition that they study a degree within any of the College’s departments.

There is a line of Cumpstones in New Zealand and Jenny has been working with me to expand our information and to clarify queries.


You can check out Jenny's link at John Cumpstone New Zealand




2009-11-06 Jenny wrote.  Subject: Probated Wills for NZ Cumpstone's


I have found CD/computer index records, prepared by NZ Society of Genealogists referring to following probated wills for NZ Cumpstone's.  These wills are available from NZ's 4 offices of NZ Archives and can be searched in the office for free, just paying for photocopying.  There are some further details about these probated wills, on a NZ Govt website called Archway.  


1  John Cumpstone 18/7/1922 - farmer of Kiokio - in Archives NZ, Auckland (emigrated to NZ 1882)


2.  Joseph Edward Cumpstone 23/9/1940 - Hamilton Court - in Archives NZ, Auckland (son of John/Emma Cumpstone who emigrated to NZ)


3.  Mary Agnes Cumpstone 4/7/1985 - widow of Otorohanga - Hamilton Court - in Archives NZ,    


4.  Auckland (wife of Tom Cumpstone = son of John/Emma Cumpstone who emigrated to NZ)


5.  Tom Cumpstone 17/12/1951 - farmer of Kiokio - Hamilton Court - NZ Archives, Auckland



Note: Our NZSG CD records: - Cumpstone's (all derive from John/Emma who emigrated to NZ 1882 - 13 Compston's - no Compstone or Cumpston or Campston


There will also be some probated will records for NZ Cumpstone born women who married outside of the family.  eg - Ellen Ann Verner  23/6/1975 - widow of Papakura, Auckland - Auckland Court - NZ Archives, Auckland (only daughter of John/Emma Cumpstone who emigrated to NZ 1882)


Thanks Jenny for all these updates.