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The 2000s were years of transition for the College. A new purpose-built campus in Christchurch opened. The sudden death of Brian Hathaway in 2003 saw Dean of Studies Hudson Deane assume the role of Principal in his 39th and final year at the College. The J. O. Sanders Centre - a new library and administration building - was opened on the Henderson campus.


In 2005 Dr Mark Strom was appointed National Principal with a mandate to clarify the College’s vision and purpose. This led to a period of considerable change, including the simplification and strengthening of programmes, the closure of regional campuses, and the development of degree level qualifications in Education and Counselling.

In August 2008, to reflect the broader scope of programmes offered, the College changed its name to Laidlaw College in honour of Robert Laidlaw. In 2009 Dr Mark Strom concluded his tenure as Principal.

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 New Otautahi Christchurch Campus. 


  •  New Christchurch purpose-built campus opens. 

  • Counselling Diploma commences at Henderson campus. This later grows into a School of Counselling. 


  •  Sudden death of Principal Brian Hathaway on 5 October 2003. National Dean of Studies, Hudson Deane, appointed Interim Principal. 


Hudson Deane in 2021

Printing and publishing of BTI was done by Scott & Scott Ltd from early days; on death of senior partner in 1944, the plant and goodwill of the business was purchased by NZBTI for the sum of 2,900 pounds

Expanding Horizons pg 111


Matyrs Memorial Grove


 Martyrs’ Memorial Grove opens on 21 October 2004, commemorating five graduates killed during active mission service. 


 Dr Mark Strom appointed as Principal. 


 Name change to Laidlaw College. 

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Graduation 2006

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Mark Strom Lecturing


 Merger with MASTERS Institute sees formation of School of Education, initially offering a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) and Worldview Studies. 

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