New Zealand Olympic Committee
The New Zealand Olympic Committee (before 1994, The New Zealand Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association) is the body in New Zealand responsible for selecting athletes to represent New Zealand in the Summer and Winter Olympic Games and the Commonwealth Games.
New Zealand Olympic Committee logo
|Headquarters||Auckland, New Zealand|
|Secretary General||Kereyn Smith|
While a founder member of the International Olympic Committee, New Zealand did not send its own team to compete until the Games of the VI Olympiad (Antwerp 1920), though at the 1908 and 1912 Summer Olympics New Zealand and Australia competed as "Australasia". New Zealand has sent a team to every Summer Olympic Games since 1920, though only a token team of four went to the 1980 Summer Olympics at Moscow due to the boycott. New Zealand first competed at the Winter Olympics in 1952, but did not compete in the 1956 or 1964 Winter Olympics.
New Zealand has sent a team to every Commonwealth Games since the first in 1930, which was held in Canada and then called the British Empire Games. They are held every four years, in between the Olympic Games.
The NZOC emblem consisting of a depiction of a silver fern (New Zealand's sporting emblem) superimposed on the Olympic Rings was created as a marketing symbol in 1979 (which was initially in all-white on a black background). It was first publicly used at an Olympic Games at the Games of the XXII Olympiad (Moscow 1980, in which observers thought that the fern was an olive branch of peace)—New Zealand competed under this flag to protest the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. It went to its current coloured version in 1994.
International Olympic CommitteeEdit
The NZOC (New Zealand Olympic Committee) is the National Olympic Committee for New Zealand. The NZOC was founded in 1911 and recognised by the IOC in 1919. Former New Zealand members of the International Olympic Committee are:
- Leonard Cuff (1894–1905), 1st, one of the founding members (also Australia)
- Richard Coombes 2nd (1912–1919) (also Australia)
- Arthur A. Marryatt 3rd (1919–1923)
- Joseph Firth CMG 4th (1923–1927)
- Lt-Col Bernard Freyberg VC, CMG, DSO 5th (1928–1930)
- Cecil J. Wray 6th (1931–1934)
- Sir Arthur Porritt Bt GCMG CBE 7th (1934–1967)
- Sir Lance Cross CBE 8th (1969–1987)
- Sir Tay Wilson KNZM OBE 9th (1988–2006)
- Barbara Kendall MBE 10th (Oceania athletes' representative from 2005 to 2008)
Current International Olympic Committee (IOC) members are:
The NZOC is governed by a board that is headed by a president. Five of the board members are elected by the general assembly. The two IOC members plus an athletes' representative complete the board. Since 2009, the president has been Mike Stanley.
- "New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games". Commonwealth Games Federation. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
- "NZOC Board Members". New Zealand Olympic Committee. Archived from the original on 19 October 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter
- "Mike Stanley". New Zealand Olympic Committee. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
- "Retiring president gives NZ Olympic Committee $1 million". Radio New Zealand. 5 May 2009. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
- Maddaford, Terry (25 July 2003). "Obituary: John Davies". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
- "NZ Olympic boss Davies dies". The New Zealand Herald. 21 July 2003. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
- "The Hon Sir David Stuart Beattie, GCMG, GCVO, QSO, QC". Governor-General of New Zealand. Retrieved 5 October 2015.