The New Zealand Olympic Order is an award of merit recognising outstanding service to the Olympic Movement and/or sport
Ian Boyd, ONZN
Bruce Cameron, ONZM
Dave Currie, CNZM
Sir Eion Edgar, KNZM
Dr David Gerrard, CNZM, OBE
Sir Murray Halberg, ONZ, MBE
Gary Hermansson, ONZM
Barbara Kendall, MBE
Selwyn Maister, QSM
Tony Popplewell, ONZM
Ralph Roberts, MBE
Trevor Shailer, MNZM
Susie Simcock, ONZM
Hal Wagstaff, OBE
Businessman and philanthropist Sir Eion Edgar is a former NZOC President (2003-2009) and a NZOC Olympic Order Holder.
Sir Eion is also the Chairman of Winter Games NZ, which is held annually in the South Island and is one of the world’s largest winter multisport events.
The Queenstown resident is quoted as saying “if you do well, you give back to the community” and Sir Eion has done exactly that, funding the Edgar Sports Centre in Dunedin and the Edgar National Centre for Diabetes and Obesity at the University of Otago.
Named National Business Review (NBR) New Zealander of the Year in 2004 and NBR senior of the year in 2010, Sir Eion was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2009.
Bernie Fraser is the patron of Archery New Zealand and an Olympic Order Holder.
Bernie has been involved in archery since the 1950s and has since been President, National Coaching Co-ordinator and National Coach of Archery New Zealand.
He first represented Archery NZ at the World Championships in York (UK) in 1971. He was the first person from New Zealand to hold a FITA (now World Archery) committee position when he was appointed to the newly created Field Competition Committee. It was his work on this committee which created field archery rules and competitions for which he was awarded the Bronze Plaquette. At the time he was the only person to hold such an award in this country.
Bernie later managed and/or coached New Zealand archery teams to one Olympic Games and several World Championships.
He represented Archery on the NZOC Board and was elected to the Executive on which he served for a number of years.
Bernie was also appointed to the NZOC selectors' panel and selected teams for three Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games. The NZOC recognised Bernie's major contribution to the Olympic movement in this country with the Olympic Order.
Now in his 80s Bernie remains an active coach of local archers who seek national representation.
Former NZOC Secretary General Michael Hooper is a NZOC Olympic Order Holder.
Hooper was Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) for 13 years (2000-2014), spanning four Games from Manchester 2002 to Glasgow 2014. He summed up his tenure as the head of the CGF by saying “it was a huge development phase, putting the CGF on a professional footing as a modern global sports organisation."
Rower Tony Popplewell is a NZOC Olympic Order Holder for his outstanding service to the Olympic Movement.
Popplewell competed in rowing at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games.
He has held various managements positions in every New Zealand Olympic or Commonwealth Games team since the Auckland 1990 Commonwealth Games.
A life member of the New Zealand Rowing Association, Popplewell has had a strong influence on New Zealand’s most successful Olympic sport.
Former NZOC board member Susie Simcock is a NZOC Olympic Order Holder.
Originally a physiotherapist Simcock was a NZOC board member (1997-2009) and a chairperson of the Women and Sport Committee for the NZOC.
Simcock is involved in the promotion of women’s sports in New Zealand and internationally. Her work in this field saw her awarded the Oceania Trophy by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2010.
Simcock was the first woman to be elected president of the World Squash Federation (WSF) and the first to be elected as a council member of the General Association of International Sports Federations, known today as SportAccord. She is also a founding member of the New Zealand Golf Board.
After playing hockey and athletics at University, Simcock took up squash as a mother of three in 1972. "I was at home and desperate to get back into sports and squash was the one that worked really well for people with small children," she says. "It’s a quick fix exercise. In half an hour you can have some really good exercise and a lot of fun."
She managed the women’s squash national team for six years, and represented New Zealand on the International Squash Organisation until 1989.
She initiated studies on gender balance and developed guidelines to assist other national sports federations to improve gender balance on their boards. She tackled the issue of representation of women on the boards of New Zealand sporting organisations, showing the benefits of gender balance and in decision-making.
Simcock says all through her career she has been “breaking down barriers", encouraging more sports to have women in their leadership roles.
Boxer Trevor Shailer is Commonwealth Games bronze medallist and a NZOC Olympic Order Holder.
Shailer won bronze at the 1994 Victoria Commonwealth Games and also represented New Zealand at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.
Soon after his retirement he became a member of the New Zealand Olympic Committee Athletes’ Commission and has become a driving force behind our unique and highly valued team culture.
Shailer has also been a cultural advisor to the New Zealand Olympic Committee, helping to ensure the incorporation of tikanga Maori into the team has grown and will continue to be an integral part of our team environment.
Since 2004 he has been a leader within athlete support teams at Olympic Summer and Winter Games as well as Commonwealth Games. Shailer acted as deputy Chef de Mission in Glasgow and Rio.
His role has been vital in ensuring athletes are at the heart of what the NZOC sets out to achieve.
Shailer was the New Zealand team Chef de Mission for the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa in 2015.
Boat designer Hal Wagstaff is a NZOC Olympic Order Holder.
Wagstaff was an international sailing judge and umpire, officiating at more than 50 major international and World Championship regattas. Involved within the NZOC (1970-1993), he was responsible for determining things such as the type of boats to be included in Olympics and the number of crew and sizing.
Coming from a boating family, Wagstaff was introduced to sailing at a young age along with his four brothers. He spent a lot of time with his father and grandfather who sailed and built boats in their leisure time in Wellington.
As a teenager, Wagstaff built his first boat. In 1968 he entered a design competition at the Royal Akarana Yacht Club and won. The success bought in many commissions, both national and international.
To describe his passion for design he likes to say “I draw with feeling, as if I was playing the piano”.
For close to 20 years, spanning 10 games campaigns from the Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games in 1998 to the Rio Olympic Games in 2016, Gary Hermansson has ensured New Zealand’s athletes have been prepared for competition.
As Team Psychologist, his focus has been on what it takes to be mentally ready.
He has also been an influential member of each games leadership team and contributed to the creation of our unique and athlete focused team environment.
Gary has also contributed to conflict resolution, guidance and advice, team building and lately, succession planning.
Core to his to this approach has been the philosophy that a team should create a sense of belonging in all its members.
During this period of sustained contribution, Gary has written books, mentored and advised many high performance athletes and leaders and been at the forefront of Sports Psychology, not only in New Zealand, but internationally as well.