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30 September 2010

Our Kiwi athletes are starting to arrive in Delhi! Follow the team’s progress on our 29028 Facebook page – and remember to keep leaving your messages of support there as well – our athletes are reading them!

Athletes Arrive in Delhi today

28 September 2010

Athletes Enter Village – Chef says residential conditions safe and secure Dave Currie confirmed last night in a phone conference call with the New Zealand Olympic Committee board that conditions in the village were now safe and secure. On the basis of that assurance the Board confirmed that the arrival of athletes into the village would proceed as planned. This decision followed the operations team’s first night in the village and satisfactory reports on village security, fire safety and evacuation plans and public health management.

Operations Team to Move In

26 September 2010

Operations Team Moving In The New Zealand Commonwealth Games operation team is set to spend their first night in the athletes’ village in Delhi this evening (eds. Delhi time). The team of high performance and athlete support staff have prepared one level of tower eight for occupation and say that moving in will enable them to test electricity, plumbing and other functional areas. “We’ve seen improvement in the consistency of electricity supply,” said Chef de Mission Dave Currie from Delhi this evening. “Critically, the fire safety measures are now satisfactory.

Board Says Planning to Continue

24 September 2010

New Zealand Olympic Committee President Mike Stanley and Secretary General Barry Maister have briefed the New Zealand Olympic Committee board today on progress in Delhi following their 27 hour trip to the Indian capital. While it has been a tense few days the board heard today that progress in the last 24 hours has been significant. The government in India has acknowledged the issues and this is significant progress. The Chief Minister of Delhi has brought in 40 of her top administrators to make things happen.

Athlete Arrivals to be Delayed

23 September 2010

The New Zealand Olympic Committee is advising athletes to hold off travel to the Indian capital until September 28th. The first New Zealand athletes were set to start arriving this weekend with lawn bowls, hockey and badminton first in. New Zealand Olympic Committee President Mike Stanley and Secretary General Barry Maister return home from Delhi today where they spent 27 hours assessing the situation first hand.

NZOC Joins Forces to Push for Resolution

23 September 2010

Senior officials from the New Zealand Olympic Committee have completed their inspection of the facilities in Delhi and are today heading home to New Zealand to brief the organisation’s board on Friday. President Mike Stanley and Secretary General Barry Maister spent 24 hours in the Indian capital after concerns were raised about lack of progress to prepare the village for athletes. Meanwhile, in Delhi, Dave Currie and his team are seeking an urgent resolution from the organisers to the ongoing delays.

President and Secretary General Arrive in Delhi

22 September 2010

The New Zealand Olympic Committee President and Secretary General have touched down in Delhi this morning ahead of briefings and a first-hand assessment of the athletes’ village today. Mike Stanley and Barry Maister left New Zealand yesterday morning after Indian organizers struggled to prepare the village ahead of New Zealand athletes arriving on the 25th. Chef de Mission Dave Currie will brief the pair this morning and conduct a tour of the village from approximately 4.30pm (NZT) today.

Village Progress Slower than Hoped

21 September 2010

The New Zealand Olympic Committee is disappointed with progress in the residential area of the Delhi Commonwealth Games Village and has been offered an alternative apartment building after organisers struggled to prepare the original tower for habitation. The New Zealand team has now moved into towers eight and nine and chef de mission Dave Currie says conditions are much improved but notes there is still considerable work to be done before the official opening on 23rd September.

Delhi Organisers Working Hard to Ready NZ Tower

17 September 2010

New Zealand Commonwealth Games Team Chef de Mission Dave Currie is working with organizers to ensure New Zealand’s residential tower in the athletes’ village is ready as the 25th of September approaches. While construction is complete the final touches are yet to be put on Tower 32 and the post-construction clean has not been completed satisfactorily.

Late Addition to the Cycling Team

17 September 2010

Late Addition to the Cycling Team Auckland cyclist Aaron Gate is a late addition to the New Zealand team for the Commonwealth Games. The 19 year old has filled a spot in the endurance track squad for the Games and has been in Europe with the group competing in the road programme in Belgium and France over the last three months Gate was third in the team pursuit at the Junior World Championships and third in the tema pursiot at the Beijing World Cup.

NZs IOC Member Assesses Winter Hosts

15 September 2010

New Zealand's IOC Member Assesses Winter Hosts The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced New Zealand Olympic Committee’s, Secretary General, Barry Maister as part of an 11-member Evaluation Commission which is tasked with evaluating the three candidate cities bidding for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

High Numbers for Delhi

12 September 2010

Around 7,000 athletes and team officials have registered for the Commonwealth Games. The Delhi organisers had originally estimated that as many as 8,000 athletes and support staff could attend the games and the final figure of 7,000 is a reflection of the games programme and Commonwealth selection criteria. The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) CEO Mike Hooper has confirmed that CGF estimates for the games have always been between 6500 and 7000 and were based on the numbers for Melbourne and took into account changes to the sports programme for Delhi.