Glasgow 2014 was the second Commonwealth Games for Liana, who helped her team earn silver in the final game against Australia.
Darren Liddel shone only briefly of the New Zealand sports landscape, but he was brilliant when he was at his peak.
The giant Aucklander won three weightlifting gold medals in the superheavyweight division at the 1998 Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games, smashing three Commonwealth Games records along the way.
Melbourne will be Craig’s third Commonwealth Games after Kuala Lumpur and Manchester. He won a silver medal in the 50km walk at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester. Craig has been the dominant race walker in New Zealand for many years and is the New Zealand record holder for the 20km, 30km and 50km disciplines.
It is one of the injustices of New Zealand sport that road cyclist Brian Fowler rode superbly in four Commonwealth Games, but never quite earned the praise his performances deserved. He finished with one Commonwealth Games gold and four silvers, which most athletes would be proud of. But Fowler was even better than that and could easily have had at least two more golds.
Graham May lifted only briefly at international level, but in that time he gave New Zealand two sports moments that will always be remembered. Both occurred during the 1974 Christchurch Commonwealth Games.
May defied lack of experience and strong opposition to win the gold medal in the super-heavyweight division, recalling the feat of Don Oliver a decade earlier.
Bruce Biddle may be the unluckiest New Zealand Olympic representative ever.
Biddle rode magnificently in the road race at the 1972 Munich Olympics, but was denied a place on the dais when he was edged out by Spaniard Jaime Huelamo, who finished third.
Billy Savidan, born in Auckland in 1902, became an athletics immortal on two counts when he won the six-mile gold medal at the 1930 Empire Games in Hamilton, Canada.
He became the first person ever to win a gold medal at an Empire Games - achievement enough. But what made him famous was the manner in which he won the race.
John Walker, the third of New Zealand’s triumvirate of great milers, was very much a man of his times. Whereas his predecessors, Jack Lovelock and Peter Snell, were understated and tended to shy away from publicity, Walker was always comfortable in front of the television cameras.