The New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) presented its 2019 Annual Report to its membership today via online video conferencing.

More than 100 representatives from 41 sports took part.

Acknowledging the unprecedented circumstances, New Zealand Olympic Committee President Mike Stanley assured National Sporting Organisations the organisation is committed to playing its role as the world navigates the ongoing crisis in sport and called for ongoing collaboration.

“The road ahead for the New Zealand Olympic Committee, National Sporting Organisations, performance delivery partner High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ) and the athletes that will make up the New Zealand Teams to Tokyo 2020, Beijing 2022 and Birmingham 2022 will be challenging," Stanley said.

“But I have every confidence that we, together with our sports and partners and New Zealand’s proud athletes, have what it takes to excel at these Games and once again use sport to inspire our nation.

“We’ll need to be adaptable and resilient,” he said. “We’ll continue to collaborate, keep athletes at the heart of our decision-making and together, we’ll ensure the New Zealand Team is prepared and ready to succeed.”

Stanley said the organisation had been well-placed to adapt to the significant impact of Covid-19 with planning for upcoming games well-advanced and revenue on budget.

"Together with our member federations we were on track to send a record sized team to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, due to the postponement we are now looking forward to reaching this milestone in 2021."

"Sport is so important to New Zealand and we look forward to it continuing to play a significant role as the nation gets back on its feet."

Commercial partnerships contributed 42% and donations were responsible for 34% of revenue in 2019. Revenue diversification remains a priority with merchandise, philanthropy and fundraising programmes, and joint ventures just a few of the key initiatives. 

The New Zealand Olympic Committee, supported by commercial, philanthropic and performance delivery partners invested a total of $2.6 million directly into New Zealand sports and athletes in 2019.

The organisation finished the year on budget with a $1.1 million surplus. Financial reserves are $2.9 million.

The NZOC’s newly established Maori Advisory Committee oversaw significant strides being made in the organisation’s culture of manaaki and a greater depth of inclusion across all areas.

Education and community engagement saw Olympic Ambassadors connect with more than 50,000 New Zealand children, while 81% of primary and intermediate schools signed up to use New Zealand Olympic Committee curriculum-aligned resources.

The NZOC Athletes’ Commission continued to provide advice and input into all major decisions made by the New Zealand Olympic Committee.

The membership took time to acknowledge those lost to the Olympic and Commonwealth Games movements in 2019, including Dame Yvette Williams and Sir Peter Snell.

The New Zealand Olympic Committee thanks its commercial, philanthropic and community partners for their support.

“In particular we’d like to acknowledge major sponsor ANZ who contributes so much to the work we do. We also thank Sir Owen Glenn whose generosity has created both the Sir Owen Glenn Legacy which supports young leaders, and the Yvette Williams Scholarship,” said Mike Stanley.

“We also thank performance delivery partner HPSNZ for their ongoing collaboration and support. Additionally, we’d like to acknowledge Sport NZ for their commitment to sport in the wider community.”

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General Assembly welcomes new NZOC Athletes’ Commission Chair

Heptathlete Sarah Cowley Ross has been welcomed as the new Chair of the New Zealand Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Commission. She will lead the eight-strong Commission made up of current and recent Olympic and Commonwealth Games athletes and become a full member of New Zealand Olympic Committee board.

“It’s a privilege to take on this role and ensure that athletes voices continue to be heard and their values considered in decision making,” said Cowley-Ross.

"With the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games athlete engagement is more important than ever and the Commission will be working to put a diverse range of views to the organisation."

She replaces rower Nathan Twaddle whose term as Chair concluded today at the General Assembly.

"I've been on the Commission for 12 years overall, during which time we've made great strides," said Twaddle.

"I'm proud of the way we've represented athletes and wish to thank the NZOC for its ongoing commitment to putting athletes at the heart of the organisation."

New Zealand Olympic Committee President Term Extended to 2022

The General Assembly supported a recommendation to extend Mike Stanley’s presidency.
Mike Stanley’s third and final term as NZOC President had been due to end at the General Assembly in May 2021. 

Following the postponement of the Olympic Games until July 2021, followed in quick succession by the Beijing Winter Olympic Games in February 2022 and the Birmingham Commonwealth Games in August 2022, the New Zealand Olympic Committee Board had recommended the term of the Presidency be extended and determined that the term should extend until no later than October 31st 2022.

This approach will ensure stability and consistency at this challenging time. Similar approaches are being taken by other like-minded National Olympic Committees, with the knowledge and support of the IOC. 

Stanley was elected President in 2008. There is a three-term maximum.

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NZ Hockey Representative Graham Child Elected to NZOC Board

New Zealand Hockey Representative Graham Child was elected today to the New Zealand Olympic Committee Board.

Child is an experienced business leader and board member who is also a qualified accountant. He has served on Audit, Risk and Finance Committees of Aktive, Hockey NZ and World Masters Games.

"Growing up in rural Northland my weekends were spent at either cricket, rugby or hockey, and this has given me a good appreciation of the positive impact sport has on society," said Child.

"I want to thank the membership for the opportunity and I look forward to adding value to the NZOC Governance."

Child comes from a strong sporting background having represented New Zealand in hockey and coached teams at all levels. 

He was recommended by the New Zealand Olympic Committee Board Appointments Panel and replaces Trevor Taylor who stood down from the board position which he’d occupied since 2013.

During his tenure Trevor was Chair of the NZOC Sport Funding Committee, Chair of the Health and Safety Committee and a member of the Audit and Finance Committee.

The New Zealand Olympic Committee warmly thanked Taylor for his commitment, leadership and financial acumen.

The New Zealand Olympic Committee Board Appointments Panel comprises each an independent, membership and board representative and is designed to support the maintenance of an experienced and balanced board.

Constitutional Amendments

The New Zealand Olympic Committee membership approved minor changes to the NZOC Constitution to clarify the process for co-option to the NZOC Board where necessary, including for succession planning. 

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