List of flag bearers for New Zealand at the Olympics

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New Zealand at the Olympic Games

Flag of New Zealand
IOC code  NZL
NOC New Zealand Olympic Committee
Olympic history
Summer Games

*with Australia as Australasia

Winter Games
Te Mahutonga Cloak on display at the New Zealand Olympic Museum

This is a list of flag bearers who have represented New Zealand at the Olympics.[1]

Flag bearers carry the national flag of their country at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.

Arthur Porritt, Stuart Blakely and Les Mills are the only New Zealand Olympians to have carried the flag at two different Olympic opening ceremonies.

Te Mahutonga Cloak[edit]

Worn by New Zealand’s Olympic Flagbearer at the opening ceremony of Summer and Winter Olympic Games. The Maori feather cloak is a traditional textile that offers the distinguished wearer additional Mana through its connection with the successors who have worn it. It was first worn to the games by Beatrice Faumuina at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games after being presented by the Maori Queen Dame Te Atairangikaahu in a ceremony where it also adorned some of the previous flagbearer’s including Harold Nelson, Ian Fergusson, Mark Todd, Barbara Kendall and Blyth Tait. Te Mahutonga translates from Maori to represent the The Constellation of the Southern Cross.

Opening Ceremony Flagbearers[edit]

# Event Year Season Flag bearer Sport
36 2012 Summer Willis, NickNick Willis[2] Athletics
35 2010 Winter Bray, JulianeJuliane Bray[3] Snowboarding
34 2008 Summer Drysdale, MaheMahe Drysdale Rowing
33 2006 Winter Becker, SeanSean Becker Curling
32 2004 Summer Faumuina, BeatriceBeatrice Faumuina Athletics
31 2002 Winter Paul, AngelaAngela Paul Luge
30 2000 Summer Tait, BlythBlyth Tait Equestrianism
29 1998 Winter Henry, PeterPeter Henry Bobsleigh
28 1996 Summer Kendall, BarbaraBarbara Kendall Sailing
27 1994 Winter Smith, TonyTony Smith Short track speed skating
26 1992 Summer Todd, MarkMark Todd Equestrianism
25 1992 Winter Nicholson, ChrisChris Nicholson Speed skating
24 1988 Summer Ferguson, IanIan Ferguson Canoeing
23 1988 Winter Wi Rutene, SimonSimon Wi Rutene Alpine Skiing
22 1984 Summer Walker, JohnJohn Walker Athletics
21 1984 Winter Hubrich, MarkusMarkus Hubrich Alpine skiing
20 1980* Summer Newth, BrianBrian Newth Modern pentathlon
19 1980 Winter Blakely, StuartStuart Blakely Alpine Skiing
18 1976 Summer Aspin, DavidDavid Aspin Wrestling
17 1976 Winter Blakely, StuartStuart Blakely Alpine Skiing
16 1972 Summer Mills, LesLes Mills Athletics
15 1972 Winter Ward, AlanAlan Ward Team Manager
14 1968 Summer Oliver, DonDon Oliver Weightlifting
13 1968 Winter Huppert, ThomasThomas Huppert Alpine Skiing
12 1964 Summer Snell, PeterPeter Snell Athletics
11 1960 Summer Mills, LesLes Mills Athletics
10 1960 Winter Hunt, BillBill Hunt Alpine Skiing
9 1956 Summer Johnston, RitchieRitchie Johnston Track Cycling
8 1952 Summer Cleghorn, HaroldHarold Cleghorn Weightlifting
7 1952 Winter Hayward, AustinAustin Hayward Team Assistant Manager
6 1948 Summer Nelson, HarryHarry Nelson Athletics
5 1936 Summer Lovelock, JackJack Lovelock Athletics
4 1932 Summer Macdonald, JohnJohn Macdonald Rowing
3 1928 Summer Porritt, ArthurArthur Porritt Athletics
2 1924 Summer Porritt, ArthurArthur Porritt Athletics
1 1920 Summer Wilson, HarryHarry Wilson Athletics

Closing ceremony flagbearers[edit]

# Season Flag bearer Sport
2012 Summer Drysdale, MahéMahé Drysdale[4] Rowing
2010 Winter Sandford, BenBen Sandford[5] Skeleton
2008 Summer Evers-Swindell, Caroline & GeorginaCaroline & Georgina Evers-Swindell[6] Rowing
2004 Summer Ulmer, SarahSarah Ulmer[7] Cycling
2000 Summer Waddell, RobRob Waddell[8] Rowing
1998 Winter Paul, AngelaAngela Paul[9] Luge
1996 Summer Loader, DanyonDanyon Loader[10] Swimming
1992 Summer Kendall, BarbaraBarbara Kendall Sailboarding
1988 Summer Kendall, BruceBruce Kendall[11] Sailboarding

See also[edit]