New Zealand at the 1928 Summer Olympics

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New Zealand at the
1928 Summer Olympics
Flag of New Zealand.svg
IOC code NZL
NOC New Zealand Olympic Committee
in Amsterdam
Competitors 10 in 3 sports
Flag bearer Arthur Porritt
Ranked 24th
Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 0 0 1
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
 Australasia (1908 · 1912)

New Zealand competed at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam, Netherlands with a team of four athletes, four swimmers and two boxers. Seven men and three women represented their country, accompanied by four others. The athletes were led by Arthur Porritt, who was the only New Zealand competitor who had attended the previous Summer Olympics in 1924; Porritt would four decades later become New Zealand's 11th Governor-General. The team won one medal; boxer Ted Morgan won gold in the men's welterweight.


Medal Name Sport Event Date
 Gold Ted Morgan Boxing Men's welterweight August 11


The New Zealand team in 1928 including supporters;
front (l–r): Annie Miller (chaperone), Mrs Amos (chaperone), Harry Amos (Chef de Mission), Ena Stockley, Kathleen Miller, Norma Wilson
middle: Ted Morgan, C. Dickinson (masseur), Arthur Porritt, David Lindsay, Alf Cleverley
back: Len Moorhouse, Stan Lay

Arthur Porritt was appointed captain by the New Zealand Olympic Council. Porritt was at the time based in England for tertiary study and was thus in a position to arrange some things in Europe. He also had the advantage that he had attended the previous Summer Olympics, winning the country's only medal. Porritt, a runner, was joined by eight other competitors: four swimmers, three track and field athletes, and two boxers. In total, there were seven men and three women competing for New Zealand.[1][2] Both the boxer Alf Cleverley and the swimmer Len Moorhouse did not receive financial support by the Olympic Council for their journey to the Games, but had to pay for it themselves.[1] All athletes apart from Porritt (who was already in England) and Moorhouse travelled by the Remuera to England;[1] The main body of the team was farewelled in Wellington by the prime minister, Gordon Coates, and several cabinet ministers.[2]

Moorhouse followed over a month later on the Tamaroa.[3] A New Zealand rowing eight was selected (including the future All Black Hubert McLean), but was unable to travel to the games because of lack of funds.[4][5]

Harry Amos was appointed Chef de Mission;[6] at the time he was referred to as chairman.[1] His wife acted as chaperon and travelled to the Olympics at their own expense. A masseur from Wellington, C. Dickinson, accompanied the team in an honorary capacity.[1][7] Swimmer Kathleen Miller, 19 years old at the time, was accompanied by her mother Annie Miller as a chaperone.[8] Therefore, the ten athletes were accompanied by four others to the Olympics.[2]

Results and competitors by event[edit]



Men's Welterweight (– 66.7 kg)

Men's Light-Heavyweight (– 79.4 kg)



  1. ^ a b c d e "The Olympic Games". Otago Daily Times (20387). 19 April 1928. p. 9. Retrieved 13 September 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Amsterdam Olympiad". The New Zealand Herald. LXV (19932). 28 April 1928. p. 13. Retrieved 13 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "Personal". Otago Daily Times (20430). 9 June 1928. p. 12. Retrieved 13 September 2016. 
  4. ^ Ron Palenski; Rod Chester; Neville McMillan (2005). The Encyclopaedia of New Zealand Rugby (4th ed.). Hodder Moa, Auckland. p. 138. ISBN 1 86971 026 6. 
  5. ^ "Olympic Games". The New Zealand Herald. LXV (19925). 19 April 1928. p. 12. Retrieved 13 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "Harry Amos". New Zealand Olympic Committee. Retrieved 13 September 2016. 
  7. ^ Cleverley, A. J. (1 May 1928). "For the Olympic Games". The New Zealand Railways Magazine. 3 (1): 44. Retrieved 13 September 2016. 
  8. ^ "Kathleen Miller". New Zealand Olympic Committee. Retrieved 14 September 2016. 

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