The Most Colourful, Beautiful Well-Organised Ceremony

04 October 2010

An ecstatic Irene van Dyk led around 150 New Zealand athletes and support staff into the Jawarharlal Nehru Stadium tonight to celebrate the opening of the 19th Commonwealth Games and a ten day festival of sport and culture.

Opening Ceremony Excitement

03 October 2010

Around 150 New Zealand athletes and team officials are preparing to march in the Delhi Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony. “We’ve had a really positive response from athletes,” said Dave Currie, Chef de Mission. “Opening Ceremonies are always a highlight and our athletes are keen to be part of the team as they enter the stadium tonight.” Irene van Dyk will carry New Zealand’s flag ahead of the black and silver clad team into the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium at 1930h Delhi time tonight.

Irene van Dyk a Popular Choice

03 October 2010

Irene van Dyk was an understandably popular choice when she was named as the 2010 New Zealand Commonwealth Games team captain this evening. New Zealand team chef de mission Dave Currie’s announcement that van Dyk had been accorded the honour drew a rousing round of cheers from the team, and a standing ovation from van Dyk’s netball team-mates. It was one of from a memorable games village welcoming ceremony in Delhi.

Sons of Sir Ed and Tenzing Inspire Team

03 October 2010

The son’s of Sir Ed and Tenzing Norgay joined the New Zealand Commonwealth Games team at ceremony to welcome the team to Delhi this evening. The ceremony featured a mix of New Zealand and Indian cultures and centered around the achievements of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay and the naming of Irene van Dyk as flagbearer. It also featured exuberant bollywood style dancers and New Zealand classic song Poi E. Peter Hillary and Jamling Norgay had flown to Delhi especially for the occasion.

Irene van Dyk to Lead Team

03 October 2010

One of New Zealand’s favourite athletes has been chosen to carry the flag at the Delhi Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony. An overwhelmed van Dyk accepted the offer to carry the flag this evening at a ceremony welcoming the team to India. Irene was chosen for her both her personal qualities and sporting achievements. Chef de Mission Dave Currie told her team mates that Irene had those characteristics that New Zealanders were most proud of. “Its grit, determination and resourcefulness,” said Currie.

Flagbearer being announced tonight

01 October 2010

The New Zealand Commonwealth Games Team flagbearer will be announced tonight by Dave Currie. The flagbearer is traditionally announced at the official team function on the eve of the Games. It is a great honour to carry the New Zealand flag into the stadium at an Opening Ceremony. Many of the finest names in New Zealand sport have led teams into the Opening Ceremony. There is general excitement for the Opening Ceremony, but for those competing the next day they will not be attending.

Message our Athletes

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.