Dave Currie has been the Chef de Mission at the Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games for the last 20-odd years
Dave Currie was Chef de Mission ("leader of the delegation") for the New Zealand team at the Sydney Paralympics. He followed that by being Chef de Mission for the New Zealand team to the Manchester (2002) and Melbourne (2006) Commonweath Games; and for the Athens Olympic Games (2004).
Dave lives in Raglan but he grew up in South Auckland. He credits that, and his past roles like being Chairman of the Otara Flea Market, as giving him a "healthy disregard for authority". As he says, "I'm more concerned with the athletes". The connection is strengthened by his background as a national class marathon runner (with a best of 2 hrs 21 min) and 12 years as race director of the Auckland Iron Man. Currie remains a keen kayaker and mountain biker.