Dave Currie is best known for his role as Chef de Mission at the Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games from 2000-2012.
Prior to that, Dave was the race director of the Ironman Triathlon from 1987 to 1999, the executive director of the Halberg Trust for 17 years from 1988, and the Manager of the New Zealand Black Caps cricket team 2009–11.
Dave Currie was Chef de Mission ("leader of the delegation") posts, mainly for the New Zealand Olympic Committee:
- 2000 Paralympics (Sydney)
- 2002 Commonwealth Games (Manchester)
- 2004 Summer Olympics (Athens)
- 2006 Commonwealth Games (Melbourne)
- 2008 Summer Olympics (Beijing)
- 2010 Commonwealth Games (Delhi)
- 2012 Summer Olympics (London)
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. Dave remains a keen kayaker and mountain biker.
In the 2009 New Year Honours, Dave was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to sports administration.
Dave was our after dinner speaker after a long day. He joined us for dinner and staff found him approachable and friendly. When he spoke after dinner we found him to be engaging and funny and it was the perfect way to end our day. Life Unlimited