At the 2012 London Olympics New Zealand had it's best result ever winning 13 medals; six Gold, 2 Silver and five Bronze. A fitting exit to Dave's role as the team's manager and spokesperson.
From 2002 to 2012 Dave was the spokesperson and Chef de Mission for all New Zealand Games Teams. From 2009 to 2011 Dave also worked with the New Zealand Black Caps cricket team in the key team management role.
Both of these roles had much in common. The challenge of bringing out the best in a team. Dave's first foray into International cricket was against the might Indian cricket team in New Zealand. In June 2009 Dave managed the cricket team in England in the 20/20 World Championship.
When you bring over 200 elite athletes together you need leadership from someone they trust and respect. Dave Currie has earned that position. Each time the New Zealand team compete Dave and his team ensure that every athlete is in the best environment to achieve their personal best. And every time New Zealand do better than anyone expects.
Dave can speak to any audience. On leadership, teamwork, motivation and discipline, goals and project planning. His focus on "punching above your weight" has proven to be very popular and reflects Dave's attitude that any individual, any team and any group can take on the big boys if the right environment is present.
In January 2015 Dave was appointed CEO of College Sport Auckland. In this role Dave and his team are responsible for 107 secondary schools in the greater Auckland area from Warkworth to Onewhero. College Sport Auckland delivers 45 codes to approximately 65,000 secondary school student participants who are supported by around 200 sport coordinators.
Business Keynote Ask Dave to get more serious and talk about the management of the team and what that entails for business and you get inspiration and real insights into getting the best out of a team of fiercely competitive individuals.
After Dinner Ask Dave to give an entertaining/humorous after dinner presentation and you get some very funny anecdotes about on and off the field events.
In all of his presentations Dave brings a quiet dignity reflective of his role as team leader and the passion and commitment he has to his people.
Dave speaks about building Teams, and understanding the unique needs of elite athletes. Something he has great experience in. He has managed our elite athletes since 2000.
Chef de Mission Paralympics Sydney 2000
Chef de Mission Commonwealth Games Manchester 2002
Chef de Mission Olympic Games Athens 2004
Chef de Mission Commonwealth Games Melbourne 2006
Chef de Mission Olympic Games Beijing 2008
Chef de Mission Commonwealth Games New Delhi 2010
Chef de Mission London, England (2012)
In 2009 he was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) in the New Year's honours.
Dave was Race Director for the New Zealand Iron man Triathlon from 1987 to 1997 blazing the way for New Zealand's success in this event. For 17 Years he was Executive Director for The Halberg Trust - Responsible for organizing Halberg Awards during all of this time, including Millennium Awards in 1999. During this time he was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship travelling the world studying integration strategies for people with disabilities.
In 2001 Paralympics New Zealand awarded him The Order of Merit which recognises individuals who have given outstanding service to the organisation and Paralympics sport.
He has also held community positions including;
Wel Energy Trust
Waikato District Health Board
Audit Committee (Chair)
Community & Public Health Advisory Committee (Deputy Chair)
Campus Redevelopment Committee
Dave is also a cancer survivor. After 7 months of chemotherapy he will, where appropriate, speak of this experience and his attitude of recovery.
Dave believes that everyone has the ability to achieve and that individuals can make a difference.
From Peter Hind New Zealand CIO Conference;
"The final speech on the first day was a dinner talk from Dave Currie who was the Chef de Mission for the New Zealand Olympic Team at Beijing. For a country of four million people New Zealand consistently punches above its weight in the Olympics. This year it won five gold medals. However, Currie's speech was about the challenge of managing a team of single-minded, competitive, high-performing athletes. His message though was equally applicable to a CIO running an IT department. To get the support of your team you first have to understand everyone's individual needs and then show them trust."