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Selwyn Maister

Selwyn Maister (born 24 May 1946) attended Christchurch Boys’ High School 1959-1963. 

Selwyn Maister made such a sporting and academic impression at School that he was rewarded with a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford University, following the likes of Arthur Porritt, Jack Lovelock and Chris Laidlaw. There he earned university blue, representing the university in hockey for three years.

Maister competed internationally for New Zealand first in 1965 and eventually competed in three Olympic Games, captaining the New Zealand national team in 1973-74. At all three Olympic Games (1968, 1972, 1976), Maister was joined on the team by his younger brother Barry. The 1976 team, which won the Olympic gold medal, was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame in 1990. 

After he retired as a player, he coached a number of high-profile teams for more than 20 years, including being assistant coach of the New Zealand Women’s Black Sticks at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, and has coaching the Canterbury women’s team and men’s teams at the club level in Christchurch.

He was on the inaugural board of Hockey New Zealand and was President of the New Zealand Olympians Association, and he is on the board of Paralympics New Zealand. He was Chief Executive Officer of the Canterbury West Coast Sports Trust from 2000 to 2007. Maister received the SPARC Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.

Maister, who also spent time on the teaching staff of Christchurch Boys’ High School, spent 30 years in tertiary education, where he began as a scientist before moving into administration. He served as head of Applied Sciences at Christchurch Polytechnic, staying in that position for 30 years, before becoming head of the Canterbury Regional Sports Trust.

Selwyn Maister, who has a PhD in organic chemistry, was awarded the Queen’s Service Medal in 2012 for services to hockey.