By Duncan Mackay

Mike Stanley NZOCMay 8 - Mike Stanley has been re-elected President of the New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC).

Stanley, the chief executive of the Millennium Institute who became President in 2009 after six years as a Board member, was unopposed at the NZOC's General Assembly in Auckland.

The former rower, part of the men's eight that finished fourth at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games and winner of World Championship gold medals in 1982 and 1983, will retain the position for a further four-year term, through to Rio 2016.

Simon Wickham, the current Deputy President, was re-elected to the Board and Trevor Taylor, chief executive of Outward Bound New Zealand and father of 2012 London Olympics bronze medal rower Peter, was voted on as a new member.

Votes were cast by representatives of national sports organisations at the meeting.

Both men were recommended by NZOC Board appointments panel representative Sir John Wells.

The NZOC's 2012 annual report was passed at the meeting, with financial reserves rising by NZ$115,000 (£62,000/$97,000/€74,000).

Other business at the Assembly included secretary-general Kereyn Smith confirming a change to the NZOC procedure on athlete registration at major events.

The change follows an error that saw New Zealand's Olympic staff fail to properly register reigning women's shot put champion Valerie Adams for the London Games and had to rely on a last-minute amendment.

Adams was one of six New Zealand gold medallists, the country's best performance since 1984 as they finished 15th overall in the rankings, winning a total of 13 medals. 

Lisa Carrington celebrates London 2012 gold medalNew Zealand's Lisa Carrington celebrates wining the K-1200m Olympic gold medal at London 2012

Other Kiwis crowned Olympic champions included canoeist Lisa Carrington, winner of the K-1 200 metres.

A new 2013-2016 was also launched, which included applying more resources to selecting, organising and leading New Zealand teams to major Games.

New staff will be employed to support this focus and more sustainable revenue streams sought.

The strategy also identifies the need for the organisation to leverage its substantial international connections to lead and advocate for New Zealand sport.

"Our vision is to inspire pride and excellence in New Zealanders and to do that we need to use our unique mandate from the IOC to enable athletes to successfully compete and excel at Olympic and Commonwealth Games," said Stanley.

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