XIV Commonwealth Games
Host cityAuckland, New Zealand
MottoThis is the Moment (Māori: Ko te moma tenei)
Events213 events in 10 sports
Opening24 January 1990
Closing3 February 1990
Opened byPrince Edward
Closed byElizabeth II
Queen's Baton Final RunnerMark Todd and Peter Snell
Main venueMount Smart Stadium
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The 1990 Commonwealth Games (Māori: 1990 Taumāhekeheke Commonwealth) was held in Auckland, New Zealand from 24 January – 3 February 1990. It was the 14th Commonwealth Games, and part of New Zealand's 1990 sesquicentennial celebrations. Participants competed in ten sports: athletics, aquatics, badminton, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, judo, lawn bowls, shooting and weightlifting. Netball[1] and the Triathlon were demonstration events.

The main venue was the Mount Smart Stadium.

Host selection

The event was awarded to Auckland on 27 July 1984 at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, United States. Perth, Australia, had withdrawn from the bid contest leaving New Delhi, India, as the sole opponent to Auckland's bid. New Delhi lost the hosting rights to Auckland by a margin of 1 vote, which made it the closest host selection vote in the history of Commonwealth Games

1990 Commonwealth Games bidding results
City Round 1
New Zealand Auckland 20
India New Delhi 19

Opening ceremony

The opening of the games comprised a variety of events, including the arrival of The Queen's representative The Prince Edward (her youngest son), the arrival of the Queen's Baton, and many Māori ceremonial stories. The Queens Baton was carried across the Auckland Harbour by the vessel "Ceduna".

Queen's Baton's from the 1990 Commonwealth Games.

The opening ceremony itself started off with the Auckland Commonwealth Games Choir singing the Song of Welcome. Upon the arrival of The Prince Edward, the Māori in attendance, gave him a Challenge of a welcome. This is conducted by a Māori placing a wooden baton on the ground. To see if the visitor comes in peace or not, the visitor must pick it up.

The New Zealand national anthem "God Defend New Zealand" was sung during a ceremonial fourteen gun salute from nearby One Tree Hill. This was followed by the New Zealand Army Guard Commander allowing The Prince Edward to inspect the guard of honour. After which was the introduction of the participating countries of the Commonwealth, Scotland entering first as the hosts of the previous games, and New Zealand entering last as hosts. During the introduction of the countries, the choir would display the flag of the announced country with boards.

When all the athletes finally sat down, the main Māori ceremonies began. First of the Māori ceremonies was all the Māori women performing a "Song of Welcome" for the athletes with the use of Poi. The Māori women then gave some of the athletes a Hongi. Next was the Māori story of how New Zealand was formed according to legend; it a narration of how the Polynesians found their way to what was to become New Zealand, and how New Zealand was formed between Rangi and Papa, the sky father and earth mother. The story then moved on to the coming of religion and European migration. This was demonstrated with a formation of the Union Jack, to show the colonisation by the British. Dame Whina Cooper then made a speech about the Treaty of Waitangi signed in 1840 that brought about peace and stability of modern New Zealand.

Introduction of the European communities was next with music and native dancing from European countries such as Italy, Poland, Greece, Netherlands, Scotland, Ireland, Austria, Wales and England, and music and native dancing also from Asian countries such as China, Sri Lanka and India. From here, many of the neighbouring Pacific Islanders made their entrance with the rhythmic tempo of the Pacific Island drum beat. This was to show the then complete migration of people to New Zealand.

Howard Morrison then lead New Zealand in singing the folk song Tukua-a-hau. After Morrison, the Queen's Baton arrived at the stadium where Prince Edward announced the opening of the games which was followed by the Athletes Pledge.

Fireworks followed and was capped off with a night time flyover by nine A-4 Skyhawk jets of the Royal New Zealand Air Forces 75 Squadron. The ceremony was concluded by the singing of the game's motto "This is the moment" as performers and athletes exited the stadium.

Closing ceremony

A more relaxed affair was held for the 14th Commonwealth Games closing ceremony, reflecting that of Christchurch in 1974. Attended by HM The Queen of New Zealand, formality and respect played their due part in the beginning with formal salute and the acceptance of the Commonwealth Games flag to the next host city, Victoria, Canada. This was followed by a First Nations and modern Canadian dancing display.

Next,thousands of children entered the stadium with a mass skipping rope demonstration, followed by the athletes. The Queen then made the traditional closing speech and called for all the Commonwealth's athletes to assemble in four years time in Victoria. As the evening wore on, opera singer Dame Kiri Te Kanawa sang "Now is the Hour", a favourite New Zealand hymn, as the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s A4 Skyhawks made one final swooping flyover of Mount Smart Stadium followed by fireworks. The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, and Prince Edward then exited the stadium standing in open top vehicles.


Goldie the Kiwi bird – the Games' mascot

The mascot of the games was Goldie, representing New Zealand's national symbol the kiwi bird.

Participating teams

Participating countries

55 teams were represented at the 1990 Games.
(Teams competing for the first time are shown in bold).

Participating Commonwealth countries and territories
Debuting Commonwealth countries and territories

Medals by country

This is the full table of the medal count of the 1990 Commonwealth Games. These rankings sort by the number of gold medals earned by a country. The number of silvers is taken into consideration next and then the number of bronze. If, after the above, countries are still tied, equal ranking is given and they are listed alphabetically. This follows the system used by the IOC, IAAF and BBC.

Figures from Commonwealth Games Foundation website.[2]

  *   Host nation (New Zealand)

1 Australia (AUS)525456162
2 England (ENG)464042128
3 Canada (CAN)354137113
4 New Zealand (NZL)*17142758
5 India (IND)1381132
6 Wales (WAL)1031225
7 Kenya (KEN)69318
8 Nigeria (NGR)513725
9 Scotland (SCO)571022
10 Malaysia (MAS)2204
11 Jamaica (JAM)2024
 Uganda (UGA)2024
13 Northern Ireland (NIR)1359
14 Nauru (NRU)1203
15 Hong Kong (HKG)1135
16 Cyprus (CYP)1102
17 Bangladesh (BAN)1012
 Jersey (JEY)1012
19 Bermuda (BER)1001
 Guernsey (GUE)1001
 Papua New Guinea (PNG)1001
22 Zimbabwe (ZIM)0213
23 Ghana (GHA)0202
24 Tanzania (TAN)0123
25 Zambia (ZAM)0033
26 Bahamas (BAH)0022
 Western Samoa (WSM)0022
28 Guyana (GUY)0011
 Malta (MLT)0011
Totals (29 entries)204203231638

Medals by event


Main article: Aquatics at the 1990 Commonwealth Games


Main article: Athletics at the 1990 Commonwealth Games


Main article: Badminton at the 1990 Commonwealth Games


Main article: Bowls at the 1990 Commonwealth Games


Main article: Boxing at the 1990 Commonwealth Games

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Light Flyweight  Justin Juuko (UGA)  Abdurahaman Ramadhani (KEN)  Domenic Figliomeni (CAN)
 Dharmendar Yadav (IND)
Flyweight  Wayne McCullough (NIR)  Nokuthula Tshabangu (ZIM)  Born Siwakwi (ZAM)
 Maurice Maina (KEN)
Bantamweight  Mohammed Sabo (NGR)  Geronimo Bie (CAN)  Justin Chikwanda (ZAM)
 Wesley Christmas (GUY)
Featherweight  John Irwin (ENG)  Haji Ally (TAN)  David Gakuha (KEN)
 James Nicolson (AUS)
Lightweight  Godfrey Nyakana (UGA)  Justin Rowsell (AUS)  Bakari Mambeya (TAN)
 David Anderson (SCO)
Light Welterweight  Charlie Kane (SCO)  Nicodemus Odore (KEN)  Stefan Scriggins (AUS)
 Duke Chinyadza (ZIM)
Welterweight  David Defiagbon (NGR)  Greg Johnson (CAN)  Anthony Mwamba (ZAM)
 Grahame Cheney (AUS)
Light Middleweight  Richie Woodhall (ENG)  Ray Downey (CAN)  Sililo Figota (SAM)
 Andy Creary (NZL)
Middleweight  Chris Johnson (CAN)  Joseph Laryea (GHA)  Charles Matata (UGA)
 Mark Edwards (ENG)
Light Heavyweight  Joseph Akhasamba (KEN)  Dale Brown (CAN)  Nigel Anderson (NZL)
 Abdu Kaddu (UGA)
Heavyweight  George Onyango (KEN)  Pat Jordan (CAN)  Kevin Onwuka (NGR)
 Emerio Fainuulua (SAM)
Super Heavyweight  Michael Kenny (NZL)  Liadi Alhassan (GHA)  Vernon Linklater (CAN)
 Paul Douglas (NIR)



Event Gold Silver Bronze
Time Trial  Martin Vinnicombe (AUS) 00:01:06  Gary Anderson (NZL) 00:01:07  Jon Andrews (NZL) 00:01:07
Sprint  Gary Neiwand (AUS)  Curt Harnett (CAN)  Jon Andrews (NZL)
Individual Pursuit  Gary Anderson (NZL) 00:04:45  Mark Kingsland (AUS) 00:04:53  Darren Winter (AUS) 00:04:52
Team Pursuit  New Zealand
Gary Anderson
Nigel Donnelly
Glenn McLeay
Stuart Williams
00:04:23  Australia
Brett Aitken
Steve McGlede
Shaun O'Brien
Darren Winter
00:04:26  England
Chris Boardman
Simon Lillistone
Bryan Steel
Glen Sword
10 Miles Scratch  Gary Anderson (NZL) 00:19:44  Shaun O'Brien (AUS) 00:19:44  Steve McGlede (AUS) 00:19:44
Points Race  Robert Burns (AUS) 81  Craig Connell (NZL) 72  Alistair Irvine (NIR) 39
Sprint  Louise Jones (WAL)  Julie Speight (AUS)  Sue Golder (NZL)
Individual Pursuit  Madonna Harris (NZL) 00:03:55  Kathy Watt (AUS) 00:03:55  Kelly-Ann Way (CAN) 00:04:00


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Road Race  Graeme Miller (NZL) 04:34:00  Brian Fowler (NZL) 04:34:00  Scott Goguen (CAN) 04:34:05
Team Time Trial  New Zealand
Brian Fowler
Gavin Stevens
Graeme Miller
Ian Richards
02:06:47  Canada
Christopher Koberstein
David Spears
Peter Verhesen
Sean Way
02:09:20  England
Chris Boardman
Peter Longbottom
Ben Luckwell
Wayne Randle
Road Race  Kathryn Watt (AUS) 01:55:11.60  Lisa Brambani (ENG) 1:55:11.88  Kathleen Shannon (AUS) 1:55:12.06



Event Gold Silver Bronze
All-Around  Curtis Hibbert (CAN) 57.95  Alan Nolet (CAN) 57.8  James May (ENG) 57.4
Team  Canada
Alan Nolet
Claude Latendrese
Curtis Hibbert
Lorne Bobkin
171.8  England
David Cox
James May
Neil Thomas
Terence Bartlett
170.45  Australia
Brennon Dowrick
Kenneth Meredith
Peter Hogan
Tim Lees
Horizontal Bar  Curtis Hibbert (CAN)
 Alan Nolet (CAN)
9.85  Brennon Dowrick (AUS) 9.8
Parallel Bars  Curtis Hibbert (CAN) 9.8  Ken Meredith (AUS) 9.675  Peter Hogan (AUS) 9.6
Vault  James May (ENG) 9.625  Curtis Hibbert (CAN) 9.575  Tim Lees (AUS) 9.25
Pommel Horse  Brennon Dowrick (AUS) 9.825  Tim Lees (AUS) 9.725  James May (ENG) 9.7
Rings  Curtis Hibbert (CAN) 9.775  James May (ENG) 9.75  Ken Meredith (AUS) 9.725
Floor  Neil Thomas (ENG) 9.75  Alan Nolet (CAN) 9.675  Curtis Hibbert (CAN) 9.6
All-Around  Lori Strong (CAN) 38.912  Monique Allen (AUS) 38.687  Kylie Shadbolt (AUS) 38.499
Team  Canada
Janet Morin
Larissa Lowing
Lori Strong
Stella Umeh
116.784  Australia
Kylie Shadbolt
Lisa Read
Michelle Telfer
Monique Allen
115.272  England
Lisa Elliott
Lisa Grayson
Lorna Mainwaring
Louise Redding
Asymmetric Bars  Monique Allen (AUS) 9.875  Lori Strong (CAN) 9.85  Michelle Telfer (AUS) 9.737
Beam  Lori Strong (CAN) 9.85  Larissa Lowing (CAN) 9.762  Kylie Shadbolt (AUS) 9.7
Vault  Nikki Jenkins (NZL) 9.712  Lori Strong (CAN) 9.643  Monique Allen (AUS) 9.506
Floor  Lori Strong (CAN) 9.887  Larissa Lowing (CAN) 9.762  Kylie Shadbolt (AUS) 9.675


Event Gold Silver Bronze
All-Around  Mary Fuzesi (CAN) 37.65  Madonna Gimotea (CAN) 37.25  Angela Walker (NZL) 36.9
Ball  Madonna Gimotea (CAN) 9.45  Mary Fuzesi (CAN) 9.4  Angela Walker (NZL) 9.25
Hoop  Mary Fuzesi (CAN) 9.4  Madonna Gimotea (CAN) 9.2  Raewyn Jack (NZL)
 Alitia Sands (ENG)
 Viva Seifert (ENG)
Ribbon  Mary Fuzesi (CAN) 9.4  Madonna Gimotea (CAN) 9.3  Raewyn Jack (NZL)
 Viva Seifert (ENG)
 Angela Walker (NZL)
Rope  Angela Walker (NZL) 9.3  Madonna Gimotea (CAN) 9.275  Mary Fuzesi (CAN) 9.25


Main article: Judo at the 1990 Commonwealth Games



Event Gold Silver Bronze
50m Free Pistol  Phil Adams (AUS) 554  Bengt Sandstrom (AUS) 549  Gilbert U (HKG) 549
50m Free Pistol - Pairs  Australia
Phil Adams
Bengt Sandström
1106  New Zealand
Brian Read
Greg Yelavich
1084  Bangladesh
Ateequr Rahman
Abdus Sattar
25m Centre-Fire Pistol  Ashok Pandit (IND) 583  Surinder Marwah (IND) 577  Bruce Quick (AUS) 576
25m Centre-Fire Pistol - Pairs  Australia
Phil Adams
Bruce Quick
1155  New Zealand
Barry O'Neale
Greg Yelavich
1144  India
Ashok Pandit
Surinder Marwah
25m Rapid-Fire Pistol  Adrian Breton (GGY) 583  Pat Murray (AUS) 582  Michael Jay (WAL) 579
25m Rapid-Fire Pistol - Pairs  Australia
Bruce Favell
Pat Murray
1153  Canada
Stanley Wills
Mark Howkins
1138  England
Brian Girling
John Rolfe
10m Air Pistol  Bengt Sandström (AUS) 580  Phil Adams (AUS) 574  David Lowe (ENG) 574
10m Air Pistol - Pairs  Bangladesh
Ateequr Rahman
Abdus Sattar
1138  Australia
Phil Adams
Bengt Sandström
1138  New Zealand
Julian Lawton
Greg Yelavich


Event Gold Silver Bronze
50m Rifle Prone  Roger Harvey (NZL) 591  Stephen Petterson (NZL) 590  Philip Scanlan (ENG) 590
50m Rifle Prone - Pairs  New Zealand
Stephen Petterson
Roger Harvey
1185  Canada
Barry Sutherland
Michael Ashcroft
1184  England
Bob Jarvis
Philip Scanlan
50m Rifle Three Positions  Mart Klepp (CAN) 1157  Malcolm Cooper (ENG) 1154  Soma Dutta (IND) 1143
50m Small Bore Rifle Three Positions - Pairs  Canada
Jean-François Sénécal
Mart Klepp
2272  England
Malcolm Cooper
Robert Smith
2268  Scotland
William Murray
Robert Law
Full Bore Rifle  Colin Mallett (JER) 394  Andrew Tucker (ENG) 390  James Corbett (AUS) 390
Full Bore Rifle - Pairs  England
Simon Belither
Andrew Tucker
580  Australia
James Corbett
Barry Wood
565  Jersey
Clifford Mallett
Colin Mallett
10m Air Rifle  Guy Lorion (CAN) 583  Chris Hector (ENG) 578  Mart Klepp (CAN) 577
10m Air Rifle - Pairs  Canada
Guy Lorion
Mart Klepp
1163  England
Chris Hector
Robert Smith
1155  India
Soma Dutta
Bhagirath Samai
10m Running Target  Colin Robertson (AUS) 539  John Maddison (ENG) 539  Tony Clarke (NZL) 535
10m Running Target - Pairs  New Zealand
Paul Carmine
Tony Clarke
1091  Canada
David Lee
Mark Bedlington
1070  England
David Chapman
John Maddison[3]


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Trap  John Maxwell (AUS) 184  Kevin Gill (ENG) 183  Ian Peel (ENG) 179
Trap - Pairs  England
Kevin Gill
Ian Peel
181  Wales
Colin Evans
James Birkett-Evans
178  Australia
Russell Mark
John Maxwell
Skeet  Ken Harman (ENG) 187  Georgios Sakellis (CYP) 187  Andy Austin (ENG) 184
Skeet - Pairs  Scotland
Ian Marsden
James Dunlop
189  England
Andy Austin
Ken Harman
185  New Zealand
Tim Dodds
John Woolley


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Flyweight - Snatch  Chandersekaran Raghavan (IND) 105  Velu Govindraj (IND) 95  Greg Hayman (AUS) 90
Flyweight - Clean and Jerk  Chandersekaran Raghavan (IND) 127.5  Greg Hayman (AUS) 117.5  Velu Govindraj (IND) 117.5
Flyweight - Overall  Chandersekaran Raghavan (IND) 232.5  Velu Govindraj (IND) 212.5  Greg Hayman (AUS) 207.5
Bantamweight - Snatch  Rangaswamy Punnuswamy (IND) 110  Alan Ogilvie (SCO) 107.5  Denis Aumais (CAN) 102.5
Bantamweight - Clean and Jerk  Rangaswamy Punnuswamy (IND) 137.5  Gopal Maruthachelam (IND) 125  Alan Ogilvie (SCO) 122.5
Bantamweight - Overall  Rangaswamy Punnuswamy (IND) 247.5  Alan Ogilvie (SCO) 230  Gopal Maruthachelam (IND) 227.5
Featherweight - Snatch  Marcus Stephen (NRU) 112.5  Parvesh Chander Sharma (IND) 112.5  Kumarasan Sudalaimani (IND) 110
Featherweight - Clean and Jerk  Parvesh Chander Sharma (IND) 145  Marcus Stephen (NRU) 142.5  Kumarasan Sudalaimani (IND) 142.5
Featherweight - Overall  Parvesh Chander Sharma (IND) 257.5  Marcus Stephen (NRU) 255  Kumarasan Sudalaimani (IND) 252.5
Lightweight - Snatch  Paramjit Sharma (IND) 130  Lawrence Iquaibom (NGR) 130  Mark Blair (AUS) 127.5
Lightweight - Clean and Jerk  Paramjit Sharma (IND) 165  Lawrence Iquaibom (NGR) 160  Mark Roach (WAL) 155
Lightweight - Overall  Paramjit Sharma (IND) 295  Lawrence Iquaibom (NGR) 290  Mark Roach (WAL) 280
Middleweight - Snatch  Karnadhar Mondal (IND) 135  Karl Jones (WAL) 135  Ron Laycock (AUS) 132.5
Middleweight - Clean and Jerk  Ron Laycock (AUS) 177.5  Karnadhar Mondal (IND) 170  Damian Brown (AUS) 167.5
Middleweight - Overall  Ron Laycock (AUS) 310  Karnadhar Mondal (IND) 305  Benoît Gagné (CAN) 292.5
Light Heavyweight - Snatch  David Morgan (WAL) 155  Muyiwa Odusanya (NGR) 152.5  Sylvain Leblanc (CAN) 145
Light Heavyweight - Clean and Jerk  David Morgan (WAL) 192.5  Soronomathu Ramaswamy (IND) 182.5  Muyiwa Odusanya (NGR) 180
Light Heavyweight - Overall  David Morgan (WAL) 347.5  Muyiwa Odusanya (NGR) 332.5  Andy Callard (ENG) 317.5
Middle Heavyweight - Snatch  Duncan Dawkins (ENG) 162.5  Keith Boxell (ENG) 152.5  Harvey Goodman (AUS) 150
Middle Heavyweight - Clean and Jerk  Duncan Dawkins (ENG) 195  Keith Boxell (ENG) 192.5  Harvey Goodman (AUS) 190
Middle Heavyweight - Overall  Duncan Dawkins (ENG) 357.5  Keith Boxell (ENG) 345  Harvey Goodman (AUS) 340
Sub Heavyweight - Snatch  Andrew Saxton (ENG) 165  Peter May (ENG) 145  Guy Greavette (CAN) 140
Sub Heavyweight - Clean and Jerk  Andrew Saxton (ENG) 197.5  Peter May (ENG) 175  Guy Greavette (CAN) 175
Sub Heavyweight - Overall  Andrew Saxton (ENG) 362.5  Peter May (ENG) 320  Guy Greavette (CAN) 315
Heavyweight - Snatch  Mark Thomas (ENG) 160  Jason Roberts (AUS) 152.5  Steve Wilson (WAL) 152.5
Heavyweight - Clean and Jerk  Mark Thomas (ENG) 197.5  Jason Roberts (AUS) 192.5  Aled Arnold (WAL) 187.5
Heavyweight - Overall  Mark Thomas (ENG) 357.5  Jason Roberts (AUS) 345  Aled Arnold (WAL) 335
Super Heavyweight - Snatch  Andrew Davies (WAL) 180  Aduche Ojadi (NGR) 177.5  Steven Kettner (AUS) 172.5
Super Heavyweight - Clean and Jerk  Andrew Davies (WAL) 222.5  Aduche Ojadi (NGR) 222.5  Steven Kettner (AUS) 205
Super Heavyweight - Overall  Andrew Davies (WAL) 402.5  Aduche Ojadi (NGR) 400  Steven Kettner (AUS) 377.5


The Bateman New Zealand Encyclopedia

  1. ^ "NETBALL HISTORY: 1990 Commonwealth Games Demonstration event (Auckland)". Netball Scoop. Retrieved 27 November 2021.
  2. ^ Past Commonwealth Games Archived 15 February 2013 at the Wayback Machine Commonwealth Games Federation
  3. ^ No bronze medal awarded as not enough pairs took part - The Complete Book of the Commonwealth Games (Graham Groom -2017)
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