Barry Maister
Barry Maister (cropped).jpg
Maister in 2012
Personal information
Full nameBarry John Maister
Born (1948-06-06) 6 June 1948 (age 74)
Christchurch, New Zealand
Height1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Weight80 kg (176 lb)[1]
Cheryl Chamberlain
(m. 1970)
RelativesSelwyn Maister (brother)
CountryNew Zealand
SportField hockey

Barry John Maister CNZM (born 6 June 1948) is a former New Zealand field hockey player, who was a member of the national team that won the gold medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. He is also a former member of the International Olympic Committee.

Early life and family

Maister was born in Christchurch on 6 June 1948, and is the younger brother of Selwyn Maister.[2] Barry Maister was educated at Christchurch Boys' High School, and then studied at the University of Canterbury, graduating BSc(Hons) in 1971, before completing a Diploma of Teaching at Christchurch Teachers' College.[2]

In 1970, Maister married Cheryl Chamberlain, and the couple went on to have three children.[2]

Sporting career

During his hockey career he played 85 games for New Zealand as a centre forward, and represented his country at three Olympic Games—in 1968, 1972, and 1976—winning a gold medal with the New Zealand team in 1976.[3][4] He later coached the New Zealand junior academy team, and served on the executive of the New Zealand Secondary Schools Sports Council.[2]

Maister was an International Olympic Committee member from 2010 until 2018 when, according to protocol, he retired from the role after turning 70.[3][5]

In 1991, the New Zealand hockey team that won the men's team gold medal at the 1976 Olympics was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame.[2] In the 2012 New Year Honours, Maister was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to sport.[6] He was promoted to Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to sport and the community, in the 2020 Queen's Birthday Honours.[7]

Teaching career

Maister taught at Christchurch Boys' High School for 16 years, including two years as deputy principal.[2] He then worked as principal of Riccarton High School, before moving to St Andrew's College where he was rector.[2]


  1. ^ a b Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Barry Maister". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 3 December 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Taylor, Alister, ed. (2001). New Zealand Who's Who Aotearoa 2001. Auckland: Alister Taylor Publishers. p. 571. ISSN 1172-9813.
  3. ^ a b "Olympic education at the core of Olympic movement". International Olympic Committee. 3 May 2018. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  4. ^ Barry Maister at the New Zealand Olympic Committee
  5. ^ Owen, David (6 January 2019). "IOC membership dips back below 100 mark as constructive critics retire". Inside the Games. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  6. ^ "New Year honours list 2012". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Queen's Birthday honours list 2020". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 1 June 2020. Retrieved 1 June 2020.