Paul Ackerley
Personal information
Full namePaul Douglas Ackerley
Born(1949-05-16)16 May 1949
Dunedin, New Zealand
Died3 May 2011(2011-05-03) (aged 61)
Wellington, New Zealand

Paul Douglas Ackerley (16 May 1949 – 3 May 2011) was a field hockey player, maths teacher and public servant from New Zealand.

He played field hockey at right half. He was a member of the national team that won the gold medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.[1] He was selected for the 1980 Summer Olympics, but most sports in New Zealand boycotted the Moscow games so he did not compete. He had 25 international caps for New Zealand.

Ackerley was born in Dunedin but grew up in Ashburton. He graduated from the University of Canterbury, where he played in the Canterbury University hockey club in the late 1960s. He was a secondary school mathematics teacher at Linwood High School, Christchurch and then head of the maths department at Awatapu College, Palmerston North. He transferred to the Education Ministry inspectorate, and then the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, where he was in the group that developed the NCEA. He joined Sport and Recreation New Zealand (SPARC) in 2004 as a senior advisor in coaching and volunteers.[2]

He coached the national woman's hockey team when they won a bronze at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Malaysia, and the Wellington women's team.[3]

Ackerley died in Wellington, New Zealand aged 61 on 3 May 2011 from skin cancer after a short illness.[4]


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Paul Ackerley". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020.
  2. ^ Stuff, press release from SPARC
  3. ^ The Dominion Post
  4. ^ "Former NZ hockey Olympian Ackerley dies". NZPA. 3 May 2011. Archived from the original on 12 January 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2011.