Mike Stanley CNZM

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Executive Adjunct Professor, Chief Executive Officer AUT Millennium

Phone: + 64 9 477 2000

Email: mstanley@autmillennium.org.nz

Physical Address:
AUT Millennium
17 Antares Place
Mairangi Bay
Auckland 0632
Postal Address:

AUT Millennium
PO Box 302145
North Harbour
Auckland 0751

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • President  and Chairman New Zealand Olympic Committee
  • Board member – High Performance Sport New Zealand
  • NZ Sports Person of the Year Academy Judging Panel
  • AIMES Judge
  • SKY TV Rowing commentator
  • AKTIVE (Auckland)
  • Coaching and Talent Development Advisory Group
  • KiwiSport Investment Advisory Group (chair)
  • President/Chairman North Shore Rowing Club (life member)


Mike Stanley has a long involvement in sport as a competitor, coach, commentator, management and leadership.

In 1993-2003 he was the inaugural CEO of Rowing New Zealand, before becoming CEO of AUT Millennium a position he currently holds.

Mike’s former roles has seen him act as a selector for NZ Olympic and Commonwealth Games teams and Chairman of the NZ Academy of Sport North Island. He was involved in the establishment of High Performance Sport New Zealand in 2010 and remains a Board member.

Mike has served on the NZ Olympic Committee since 2004 and has been President and Chairman of the Board since 2009. During this time the NZOC has undergone significant change to meet new challenges. This included relocation to Auckland after over 100 years based in Wellington.

In 2016, Mike was awarded the Companion of The New Zealand Order of Merit for services to sport.

Current Research Projects:

  • Overseeing the growth of $85M AUT Millennium as a world class centre of excellence in human performance
  • Relationship management: stakeholders, sponsors, political (national and regional), funders
  • High Performance strategy and investment decision making
  • Olympic and Commonwealth Games policy and decision making
  • International and national sport leadership and advocacy
  • Developing measures to protect the integrity of sport

Capital Projects:

  • Completion of Sir Owen Glenn National Aquatic Centre, a $25M facility which will  serve the community and high performance sport
  • Master-planning for AUT Millennium site to provide further facilities


Sport Representation & Awards

1976-84     NZ Rowing Representative
1980           NZ Men’s Coxed Four Moscow Olympic Games
                    (did not attend due to NZ boycott)
1982 & 83  World Rowing Champion – NZ Rowing Eight
1982           NZ Sportsman of the Year (recipient with the World Champion Crew of 1982)
1984           Fourth place – NZ Rowing Eight, Los Angeles Olympic Games
1995           Inducted into Sports Hall of Fame

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