CNZ Staff

Croquet New Zealand currently have three full time staff members who carry out the day to day operations to ensure the strategic outcomes are achieved.
They are supported by a volunteer accountant, and several operational committees.  More on the committees can be found here.

Chief Executive – Stefan Horrer

Stefan joined Croquet New Zealand (CNZ) in August 2022 as its Chief Executive. His involvement with CNZ, however, began in early 2019 when he joined the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee, initially as a committee member and then for two years as the committee chair.

Stefan was born and raised in Italy. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Economics from the Vienna University of Economics and Business, and he is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand. Stefan brings with him significant finance and governance experience after a long career in accounting and finance with PricewaterhouseCoopers in both Vienna, Austria and Sydney, Australia; and with the Macquarie Group in Sydney.

Stefan moved to New Zealand in 2016 and took up croquet soon after. He has been involved with the sport ever since as an administrator at club and association level. Stefan is also an active player, tournament manager and a qualified AC Referee.

Sport Development Officer – Greg Bryant

Greg joined CNZ in the Sport Development Officer role in 2013. Initially as a contractor, the role became full-time from 2016 as croquet continued to see the benefits of his work.

Greg is currently one of the top Association Croquet players in New Zealand. Being first introduced to croquet in the late 1970s at the Brightwater Croquet Club in Nelson, Greg quickly rose up the ranks and earned his first international selection in 1990.

He has represented New Zealand in 6 individual AC World Championships, 5 AC Trans-Tasman series (including 1 as captain and winning 3) and played in 5 MacRobertson Shield series (winning in 2014). Through his sustained success at national level, and his international accomplishments, Greg was inducted into the Croquet New Zealand Hall of Fame in 2020.

Greg currently leads the development area of croquet which focuses on the national secondary school programme, youth development, coach development and player development. He contributes a wealth of croquet knowledge to the role which has enabled much of the success on the world stage in recent years.

Inclusion Officer – Oliver Field

Oliver is originally from South Africa and spent 8 years teaching in Hong Kong before moving to New Zealand in 2021. During his time as a teacher, Oliver demonstrated the ability to connect and support individuals from different backgrounds and cultures to help them achieve their academic goals as well as learning English as a second language.

This experience has ensured his ability to lead the CNZ Inclusion Initiative, in partership with the Parafed network around New Zealand, to help make croquet a sport for everyone.

Oliver is a keen sports fan with a passion for development and engagement at a community level. His interests include literature, history, cricket, golf, and most recently, croquet.

Accountant (Voluntary) – John Farrell, CA

John is a chartered accountant currently employed by a number of not-for-profit organisations. His background includes 14 years as the chief accountant at NZ Lotteries Commission. He has also worked at a registered bank, an insurance company and a government ministry.

Most recently, he has worked for not-for-profit organisations, an area in which he has developed a broad knowledge and skills set in both their management accounting and business needs.

He has three adult children and a grandchild. He began playing croquet four years ago at Waimarie Hutt Valley Croquet Club.