Robert Noel Smith

Category Three: Nationally Recognised Notable New Zealanders

Date of birth

23 December 1926 at Timaru


Robert Henry and Dorothy Smith


Rata Tiller 1950


Three daughters


  • Waimataitai Primary School
  • Timaru Boys’ High School
  • Canterbury Agricultural College


  • Council member New Zealand Swimming Federation 1962-94
  • Federation Chairman 1991-94
  • Manager New Zealand swimming team to World Games 1975 and Montreal Olympics 1976
  • Starter at Commonwealth Games 1974
  • Organiser New Zealand Games 1981
  • Director of World Games for the Deaf 1989
  • Referee for Commonwealth Games and World Masters’ Games 1990
  • Officiated at 33 consecutive national championships
  • Referee, starter and judge at various international swimming championships


  • Life member Eastern Districts Swimming Centre
  • Life member New Zealand Swimming Federation

Last updated: 16 Sep 2021