Joseph Gordon Butterfield

Category Two: International Sportspersons or Administrators

Date of birth

14 February 1940 at Timaru


Lauris and Isabel Butterfield


Barbara Arnott 1964


One son and one daughter


  • Waimataitai Primary School
  • Timaru Boys' High School


  • Member Timaru Yacht and Power Boat Club since 1952
  • Represented Timaru in Cornwell Cup 1988-89
  • National and International yachting judge and referee
  • South Pacific representative on the International Yacht Racing Union (now International Sailing Federation) and Chairman of its Finance Committee
  • Vice President of Yachting NZ 1986–92, President 1992–95, Member Executive Committee 1986–95, Chairman 1992–95
  • Official at numerous national and world yachting championships – including Admirals' Cup at Cowes, Congressional Cup in California, Goodwill Games at Seattle and St Petersburgh, Kouros Cup at St Tropez, Nations Cup at Singapore, Whitbread Trophy at Auckland, Australia Cup at Perth. World Match Racing Championships at Lymington and Auckland
  • Member Board of Governors NZ Sports Hall of Fame 1993-95 and Selection Panel 1995
  • Member Executive NZ Sports Assembly 1990-96
  • Member of Timaru High Schools' Board
  • Member of Timaru Harbour Board
  • Director of Port of Timaru Ltd
  • Chairman of Health South Canterbury Board of Directors


  • Life Member of Timaru Yacht and Power Boat Club
  • Life Member of Timaru High School Old Boys' Association
  • Yachting New Zealand 'Honour' Award 1995

Last updated: 16 Sep 2021