Looking back at the last Olympiad in Italy 2006 New Zealand teams had a mixed result. The Open team was seeded 79th in 149 teams and finished 91st. The women's team was seeded 84th and finished 80th in 108 teams. One highlight was the NZ Open team almost drawing with the strong American team in round one.
Some notable omission's from the open team for this Olympiad are the strong IM's Garbett, Ker and Wang.
The womens's team will have strong chances to improve on their last Olympiad with top board Helen Milligan representing NZ for the first time and Maroroa and Fairley gaining in experience from the previous olympiads, it is probably NZ's strongest women's team in a long time.
The New Zealand teams are confirmed (in board order) as:
Open Team: GM Murray Chandler, IM Russell Dive, FM Robert Smith, FM Roger Nokes, and FM Stephen Lukey. Team Captain: Hilton Bennett.
WFM Helen Milligan, WFM Sue Maroroa, Judy Gao, WCM Vivian Smith, WFM Natasha Fairley. Team Captain: John McDonald.