Alex Buttery (inducted 2020)

​​​​​​​"Alex Buttery’s passionate involvement with the sport of Touch began with a refereeing course. In 1999, she attended the TMRC Referee course while teaching at Dunedin’s MacAndrew Intermediate. During this time she also coached two teams for the school.


In 2000, she began reffing at the Taieri Module and this 20-year relationship where she did not just referee, but also organised all of the refs for the module. Also in 2000, she continued to coach 2 teams from MacAndrew Intermediate, was a referee and referee manager at New Zealand Master’s Games, gained her Level 1 Referee Badge and began refereeing at the Bishopscourt Module in Dunedin.


2001, saw Alex move to Counties Manukau, start reffing at Mount Smart and attend her first New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Nationals. The next year, before returning to Otago later in the year, she became Counties Manukau Referee Manager and again managed the referees at Master’s Games. Upon returning to the South, she automatically continued her refereeing at local modules.


In 2004, Alex took over the co-running of the Bishopscourt Module, a role she still holds to this day. She also took on the role of running the Touch competition for the New Zealand Master’s Games, organising draws, entries, referees, the lot. Again, this is a role she still holds and performs exceptionally in, to this day.


Over the more than two decades Alex has been in Touch she progressed through the referee ranks, gaining her Level 2 and Level 3 badges. She has officiated at countless National events, the Euros in 2008, World Masters in 2017 and recently at the 2021 NZ Nationals, Alex was ranked with the top referees in NZ to gain a finals position. She has consistently given back at a provincial level, often refereeing or coaching 3 or 4 nights a week. This contribution has never wavered in her 20 plus years of dedication. Alex’s commitment and performance as a referee have been recognised with the Otago Referee of the Year in 2005/2006 and the Joe Graham Trophy in both 2012 and 2018 for the person who gives back at Open Nationals.


In 2005 Alex received her Level 1 Referee Coach and Touch Selector awards and in 2006 she became the Otago Provincial Director of Referees. It will be little surprise that she still holds this position to this day. As this is a position attached to the Otago Touch Board, this makes her the province’s longest-standing member in an official position. As well as doing this role, she also had a stint as Otago Touch Chairperson in 2006 and 2007. She also gained her Level 2 Referee coach award and the National Certificate of Sport Officiating Level 3 award during this time.


While doing all of these roles and, as mentioned, consistently refereeing multiple games on multiple evenings every week, Alex has continued coaching at Intermediate level. She organises the Balmacewan Touch teams, where she works and has done for over a decade, coaching numerous teams. It should be noted that Balmacewan has the most teams participating in the local competition, in her time at the school, of any school in Otago.


However, it is in her role as provincial director of referees where she has had a massively significant impact on the province. Through her recruitment, training, care and support, our group of referees have continued to grow and excel at all levels of the game. She has created a great pathway through the grades for young officials who all respect her hugely, value the comradery of the group she has created and who strive to achieve their own personal excellence. This is a value that Alex has always fostered within the province. She works exceptionally hard to be the best she can be, gives countless hours and support to the betterment of others and is hugely selfless in the giving of her time.


Anyone who knows Alex Buttery knows of her passion for Touch. She still is reffing at all of our provincial modules, at Nationals and IPS events; she is still coaching numerous teams; she is still running the Bishopscourt module, New Zealand Master’s Games Touch in Otago every second year and she is still our Provincial Director of Referees.


Our sport in Otago has grown and we, as a province, have risen to prominence, and owe a huge debt of gratitude to the tireless work Alex has done. Her contribution has been significant, profound and has bettered not only the province as a whole but the innumerable lives she has affected.


Toni Wall (inducted 2018)

Rick Winklemann 

Keith Shields

Tufele Taufa (inducted 2016)

Mark Laws (inducted 2016)