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Vera Esther Burt MBE (née Robinson, 14 January 1927 – 21 September 2017) was a New Zealand cricketer and field hockey player, representing her country in both codes. She went on to be hockey umpire, coach, and administrator.

Burt represented Auckland at a provincial level, and played in three Test matches between 1948 and 1969.

Beginning her hockey career in Auckland in the mid-1940s, Burt then represented Otago briefly. She subsequently returned to Auckland and represented that province from 1947 to 1958. She gained national honours, playing for New Zealand against Australia in 1960.

Burt went on to be an umpire for 34 years, and was an A-grade international umpire during the 1970s. During the 1980s she served on the New Zealand Hockey Umpires' Council. She was also a successful coach, taking the North Shore women's hockey team to the K Cup title in 1978.

As an administrator, Burt served on the executive of the Auckland Women's Hockey Association for 21 years, and was instrumental in the establishment of the North Shore Women's Hockey Association in 1972.

Burt was made a life member of Auckland Hockey in 1983, the New Zealand Women's Hockey Association in 1985, the New Zealand Umpires' Federation in 1988, and the North Shore Women's Hockey Association, also in 1988.

In the 1990 New Year Honours Burt was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to sport, especially women's hockey, and the community.

In 2009, Burt was an inaugural inductee into Harbour Sport's hall of fame.

Burt died at Takapuna on 21 September 2017.

source: wikipedia

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