1959 I started working for Shaw Savill and Albion Shipping Company, after initially training and being a school teacher. My last appointment as a teacher was at Rongotai College where one of my pupils was Graham Williams who became an All Black 1967-68.

1968/71 Co-founded, and worked for, the travel company MacEwan-Williment World Travel, Wellington, NZ

1972-79 Public Relations Officer for the city of Palmerston North, NZ. In that role I Coordinated the fundraising activities for Palmerston North’s contribution to the 1974 Commonwealth Games.

1975/76 Organised the Ranfurly Shield parades for the city of Palmerston North, NZ. 1975 Developed the concept of Palmerston North being a conference venue for New Zealand and founded the Convention Centre Bureau.

1976-79 I was elected a City Counsellor of Palmerston North and was appointed Chairman of the Economic Development Committee.

1976-1979 I was Chairman of the Rugby Museum Society of New Zealand and in that role in 1978 organised the official opening of the Rugby Museum by the Governor General of New Zealand, Sir Denis Blundell, in its first official home.

1979-1985 Massey University Laboratory Technician in the Large Animal Hospital of the Veterinary Science Faculty, Palmerston North, NZ.

1986-1989 Executive Director Prison Fellowship of New Zealand, Palmerston North, NZ
• Developed a volunteer support network throughout New Zealand to support the prison chaplaincy work.
• Established financial support from the church community for the ministry of Prison Fellowship from it’s infancy in New Zealand in 1986 through ‘Project 500’

1989-2005 Prison Chaplain, Manawatu Prison, Linton, NZ
• Responsible for organising a group of 260 volunteers to encourage change through the principles, values and attitudes, of the Christian Faith with people in prison

1991 Ordained a Vocational Deacon of the Anglican Church of Aotearoa

1999 Named one of the Legends of Wellington Rugby in the Wellington Rugby Football Union Team of the Century


Neven MacEwan played Junior Competition Rugby in Wellington in 1953 for Wellington Teachers College and was selected that year for the Wellington Junior Representative Team. The next year, 1954, he joined the Athletic Football Club and was selected for their senior side and became a regular member for the next fourteen seasons. He was selected for the Wellington Representative A Team in 1954 at the age of 20 and retained his position in the team for the next thirteen seasons.

In 1955 he trialled for the ALL BLACKS and was selected as reserve for the 2nd Test against Australia at Dunedin. Neven made his debut for the ALL BLACKS the next year 1956 against the South African Springboks in the second test at Athletic Park, Wellington, as number 8. He became the first choice lock forward from 1957 until 1962. Selection of the ALL BLACKS then were made after Trial and North Island vs South Island, matches. This process gave players in minor Unions the opportunity to experience and develop their skills in games surrounded by the best players showing good form. Teams were always picked on form.

Neven MacEwan played 52 matches for the ALL BLACKS including 20 tests. But he was dropped for the final test against the Wallabies in 1962, when for the first time Colin and Stan Meads were used together as locks.

That was to be the end of MacEwan at ALL BLACKS level. He was plagued by injuries for much of the 1963 season and missed his chance of making the tour of Britain and France.

While he received another ALL BLACK trial, his 16th, in 1965 the rest of MacEwan's career was spent almost entirely with Wellington.

Ironically, even though he was by now considered an international has-been, MacEwan produced in his latter years some outstanding rugby for Wellington.

He was part of a powerful pack which was the basis of Wellington's back to back wins over the Springboks in 1965 and the Lions in 1966. His last match for the province was in the dramatic 12-all Ranfurly Shield draw with Hawke's Bay.

In 1963/64 Neven MacEwan played a season of rugby in London playing for Blackheath Football Club as captain. He was also selected to play for the England Barbarians.

Returning in 1964 to New Zealand Neven took on the responsibilities of Captain, Coach and Selector of the Athletic Rugby Club and won the Premier Competition – The Jubilee Cup – in 1965.

In 1965 Neven Organised and Captained Athletic RFC World Tour to England, Ireland, Hong Kong and Japan.