|Role:||Head Coach of the New Zealand Netball Team|
A top class defender during her playing career, former Silver Ferns captain Waimarama Taumaunu has a strong netball pedigree across all facets of the game, forging a unique resume as a widely respected player, coach and administrator.
Taumaunu represented the Silver Ferns from 1981-91 which included winning gold at the 1987 World Championships before hanging up her bib and becoming immersed in other aspects of the sport.
Taumaunu’s early coaching stints were with the Wellington provincial team and the PIC club in the national league, her teams clinching both titles in 1996. Her early Silver Ferns coaching aspirations were put on hold when Taumaunu accepted the position of National Performance Director of the All England Netball Association from 1998-2003. It was the first time a New Zealander had been hired on a fulltime contract to run netball in another country.
Taumaunu got her first taste of international coaching as the assistant for England at the 2003 World Championships before returning home. She had stints as the NZA team coach and two terms as Silver Ferns assistant coach 1997-1998, and 2008-2011 before assuming the head coaching role in late 2011.
Taumaunu was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to netball in the 1992 New Year Honours and was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.