Farah Palmer

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Farah Palmer, ONZM 

Tainui, Ngāti Maniapoto

One of New Zealand’s most successful rugby players of all time, Farah Palmer’s illustrious career includes leading the Black Ferns to three Rugby World Cup victories (1998, 2002, 2006). Appointed captain in 1997, Palmer held the position until her retirement in 2006, and during her nine-year reign the Black Ferns lost only once. 

Palmer’s leadership capabilities are not limited to the rugby field however, completing a PhD in 2000 she has undertaken research and study on how leadership and culture affects success at rugby and how sport impacts the lives of Māori girls and young women. Currently she is Associate Dean, Māori and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Management at Massey University.

In 2016, Palmer broke rugby’s glass ceiling when she was the first woman ever to be appointed to the New Zealand Rugby Board. That same year the Women’s Provincial Championship was renamed the Farah Palmer Cup in her honour.

In this Ideas programme broadcast on RNZ’s Sunday Morning with Chris Laidlaw, Palmer discusses the evolution of women’s rugby.

Find out more about Farah Palmer:

Read this NZ Herald Trailblazers article.

See Palmer's Māori Sports Awards profile. 

See the Farah Palmer Cup fan page.

Image: Farah Palmer holds the Rugby World Cup, courtesy of NZ Herald.

Catalogue Reference 245714

Year 2013


Interviewer: Chris Laidlaw, Ideas, RNZ National

Excerpt: 00:07:45

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