Dr Farah Palmer wins Women of Influence Award

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The Women of Influence Awards recognise New Zealand women who are making a positive difference in the lives of their fellow New Zealanders, by helping the next generation positively shape their future.

Dr Palmer was one of nine finalists in the Board and Management category which recognises women working in senior management or as directors whose influence extends beyond the confines of their role and incorporates the personal support and mentoring of others in their communities.

New Zealand Rugby Chair Brent Impey said Farah’s contribution to rugby has been immense both on and off the field.

“Farah has huge passion for encouraging women and Maori to put themselves forward and achieve at the highest level.

“Farah became the first woman to be on the New Zealand Rugby Board in its 124-year history. By promoting herself for the position, Farah had to look through years of how it's always been, and encourage greater diversity and a different way of thinking and perspective.

“She is driven, passionate and indeed a woman of influence, her recognition at the Women of Influence Awards is richly deserved.

Background on Dr Farah Palmer

Palmer played 35 times for the Black Ferns, and in provincial colours has represented Otago, Waikato and Manawatu.  In 2014 she was inducted in the World Rugby Hall of Fame alongside fellow former Black Fern Anna Richards. In 2007, she was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in the New Year’s Honours for services to women’s rugby and sport.

Palmer is also a senior lecturer in the School of Management at Massey University, a director in the university's Maori business and leadership centre and also became the first woman to be on the New Zealand Rugby Board in its 124-year history. She was a unanimous choice by NZ Rugby's voting members and also became the Chair of the New Zealand Maori Rugby Board. Farah is also a Trustee for an alternative education programme for students from year 9-13 with a sport/Maori approach (Manukura) and a member of the Ministerial Taskforce reviewing Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship.

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