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IWD2024 Breakfast at Parliament Key Note Speaker

Inspiring diversity from the Rugby field to the boardroom

Dame Farah Palmer, Pou Akonga (Executive Director) Māori Student Success, Massey University, and a former captain of the Black Ferns and Deputy Chair of New Zealand Rugby

Made a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (DNZM) the 2023 New Year Honours for her services to sport, particularly rugby, Dame Farah Palmer is a former captain of the Black Ferns, first ever female board member for Rugby New Zealand and senior lecturer and Professor in the Department of Management at Massey University.

Dame Farah Palmer (Ngāti Maniapoto, Waikato), is a three-time Rugby World Cup winning captain of the Black Ferns. Emerging from Otago University and club rugby, Dame Farah played 35 Tests for the Black Ferns including 30 as the captain before retiring as world cup champion in 2006. She continues to contribute to rugby through her post-playing governance career.

She was elected Deputy Chairperson of the New Zealand Rugby Board in 2021 and is also currently the Chair of the New Zealand Māori Rugby Board and President of the New Zealand Rugby Museum.

In 2022, she was appointed as Pou Ākonga Executive Director, Māori Student Success at Massey University where she lectures on Māori women's leadership approaches, the incorporation of tikanga and Treaty principles in organisational contexts, and the intersection of indigeneity and gender in leadership experiences.

Dame Farah Palmer inspires diversity through her passion for promoting opportunities for women and Māori in leadership and encouraging diversity, equity and inclusion within organisational contexts.


We look forward to you joining us on Friday 8th March, in-person or online.

When we inspire inclusion, we create a better world for women. 

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