Noeline Taurua refused to use the word rebuilding, but admitted she has a huge job on her hands to see the Silver Ferns return to the summit of world netball, appointed as New Zealand national coach today.
Following the Silver Ferns' disastrous Commonwealth Games campaign, in which they failed to win a medal for the first time in history, New Zealand currently sit third in netball's world rankings.
Taking the reigns of the side having won her second consecutive Australian Super Netball title with the Sunshine Coast Lightning, Taurua spoke about the size of the job on her hands.
"I would not like to say the word rebuild - I think there's a lot of history in regards to wearing the silver fern," she began.
"I would like to think that it's another step that needs to be taken at this moment in time.
"I would like to think that it's going to be challenging, the time frame obviously with me coming in now and what needs to happen in the next couple of weeks before we take on Quad is very limited. But also knowing that the long term is heading into the Worlds."
Taurua also said that she believes despite the lows of the last 10 months, the Silver Ferns are still among the best sides in the world.
"The brand of the silver fern is huge.
"It's the reason why I play netball, and have played netball, and pretty much committed to being here.
"There's so much positives, we just gotta be smart in how we work, and get going basically.
"I'm looking forward just to getting on the boat, and moving forward."
Taurua's first assignment in charge of the Ferns will be next month's Quad Series against England, South Africa and Australia.
Taurua was confirmed as the Ferns' new coach this afternoon.
Source: 1 NEWS
Relive 1 NEWS NOW's live coverage of this Quad Series clash between the Silver Ferns and the England Roses from Spark Arena in Auckland.
FULLTIME - SILVER FERNS 39 ENGLAND ROSES 52
England were just too good for the Silver Ferns in the final quarter. Their defence was key to their win, earning themselves several turnovers at will. England scored 14 points in the final quarter with New Zealand only able to convert five points.
Te Paea Selby-Rickit misses her first shot of the match but gets the rebound and converts her second attempt. NZ get a turnover late in the quarter but appears Maria Folau wasn't aware of how much time was on the clock. A missed chance to close the gap - England lead 38-34.
England have been relentless on defence and secure another turnover. They have been giving the home side real trouble inside the shooting circle. But the Silver Ferns are starting to find their groove - closing the gap.
The scores are level after England make a mistake at the middle of the court to hand the ball back to the Ferns. Ameliaranne Ekenasio has converted one shot with Maria Folau landing a long range goal.
QUARTER 1 - SILVER FERNS 0 ENGLAND ROSES 0
And we are underway with the Silver Ferns with possession to start match. Maria Folau misses her first shot at goal and England get the rebound and move the ball quickly down the court.
A new dawn rises on the Silver Ferns and New Zealand netball with Noeline Taurua taking charge of the side following a disastrous final 10 months under Janine Southby.
Taurua's first test comes in the shape of Commonwealth Games gold medallists England.
New Zealand will be bolstered by the return of legends Casey Kopua, and Laura Langman - who will assume the captaincy as she makes her international comeback.
It's not all positives for the Silver Ferns with star defender Temalisi Fakahokotau ruled out for the rest of the year with a ruptured ACL.
New Zealand: Karin Burger, Gina Crampton, Aliyah Dunn, Ameliaranne Ekenasio, Maria Folau, Katrina Grant, Laura Langman (c), Te Paea Selby-Rickit, Sam Sinclair, Michaela Sokolich-Beatson, Elisapeta Toeava, Jane Watson.
England: Ama Agbeze (c), Jade Clarke, Kadeen Corbin, Sasha Corbin, Jodie Gibson, Layla Guscoth, Serena Guthrie, Jo Harten, Natalie Haythornthwaite, Helen Housby, Geva Mentor, Chelsea Pitman.
Caitlin Bassett's retention as Australian netball captain came down to a team vote, coach Lisa Alexander has confirmed.
In an unexpected revelation ahead of the Quad Series starting in Auckland on Saturday, Alexander said the Diamonds canvassed players via a 3-2-1 voting system on a semi-regular basis to determine their skipper.
Veteran goal shoot Bassett had won the most recent election after a new-look squad gathered to prepare for the series which also features England, New Zealand and Australia's opening opponents, South Africa.
It had been widely assumed Bassett was simply retained as skipper from their most recent campaign, April's Commonwealth Games.
However, Alexander said each player had been asked to cast their votes openly to keep accountability high and allow players to clear the air.
Questions about the voting method only emerged after New Zealand's newly- appointed coach Noeline Taurua this week revealed a voting system to unearth a captain.
Returning midcourt veteran Laura Langman topped the ballot and was unveiled today.
New coach Noeline Taurua let the players choose their leader.
Source: 1 NEWS
Alexander wasn't surprised successful Sunshine Coast Lightning mentor Taurua had gone down the democratic path as it was commonly used in Australian netball circles.
"We've been doing that ourselves for a long time," she told AAP.
"Noeline is getting the opinions of her players and seeing where they stand and how they'll work together. It's a smart thing to do and will only benefit them."
Langman was named captain after a team vote led by new coach Noeline Taurua.
Source: 1 NEWS
Alexander said the public nature of Australia's voting system meant nothing gets hidden between players.
The newly-elected captain or a teammate who falls short in the process can seek immediate feedback.
For example, not all of the Diamonds players voted for 30-year-old Bassett, she said.
"There are athletes that she'll know she needs to reconnect with or talk with and say 'what is it about what I'm doing that you're not happy with?
"So they can have those genuine conversations which are really important for us to move forward as a high performance team."
Alexander is relishing the prospect of a tightly-fought Quad Series.
She admits the match against England in Newcastle on Wednesday is in the back of her mind, having gone down by a solitary goal to the Roses in the final of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
However, she was reluctant to look too far beyond Saturday's opponents South Africa, coached by her long-serving Diamonds predecessor Norma Plummer.
"I'm a huge admirer of Norma, we go back such a long way," Alexander said.
"She's competitive like I am and there's no way she'll coach a team that will lie down."
Kelly Jury defends Caitlin Bassett