New Year Honours: Former Silver Ferns coach Waimarama Taumaunu recognised for services to netball




Waimarama Taumaunu might have stepped down as Silver Ferns coach, but she intends to continue her long involvement in netball.

Taumaunu, 53, has been made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to a sport in which she has been a player and an administrator.

Silver Ferns coach Waimarama Taumaunu has a word with Casey Kopua

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In September, she announced she would retire as New Zealand coach after the Constellation Cup against Australia.

Her four-year tenure ended in style, with victory in the series' last two Tests.

Taumaunu says she plans to remain in coaching, working with junior players.

"And certainly I'll continue to be an avid supporter of the Ferns," she said.

"I'll just be sitting in a different place."

Taumaunu was appointed an MBE in 1992 after a 10-year Silver Ferns career that including winning gold at the 1987 world championships and later skippering the side.

Since then, she has worked for the Hillary Commission, All England Netball, the English Institute of Sport, and Sport and Recreation NZ (now Sport NZ).

Having been Ruth Aitken's assistant with the Silver Ferns, Taumaunu took over the top job in late 2011.

While a world and a Commonwealth Games title eluded her as head coach, a rejuvenated Silver Ferns side upset defending champions Australia 52-47 in World Cup pool play in Sydney in August.

Her players then farewelled her with Constellation Cup success in Melbourne and Perth in October.

Taumaunu rates another trans-Tasman battle as her greatest netball highlight - the 2010 Commonwealth final in Delhi where she was assistant coach for New Zealand's dramatic double-overtime victory.

"We hadn't seen the like of it before and we haven't since," she said.

"It was a wonderful thing to have been part of and I'll always be grateful for that."

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