Former Silver Ferns coach Yvonne Willering says the decline in the national side's performance on the international stage is not going to be "an easy fix" and the issue lies within the structure of the organisation and the domestic competition.
The Silver Ferns had a disastrous Commonwealth Games campaign losing to Jamaica and Malawi and ultimately missed out on a medal in the Gold Coast last week.
Willering spoke to 1 NEWS and said Netball New Zealand has got to be honest with their evaluation processes.
"They (Silver Ferns) have probably had evaluations throughout the season but I don't believe they would have been totally honest because people would have been thinking about their own spots and the team," she said.
Willering said the issues isn't solely one person's fault but that the organisation faces a tough road ahead of them:
"It is not an easy fix, it's going to take time."
The Silver Ferns couldn’t salvage a bronze medal, going down 55-60 in the bronze medal match.
Source: TVNZ | Commonwealth Games
"This isn't just about the Silver Ferns it's about netball as a whole, so the process while the evaluation is going to be taken with the Silver Ferns, they have to keep the game of netball in mind as well.
"I think that it is also further down the coaching. We are talking about the ANZ Premiership, there is a lot of aspects to this not just the Silver Ferns."
Willering said Netball New Zealand's decision to pull out of the Australian competition was a bad move.
"The problem at the moment is the ANZ Premiership last year wasn't that strong and I felt that it is more like a development league rather than an elite competition," said Willering.
For the first time the Silver Ferns leave a Commonwealth Games empty handed.
Source: TVNZ | Commonwealth Games
"Not having the Australians in there doesn't give us a gage of how strong we really are, but I don't think Australia are going to anytime soon come into the competition."
Willering said the development in New Zealand's own players is a key problem the organisation needs to look at.
"At the moment we have a look at some of our key import players who have gone across the Tasman, one of the criticisms was our import players were predominately goal shooters," she said.
"That was tricky because you know shooting percentages weren't up to it in the Comm Games, that's in part of it.
"The import players also provide a different sense to the whole competition."
The former Silver Ferns coach says the problem lies with selections and the structure of the domestic competition.
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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.
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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.
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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."
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