Dame Professor Farah Rangikoepa Palmer

Ngāti Maniapoto, Waikato; DNZM
Massey University, New Zealand

Keynote Address: “Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou…” (with your basket, and my basket): How can sharing resources and knowledge ensure wellbeing for all?


About Farah:

Since leaving Piopio, Farah went on to complete a PhD in Sport Sociology and reach the highest echelons in rugby – playing for a decade in the black jersey (1997-2006) and captaining the Black Ferns to 3 World Cup victories.  After hanging up her boots, she continued to give back to education and sport (particularly rugby) in a variety of roles.  Most recently, Farah became the Chair of the NZ Māori Rugby Board and the first woman on the NZ Rugby Board in 2016, a director of Ihi Aotearoa Sport NZ in 2018 and Deputy Chair of the NZ Rugby Board in 2022.  Farah endeavours to use her learnings and networks to influence in sport governance and academia to provide insight gained from her experiences to challenge dominant narratives related to Māori, women and girls, leadership and sport. In 2022 she took on a new role as Pou Ākonga – leading ākonga Māori success initiatives at Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa – Massey University within the DVC Māori Office and continues to enjoy being part of a high performing team, and seeing others reach their potential.