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I have a particular research interest in race, gender and leadership issues in sport management, and my most recent publications have focused on Elite Maori athletes and their cultural identities in sport, the leadership and organisational culture of the All Blacks, Black Ferns, Maori All Blacks, Maori women's experiences in sport management, and the involvement of mothers in elite sport as leaders and athletes. For 10 years I captained the New Zealand women's rugby team (Black Ferns), and since retiring in 2006 I have been a Professional Development Manager (PDM) for the Manawatu Rugby Union, an independent member of the Maori Rugby Board, member of the Women's Advisory Committee for the International Rugby Board (IRB), and research consultant for the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU). I am also the Director of Te Au Rangahau (Maori Business & Leadership Centre) and an associate of Te Mata o te Tau (Academy for Maori Research and Scholarship at Massey University). My current community commitments include being a Trustee for an alternative education programme with a sport/Maori approach (Manukura) and a member of the Ministerial Taskforce reviewing Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship. I teach a leadership paper and promote leadership development opportunities such as the Young Women in Leadership@Massey workshop for Year 12 female students.
Gender issues in sport from a sociological or kaupapa Maori perspective
Diversity issues in sport management and leadership
Maori leadership and governance in sport and business
21st Century Citizenship, Health and Well-being
Field of research codes
Business and Management (150300): Commerce, Management, Tourism And Services (150000): Corporate Governance and Stakeholder Engagement (150303)