Waimarama Taumaunu

Waimarama Taumaunu ONZM MBE (born 18 October 1962),[1] often known as Wai Taumaunu, is a New Zealand netball coach and former international netball player.

Waimarama Taumaunu
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Taumaunu in 2016
Personal information
Born (1962-10-18) 18 October 1962 (age 60)
Waipawa, New Zealand
Occupation Netball coach
Relatives Tiana Metuarau (daughter)
Netball career
Playing position(s): GD, GK, WD
Years National team(s) Caps
1981–1991 New Zealand 68
Coaching career
Years Team(s)
2007 Capital Shakers
2008–present Silver Ferns (asst)


Taumaunu was born in Waipawa, New Zealand. She was a member of New Zealand's national netball team, the Silver Ferns, from 1981 to 1991. During that time, she played in the team that won the 1987 Netball World Championships, and was also captain of the team in the last three years of her international career.[2]

In 1998, Taumaunu was appointed as national performance director for All England Netball,[3] and remained in that role until 2003. During that time she was also the assistant coach for the England national team in their 2003 Netball World Championships campaign.[2] In 2007, Taumaunu was the head coach of the Capital Shakers in the National Bank Cup.[1]

In the 1992 New Year Honours, Taumaunu was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire, for services to netball.[4] She was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.[5] Of Ngāti Porou and Ngāi Tahu descent, she was also inducted into the Māori Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.[6][7] In May 2008, Taumaunu accepted the position of assistant coach for the Silver Ferns, under head coach Ruth Aitken and in October 2011, took over as head coach for the Silver Ferns.[2]

In the 2016 New Year Honours, Taumaunu was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to netball.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Taumaunu's daughter Tiana Metuarau is also a netball player, and debuted for the Silver Ferns in September 2021.[9]


  1. ^ a b "New approach for Ferns coach". stuff.co.nz. 12 September 2008. Retrieved 30 September 2008.
  2. ^ a b c NZPA (14 May 2008). "Taumaunu named as Silver Ferns assistant coach". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 23 July 2008.
  3. ^ Hubbard, Alan (21 November 1999). "A nation reaching out to hired hands". The Independent. Retrieved 23 July 2008.
  4. ^ "No. 52768". The London Gazette (2nd supplement). 31 December 1991. p. 30.
  5. ^ New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame: recipient profile. Retrieved on 1 June 2009.
  6. ^ Māori Sports Awards: recipient profile. Retrieved on 23 July 2008.
  7. ^ Waimarama Taumaunu MBE. Māori Sports Profiles and Database. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
  8. ^ "New Year honours list 2016". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Silver Ferns edge England to make winning start to Taini Jamison Trophy". Stuff. 20 September 2021. Retrieved 20 September 2021.