Taurua happy to reapply to coach Ferns

Noeline Taurua
Noeline Taurua
Netball New Zealand will make the Silver Ferns job contestable — but Dame Noeline Taurua could still be at the helm at the end of the process.

Chief executive Jennie Wyllie announced yesterday Netball New Zealand will be immediately advertising for the Silver Ferns coach after discussions with Taurua, who has held the role since 2018, and a review following the Nations Cup last month.

Taurua, who is contracted until the end of the month, has already indicated she will reapply for the role.

"We believe for the integrity of our sport, it is essential to open up the position of Silver Ferns coach to applicants and this decision was taken after extensive deliberations," Wyllie said.

"This is the beginning of another four-year cycle, and it is imperative for our sport that we are transparent in our search for the best person to guide the Silver Ferns in coming years."

Taurua said coaching the Silver Ferns was a "privilege" but making the job contestable was the right thing to do.

"I have always maintained, and believe, I am a guardian of the role," Taurua said.

"It’s not mine to own. I talk to players about accountability and taking ownership of doing your job.

"It is important to me that my integrity is upheld, our sport does what’s right and we back the process to ensure the best candidate prevails.

"These types of opportunities at the front end of the cycle don’t come around too often. Coaches need to back themselves, similar to what we expect from players. That competitive attitude must drive the Silver Ferns way for the future."

A decision is expected in early April before the Ferns’ next series for the Taini Jamison Trophy in September.