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Lenore Anderson

Office Manager & Finance.

Lenore joined Netball Central Zone in March 2013 as the Finance Administrator and has brought tremendous enthusiasm to the role. She has plenty of experience of working in netball, having previously been employed by the Netball Wellington Region between 2000 and 2005, and is delighted to once again be involved with netball in the Zone.


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Waimarama Taumaunu

Director of High Performance

Wai joined Netball Central Zone as Director of High Performance in 2016.

The former Silver Ferns captain and coach has carved out a strong netball pedigree across all facets of the game over the last 30 years and now turns her hand to helping foster the next generation of talent in her home region.  Wai will work closely across the Central Pulse and Beko teams as well as Centre representative level while providing support to the various deliverers in these areas.

Wai’s vision in the long-term is working towards creating a home-grown Pulse team that wins. Wai sees her role as ensuring that we have a seamless and effective pathway for players that extends from their local Centres right up to the Pulse.’

Wai has twice been honoured for her services to netball, receiving a MBE in 1992 and an ONZM last year and was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.

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Dr. Carla van der Merwe (PhD)

NetballSmart Development Officer

Carla is a sport scientist with a particular interest in biomechanics and injury prevention. Prior to immigrating to New Zealand, she was a coach, facilitator, and mentor in sport as well as the health and fitness industry.

In New Zealand, Carla completed her PhD in sports biomechanics at Massey University in 2021 focusing on preventing lower limb injuries in female athletes. She is passionate about sharing evidence-based knowledge to empower participants to confidently apply best practice and reduce their risk of serious injury.

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Ann Hay

CEO and Community Relationship Manager

Introducing Ann Hay, our CEO and Community Relationship Manager. Ann's journey with The Zone began in 2018 as Umpire Lead, in August 2021 she took on the additional responsibility of Community Relationship Manager, further expanding her impact within our organization.

Ann has an extensive background having served as NDO, Regional Manager, Board member and Chair with Netball Wellington Region. Ann boasts a rich coaching history across schools, clubs, and representative teams bringing a wealth of experience to our team. Her commitment to grassroots development coupled with her deep-seated passion for community engagement, uniquely position her to strengthen our ties within the community.

As a retired international and national squad umpire, Ann's involvement in high performance umpiring provides insights into high performance environments to support the performance arm of the Zone.


Kelly Hynson

Coach Relations 

Kelly like many girls in New Zealand, grew up playing Netball, she believes that coaches aren’t born, they’re developed and would like to see the coaches in our communities given every opportunity to grow and be supported to improve not only themselves, but also provide netballers with a great experience so they stay in the game. Kelly has a passion for coaching, has been through the Netball New Zealand CCA 1 & CCA 2 framework and is looking forward to her part in aiding coach development across the zone.

Jill Clapcott

Pulse Operations and Team Manager

Jill joins the Central Pulse as Team Manager in October 2019, following over 18 years experience in the Team /Operations area including 2019 Northern Comets, 2017 World Champion NZ U21, NZ A, NZ Secondary Schools to name a few.

Jill is responsible for all off-court requirements for the team including travel and logistics for ANZ Premiership matches, trainings and activities, game management, player schedules, management of player promotional requirements with sponsors/community, player/coach management support, coordinating/supporting service support staff and financial management of the team budget.


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John Atkins

Emerging Talent Lead

John joined Netball Central Zone in March 2022 in the new role of Emerging Talent Lead. The purpose of this role is to lead and implement NCZ's Talent Development plan, from Centre age group level to the NNL team, helping to produce a large pool of quality players and coaches.

John initially became involved in coaching netball via his 3 daughters and has been involved with;

  • Central Manawa Assistant Coach 2020 - 2022
  • Netball Manawatu Rep Coach (Y7, Y8, U17, U19, NPC) 2006 - 2021
  • Massey University Club Coach 2008 - present

John's involvement in netball from primary school level through to High Performance with the NNL team, gives him a wide range of experience to draw on and assist others to attain their goals.