Chief Executive Officer
I consider myself very privileged and honoured to be the new Chief Executive for Netball Central Zone.
For me to be able to combine my career and my passion that is netball, is a responsibility that I don’t take lightly.
With this role comes a wealth of responsibility to build on the foundations that we have established previously.
We must continue to collectively strive towards our purpose; which is to foster and development netball as the sport of choice here at Netball Central Zone.
We will achieve this by show casing strong leadership, support, partnerships, sustainability, best practice, innovation and inspiration.
My background is in business, sales and marketing and this job is two fold - one to facilitate and support our centres within the wider Netball New Zealand Community Plan not only helping to grow players, but administrators, coaches, managers, umpires, bench officials and volunteers too. These are the backbone of our communities and future of our sport! And two to deliver the Te Wānanga o Raukawa Pulse to demonstrate the highest level of professional competence on and off the court, showcasing the pathway to the elite level.
Netball has a dynamic sporting culture that is rich in history and we have a responsibility to honour the past and accept the evolving future that the netball community will bring.
I look forward to meeting you all and please feel free to contact me anytime
Finance & Administration
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.
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.
Performance Manager / Pulse Assistant Coach
Pelesa joined Netball Central Zone in November 2017 as the Performance Manager and the Head Coach for the BEKO National League team. A Wellington stalwart, she has a long pedigree in netball, having played in representative age group teams, Wellington NPC representative, a former member and captain of the Capital Shakers, NNZ U21 squad and NNZ Academy squad, member of the Premier 1 club team with P.I.C and former Samoan international during her playing career. With a growing resume, first fashioned as a player before turning her hand to coaching, Pelesa has built on her experience as a coach over the last 10 years forging a successful record at secondary, club, age-group and NPC level.
Pelesa is responsible for the delivery of the BEKO programme, programmes for New Zealand secondary school players as well as talent identification and development whilst also supporting the Centres within the Zone and their work with age-group programmes. Pelesa vision is to grow, improve and retain players in the Zone while building a successful succession plan in the pathway to the Pulse.
Irene Van Dyk
Junior Development Officer
I have been playing netball for the last 34 years of my life and some of it competitive. I am in this lucky position to give back to what netball has done for me. I really believe in our junior programme in NZ and are super excited about being involved with it. There is something very rewarding working with people with the same passion and vision as you.
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.
Umpire and Bench Lead
I have been an umpire since 1995, and have enjoyed the challenges that umpiring has thrown at me, and the friendships I have made. Alongside my own umpiring I have be involved in umpire development for many years from centre level to national development squad level. I am passionate about umpiring as a sport, and love to help others achieve. This role gives me an opportunity to work with centres, umpire coaches and some of our top umpires as they push for higher selection.
I am new to the area of bench officiating but just like with umpiring I am looking forward to helping Benchies achieve their goals. Watch this space as we look at how we can lift the profile of benching in our zone.
Coach Relations - Wellington
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.
Pulse Head Coach
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.
Coach Relations – Situation Currently Vacant
Purpose of the Coach Relations in the zone is:
To create a culture for coaching excellence in clubs, schools and Centres through the provision of high quality coach development opportunities. Work alongside our Centres in building a network and operations of Coach Developers to provide opportunities for our coaches. Provide a clear pathway to coaches at all levels of the game. Promote the NNZ Coach Development Framework and advocate for coaches to be actively engaged in Coach Development