Farah Palmer is the former captain of the Black Ferns, now senior lecturer in sport at Massey University.
She played in three rugby world cups between 1996 and 2006 - leading the New Zealand women's rugby team to victory in each.
In 1998 she was named Maori sportsperson of the year, in 2005 the International Rugby Board's Women's Personality of the Year and has been a member of the IRB Women's Advisory Committee as well as a current independent member of the Maori Rugby Board.
Last year Dr Palmer was inducted into the IRB's Hall of Fame.
She speaks to Kathryn Ryan about race, gender and leadership in sport, and sexism in media coverage of women's sport.