16 Jul 2013

Netball coach wins top award

6:58 pm on 16 July 2013

A world champion netball coach has been named this year's supreme winner of the annual Matariki Te Arawa women's awards.

Taini Jamison, 85, received the honour last Friday in Rotorua.

Jamison is a lifetime member of Netball New Zealand, and led the national netball team - now known - as the Silver Ferns to win the code's world championship in 1967 in Perth.

Jamison's latest tribal award recognises her lifetime contribution to the health and well-being of Te Arawa iwi.

A select committee member of the awards, Aunty Bea Yates, says Jamison's contribution to netball has touched several generations.

And says Jamison's a pivotal member of Te Arawa, supporting women and whanau alike both in the sport of netball and in general fitness.

Several other awards were also given out to tribal women for their contributions to a number of areas such as Maori mental health and addictions, and helping to eliminate domestic violence.