Dr Farah Palmer

Senior Lecturer
School of Management, College of Business, Massey University
Indigenous Affiliation(s): 
Ngāti Maniapoto

Farah Rangikoepa Palmer is the Director of the Māori Business & Leadership Centre and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Management, College of Business, Massey University. Her teaching and research interests are in the sociology of sport, sport management, leadership and governance as they relate to Māori and women in particular. Dr Palmer was a member of the New Zealand women’s rugby team (Black Ferns) from 1995 to 2006, and captained the team to three World Cups (1998, 2002, and 2006). Since retiring from rugby in 2006 she has worked in television as a panellist on a Māori TV sport programme ‘CODE’, worked as a regional mentor for Te Puni Kōkiri, was a Professional Development Manager mentoring professional rugby players in the Manawatū (2010-2012), was a member of Women’s Advisory Committee for the International Rugby Board (IRB), and completed independent reports for various sport, health and community organisations (such as the NZRU and Sport Manawatū). She continues to contribute to rugby and sport as an independent member of the New Zealand Māori Rugby Board and as a member of the Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship in 2014. At a community level, she is a member of the Aho ki Rangi Trust which supports alternative sport/education programmes such as Manukura based in the Manawatū.