Dr Farah Palmer, a former Black Fern, is the first woman to be appointed to the New Zealand Rugby (NZR) board in its 124-year history following the recent retirement of Maori representative Wayne Peters.
The three-time World Cup winning captain, and World Rugby Hall of Fame inductee, was elected unanimously by NZR's voting members.
Along with her rugby success, Palmer is also a senior lecturer at Massey University's School of Management and director in the university's Maori business and leadership centre.
In a statement Dr Palmer says she looks forward to building on her predecessor’s enormous contribution to the game and is excited to offer an alternative view to the male-dominated board.
"While it's not without its challenges, rugby is in good heart in New Zealand with our national teams excelling on the world stage, record numbers of women playing and increased pathways for Maori to play at the highest level," Palmer said in her statement.
"I'm looking forward to offering a different perspective on the NZR Board and contributing to robust discussion and effective decision-making; ensuring NZR continues to meet the high expectations of not just Maori, but all New Zealanders."
Farah Rangikoepa Palmer was born to Bruce Palmer and Judith Palmer (nee King; Waikato [Ngati Mahuta] - descendant of Turanga King from Tahaaroa and Ngati Maniapoto [Ngati Waiora] - Huia Whanau from Piopio).