Luisa Avaiki has been named a finalist for the 2018 NEXT Magazine Woman of the Year awards.
In rugby league circles, Luisa is a legend who is known for her dedication, integrity, vision and humility.
From 1995-2009, she was a member of the Kiwi Ferns and was a part of all World Cup-winning teams (2000, 2003, 2008, being captain for two of them (2003 & 2008).
The former player and trail-blazer has been a driving force of the sport for the past two decades. Not only is she the NZRL Wellbeing & Women’s Development Manager, she has been instrumental in getting more women playing the game.
In March this year, a long-held dream of Luisa’s was realised when she became the first woman to be appointed head coach with an NRL club.
Other finalists for the 2018 NEXT Magazine Woman of the Year awards:
Sophie Devine: White Ferns Player
Natalie Taylor: Tall Ferns Co-Captain
Professor Sarah Leberman: Sports Researcher
Sarah Goss: Black Ferns Sevens Captain
Dr Malvindar Singh-Bains: Research Fellow
Dr Philippa Howden-Chapman: Professor Of Public Health
Dr Nicola Gaston: MacDiarmid Institute Co-Director
Dr Julia Rucklidge: Professor Of Clinical Psychology
Dr Jane Harding: Professor Of Neonatology