Stacey Waaka

Stacey Waaka



Stacey Waaka (of Ngāi Tūhoe) is a world champion New Zealand rugby union player and a Beef + Lamb New Zealand ambassador. Growing up in a big whānau across Papakura, Melbourne, and Ruatoki, Stacey was a budding sports star from a young age. When she wasn’t playing elite-level netball, hockey or doing athletics she was making her mark on the rugby field. This eventually led her to playing on the world stage as a New Zealand touch youth international player at 15 years old, and winning the 2015 Junior Māori Sportswomen of the year. Off the field, Waaka champions the values of hard work, determination, and teamwork, inspiring young women to pursue rugby. Her commitment to her Māori heritage is apparent in her advocacy for indigenous people's rights and increased representation in sports. We see Stacey as a true wāhine toa, role model and all round Kiwi legend!

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