Netball Manawatu Staff

Chris Gunn
​​​​​​​General Manager

I'm Chris Gunn and I am the General Manager for Netball Manawatu. I came from a primary principal background and am loving the vibrancy of this role within the netball sector and the opportunity to work with many fantastic people. 

​​​​​​​There have been lots of great challenges and many successes throughout the role, of which I have been in for nearly 2 years now. I look forward to continuing to lead Netball Manawatu into its very promising future and are proud to be involved in an inclusive sport that provides so many opportunities to so many.

Ashleigh-Kate Araroa-Waerea
Netball Development Officer

Kia Ora,

I am Ashleigh-Kate and I am the Coach and Player Development Officer at Netball Manawatu.  My role consists of:

- Skill Development programmes
- Club, School (In-School Programme and After Hours)
- Holiday Programme
- Coach Development Opportunities
​​​​​​​- Representative Programme

I am very passionate about Netball and supporting others to achieve their goals within the sport. I feel very privileged to work alongside some amazing teammates and stakeholders that make playing Netball in the Manawatu happen!

Hayley Underwood
Administration Officer


I’m Hayley, the Administration Officer for Netball Manawatu.  My role consists of 20 hours per week of administration duties and general support for the Netball Manawatu team.

I come from a background in tennis administration and have always been passionate about grassroots sport and the way it can bring people and communities together.  I thoroughly enjoy being part of the Netball Manawatu team and I'm excited to see what the future brings for Netball in the region.

Netball Manawatu Board

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Netball Manawatu Patron

Betty Steffensen
Netball Manawatu Patron

After over 60 years of involvement in Netball Manawatu as a player, coach, umpire, administrator, I was privileged to be invited to become Patron of Netball Manawatu in 2016.

In that capacity, I endeavour to add support and awareness of Netball Manawatu within the wider community and share my knowledge as requested with those in the Leadership positions.

Betty Steffensen.        
QSM 1990
Recipient Women’s Suffrage Medal 1993
Legend of Sport Manawatu 2007
Life Member Netball Manawatu
Life Member Netball New Zealand

Operations Team

Linda Liggins
​​​​​​​Umpiring Coordinator

 My role within Netball Manawatu is to coordinate and assist with the development of umpiring and umpire coaching.

I enjoy being able to help others and to foster the love of our sport.
Building strong, productive and positive relationships is something that I am very passionate about and I look forward to offering my continued support in any way that is helpful.

Lisa Aull
Bench Offical

Edna Hansen

Jan Clough

Jan oversees Saturday netball at Vautier Park and Tuesday netball at B&M Centre.  Her other roles include:

  • collecting NM bag Tuesday & Friday from office with draws etc plus any communicaiton to netball teams, umpires, bench officials etc.
  • Return results etc. to NM Monday & Wednesday
  • Email results to NM Tuesday & Saturday nights
  • Communicate results and a paragraph about Tuesday night games to Manawatu Standard and Gareth Pringle @ Media Works on Tuesday night

Beryl O'Sullivan

Faith Martin

Deb Hall