Jane Tehira was the first woman to represent New Zealand in three different sporting codes, namely basketball, softball and hockey, winning seven national titles. She captained several teams while with the Akarana Sports Association. She played for Akarana Indoor Basketball team and the New Zealand Indoor Basketball team. Her hockey career included the Seddon Tech women’s hockey team and the Auckland Women’s Hockey team. She played for the national hockey team at the 1956 World Championship in Sydney. She played softball for Akarana Softball team, the Auckland Women’s Softball team, and the New Zealand Women’s Softball team. She was a member of the Akarana Ladies rugby team who won the 1949 ‘Te Rarawa Challenge Cup’. Ms Tehira overcame challenges as a young Māori woman in sport during the 1950s.
Ms Jane Tehira, of Auckland, ONZM for services to sport