Luisa Avaiki, of Auckland, MNZM for services to rugby league
Luisa Avaiki is New Zealand Rugby League’s Well-being and Women’s Development Manager. She was the first appointed head coach for the Warriors side in the inaugural NRL Women’s competition. Previously, she was Captain of the Richmond Roses women’s team and an Auckland Rugby League representative and Captain. She played for the Kiwi Ferns and captained the team to victory in three women’s Rugby League World Cup tournaments. She has represented Samoa in rugby league, touch rugby, rugby sevens and rugby union. Ms Avaiki has been head coach for several Richmond Rovers teams and was the Melbourne Storm games development officer and Victoria women’s head coach.