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Chantal Bakersmith

Unitec Institute of Technology (NZL)
New Zealand

Chantal’s heritage is Māori and Niuean from Tāmaki Mākaurau aged 43, Married to Rhyannon and parent to their toddler son Kit Mānihera.
She has 20 years’ experience building a career in the Sport and Education sectors working with New Zealand Rugby, Auckland Rugby and Unitec Institute of Technology. Between 2018 - 2020 she worked as Auckland Rugby’s Club Capability Manager and currently works at Unitec as a Lecturer in Community Studies. Her areas of teaching are in Exploring Leadership and Developing Active & Healthy Communities.

Chantal’s first rugby role was as NZRU Women’s Rugby Development Officer (2006 – 2012) where she’s been a change agent in the growth of Women’s rugby from junior to senior structures. She continues to be a strong female advocate as well as a community activator as a member on the Ponsonby Rugby Club Committee & Pacific Ambassador for Rugby World Cup 2022.

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