NZ Rugby apologizes to former Black Fern Ngata-Aerengamate
New Zealand rugby has publicly apologized to former Black Ferns prostitute Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate, whose social media posts have sparked an independent review of the team’s environment and culture.
The scathing review ultimately resulted in the resignation of former head coach Glenn Moore.
Late last year, Ngata-Aerengamate posted on social media that she had suffered depression during the Black Ferns’ year-end tour and accused Moore of making derogatory comments that affected his mental health.
The team fell to four heavy defeats against England and France on the tour.
Following feedback from Ngata-Aerengamate, New Zealand Rugby commissioned an independent study into the culture and environment of the Black Ferns.
The review, which was completed in April, was damning and while NZR was supportive of coach Glenn Moore at the time, he stepped down from his role days after the review was published.
Moore said he disagreed with Ngata-Arengamate’s accusations and said his comments were “misleading”.
He said he quit because he thought it would be fun for him to stay on as a coach.
At the end of the review, NZR fully accepted the review’s findings and recommendations, including the findings that Te Kura’s concerns expressed in his social media post were not isolated and that after her fall during the tour, she was not properly supported or supervised. .
In a statement, New Zealand Rugby said it had formally apologized directly to Te Kura and his whānau.
NZR said it took responsibility for the systemic failures that led to this decline.
The statement said New Zealand Rugby now wishes to publicly reiterate its apologies to Te Kura and reiterate its commitment to ensuring that Te Kura receives the necessary mental wellbeing and training support to help him continue his career. recovery.
NZR said it further reiterates its acceptance of the review’s recommendations, its commitment to ensure their implementation going forward and to ensure that the Black Ferns strive to provide a safe culture and performance environment. and rewarding for all.
New Zealand Rugby says Te Kura, his whānau and supporter have opted to engage in a mediation process with the national body and Glenn Moore.
This process was underway when Glenn Moore resigned, but is now complete.
The statement said NZR and Te Kura have resolved all issues between them and are making positive progress.