A tribute to our Centurions

Maria Tutaia

Maria Folau (nee Tutaia)

Vice Captain


A naturally gifted shooter, Maria Tutaia has been a mainstay of the Silver Ferns for over a decade.

One of the most feared shooters in world Netball with her uncanny skill of being able to convert shots from all points of the circle, Tutaia made her debut for the Silver Ferns in 2005, the same year she was part of the World Youth Championship-winning NZ U21 team.

Earmarked as a quality performer from a young age, the stylish Tutaia had made significant strides by the time she reached 20, becoming a regular in the Silver Ferns starting line-up by the end of 2006.

Tutaia’s game has continued to flourish, maturity and a wealth of experience adding to her considerable skill set. A graceful athlete, Tutaia has continued to evolve, her repertoire growing alongside her general attacking and defensive games.

Her ability to shoot accurately from long range sets her apart from other shooters, her all-round development and maturity adding to her on-court leadership.

In a significant personal milestone, Tutaia became the fourth Silver Fern to achieve 100 Test Caps at Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015.

She has represented New Zealand at three Netball World Cups (2007, 2011, 2015) and three Commonwealth Games (2006, 2010, 2014).

Player # 134
Positions GA, GS
DOB 18/02/1987
Height 188cm
Test Caps 138
Debut 13/11/2005
vs Jamaican Sunshine Girls

National Squads

  • Silver Ferns Squad: 2004-2014
  • Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist: 2006, 2010
  • Commonwealth Games Silver Medallist: 2014
  • World Netball Series Gold Medallist: 2009
  • FAST5 Netball World Series Gold Medallist: 2013
  • World Netball Championship Silver Medallist: 2007, 2011
  • New Zealand A: 2004
  • New Zealand U21: 2003-2005
  • World Youth Netball Championship Gold Medallist: 2005
  • NZA: 2004

Silver Ferns Debut

  • 14 November 2005: vs Barbados, at Goal Defence and Goal Keeper
  • The Arena, Kingston, Jamaica
  • Jamaican Tri-Series

Silver Ferns Milestones

  • 50th Test Match: vs Cook Islands playing Goal Defence,
  • 5 October 2010
  • Commonwealth Games
  • Dehli, India


  • ANZ Championship: Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic, 2008-2011
  • National Bank Cup: Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic, 2003-2007