Australia's Minister for International Development and the Pacific Senator Fierravanti-Wells attended a netball exhibition match between the Papua New Guinea National Netball team, the Pepes (butterflies) and the Papua New Guinea National Mixed and Men's National team the Maleos (eels).
Ms Fierravanti-Wells met with the Chair of Netball Papua New Guinea, and Program Manager at the Australian High Commission Port Moresby, Ms Julienne Leka-Maliaki. She also had the opportunity to speak with the two captains of the netball teams, Ms Lua Rikis from the Pepes and Ms Dianne Lahari from the Maleos. They all agreed that women could transform their lives through a leadership role in netball. Ms Fierravanti-Wells was also given the opportunity to shoot a goal prior to the match.
Netball was introduced in Papua New Guinea in the 1960s as a recreational sport by the late Lady Rachael Cleland (the widow of Sir Donald Cleland, former administrator 1952 – 1957) and Life Member, the late Mrs Rita Flynn.
Netball Papua New Guinea is still developing as a sporting organisation and has more than 20,000 members nationwide. It is the largest female organisation in Papua New Guinea, and is focused on developing and empowering women and girls to become champions and leaders through sport.
Australia is partnering with Netball Papua New Guinea through WaterAid Papua New Guinea to demonstrate women's leadership using Netball as a platform to promote water, sanitation and hygiene messaging for healthier communities.