An event to celebrate the Black Ferns Rugby World Cup win will be held at Parliament on Tuesday 13 December.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the event after today’s Cabinet meeting.
It would be an opportunity for New Zealanders to meet, mingle and celebrate with the World Cup-winning team, and was similar to events previously hosted for the All Blacks and Silver Ferns, Ardern said.
“I also want to acknowledge the Black Ferns who scooped the major awards at the world rugby awards in Monaco today.”
Ruby Tui was named women’s breakthrough 15s player of the year, co-captain Ruahei Demant women’s 15s player of the year, Wayne Smith coach of the year and former Black Ferns and New Zealand Rugby board co-chair Dr Farah Palmer was awarded the Vernon Pugh Award for Distinguished Service.
It was “well deserved recognition of this incredible team”, Ardern said.
In a statement, Minister of Sports Grant Robertson said the Black Ferns’ triumph at Eden Park was one of New Zealand’s greatest sporting moments.
“They are extraordinary athletes, exceptional people and proud New Zealanders.
“We are so proud of these women, helping to pave the way for women’s sport in Aotearoa, proving yet again that women’s sport is out on top.
“Women’s rugby has never been so strong in New Zealand, and over 40,000 sold out seats for the final at Eden Park attests to that.”
The government will partner with Wellington City Council and New Zealand Rugby to host the event.
Further details will be made available closer to the time.