It’s hard to describe Noeline Taurua. At the most elemental level, she’s the 11th Silver Ferns coach, entrusted with guiding them past one of their most demoralising periods in a long and proud netballing history. Speaking to her, she’s part philosopher, part prophet, combining honesty with home spun wisdom. But to those who know her best, Taurua is revered for her humanity; a rare and uncanny ability to connect to people with warmth and sincerity. While her win-loss ratio will inevitably be judged by the record books, Taurua’s ultimate success will lie within the athletes she mentors.