The Silver Ferns play a World 7 team featuring Kath Harby (Australia), Elaine Davis (Jamaica), Leana Du Plooy (South Africa) and Vilimaina Davu (Fiji) and Team Pasifika. The Silver Ferns lose a one-off test against Australia in Newcastle.


The Future Directions II strategy is announced with a vision to make Netball in New Zealand ‘more visible, more exciting, more now”. In an historic first tour to South Africa, the Silver Ferns win the inaugural Tri-Nations Series against Australia and South Africa. A feature of the series was shooting great Irene van Dyk’s return to play netball in her country of birth after making New Zealand her home the previous year. England tour New Zealand, the Silver Ferns winning 3-0. Australia tour and win Fisher & Paykel Series.


Ruth Aitken is appointed the Silver Ferns eighth coach with Leigh Gibbs as assistant coach. In an early season tour to Jamaica, the Silver Ferns win the series 2-1 after suffering their first ever loss to Jamaica in the second Test. The Silver Ferns win the silver medal at the Commonwealth Games, in Manchester, losing in an epic final to Australia in the longest Test Match in history after double overtime was required to separate the teams. Aitken became the sixth Silver Ferns coach to have also played for the Silver Ferns.

A long-standing involvement in umpiring, leading to international status, Fay Freeman is awarded Netball New Zealand Life Membership


A golden year for Netball in New Zealand as the Silver Ferns go unbeaten on their way to winning the 11th World Championships in Jamaica, their first world title since 1987. Anna Stanley (nee Rowberry) becomes the fourth Silver Ferns captain to claim a World Cup title after Judy Blair (1967), Lyn Parker (1979) and Leigh Gibbs (1987). Ruth Aitken became the third coach after Taini Jamison (1969) and Lois Muir (1979 and 1987) to coach the Silver Ferns to a World Cup gold medal. The Southern Sting claimed their fifth straight National Bank Cup title when beating the Northern Force 51-49 in the Grand Final in front of a raucous Invercargill crowd.

With a long career in netball administration and finishing her term as International Federation president at the World Championships in Jamaica, Bay of Plenty’s Sheryl Dawson is awarded Netball New Zealand Life Membership.


At New Zealand's annual Halberg Sports Awards, the Silver Ferns win the Halberg Supreme Award, Ruth Aitken is named Coach of the Year and Irene van Dyk takes out the Sportswoman of the Year award.


Netball New Zealand launches its Strategic Plan, 'Out of the Circle’. The Silver Ferns achieve their largest winning score against Australia in a Test Match with a 61–36 result in Auckland. The New Zealand under-21 team wins the World Youth Championship title in Fort Lauderdale, Miami. Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic become the first North Island team to win the National Bank Cup when they beat the Southern Sting in the final, in the process ending the Sting’s six-year reign as champions.


A new-look Asics match dress for the Silver Ferns is launched. The Silver Ferns win the Commonwealth Games gold medal for the first time with a 60-55 win over Australia in the final in Melbourne. Waikato/BOP Magic claim back-to-back National Bank Cup titles, defeating Southern Sting 67-43, the 24-goal winning margin and their 26-goal win in 2005, the two biggest Grand Final wins in National Bank Cup history.

Silver Ferns manager for 12 years, Sheryl Wells is awarded Netball New Zealand Life Membership.


Raelene Castle is appointed Chief Executive of Netball New Zealand. The National Bank Cup competition ends in appropriate fashion when the Southern Sting defeats Northern Force in the Final by one-goal to take the trophy home to Invercargill for good. Given only 10 months to organise the 12th World Championships, New Zealand hosts a highly successful event at The Trusts Stadium, Waitakere, Auckland. Australia defeats New Zealand 42-38 in a bruising and enthralling Final. Netball New Zealand and Netball Australia establish a joint venture company, Trans- Tasman Netball Ltd, to launch Australasia's first semi-professional Netball league, subsequently known as the ANZ Championship.


New World becomes the elite sponsor of Netball New Zealand & the Silver Ferns. The introduction of a new-look semi-professional trans-Tasman competition featuring five teams from New Zealand and Australia marked the dawning of a new era for netball. Spanning 17 weeks and with all 69 games televised live each season, it provides a new platform to broaden netball’s appeal, growth, commercial viability and local community support bases. The first ANZ Championship title is won by the NSW Swifts who beat Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic in the Grand Final on July 28. The format of the National Championships, supported by the Perry Foundation, is revamped, with round robin First Grade games held over four weeks, before a Finals Week in Rotorua. Southland win the NPC for the first time since 1959.


Netball New Zealand launches its Strategic Plan, 2009-2012, with the goal of becoming New Zealand's leading sport by 2020. New apparel sponsor Adidas launches the new Silver Ferns match dress. The inaugural New Zealand Under-17 Championships are held in Wellington and won by Auckland Waitakere. Casey Williams becomes the Silver Ferns captain following the retirement of Julie Seymour. The FastNet Ferns travel to Liverpool and win the inaugural Netball World Series (FASTNET), coached by Ruth Aitken, beating Jamaica in the final 32-27. Legendary Silver Ferns coach Lois Muir accepts redesignation of a previous award to become a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit following the restoration of titular honours by the New Zealand government. She had previously been appointed a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2004.