A tribute to our Centurions

Maria Tutaia

Maria Folau (nee Tutaia)


A mainstay of the Silver Ferns for well over a decade, naturally gifted shooter Maria Folau (nee Tutaia) completed a career highlight in 2019 when adding a first Netball World Cup title to her resume.

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, Folau made her debut for the Silver Ferns in 2005, the same year she was part of the NZU21 World Youth Championship-winning team.

Earmarked as a quality performer from a young age, the stylish Folau 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.

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

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

Now living in Australia, Folau played for the Adelaide Thunderbirds in 2019, going on to attend her fourth Netball World Cup for the Silver Ferns in Liverpool 2019. She has also played in four Commonwealth Games (2006, 2010, 2014, 2018).

Player # 134
Positions GA, GS
DOB 18/02/1987
Height 188cm
Test Caps 148
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