In a groundbreaking move, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) is set to make history as Diana Puketapu-Lyndon takes the helm as its first female chair. The announcement comes after the current chair, Martin Snedden, revealed his early departure to facilitate a seamless transition for Puketapu-Lyndon. Holding concurrent roles as the chair of the New Zealand Olympic Committee and having served as the chief financial officer for two America’s Cup campaigns, Puketapu-Lyndon brings a wealth of experience to her new position. Stepping up from her role as deputy chair, she is poised to lead NZC into a new era. Meanwhile, Snedden, with a year remaining as a director on the board, also disclosed that Roger Twose would succeed him as New Zealand’s representative on the International Cricket Council (ICC). This transformative leadership shift marks a significant milestone for cricket in New Zealand and underscores the commitment to diversity and inclusion within the sporting realm.

As Diana Puketapu-Lyndon prepares to assume the historic role of New Zealand Cricket's first female chair, her appointment signifies a groundbreaking moment in the sport's history. With a distinguished background as the chair of the New Zealand Olympic Committee and a key figure in America's Cup campaigns, Puketapu-Lyndon brings a unique blend of leadership and experience to the forefront. The departure of Martin Snedden, the incumbent chair, emphasizes the commitment to a smooth transition, underscoring the significance of this transformative leadership shift. As Roger Twose steps into the role of New Zealand's representative on the International Cricket Council, the broader implications of these changes extend beyond national borders. This moment not only marks a milestone for cricket in New Zealand but also serves as a testament to the sport's evolving landscape, embracing diversity, and fostering inclusivity at the highest echelons of leadership. The future of New Zealand Cricket appears poised for positive transformation under Puketapu-Lyndon's pioneering stewardship.