Rochelle Farmer is still new in town but her sporting links with Taranaki run right back. A recent appointment to the Sport Taranaki board, Rochelle came to Taranaki in 2019 to join Govett Quilliam’s corporate and commercial team.
But her early memories of New Plymouth are fittingly sporting. The former age-group representative netballer grew up in Pukekohe but remembers a national tournament played on the windswept Waiwhakaiho courts well. “I remember having a lot of fun playing, but it was freezing!”
Sport also brought her to New Plymouth as a late call up to a cross country team competing in the national secondary schools’ competition at Francis Douglas Memorial College. “I hadn’t been training much and got called into the team after someone else got injured. My time wasn’t all that fast but it was a great trip.”
Rochelle, who is currently enjoying all the running opportunities on her doorstep in Taranaki, said that is the way sport should be. “It’s about enjoyment and involvement in sport, not just high performance.” Rochelle and her husband Hector, a noted 800m runner, were drawn to Taranaki by family connections, the lure of an active lifestyle, and the reputation of Govett Quilliam.
Rochelle was looking for a way to get involved in the community and Sport Taranaki stood out to her as great opportunity to contribute. Her background in corporate and commercial, employment, and health and safety law has given her insights into different governance areas. She was impressed by the work of Sport Taranaki and was keen to contribute her skills and bring a different viewpoint to the table. “There’s lots of wisdom on the board and it’s good to bring the perspective of younger people to the board as well.”