Bernice Papasina Mene MNZM (born 18 January 1975, New Zealand) is a Language Teacher, Sports Mentor, and a former New Zealand Silver Ferns Netball player. She sits on several Boards throughout New Zealand, and has been a regular TV commentator at national Netball tournaments.
She has played 78 tests for the Silver Ferns and captained the domestic team the Southern Sting to five national netball championship titles.
Mene is a mother of three and is married to former New Zealand Black Cap cricketer, Dion Nash.
Mene has a Diploma of Teaching from the Southland Campus at the Dunedin College of Education. In 1997 she completed a Diploma of Creative Writing with the New Zealand Institute of Business Studies. Mene also has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand.
Mene played both goal keep and goal defense positions. She was selected for the Silver Ferns in 1992 when she was only 17. While playing for the Ferns, she captained the New Zealand Netball U-21’s and the Southern Sting teams.
In January 2002, Mene made her decision to retire from the Silver Ferns. During her 10 years playing for the New Zealand national team, she was regarded as the world’s number-one defensive player.
In the 2003 New Year Honors list, she was made a New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for her services to Netball.
Mene is also a qualified Languages teacher. Her teaching experience began at Otago Girls’ High School. She has taught English, French, German and Maori in various secondary schools in New Zealand.
Mene is a member of the Constitutional Review Panel which was set up in 2011 and made up of 12 members. It is an advisory group appointed by the Government. Their role is to listen, record and consider people’s views on a range of New Zealand constitutional issues.
Highlights & Awards:
- 1995 Won Bronze at the 1995 World Netball Championships in Birmingham, England
- 1997-2002 Mene captained the New Zealand national Netball team, the Silver Ferns
- 1998 Won Silver at the 1998 XVI Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- 1999 Won Silver at the 1999 World Netball Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand