Cathrine Latu

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Cathrine Tuivaiti
Personal information
Born (1986-10-25) 25 October 1986 (age 33)
Waitakere, Auckland, New Zealand
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
School Massey High School
Spouse Jim Tuivaiti
Married 25 February 2016
Netball career
Playing position(s): GS, GA
Years Club team(s) Apps
2005–07 Northern Force 20
2008–16 Northern Mystics 148
2017 Central Pulse 16
2018 Adelaide Thunderbirds 1
2019 UWS Sirens
Years National team(s) Caps
2005-2007  Samoa 30
2011-2014  New Zealand 24
Last updated: 26 February 2016

Cathrine Tuivaiti[1] (née Latu; born 25 October 1986 in Waitakere, New Zealand) is a New Zealand netball player.


Early career[edit]

Cathrine Tuivaiti was a member of the New Zealand Secondary Schools and New Zealand U21 teams, and debuted in the National Bank Cup with the Northern Force in 2005.[2] She continued with the team for a further two years, and remained in Auckland with the start of the ANZ Championship in 2008, playing for the new Northern Mystics franchise.[3]

Northern Mystics[edit]

Playing for Northern Force as a teenager attracted the attention of people with Samoan netball contacts and, despite having little Samoan ancestry, Tuivaiti was invited to play at international level for Samoa, including playing for them in the 2007 Netball World Championships in Auckland.[4] She also played in a World VII team in two tests series against New Zealand and Australia in 2009.[5]

The Northern Mystics announced broad changes to their playing lineup for 2009 after a lacklustre first season in the ANZ Championship. Fijian international and former Silver Fern Vilimaina Davu was retained, while English shooter Pamela Cookey was also brought in as an import player. Tuivaiti was able to stay with the Mystics when Netball New Zealand gave her an exemption from being a third 'international' — and thus supposedly-'ineligible'-to-play for the Mystics — after she announced she would undertake a required four-year, international-representative stand-down period in order to be eligible for the Silver Ferns after 2011.[6]

Tuivaiti remained with the Northern Mystics in 2010 and 2011, partnering in the shooting circle with Maria Tutaia. After completing her four-year stand down period, Tuivaiti was selected in the Silver Ferns Team in September 2011, and debuted against England in October.[7] New International rules precluded her playing for different countries in consecutive World Netball Championships so she was ineligible for 2011.[4]

Tuivaiti signed with the Northern Mystics again for the 2012 season and was still signed with the SkyCity Mystics when she played her 100th [ANZ Championship?] match in mid-April 2015, against the Haier Pulse.

Silver Ferns[edit]

Tuivaiti was dropped from the Silver Ferns for the 2015 World Championships[8] and due to it missed on the Constellation Cup,[9] but was recalled to the 2016 squad.[10]

Central Pulse and Adelaide Thunderbirds[edit]

Tuivaiti played for the Central Pulse for the 2017 season then signed to play for Adelaide Thunderbirds in 2018.[11] However, she sustained an ACL injury two days later, ruling her out for most of the 2018 Australian Super League season.[12] She made her debut for the side in the 10th Round against the Collingwood Magpies.[13] Tuivaiti announced in a Facebook post on 31 December 2018 that she had had a second knee surgery.

For the 2019 season, Cathrine will be playing for the UWS Sirens competing in the UK wide Vitality Netball Superleague. She will also train with, and help prepare, the Gail Parata-led Scottish national team ahead of the 2019 Netball World Cup to be held in Liverpool, England, in July.

On 21 March 2019, she announced she was pregnant with her first child, ending her season with the Sirens and would be returning to New Zealand.


In 2017, she accused NNZ of miscommunication and told the Radio Sport that

What disappoints the hell out of me is that I've had no communication. I've had no reason, to read that there were some off-court issues makes me out to be a bad guy. Yes, I have a foul mouth, but I'm a good person and I do as much as I can for my team-mates and for my country, of late. I don't really know what that's about, but I'm not happy about it. It's news to me and it really pisses me off the most.



  1. ^ Bidwell, Hamish (6 March 2016). "Encouraging win for the Central Pulse over Northern Mystics". Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  2. ^ Cleaver, Dylan (9 April 2005). "It's time to Force the issue". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  3. ^ Johannsen, Dana (1 February 2008). "Willering backs young shooters". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  4. ^ a b Johannsen, Dana (18 March 2010). "Mystic on the make". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  5. ^ "World Seven not at full strength?". The New Zealand Herald. 27 August 2009. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Latu cleared to play for Mystics". The New Zealand Herald. 26 March 2009. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  7. ^ Johannsen, Dana (14 September 2011). "Team defence exposed after Trio join Ferns". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  8. ^ Wilson, Abby (2 July 2015). "Cathrine Latu axed from Silver Ferns for World Champs". TVNZ. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Cathrine Latu left out by Silver Ferns for netball series against Australia". Australian Associated Press/The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. 6 October 2015. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Cathrine Latu eager to show new Silver Ferns coach Janine Southby she still has what it takes". 19 January 2016. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  11. ^ "Former Silver Fern Cathrine Tuivaiti leaves Central Pulse to join Adelaide Thunderbirds". 12 July 2017. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  12. ^ "Thunderbirds recruit Cathrine Tuivaiti unlikely for 2018 with knee injury". ESPN. 18 July 2017. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  13. ^ "Tuivaiti named in Adelaide Thunderbirds playing 10". Adelaide Thunderbirds. 4 July 2018. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  14. ^ "Departing Cathrine Tuivaiti blasts Netball NZ over lack of communication". 13 July 2017. Retrieved 17 January 2019.

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