- Publish Date
- Thursday, 6 May 2021, 6:00AM
Honey Hireme-Smiler is a triple international representing New Zealand in rugby league, rugby seves, and rugby union and has been an exceptional flag bearer for New Zealand women’s sport.
We talk about her upbringing in Putaruru where the self-confessed ‘punk kid’ eventually turned a corner and set her on a path that would lead to an international sporting career that spanned 18 years. In fact her commitment, passion and dedication to her sports saw her appointed as a Member of the NZ Order of Merit for her services to sport.
Honey now works as a senior disability sport advisor with the Halberg Foundation, a presenter with Sky Sport and continues to give back via coaching, mentoring and various ambassador roles, ranging from school and community to representative and international level.
Honey is a sports super-woman, but there were some really powerful moments of reflection in this episode where she shared some of the most vulnerable moments of her life, the struggles she’s been through and the character-building lessons along the way.