The Team’s Beginnings
The Northern Stars became part of the ANZ Premiership in 2017, joining the previous New Zealand teams from the ANZ Championship. Netball Australia and Netball New Zealand discontinued the ANZ Championship after the 2016 season, and Netball New Zealand replaced it with the ANZ Premiership.
The ANZ Premiership was founded by Northern stars and the five former New Zealand ANZ Championship teams: Central Pulse, Mainland Tactix, Northern Mystics, Southern Steel, and Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic.
The team’s name derives from the Matariki star cluster, which also is also represented in their logo. Former Melbourne Vixens head coach Julie Hoornweg was named Stars inaugural head coach and Leana de Bruin became their first captain.