Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate is versatile, strong and has excellent ball-carrying skills for a front row forward.
Ngata-Aerengamate made her Black Ferns debut in 2014 and impressed the coaches sufficiently to earn a place at the Women's Rugby World Cup in France. She played in five Tests in her first season, with one start against Australia. After the World Cup she returned to Counties Manukau, where she made seven appearances all of which were at hooker and scored nine tries, a record for the Union. A useful squad member because of her versatility, Ngata-Aerengamate was listed in her early playing career as a hooker/prop and in 2013 she started against Taranaki in the blindside flanker position and scored a try.
Ngata-Aerengamate has studied for a Bachelor of Secondary Education Major in Physical Education at Auckland University and is one of several Black Ferns in the squad to have played for the Ponsonby Club.