Kea Inspire : Beneath The Black, A Journey Through New Zealand Rugby

Kea Inspire : Beneath The Black, A Journey Through New Zealand Rugby

Ahead of the All Blacks vs England test at Twickenham this November, Kea New Zealand invites you to join us for a screening of 'Beneath the Black : A Journey Through New Zealand Rugby'. The screening will be followed by a fireside chat with special guests SKY Sports Rugby UK Presenter James Gemmell and Dr. Farah Palmer ONZM.

New Zealanders James Gemmell and Tim Dale travelled to New Zealand ahead of the 2017 Lions Tour, with the goal of answering the question, what makes the All Blacks so good? Through the eyes of some of New Zealand’s most iconic rugby figures, this documentary explores the place that rugby holds in the country’s history, culture and way of life.

Join us for an evening of networking and inspiring conversation hosted within the Fine Rooms of the Royal Academy. James and Dr Palmer will discuss highlights in their careers, and explore the role the sport plays in areas of identity, culture, leadership, community spirit, women in sport, and our place in the Pacific.

Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a private viewing of Oceania - an exhibition which presents one of the largest collections of traditional and contemporary Māori, Polynesian and Melanesian art ever to be displayed in the United Kingdom.

Our Special Guests

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James Gemmell, Rugby Presenter / Reporter / Producer. Gemmell has worked for Sky Sports UK as a dedicated Rugby presenter and reporter since January 2009, having been brought across from New Zealand following work for TV3 at the Rugby World Cup in France, 2007. He has hosted coverage of the 2011 Rugby World Cup for TV3, and reported on two British and Irish Lions tours, to Australia in 2013 and New Zealand in 2017. His role has grown to include live and feature producing, including Sky’s award-winning documentary for the Lions tour of 2017, ‘Beneath the Black: A Journey Through New Zealand Rugby’.

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Dr. Farah Palmer ONZM, three-time World Cup winning former Black Ferns captain, World Rugby Hall of Fame inductee, NZ Rugby Board Member and Massey University Lecturer. Dr. Palmer has a research interest in race, gender and leadership issues in sport management. Her most recent publications having focused on Elite Māori athletes and their cultural identities in sport, the leadership and organisational culture of the All Blacks, Black Ferns, Māori All Blacks, Māori Women's experiences in sport management, and the involvement of mothers in elite sport as leaders and athletes.

This event is held in association with the Royal Academy's Oceania Exhibition. Oceania is supported by New Zealand, The Kingdom of Tonga, and Papua New Guinea. The exhibition is also supported by Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa.

Ticketing Details

Kea Members 35.00 GBP plus ticketing fee

Non-Members 55.00 GBP plus ticketing fee

Canapés, New Zealand wine and beer are included in the ticketing price

Terms and conditions

By registering to attend this event, guests agree to share their information with Kea New Zealand. Kea New Zealand will use guest details and email address for event communication purposes including event reminders and post-event follow ups where registered. Guests will not be added to the Kea New Zealand mailing list, and can do so at

Cancellation and refund policy

Only guests registered will be admitted. Kea New Zealand reserves the right to cancel or postpone an event to an alternative date. All registered participants affected by such a cancellation or postponement will be offered a full refund of the ticket price paid. No refunds will be issued for non-attendance at the event or for guest cancellations. A replacement guest is permitted by emailing up to 24 hours prior to the event.


Photographs will be taken at this event, should you wish for your photo not to be taken, please advise us at

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Time & Date

Wednesday, 7 November 2018, 06:45 PM - Wednesday, 7 November 2018, 10:00 PM


Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD

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Kea Members 35.00 GBP plus ticketing fee
Non-Members 55.00 GBP plus ticketing fee