Tiffen, who learnt to play in Timaru, won the award after her outstanding performances at the women’s World Cup in Australia in July.
“It was a really nice way to finish, on what was a very special night.”
The 30 year old, who retired after the tournament, averaged more than 46 with the bat, and scored her first one-day international century against Pakistan.
Despite being considered an all-rounder, she scored the second most runs in the tournament.
She said her form could be put down to a relaxed attitude and wanting to enjoy herself.
“I had been thinking about retiring so I decided to just go out there and enjoy myself.”
The 117 ODI veteran said she was pleased with where women’s cricket was heading.
“We now have four quality teams … You don’t want to be playing one team and seeing that as your most important match all the time.”
Tiffen said she was looking forward to spending a relaxed, quiet summer beyond the boundary rope.
“I guess I’m looking forward to having a few sips of wine and cheering on the girls from the sideline.”