• Keith Martin

    Keith Martin

    Manager, Aquatic and Fitness Centre, Windermere Campus

    I’ve been working at Toi Ohomai now for over 7 years and have loved every minute of it. 

    I started my journey when I studied a BA degree in Leisure Management in Ireland when I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do when I left school but I loved sports and being active. This is such a rewarding industry to be a part of and I’m so glad I made that decision. I feel really lucky to work alongside such a talented, motivated and fun team and we are really lucky with the awesome members we work alongside who inspire us every day. It is so rewarding when they achieve something they have worked so hard towards. 

    I wouldn’t say I have any specialist areas as I love all forms of training and don’t believe one size fits all but I particularly enjoy and have a big interest in running, triathlons, soccer, nutrition, weight loss and our never2old programme here. I believe passionately that good nutrition and some sort of movement can help us all lead a good quality of life as we get older. Just do something, whatever you enjoy and gets you moving and eat well 90% of the time! 

    An interesting fact that you don’t know about me is I trained to do a 100km run a few years ago. About 8 weeks out from the event I fell over walking down a grass hill in jandals and did my medial ligament. Bugger ah, I’ve never entered one since but who knows what the future may hold. One of my biggest and most enjoyable achievements was completing the 60km Kepler track down South a few years ago in about 8 and a half hours. Absolutely stunning run/walk!  

    Some of my go to healthy snacks include vegetable smoothies, carrots (because Terri said I must eat them every day), fruit, nuts, boiled eggs, chicken, hummus, seaweed and I do love a bit of almond butter on an apple. Thanks for that idea Megs many years ago. I’m not a big fan of diets but I do believe you need some form of sacrifice (whether it is food or time) to make your goals worth achieving. A little sacrifice every week adds up to a lot over the course of a year! Lifelong sustainable habits with a bit of fun, reward and celebration mixed in. 

  • Hawaiki Lardelli

    Hawaiki Lardelli

    Instructor, Aquatic and Fitness Centre, Windermere Campus

    Kia Ora Koutou. Ko Ngongotaha tōku maunga, ko Rotorua tōku awa, ko Ngāti Whakaue tōku Hapū, ko Ngāti Porou o Te Arawa tōku Iwi, ko Horouta tōku waka, ko Hurunga Te Rangi tōku marae. Ko Hine Ki Hawaiki Myra Lardelli ahau.

    Hello everyone my name is Hawaiki Lardelli, I was born in Rotorua and moved to Turanganui a Kiwa at age three, starting my sporting adventures with swimming until the age of 11. 

    I developed a passion for competing, challenges and competition every since I heard my father had won sportsman of the year at high school. I became hooked to more sporting codes in high school and started waka ama at age 11 and competed in six nationals and secondaries bringing back 30 medals all up. I also competed in many other high school sports; surfing, swimming, arm wrestling, netball and ultimate frisbee. 

    2015 was my final year of high school. I thought I wanted to be a childcare teacher then realised it was not the field I wanted to move into. In 2016 I didn’t know what I wanted to do as a career until I saw the Certificate in Fitness Level 4 advertised on the Toi Ohomai website, there were two courses, one in Tauranga and the other in Whakatane.

    This was the best decision of my life choosing the course. I met so many awesome people during the year of studying fitness in 2017. I loved fitness but never thought of doing it as a career, the love I have for fitness and the way it makes me feel everyday is the best feeling. 

    I got three part time jobs all in 2017 one of them working here at Te Pare a Ruahine and I am so privileged to work with all of the great staff and the opportunity they have given me. I am studying my first year of sport and recreation to further my knowledge with fitness.

  • Darian Evelyn

    Darian Evelyn

    Instructor, Aquatic and Fitness Centre, Windermere Campus

    After years of trying to figure out what I wanted to do, I can happily say that the fitness industry is where I want to be! I am lucky to have been given the graduate position here at Te Pare a Ruahine and to work alongside the awesome friendly team here.

    I have a beautiful fiancé and three adorable/mischievous children. We moved to Rotorua from Whangamata at the start of 2017 for us to be closer to my partner’s family while I studied over here at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

    I completed the Certificate 4 Fitness in 2017 which was an amazing life changing experience. The tutors were awesome and there was a wicked crew to learn alongside. Since doing the course I have learnt to appreciate the gym atmosphere a little more.

    I really love the functional/Hiit circuit style of training as it is more beneficial for me with the things I enjoy doing: surfing, mountain biking and off-road running. I also enjoy fishing and free diving. 

    My specialist training areas are Group Fitness and Personal Training .

    An Interesting fact you didn’t know about me is that I was born in Saarbrucken, Germany. My favourite group fitness session to teach and take part in is Functional strength/ HIIT. My favourite healthy snacks to eat are  fresh fruit salad, I also love celery and peanut butter. My biggest sporting achievement is surviving the Tongariro Goat run.

    What I enjoy most about my role is that I love seeing all the happy friendly faces coming in and smashing it day in day out.

  • Sacha Dustin

    Sacha Dustin

    Instructor, Aquatic and Fitness Centre, Windermere Campus

    In 2016 I graduated from Toi Ohomai’s Certificate in Fitness (level 4) course. I have continued on to study the AUT Bachelor of Sport and Recreation degree in 2017.

    I was brought up in the Bay of Plenty, the East Coast and the good old Waikato. From a young age I have always had a passion for sports. It never really mattered what sport as long as it required a bit of skill and it was competitive. My main interests were for athletics, rugby, cricket, surfing and back then the new sport of BMX racing. I grew up on farms and my brothers and sister and I were always outside running around till dark, we were very competitive and still are to this day. Over the years my passion for sport has never dwindled and I always dreamed of working in the industry.

    After watching my sons boxing training for a few years I was inspired by what the sport had done for him mentally and physically and I decided to take it up myself. I loved the disciplined training and the people and 

    I soon found myself considering chasing my dreams of working in the health and fitness industry and that brought me to the doors of Toi Ohomai where I now work and study.
    An interesting fact about me is that I really enjoy New Zealands great outdoors, I regularly go tramping or hunting with my brother, I have tramped in Fiordland, Southern Alps and a lot of the South Islands National parks and also a fair bit of the North Island as well. You can’t beat NZs natural beauty.

    My favourite type of training is high intensity based and I really believe it’s the ultimate form of training for results, although I love all forms of getting the heart pumping and the body moving and never shy away from a solid workout if challenged. Doing the Certificate in Fitness course taught me to be diverse when it comes to training and not to get hung up on any one type as there will be times when you may need to adapt to different training styles and therefore knowledge of all forms of training is ultimately beneficial. Learning by doing is one of the courses strong points!

    Nutrition is not my strong point, but my favourite snack/food at the moment are my boiled eggs and a cup of coffee in the morning, normally followed up with a banana. Simple pleasures.

    My latest sporting achievements would be participating in three local boxing events to raise funding for young amateur boxers, each one was a great journey and I made some awesome friends along the way.

    I really appreciate and love that I’ve been given the opportunity to work at Te Pare a Ruahine Aquatic and Fitness Centre here at Toi Ohomai. The members and staff here are just so awesome, it feels great to be working in such a positive environment and I am really looking forward to helping as many people as possible to reach their fitness goals and have a great time doing it. I believe that enjoying the journey is possibly the most important aspect of creating a healthy long term lifestyle. Fit4life!

  • Regan Innis

    Regan Innis

    Instructor, Aquatic and Fitness Centre, Windermere Campus

    Born in Morrinsville and raised in Paeroa I grew up in a small rural community. Growing up in a small area I took any opportunity to play sport and get a day or two off school.

    I am 20 years old and a self-indulged sports addict and massive fan of many sports, Rugby, Tennis, Cricket and Golf to name a few. 

    After going through primary and secondary schooling in Paeroa, I moved to Tauranga in 2015 to continue my study and joined the Certificate 4 Fitness Programme ran here at Toi Ohomai. I soon discovered the love of working out and working with others to achieve their goals. Having completed that course I wanted to further my knowledge in the industry, so I continued to study and am currently in my 2nd year of Bachelor Sport and Recreation. 

    An interesting fact about myself is that I have played and competed in 10 different competitive sports. 

    My training preference is Olympic lifting and circuit training. Both great full body workouts. 

    My biggest sporting achievement would have to be travelling to Australia with Touch New Zealand as a National Referee on two tours in 2015 and 2016. 

    Go to snack would have to be Avocados. Can have them with anything and they are a great source of healthy fats and vitamin E. 

    What I enjoy most about working at Te Pare is seeing the development of our members and athletes, along with the happiness of the gym users and staff. Someone always enjoys a good yarn. I’m the referee in the picture by the way.

  • Simone Rockliffe

    Simone Rockliffe

    Instructor, Aquatic and Fitness Centre, Windermere Campus

    In 2016 I completed an AUT University Bachelor of Sport and Recreation (Level 7) through Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.  

    Along with that I also became a qualified Les Mills Sprint Instructor, this is a high intensity 30 minute spin class. Before I became an aquatic and fitness centre staff member I was working full time within the fitness industry as a Floor Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor as well as taking boot-camps. I absolutely love anything health and fitness related and am always willing to give new things a go! 

    My specialist training areas are muscular strength, hypertrophy, glute activation and development, spin and HIIT. I love anything that challenges myself and my clients to better themselves, whether it be lifting heavier weights, completing a workout which you initially thought was impossible or simply saying no to that chocolate bar when you didn’t think you had it in you. These scenarios have a significant impact towards ones mental wellbeing, teaching the individual that they have the strength to overcome things they once thought that couldn’t, not only in the gym, but throughout life’s ups and downs. With improved health, ones entire life begins to improve! 

    An interesting fact you didn’t know about me is that prior to beginning my role at the aquatic and fitness centre I spent 6 weeks travelling Europe and seeing some of the amazing sites this world has to offer. 

    My favourite group fitness session would have to be spin! I love getting to work-out and go hard with clients. It’s such an energetic environment with awesome uplifting music! I also enjoy taking HIIT classes, as they incorporate everything you need for a wicked, effective workout packed into only 30 minutes. 

    My all-time favourite healthy snacks would have to be boiled eggs. I love them! Or Greek yogurt topped with berries, cinnamon and some nuts and seeds. It’s so easy to prepare and an awesome source of protein, carbs and healthy fats. 

    My biggest sporting event achievement was completing the Tauranga Half Marathon back in 2014. Since then I have moved into more of a hypertrophy style of training, focussing on growing muscle and falling in love with feeling strong and healthy! 

    What I enjoy most about my role are the awesome staff and members I get to surround myself with daily. The positive, supportive energy is contagious. As they say, you become who you surround yourself with!