• 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. 

  • Tyler Warren

    Tyler Warren

    Gym Instructor, Aquatic and Fitness Centre, Windermere Campus

    Growing up my goal in life was to become a professional footballer, my knowledge of football is quite extensive but sadly my actual ability didn’t match up. As I got older I realised that because my mind knew exactly what I needed to do to but my feet were not able to do it I could try coaching and training people, this led me to enrol in the Bachelor of Sports and Recreation Degree here at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology. 

    Graduating in December 2016 I proceeded to try my hand at coaching and found myself coaching the team I had played for since 2011 which is the Whakatane Town Association Football Club 1st team,  l love spending my time coaching and playing football and it will forever remain a passion of mine.

    During my time completing my degree the staff and facilities here at Te Pare a Ruahine were always fantastic and when I saw the opportunity to become a part of it all I couldn’t say no. I have been able to learn so much from everyone here and I am extremely happy to be able to be a positive influence on everyone who comes through our doors

    My specialist areas are of course football specific training but also sport specific training and core exercise circuits. I love the idea of learning the intricacies of a new sport and how training programmes can directly influence athlete performance regardless of the level of competition. One day I hope to have enough experience and knowledge to say that I’m not a specialist in any one area, I’m just really good at all areas.

    My biggest sporting achievement is being a member of the Whakatane Town Football team that won the Bay of Plenty First Division league title and the Bay Sports Centre cup in 2012. I have tried my hand at many different sports and activities including Rugby, Basketball, Cricket, Rowing and Hip Hop Dancing however Football has been the only constant and this season is my 18th season playing competitively.

    The most enjoyable part of my new role here is the interaction with all the amazing clients, being a part of their journey and helping them reach their goals make the early mornings and late nights worth it.

  • Rachael Koch

    Rachael Koch

    Gym Instructor, Aquatic and Fitness Centre, Windermere Campus

    I have made my passion my career!
    I grew up in the Wairarapa in the little town of Eketahuna.  We lived on a dairy farm which was an awesome atmosphere to grow up in - until my parents decided as soon as my sisters and I were tall enough to reach the cows in the cowshed we had to start milking them – (luckily I was very short). Besides the 5am morning milkings I had a great passion for dancing. I danced for 12 years in Masterton. After finishing all my exams I got my diploma in dancing and then worked as a dance teacher for 2 years. 

    I loved the teaching side of dancing. It was always a great satisfying feeling being able to engage with my pupils, teaching and sharing my knowledge and experience in dancing and watching my students excel in their own dancing.

    I have always had a huge passion for health and fitness and this grew more and more until I realised that the fitness industry was where I wanted to work.

    I enrolled myself in the Certificate in Fitness. In 2016 I graduated from Toi Ohomai with a  Certificate in Fitness (Level 4). Since then I have been working in the industry for the past 2 years as personal trainer and fitness instructor and I know this is exactly what I am supposed to be doing.

    I believe everyone has their own story for why they stepped in the door and for me its about connecting with customers and building trust and a relationship with that person, understanding their background and finding out what makes them tick. I believe in a total wellness approach including educating them and helping when it comes to nutrition and working alongside with my clients to help them reach their goals. 

    My training preferences include: high intensity interval training, hypertrophy, functional training and endurance running.

    I’m thrilled to be a part of this awesome, knowledgeable and passionate team here at Te Pare. 

    We have a real community feel and we love seeing and chatting to all of our awesome and committed existing members and new members. 

  • Save Waqairawaqa

    Save Waqairawaqa

    Manager, Toi Ohomai Community Recreation Centre, Mokoia Campus

    Bula Vinaka.

    I have worked as a part of the Toi Ohomai team for just under 7 years, one year consisted of teaching English and 6 years in the Recreation centre. This career choice has brought many challenges ,the continuous learning and the constant evolution of the Rec centre are what I enjoy the most as well as the people (Staff and members) I have had the pleasure to meet and build friendships with in the past and present.

    I migrated from the beautiful Islands of Fiji in 2000 My family moved to Rotorua which is the place I call my home away from home. I love living in Rotorua as it has a close knit community and it is very central to beaches, forests and lakes. Although majority of my time has been based in Rotorua, I have also lived and studied in Auckland and Hamilton.

    My career background is made up of Teaching, Coaching, Hospitality, Tourism and currently Sports and Recreation. The main subject that I studied was Tourism Management, with a side of teaching, a dash of coaching and currently a touch up of Sports and Recreation. I feel this will be an ongoing area of learning which will help me to continuously grow and adapt with the constant evolution of the different forms of training, classes and nutrition. I mainly specialise in Olympic lifting which I must admit I coach more then I train. So one of my main goals this year is to base more of my training sessions around Olympic lifting.

    Something interesting I have experienced is having the privilege to coach a few NZ  athletes and teams, this included working as the strength and conditioning coach for the New Zealand under 23 men’s and women’s rafting team for two years.

    I am very passionate about sports and Recreation and the social aspect that comes with team sports, sports have included Rugby, 7s, Volleyball, touch rugby and Indoor netball to name a few. I also enjoy exploring the outdoors and love hiking the different tracks New Zealand has to offer.

    What I enjoy about working at the Recreation centre is the whanau environment that has been built over the years which is then passed on to our current and past members.

    The feeling of seeing clients achieve their goals, enjoy their training and watching the journey’s from when they first step into the gym to when they end their experience at the Recreation Centre.

    I am a firm believer in working together as a collective to achieving outcomes as a whole which goes back to the saying.

    He aha te mea nui o te ao
    What is the most important thing in the world?
    He tangata, he tangata, he tangata
    It is the people, it is the people, it is the people.

  • Cholita Uri

    Choli Uri

    Reception and Instructor, Toi Ohomai Community Recreation Centre, Mokoia Campus

    I spent several years figuring out what or where I wanted to be in life. From working in night clubs, burger king, saw mills and youth work to climbing walls, boxing/bjj competitions and rafting rivers, I finally found myself in the health and fitness industry.

    Since 2004 I have always been employed but I have never found something that sits well with me as much as the health and fitness industry. I completed the cert and diploma in adventure tourism at Toi Ohomai but found it hard to balance tourism life with family life. I then studied and worked in the health and fitness industry and there I found a passion not only for my own health and fitness but the industry itself.

    An opportunity came up to work at Toi Ohomai recreation centre not long after that, which was too good to pass up, and I have not looked back ever since.

    I have played most sports, some at a high level such as touch rugby, cricket, bjj and netball (yes I said netball lol). I have won medals in both boxing and bjj but have failed to find the time to take that part of my life to the next level as my four kids find ways to keep me very busy.

    I currently coach and helped coach children’s rugby union and rugby league among many other sports.

    Laughter and happiness are two key factors in life and it’s safe to say I have plenty of that in my life in at the moment.

  • Phil Ranclaud

    Phil Ranclaud

    Reception and Instructor, Toi Ohomai Community Recreation Centre, Mokoia Campus

    Tena Koutou Katoa,

    I was born in Te-Rotorua-Nui-A-Kahumatamomoe just around the corner of the world famous living thermal village, The Whakarewarewa Village. I moved to Stratford, Taranaki in 2001 and lived there for ten years. In 2011 I gained employment with Transpower as a Live Line Transmission Tower Blaster / Painter and had the beautiful opportunity to travel around Aotearoa for three years. During July 2014 I moved back to Rotorua.

    Not knowing exactly what I was going to do with myself I decided to go back to school as an adult student in 2015 and 2016 to study what I felt passionately about: Sport and Exercise and helping others to become much better versions of themselves.

    I completed the Level 4 Certificate in Sport and Exercise Management in 2015 at (what was then and for the last time) Waiariki Institute Of Technology and in 2016 completed the  Level 5 Diploma at Toi-OhoMai Institute Of Technology, Mokoia Campus.

    My sporting background consists of playing Rugby Union from 1998 – 2011. Then, in 2016, I was given the opportunity to be the fitness coach for Beazley Boxing in Rotorua. While coaching the fitness side of Boxing I caught “the bug” myself and gave Boxing a go…. I do not regret changing sport and love “everything” about Boxing.

    My role at the Recreation centre is varied. I mind the reception, produce fitness programs for members and facilitate the Circuit Training class once a week in the sports hall.