Manager, Toi Ohomai Community Recreation Centre, Mokoia Campus
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.