• Keith Martin

    Keith Martin

    Manager, Aquatic and Fitness Centre, Windermere Campus

     I’ve been working at Toi Ohomai now for over 8 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 enjoy ongoing learning and believe this is crucial if you want to be successful in this industry. 

    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! 

    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! I also enjoy competing in running events and have done a few marathons and half marathons over the years. I’ve even dabbled in some triathlons both road and off road over the past few years. At the moment I also play soccer and enjoy that immensely. Find whatever works for you and give it a go, step out of your comfort zone and try something new. It is amazing how fun it can be and what a wonderful feeling of achievement it can provide. 

    Some of my go to healthy snacks include vegetable smoothies, salads, carrots, 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. 

  • 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 Zealand's 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 NZ's 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!