Trainee Support Team - Northern




Hare Pupuke - Learning Support Advisor


I was born in Lower Hutt and brought up on the marae in Waiwhetu. Played almost every sport. Softball was my first love. I represented Hutt Valley at all age grades and was a member of the NZ Youth Squad.
I'm happily married with four children (including twins). I'm passionate about my family and ensuring I give them every opportunity to be successful.


Before Skills Active I was working at BNZ as a personal banker for threeyears. Prior to that I worked in the health and disability sector.

I'm very passionate about sports and and equally as passionate about helping people achieve success. So working at Skills Active seemed like the ideal role to put my two passions together. Very excited.


P (09) 262 3651


M 027 4494 470



Toni Clough - Learning Support Advisor and Northern Team Leader

Auckland / Hamilton


Toni has been working in the fitness and community recreation industry for over 10 years in many different roles including personal training, management and customer service. Originally from the Mighty Waikato, but now living in Auckland she is still a staunch Chiefs supporter and is a true believer that Hamilton really is the city of the future.

While not at work Toni watches WWE Wrestling and enjoys spending time with her partner Fireman Fred and their boys Grayson and Logan.
Prior to this role Toni had worked closely with Skills Active as an Assessor and Senior Assessor Mentor for Fitness and has been both a finalist and winner at the NZ Fitness Industry Awards.


P (09) 262 3832


M 027 238 9144





Carolyn Verhagen - Learning Support Advisor



Carolyn has a background in Outdoor Education, having worked as an Outdoor Instructor at a number of organisations. She has been an enthusiastic caver, rock climber, tramper and kayaker and enjoys sharing her love of the outdoors with others.


Carolyn has a love of teaching and an enthusiasm for learning new skills. She lives in the beautiful Central North Island which allows her to spend time kayaking when it is warm and skiing when it is cold.

In her spare time, if she isn’t in the kitchen, Carolyn can be found working in the kitchen garden or messing around in the outdoors with her husband, children and the family dog.


M 027 6738 460





Tara Coe - Learning Support Advisor



Ko Pikiao me Potatau ngā tangatā
Ko Matawhaura me Pirongia ngā maungā
Ko Te Arawa me Tainui ngā Waka


Tara joined Skills Active in November 2016. She comes from a Community Recreation background and has previously worked at Franklin Pool and Leisure in Pukekohe. She loves working with the community to engage people at all levels of the Sport and Recreation sector. She has a passion for helping people reach their goals and loves to educate and inspire people in the industry.


When she's not at work, she likes to spend time with whānau and friends while patrolling at Kariaotahi Beach. She's a keen hunter/fisherwoman and a country girl through and through. Rugby and Netball are her two main sporting passions and her language and kapa haka fit strongly alongside that also.


Tara is very excited and looking forward to meeting lots of new people in this role while helping them along their Skills Active Pathway/Journey to higher knowledge. 


P (09) 262 3895


021 563 035




Matt Powell - Learning Support Advisor


Matt has been working in the Health & Fitness and Community Recreation Industry for over 10 years in a wide variety of roles including Personal Training, Group Fitness and Professional Development. His passion for helping others see's him still teaching Les Mills Group Fitness classes on a weekly basis. Born and bred in the mighty West Auckland and a graduate of Kelston Boys High School, a passion for sport comes with the territory.


During his down time Matt can be found in the gym, coaching and personal training, as well as instructing a variety of Group Fitness Classes. On weekends you will find him glued to the TV watching the NRL and supporting his beloved New Zealand Warriors.


Before moving to Skills Active, Matt has managed a number of gym facilities as well as being Business Development Manager for Health & Fitness at CLM. Matt was also a Skills Active Fitness Assessor for more than 2 years before joining the team. 



M 027 413 0100








Contact the Auckland Office

Level 1
605a Great South Road
Manukau 2104


Phone      0508 475 4557
Fax          (04) 385 7024