Auckland Staff

Tutorial Staff | Administration Staff

Tutorial Staff

Mike Clayton – Supervisory Tutor Auckland/Course Leader Diploma in Sport Management & Exercise Prescription

Mike has been involved in tertiary education since 1999 in the United Kingdom, before arriving in New Zealand in 2006. He studied at Liverpool University before completing his Postgraduate qualifications at the University of Chester and University of Greenwich. Mike has a wealth of experience in Assessment & Moderation, as well as Lesson Observations. Mike has worked for Ed Excel & OCR Examining Boards as an examiner in Sport & Physical Education. Alongside his educational responsibilities, Mike has organized team tours for cricket, soccer and skiing throughout Europe, including Belgium, Italy and the United States. Mike’s interests include keeping fit, travelling & reading autobiographies.

Specialist Areas: Sport Psychology, Contemporary Issues in Sport, History of Sport and Cricket coaching.


  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) (Sports Science & Biological Science)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Sport & Exercise Psychology

Viggo Rassmussen – Tutor Sport & Recreation

Staff Update - ViggoViggo brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our Auckland Team. He is a former Graduate student completing the Diploma in Sport Management and Exercise Prescription and Advanced Diploma in Exercise Prescription, both endorsed with Distinction.

He plays an active role in the Rugby League Communities and has represented Samoa at International levels on several occasions.

Other passions include Personal Training and healthy living, which he uses to empowering both Children and Adults.

Specialist Areas: Rugby League, Rugby Union, Cricket & Personal Training


  • Diploma in Sport Management and Exercise Prescription Level 5 (Distinction) NZIS
  • Advanced Diploma in Exercise Prescription Level 6 (Distinction) NZIS

Romina Villamonte – Course Leader Advanced Exercise Prescription  

Since 2015, Romina has brought her coaching skills and skills in Exercise Science to the Institute and is a part of the NZIS team as Course Leader in Advanced Exercise Prescription.

Romina has completed a Bachelors (with honours) and graduated Magna Cum Laude in Exercise and Sports Science with a minor in coaching. After that, Romina did a PhD in Exercise Physiology. In 2011, Romina moved to New Zealand to complete a Master degree in Science and has been working as a teacher in tertiary education, researcher and has been a part of the Human performance clinic in the department of Sports and Exercise Science.

Romina enjoys traveling the world and learning about their cultures. She also enjoys paddleboarding, kayaking, swimming, cycling and the outdoors in general.

Specialist Areas: Exercise Physiology, Sport and Exercise Science, Coaching.


  • Bachelors (with honours) in Exercise and Sport Sciences
  • PhD in Exercise Physiology
  • Masters in Science

Matthew Fiso – Tutor and Administration Support Manukau 

Matthew joined the Auckland staff after attaining an Advanced Diploma in Sport Management, as well as a Certificate in Sport Management and Exercise Prescription from the NZIS Wellington campus. He is applying his skills currently as a tutor and in administration support.

Matthew is an active canoe polo player, and has represented the NZ Men’s Squad in 2011 and 2013. He has also represented NZ in the Canoe Polo NZu21 in 2009, where he won an Oceania Gold medal. Matthew provides great fortune and expertise through his athletic background as well as his academic background.


  • NZIS Advanced Diploma in Sport Management
  • NZIS Certificate in Sports Management and Exercise Prescription


Marketing Staff – Northern Region

Willie Toelau – Marketing Liaison 

NZCM WillieWillie has been with NZIS / NZCM since 2014 and is the Student Recruitment and Schools Liaison for the Central North Island to Kaitaia. After 15 years of working with reputable organisations (ITO, ATTO, Tools4Work), Willie provides great wealth and experience in recruiting for both NZIS and NZCM . He has developed exposure working with schools and community throughout the country. Willie’s experience in Gateway and STAR will help advance growth for NZCM, while creating awareness and career opportunities within our sector.

Willie’s strong background in sport, coaching and refereeing displays his hard work ethic and determination to get where he is today. His experience allows him to relate to the student’s success and his commitment to watching them grow in their own independence. Willie strongly believes our students and particularly Maori and Pacific students can achieve academic studies if they put their faith in their own ability, and have the courage to take on any challenge they face day to day.

Specialist Areas: Rugby (Rugby League for Richmond Rovers Bulldogs, Manukau Rovers Magpies, Hibiscus Coast Raiders, Ponsonby Ponies, Otara Scorpions), Coaching (Auckland Rugby League), Referee Coach & Assessor (Auckland Rugby League Referees Association, Referees Director for NZTFI Tag, Executive member on Toa Samoa Rugby League NZ, Training & Development officer for Otara Scorpions Rugby League).

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