Founding CEO John Fiso Awarded NZ Order of Merit

John FisoPlease join us in celebrating and acknowledging our founding CEO John Fiso and his family’s most recent good news, having recently been announced in the 2017 New Years Honours List. This is fantastic news for John and his family Annemarie and Ioane (the wider Fiso family) and for the New Zealand Institute of Sport.

John Fiso: To be an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit

For services to sport, education and the Pacific community

Mr John Fiso founded the New Zealand Institute of Sport, was the CEO from 1996 to 2016 and through the acquisition of the New Zealand College of Massage based in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, the Institute has become one of the largest NZQA Category One private tertiary providers.

Mr Fiso has been instrumental in the development of a number of community events such as the Pacific Health and Talent Festival in Christchurch and the PACWELL secondary school cultural festival in Wellington. He has served on the Board of Ako Aotearoa, was Chair of Independent Tertiary Education New Zealand and Pacific Islands Tertiary Education Providers of New Zealand, and has been the sector representative on a number of education bodies. He developed international collaborations with Victoria University Melbourne, Surabaya University Indonesia, Xian University China, and set up an English language school in Italy. As a former athlete and national representative Mr Fiso coached and managed the Samoan Student Rugby League teams at two world cups, was Head of Delegation for New Zealand Volleyball teams, served on the Board of Volleyball New Zealand and was a delegate to the World Congress.

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