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Wellington Staff

Andreas Kasoulides – Site Supervisor / Senior Manager

Andreas joined NZIS in 2002 as a graduate webmaster, systems administrator and IT tutor when the Institute was a mere two sites in Wellington and Christchurch. Since then, Andreas has been an integral part of the Institute’s nationwide growth and has successfully led multiple head office projects in IT, web and marketing as well as maintaining co-curricular activities with students. Andreas enjoys engaging with students to apply technology to sport, improve their technical skills and achieve their career goals through the NZIS programmes.

As the NZIS Group’s Senior Manager Quality Assurance and Systems, Andreas oversees the organisations policies and procedures and support systems to enable strong graduate outcomes and successful business operation. Andreas focuses on compliance, student administration, self-assessment, eLearning and information technology for both the New Zealand Institute of Sport and New Zealand College of Massage.

Since 2012, Andreas has led the NZIS Wellington site as Site Supervisor focusing on achieving academic excellence and operationalising the values and objectives of NZIS through his leadership of the head office campus.

Specialist Areas: eLearning, Information Technology, Business Process Management, Leadership

  • BCA (eCommerce & Multimedia, Information Systems)
  • Diploma in Adult Education and Training (completing)

Catherine Redfearn – Site Supervisory Tutor (Foundation)

Catherine Joined NZIS in 2008 after teaching Sport and Recreation in the UK for the previous 8 years. She has a passion for working with young people and encouraging them to achieve their goals using sport as a hook for their learning.

Catherine has a wealth of experience in Foundation Learning and getting the best out of young learners. She leads a team of dedicated tutors who are committed to helping our students reach their full potential.

Specialist Areas: Recreation management

  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (Physical Education & Applied Social Sciences)

Ian Cridland – Pre-Police Proficiency Course Leader

Ian is a senior tutor and has been working at NZIS since 2000. Ian had been teaching sport, recreation and leisure in the UK for the previous 17 years. He is a very experienced and popular tutor. Ian still has a great passion for teaching and strongly encourages students to have self-confidence and helps them achieve successes in areas they never thought to try.

Specialist Areas: Law, Business, Communications and Literacy


  • Higher National Certificate (Business Studies)
  • Certificate in Education (Teaching)

Ben Montague – Personal Training Course Leader

Ben is a recent addition to the NZIS team, having spent the last 15 years in the Fitness Industry, notably as a Group Exercise Instructor, Self Employed Personal Trainer and most recently as a Gym Manager.

Ben is a keen sportsman having played competitively in many codes including a stint playing international rugby league for Malta.

Specialist Areas: Sports Specific Training, Group Exercise/Boxing Training, Exercise Prescription, Crossfit

  • National Certificate in Exercise Science (Distinction)
  • Diploma in Exercise Science
  • Certificate in Management for Growth through the University of Auckland Business School

Lawrence Newman – Diploma Sports Management & Exercise Prescription Course Leader

Lawrence joins The New Zealand Institute of Sport this year, bringing with him a huge amount of experience across the sporting sector.

He has taught Anatomy and Physiology, Nutrition and Massage Therapy at other institutions previously but also worked as an Analytical Chemist, Gym Manager, Paramedic and Sports Massage Therapist (including selection for The Commonwealth Games Team).

He is an active sportsman currently playing Soccer, Running and Cycling. Lawrence has also completed two Ironman Events and several Marathons. Away from Sport Lawrence has an interest in Music and Drums.

Specialist Areas: Sports Rehabilitation, Training Processes, Sports Massage

Daniel Farani – Course Leader Diploma Sports Management & Exercise Prescription

Daniel is the total package practical in nature, disciplined in training and philosophy, and a qualified and experienced educator having taught in New Zealand and England as well as an Alumni of NZIS.  Daniel played professional rugby in England, Italy, South Africa and France beginning 2000 to 2014 and played international rugby for Manu Samoa in 15’s, 10’s and 7’s. Daniel also represented the New Zealand 7’s and was part of the New Zealand Rugby Academy for three years. His last four year in France, saw him expand his skill sets to coaching professionally from 2010 to 2014.

Specialist Areas: Sports Coaching and physical performance, mentoring, communications, facilitation, creating high performing teams

  • Bachelor of Education
  • Coaching level 3 (IRB)
  • Certificate in Sport (NZIS) First intake 1997

Peter Zajac – Course Leader Advanced Diploma in Exercise Prescription

Peter began working with NZIS on the tutorial team in early 2015, and now teaches our Diploma in Advance Exercise Prescription. Peter recently moved back to New Zealand after completing a Master’s degree in Strength & Conditioning at Northumbria University (UK) and also holds an Honours degree in Exercise Science (University of Sunderland, UK & University de Nantes, France).

Peter’s international skills transfer well into his career. He has globally participated in 1-on-1 & group personal training, as well as athlete preparation starting in the UK. Peter is well qualified and enthusiastic to share his experiences from training around the globe. He has played ice hockey for teams in both the UK and France.


  • Master of Science in Strength & Conditioning
  • Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science
  • Personal Training REPs Level 3
  • Advanced Resistance Training
  • Advanced Physiology & Anatomy
  • Nutrition for Sport & Exercise

Danielle Baker – Foundation Tutor

Danielle joined NZIS in 2016 after teaching in the UK for over 15 years. Danielle’s passion is working with young people and helping them develop and achieve their goals. Danielle has a wealth of experience in Sports Coaching and has worked for the English Football Association as a Coach Educator. She has also played for her region back in the UK.

Specialist Areas: Sports Coaching


  • Certificate in Education
  • BA Honours in Physical Education & Applied Social Sciences
  • UEFA B Football Coaching Certificate

Brenda Collins – Foundation Tutor

Brenda joins The New Zealand Institute of Sport with a background in Secondary School Teaching and Community Health. She has a passion for sport and will work closely with the 20+ Adults course. Brenda has played international rugby for Samoa Manusina 15’s and 7s, and New Zealand Women’s Rugby League.


  • Bachelor of Education
  • Diploma in Teaching Secondary Physical Education and Health
  • Certificate in Pacific Nutrition

Grace Fiso – Finance Operations Manager

Grace came to NZIS with a strong banking and customer service background – she worked for the ANZ Bank for 20 years, firstly in an operations role, before moving into retail banking. Her interests include volleyball and other sports in general, and she is a strong member within the Pacific Island community. Grace is currently studying HR and Management to build on her considerable experience in the Industry.

Nelie Napadao – Site Administrator

Nelie came from Baguio City, Philippines and a graduate of Saint Louis University. She taught Physical Education and Health in the same University for almost 20 years prior to her movement to New Zealand in 2010. As a qualified teacher in New Zealand, she taught Exercise Science, Exercise Prescription and Group Exercise at NZIS from 2010 to 2012, she then decided to try a new career path and finished her Certificate in Relaxation Massage before she moved  to the New Zealand College of Massage in Wellington and stayed as the Site Administrator for four years. As a choreographer and a dancer, she currently leads a Fitness Group called Get Fit as part of her church ministry in Johnsonville, Wellington.

Specialist areas: Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology, Ballroom Dance, Philippine Folk Dances, Group Exercise.


  • Certificate in Relaxation Massage- Level 4
  • Bachelor in Secondary Education- Level 7
  • Master of Arts in Physical Education- Level 7

James Wang – IT Systems Administrator/Manager

James is an IT professional with relevant expertise, accreditation and a wide range of working experiences in Germany, Singapore and New Zealand. He worked with Opus International Consultant before joining NZIS in 2014. His interest and strengths are in building and improving IT infrastructure, smooth and effective running IT systems, whilst also helping people with tech issues. James enjoys spending time with his family, music and traveling. He is also an active table tennis player and is involved in local club competitions.

Specialist Areas: Networking, Windows and Linux systems administration


  • Masters in Informatics at the Technical University of Munich, Germany
  • Bachelors in Informatics (with a minor in Economics)