Making the Jump from Trades to Fitness Industry

After working in trades for several years, Iraia Paerau decided to make his dream career in fitness a reality.

Iraia’s passion for healthy living led him to enrol at New Zealand Institute of Sport (NZIS) to become a fitness trainer.

In 2021, Iraia graduated with a Level 4 Certificate in Sport Management, Recreation and Human Performance. Now, he’s a successful fitness trainer at F45, one of the leading group fitness franchises in New Zealand.

Born and raised in the countryside, Iraia says NZIS helped him navigate big-city life and the ways of the fitness industry so he could progress his new career at pace.

As a proud Māori student from a low decile school, Iraia is driven to show other young people that you can achieve anything you put your mind to.