Te Wāhi Our Team

The Zone's biggest asset is its people. We have highly qualified, experienced and dedicated staff, plus highly competent second and third year students who can help tailor a package to suit your needs.

Dave Murray - Manager

Dave is responsible for managing The Zone and co-ordinating delivery of its many services. If you have plans or ideas you want brought to fruition, Dave is your go-to guy. Previously Dave has worked as head of strength and conditioning for the Southland Stags ITM Cup rugby team as well as Canterbury and Northland Rugby Unions. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science, specialising in Sport and Exercise Science from Ara Institute of Canterbury.

Maria Polak - Nutrition & Psychology

Maria teaches human nutrition and is passionate about food and its relationship with health, psychological wellbeing, and physical performance.

Megan Harlick - Sport & Health Psychology
Sport Psychology Consultant (Sports and Exercise Psychology Consultant)

Megan lectures in Sports & Exercise Science and Health.  She is a sports psychology consultant and works with many athletes throughout the Canterbury region.

Dr Nick Kimber – Exercise Physiology
Sport Scientist (Exercise Physiology)

Nick lectures in Sports & Exercise Science and Nutrition. He has extensive experience as a sports scientist (specialising in endurance performance) and is a former competitive multisport athlete and mountain biker.

Dr Helen Marshall – Sport, Physical Activity & Health
Sport Scientist (Exercise Physiology and Health)

Dr Marshall lectures in Sport & Exercise Science and Health promotion. She has a teaching and research background in the role of physical activity in the prevention and management of chronic disease.

Louise Sheppard - New Zealand Registered Physiotherapist

Louise lectures in Sports Science and Physical Activity. Louise has worked in the health field for a number of years, specialising in exercise prescription and rehabilitation.

Russell Graham – Exercise Conditioning

Russell leads the Certificate of Fitness programme at CPIT. He specialises in exercise programming and delivery.

Sharyn Johnson – Technician

Sharyn is an experienced science technician. For the last five years she has specialised in Sport Science equipment. She is responsible for co-ordinating the use of equipment for teaching labs and for The Zone's clients.

Contact details

Phone03 940 8653


W222, Whareora, City, campus