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.

Kim Johnston - Manager

Kim is a qualified personal trainer and strength and conditioning coach. She has worked in many roles in the industry over the last 20 years including as a fitness instructor, endurance performance coach and fitness manager in a women’s-only gym in Saudi Arabia.

Most recently she has been the team leader in the Recreation Centre at Ara where she’s played a key role in improving the student experience through the development and delivery of sports and recreation and health and wellbeing activities. Kim is a former Ara student herself, having completed the Bachelor of Sustainability and Outdoor Education in 2015. She brings to her role a passion for helping others reach their full potential in their chosen sports and encouraging healthy lifestyle choices.  She is a keen mountain biker and regularly competes in local and national races.

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.

Stacey O’Conner – Technician

Stacey graduated from Ara Institute of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Nutrition. 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