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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 – The Zone

Kim has over twenty-five years’ experience in the sports, fitness, health and wellbeing, and outdoor education sectors, covering many roles including strength & conditioning coaching, endurance performance coaching, outdoor education instructor and sports and recreation management. Kim also spent 12 months in Saudi Arabia as a fitness manager in a women’s gym.


  • Bachelor of Sustainability and Outdoor EducationAra Institute of Canterbury
  • Certificate in Personal Training Level 4Southern Institute of Technology
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach Level 1 - Australian Strength & Conditioning Association
  • Pre-Hospital Emergency Care training New Zealand Red Cross

Russell Graham

Senior Lecturer/Programme Coordinator - Certificate in Exercise

Russell Graham is the current programme leader and senior lecturer of the Certificate in Exercise programme at Ara Institute of Canterbury. Russell has 30 years of experience in the health and fitness industry, including starting PEPSA, a weekly exercise programme focussed on improving fitness, functional movements, and wellness for older adults within the community, in Dunedin in 1981. Since 1983, PEPSA has been running in Christchurch, where Russell leads up to 9 classes per week at different locations.  Alongside this he facilitates Ara’s weekly staff circuit classes.

Russell has previously been a key facilitator at various health and fitness workshops for exercise leaders.


  • Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition - University of Otago
  • Diploma of Physical Education - University of Otago
  • Diploma of Teaching - Christchurch College of Education
  • Essential First Aid – St Johns New Zealand


  • 1999 NZ Fitness leader of the year
  • 1998 South Island fitness leader of the year

Stacey van Maanen

Nutritionist/The Zone and Allied Health Support

Stacey is a degree qualified, Associate Registered Nutritionist working as a Nutritionist and lab technician at Ara. Stacey has worked with a variety of clients ranging from young football players to older adults by running workshops and seeing clients individually.


  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology – University of Canterbury
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Nutrition – Ara Institute of Canterbury
  • Certificate in Fitness Level 5 – Ara Institute of Canterbury
  • Associate Registered Nutritionist – Nutrition Society of New Zealand
  • Essential First Aid – St Johns New Zealand


Contact details

Phone: 03 940 8653
Facebook: AraTheZone


W222, Whareora, City campus

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