Toiora NZ

Meet The Team

Hugo Fitzsimmons Toiora NZ

Hugo Fitzsimmons


In 2016 Hugo founded and launched the School of Hard Knocks education course and Television series in New Zealand bringing together multiple government and corporate organisations including ACC, NZ Rugby and NZ Police. In late 2018 SOHK was a recipient of funding from MBIE’s He Poutama Rangatahi fund to run for 2 years in Eastern Bay of Plenty.

Hugo’s previous clients also include Sky Television, Maori Television, JetStar and Te Wananga O Aotearoa. He was awarded most effective Social Media campaign in 2016 for his work with Co-Operative Banks ‘Good Kiwis’ Campaign.

From a rural background he also holds company directorships in the farming and property sectors. As a Trustee of Toiora Trust he is involved in developing Social and Transitional Housing in Christchurch.

Jonty Fernandex Toiora NZ

Jonty Fernandez


The major part of Jonty’s career has been invested working in Australasia and the Middle East. Most prominently in Abu Dhabi where he worked within the government’s special event team. On return to New Zealand he took his passion for people development and transformation and founded the specialist training and performance consultancy, Equanimous Education.

Jonty joined the School of Hard Knocks coaching team in 2019 and remains committed to evolving the coaching support that is offered to rangatahi on their journey towards employment and a meaningful life. He is the author of the curriculum Mindfit – Equipping Youth for Their Employment and Future ©, professional coaching program The Resilience Model™ and is co-founder of The Community Leadership Platform initiative.

Jonty is a former New Zealand Freestyle Ski team member, and has run ultramarathons all over the globe. While he has lived much of his teenage and adult life as an expat, he comes from a remote part of the Waikato called Pukeatua where his family are 5th generation farmers.

Ngaire Swainson Toiora NZ

Ngaire Swainson

SOHK Coach

My role as a rangatahi coach is based around one-on-one support for 2019 and 2020 SOHK students ensuring they reach their full potential. I aim to do my best in getting rangatahi to their best.

Nick Hoete Toiora NZ

Nick Hoete

SOHK Coach

My journey with SOHK begins, and with this new opportunities abound, commitments are made, motivators are recognised and dreams are realised. Thank you, whanau, I am wholeheartedly

John Kirwan SOHK Strategic Advisor

Sir John Kirwan


Joe Harawira

Joe Harawira


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