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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.

Jonty Fernandex Toiora NZ

Jonty Fernandez


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.

Davina Thompson Toiora NZ

Davina Thompson

SOHK Coach

Ko Tarawera me Putauaki te Maunga 
Ko Te Awa o Te Atua me Oriini te Awa
Ko Te Arawa me Mataatua te Waka 
Ko Ngāti Rangitihi me Ngati Awa te Iwi
Ko Rangiaohia me Hokowhitu Atu te Marae
Ko Davina Merepeka Thompson ahau. 
My passion and love for coaching stems from my childhood. It kept me out of trouble. I have been very honoured to have travelled the world playing and coaching sport. I am truly honoured and privileged to be able to share what I know with our rangatahi in hope that they can pursue greater opportunities in their lives.
Joe Harawira

Joe Harawira


John Kirwan SOHK Strategic Advisor

Sir John Kirwan


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