Team profiles 2016-11-24T20:05:31+00:00

Wayne Smith

Wayne has a huge passion for the Rugby and was named a Companion of the Order of New Zealand for his services to rugby in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Wayne was involved as the All Blacks attack coach from 2004 until 2010, when he then took over as defence and counter attack coach through to the RWC in 2011. He was previously All Blacks Technical Advisor in 1998 and 1999 before taking over the Head Coach role for the two following seasons.
He spent three seasons with English club Northampton which he thoroughly enjoyed, taking the team to two cup finals at Twickenham before being enticed back to New Zealand.

As a rugby player, Wayne played 35 games (17 Tests) at first five-eighth for the All Blacks between 1980 and 1985. He scored six tries and four drop goals for the All Blacks. Unusually, all six of his Test points were scored by dropped goal.

Wayne played 74 games for Canterbury at first-five, scoring the winning try for Canterbury when the Ranfurly Shield was lifted from Wellington in 1982.

Wayne says: “I am a Putaruru boy and have most of my family on farms down there. I went to Putaruru High School and completed an Honours degree in Social Sciences at Waikato Uni. I still traveled home to play rugby in Putaruru as it’s where I connected best with people and had the greatest personal meaning.

I was really lucky to have strong support as a young rugby player which allowed me to dream. I never imagined I would become an All Black, but I had been encouraged to follow my bliss and this allowed me to think bigger than a skinny little Putaruru kid was supposed to!

Clearly my passions are my family and Rugby. The two things have always been entwined. The strong connections with my family and community have always given me the resilience and inspiration to play and coach. My rural background, playing multiple sports as a youngster, filling in for adult teams and having to be self reliant shaped my coaching belief that people will rise to a challenge if it’s their challenge – they won’t necessarily rise to others’ challenges.

This part of supporting youth who are willing to rise to their own challenges, who want to give back to community and help others really excites me.  Trish and my twin boys (Nick and Josh) lived with me in Italy for a few years in the 80’s and 90’s. These were formative years for the boys and, whilst the history of the place fascinated and inspired them, we all really came to treasure what we had in NZ. Less people, less pollution, less corruption and a purer, more accessible wild environment. Combining both these areas (youth and environment) is unique and the reason I’m so keen to support Pathway 1.”

Dean Eggers

Dean is a highly respected New Zealand businessman who specialises in mentoring individuals and business owners who are either setting up in business, or are already well established and want to grow their business potential, or are considering merger or sale. He is also highly respected in his role within New Zealand golf and manages some our countries’ (and Australia’s) most exciting young professional talent.

Dean is based out of Masterton in New Zealand. Traveling frequently throughout NZ and Australia, his work with individuals and business owners is done under the umbrella of Flexability Limited.
Dean also oversees the Management of Elite Athlete Management Programs and Personnel Management to Professional Golfers from New Zealand and Australia. This is done under the umbrella of U Management.

Athletes Dean currently manages are: Anthony Brown, Harry Bateman, Nicholas Gillespie and Ryan Fox.

Companies and individuals Dean currently works with are:

  • Aaron Leech, Industrial Sales & Leasing | Wellington, Colliers International
  • Annemarie Swinburne, The Outsourced Office Australia
  • Campbell and Hannah Mattson, Location Homes NZ and Taranaki
  • Christo and Jenny Saggers Snackwise
  • Cameron MacEachen, ClearShield
  • David Galbraith, Galbraith Group
  • James Ace, Jason Whalley and Bert Haines Future Bars
  • Luke Pierson, Heyday
  • Marcus Wheelhouse, Wheelhouse Golf
  • Terry and Leisa Henwood, Monty Wilson, Location Homes Upper North
  • Nathan Goldsworthy
  • Phil Lord and Colleen Paul, Location Homes Mid North
  • Stacey Buchannan and Rogier Simons, Hunterwade

Dean was a finalist in the “Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award” in 2002 and has always been passionate about using a proven methodology and systems to achieve success with all types of individuals and companies and all types of industries which is called the Flexability Model.

Dean’s passion is assisting people from all walks of life who have an idea, natural talent or an excellent work ethic to achieve success in their chosen career, business or industry. Working with some outstanding people Dean has enjoyed success across a myriad of industries during his career to date.

Crystal Kaua

Crystal is a highly respected young Business woman and mentor in the Waikato. She is passionate about people realising their deep potential. She has an incredible track record in supporting youth excel in life through sport. She brings far more than a deep understanding about youth and elite sport however. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience in business, and especially marketing and evolving strategic community an business relationships.

Crystal has completed a Bachelor of Sport and Leisure Studies with Economics (University of Waikato), the Governance Development Programme (Institute of Directors) and the Excelerator Future Leaders Programme (Auckland University). She is the managing director of the Athletes House Gym in Hamilton.

Laura Langman

Laura is an inspiration to so many New Zealand women. As a Silver Fern with a huge passion for netball she has lead the way in what high performance and professionalism means in the that sport. Success to her means inspiring young athletes to have an impossible dream and to travel the road no one wants to take to get there.

Laura says: “I was born and breed in the Waikato and raised on their family diary farm in the small rural settlement of Te Pahu. I have a huge passion for sport with netball having had most of my attention since the age of 16. 100 plus netball games for New Zealand and the Trans Tasman ANZ netball league, two Commonwealth Games gold’s and too many tear jerking silver medals to Australia to count, my philosophy in life remains to LIVE my impossible dream. I am all about making myself nervous to remind myself that I am living and to have the courage to continually test what am I made of. Success to me is inspiring young athletes to have an impossible dream and to travel the road no one wants to take to get there.

Whilst at netball I have obtained a Bachelor of Business Analysis majoring in Accounting, Graduate Diploma in Accounting and am currently working toward becoming a Chartered Accountant. Snow boarding and Pilates is my down time go to. Thus when time permits I undertake Pilates instructor courses with the goal of becoming a registered Pilates trainer in the near future.

Home for me is with my activities mad husband Adrian Pooley, having cups of tea my grandparents and getting stuck in on the farm with my family”.

David Galbraith

David is a New Zealand Registered clinical psychologist, specialising in performance psychology in the sporting and business arenas. He is the author of the book ‘Unleashing Greatness’.

He began specialising in sport and business in 2006 and now work full time with elite athletes and teams from various sports. He is the current sports psycholgoist with the Chiefs Super Rugby Team (7 years), All Blacks Rugby 7s team (5 years), the NZ Women’s Sevens team (4 years), the NZ BMX team (4 years), NZ Women’s Football team (4 years) and NZ Golf (7 years). He worked with the Magic netball team during 2012 and 2013, and also works with a number individual elite Olympic athletes.

He is currently based out of Hamilton and is married to Aroha Panapa. They have two daughters, Purapurawhetu aged 12 years and Grace aged 9.