Meet The Team

Carmen Hetaraka

greg-stuthridgeGreg Stuthridge
Manager Dive Programmes

I am an active SSI Instructor Certifier and my passion for diving is as great today as it was over two decades ago when as backpacker I completed an open water diver course in the Bay Islands – Honduras.

I am very well-travelled and on a personal level this has had a major influence on my attitude to life. I acknowledge how privileged we are to be surrounded by the natural beauty, flora and fauna  and the unique culture which makes Aotearoa our home.

I am a firm believer that our programmes can be the positive influence which nourishes individuals to achieve their personal goals and aspirations.

hukIsaac “Huk” Ward
Whangarei Senior Instructor

Ko Tongariro te Maunga
Ko Rotoaira te Moana
Ko Ngati Hikairo te Hapu
Ko Ngati Tuwharetoa te Iwi
Ko Te Wharerangi te Tangata
Kia Ora Koutou

My Role here at IKA Training is as Senior Dive Tutor. I have been in the dive industry for the last 15 years with dive Job placements throughout the South Pacific and of course at home in NZ.

I look forward to meeting new students from all sorts of different backgrounds, who come to our facility and progress through the programmes we have to offer.

My goal, is to make a difference no matter how small it is for our community. I also enjoy a diverse range of outdoor activities, “basically if it’s outside, fun and a rush I’m Keen”.

Noho ora ma ra

“He rei nga niho, he paraoa nga kauae”

If you have the tooth of a whale, you must have a whales jaw to hold it, one must have the right qualifications for great enterprises.

lily-allemozAurelie “Lily” Allemoz
Whangarei Dive Programme Tutor

Kia Ora, My name is Lily, I was born and raised in France where I spent most of my time in and around the water.

I have dived and trained in many different countries and over the last 5 years in New Zealand.

My current role at Ika is as a Dive Programme Tutor – I am always thrilled to meet new students and share our passion for diving. I also enjoy teaching Master divers how to protect and collect their seafood safely. Diving is a great tool to build confidence and offer endless rewards in our community. 

Outside of work I enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities, exploring new places and creating new challenges.

murray-hillMurray “Muzza” Hill
Auckland Senior Tutor

My name is Murray Hill and my role here is Senior Tutor. I have been diving for over 20 years and have been an Instructor for over 10 years. I have worked in Europe, The Pacific Islands and of course many years in New Zealand.

The sea holds a special place with me and I always feel most comfortable in, on or around it. My favourite types of diving are Wreck Diving and Deep Diving and I also love fishing.

I think its awesome for me to be able to teach others about diving and the underwater environment, and to pass on my knowledge through experiences I’ve enjoyed over the years.

In particular I like that I get to teach the same tertiary courses I completed that started my career in diving over 10 years ago.

ita-leaveaIta Leavea “Money”
Auckland Instructor/Tutor

My name is Ita Leavea and my role here is as an Instructor/Tutor. My role within Ika is to train new students in our Open Water and specialty programmes.

I enjoy teaching these students how to dive safely and comfortably and also giving them the ability to explore our oceans and preserve them for our next generation.

I also enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities, sports, free diving, scuba diving and spending time with friends and family.

In particular I like that I get to teach the same tertiary courses I completed that started my career in diving over 10 years ago.

Mark Turangi Marsh
Student Services Assistant/Tutor

Ko Mamari te Waka
Ko Rotokakahi te Awa
Ko Whagapei te Moana
Ko Ongaro te Maunga
Ko Ohaki Te Marae
Ko Te Uri O Tai te Hapu

Ko Te Rarawa te Iwi
Ko Tai Tokerau te Rohe

Ko Mark Marsh toku ingoa

My role here at Ika as an Advanced Openwater Instructor is to teach students how to scuba dive safely and comfortably.

I first started here at Ika as a student and after completing  the Open water, Master diver and instructor courses I had the privilege to work along side my instructors who taught me everything I know about scuba diving

I love everything to do with the moana and enjoy teaching people about the underwater world

Mia James
Training Coordinator/Administrator/Tutor

Ko Mamari te Waka
Ko Rotokakahi te Awa
Ko Whagapei te Moana
Ko Ongaro te Maunga
Ko Ohaki Te Marae
Ko Te Uri O Tai te Hap

I am very passionate about Tangaroa & all the wonders of the Underwater world.

My role here at IKA is Training Co-ordinator/Administrator for both IKA Manukau & Whangarei.

I completed the Advanced Sea Adventurer Course over 9 years ago, which kick started my career as an Instructor. I am still in the Dive Industry today & continue to think that this is the best job in the world.

“Ka Tu Ki Uta Ka Noho Ki Te Moana”- “We are the Guardians of the Outgoing & Incoming Tides”

Leo Brown
Programme Advisor/Tutor

My name is Leo Brown and I hail from the Far North and my role here at Ika is as recruiting/instructor/tutor.

Being from the far north Tangaroa holds a special place in my wairua and I strive to be able pass my knowledge on to our students.

I also enjoy outdoor activities such as fishing and spearfishing.