Tara Coe

Tara Coe

Learning Support Advisor, Skills Active Aotearoa
Bachelor of Sport and Recreation in Sport Management

Tainui, Te Arawa, Ngāti Tahinga, Ngāti Pikiao

She loves helping others further their skills, says sport and recreation alumna Tara Coe who now works at Skills Active Aotearoa, the industry training organisation for the recreation, sport and exercise industries.

“Helping people gain greater knowledge and experience is a great feeling. I enjoy being able to work with trainees who want to further themselves in the recreation, sport and exercise industries. Watching them start a qualification and work their way through it until they complete it is a great journey.

“I look after the Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions, helping facilitate the development and implementation of workplace learning and assessment. I enjoy every minute of my work and have started working with some new organisations, which has been a great experience. A key role of mine is to ensure that all Skills Active clients and trainees are supported, so they can complete their qualifications in full and on time.”

Tara’s passion for sport is not confined to the workplace, and in her spare time she’s also the secretary of the Waiuku Netball Centre, chair of the Club Development Committee for Surf Live Saving Northern Region, and is working towards gaining her New Zealand umpire’s badge.

Moving to the big city
She has always been passionate about sport, says Tara who grew up in Waiuku.

“I grew up in a whānau that loved sports and played all the time. Once I was old enough to decide what I wanted to do after school, I knew that I wanted to learn more and give back to the sport and recreation industry. AUT is a leader in this field, and offered great support and study options.”

Moving from a farm and country high school to Auckland’s North Shore had its challenges, she admits.

“At the start I was bit overwhelmed and scared. Before I moved to Auckland I hadn’t had to tackle a roundabout, let alone a motorway. Not to mention being in a lecture with over 200 people. I soon moved to the AUT South Campus where the classes were much smaller, which suited me better. I felt like I had more time to do things, and there was also a lot of support from lecturers and tutors.”

Helping students succeed
There have been many highlights throughout her studies, Tara says.

“AUT was an amazing time of my life. I appreciated that AUT upholds the same values I do and aligns with my cultural beliefs. AUT is committed to being a place where students strive to better their education and come out on top, not only to add value to our ever-growing industries but also to make their mark in the changing world.”

AUT has a way of shaping people and helping each student in a way that suits their individual needs, says Tara.

“Each lecturer created a different learning environment, but they always made sure it fit the students they were teaching. I also loved that access to resources and learning material was so easy and that my study included practical experiences like my workplace experience at Surf Life Saving.”