Global Games is proud to have a team made up of individuals from all different walks of life, cultures, ages and beliefs. No matter what each of our individual backgrounds are, we are all united through the mission of connecting cultures and giving as many young people from across NZ and the globe world-class sporting experiences!
The genuine interest Olivia has in people, communities and volunteer work experiences has confirmed her desired career to include teamwork and efficiency. Olivia finished studying Event Management at AUT University in 2018.
She is passionate about rugby and believes in the importance of getting ‘stuck in’ and ensuring people have positive and memorable experiences.
“My involvement with Global Games excites me. I have the energy and enthusiasm to ensure the success of events and look forward to putting smiles on young athletes faces.” When Olivia isn't working on Global Games she is working as Sport Coordinator at Iona College in Havelock, Hawkes Bay.
Tyrone is a kiwi entrepreneur Dad, who loves nothing more than hanging out with his family, and spending time visiting the amazing places that make up New Zealand. When is not doing that, he is connecting with people from across the planet, helping make the impossible seem possible for grass roots clubs.
Tyrone is the man behind Global Games and has a vision to turn it in to a true Global organisation, breaking down barriers through sport and travel connecting thousands of kids of all cultures, religions and backgrounds. When Tyrone isn't working on Global Games, he is running his organic pie business, Pioneer Pie Co, that works with some of the best sustainable farms across the country to make award winning pies.
Jason Hart loves taking part in anything physical and keeping healthy which feeds into his passion for delivering sporting events to youth. Having represented NZ in multiple age group underwater hockey teams, Jason decided to study Sport and Exercise Science at Auckland University. Once completing his studies, Jason jumped on board with the Global Games team and hasn't looked back since.
Alongside Global Games, Jason is also a proud soldier in the NZ Defence Force.
Jason is super passionate about getting others to live healthier lifestyles and education.
Colin te pohe
Colin has been a key member of Global Games since 2011, helping as an official and giving guidance to our team members. Colin has a real passion for sport and supporting community.
He is a unique leader and a consistently high performing individual who brings creativity, enthusiasm while thinking outside the box to his work with Global Games.
Out of Global Games Colin has held a number of key roles with the NZ Defence Force, Ministry of Justice and NZ Transport.
Ken has been with Global Games since the very first event in 2010! He has a huge amount of experience with rugby teams and has been a rugby referee for over 40 years! His warm nature and sharp sense of humour have earned him the title of the 'Grandfather of Global Games'!
Alongside his involvement in rugby, Ken is also a paramedic in Hamilton making him a huge asset to have in the Global Games team.
DR Te taka Keegan
Cultural Advisor/ Draws Manager
Te Taka takes charge of assembling the draws which are not easy when there are over 100 teams at one event!
Outside of Global Games Te Taka is a Senior Lecturer of Computer Science at Waikato University and has previously worked for Google. In 2018, Te Taka was awarded a Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching Award as well as the Prime Minister's Supreme Award.
He has been passionate about junior sport with a strong background in rugby through coaching and refereeing.
Mohi is a valued member of the Global Games family. Coming from a successful career in rugby league, he has a special connection with sport at a grass roots level. At all of our events, you will see Mohi working alongside all of our volunteers to ensure that the event runs smoothly!
"Seeing and being a part of Global Games is an opportunity for our tamariki to have fun doing our best for our teams, and sharpen each other from around the world. This is how we measure our progress outside of our respective provinces."
Phil has a deep connection with sport and the community as shown by his history. He has coached rugby & cricket and also been involved with youth groups & participated in various sports. Since 1978, He has attended the Annual Sports Camp at Totara Springs, Matamata and is also involved at Willow Park Sports Camps in Eastern Beach Akld.
He referees rugby & touch rugby and also has experience refereeing in other codes like Hockey, Soccer, Indoor Bowls & Volleyball.
"Love the concept that Global Games has with emphasis on the sportsmanship & comradery, with participation at a competitive level within the different codes of Sports"
Sunny has been apart of the Global Games family since 2016 and takes up the job as our venue manager, ensuring everything is up and running each day. Sunny has a love for a range of sports, but rates running and hockey as his favourites.
Sunny grew up on a farm in the small town in the North of India, so loves nothing more than exploring the many amazing rural locations that make up New Zealand where he now calls home with his wife and young son.
Bruno heads up the international side of Global Games, looking after the many international sides that have taken part in Global Games, particularly from Europe. Bruno was based in NZ between 2009 and 2011, when he was a key player in the set up of the organisation, attending all the early meetings and helping to oversee the planning. Bruno is based in the North West city of Lilie, but comes back to his second home here in NZ whenever he can to attend Global Games events and look after any traveling international sides.
At the Global Games events, Ari helps to collate the results and makes sure the right teams play each other in the second half of the events. Ari manages the MVP and best and fairest points also.
Outside of Global Games, Ari works as an Administrator at the Waikato District Health Board.
Rose ensures that all the team is kept in high spirits and energy is topped up by preparing the food at the event for the crew! Rose also assists her husband Phil where they provide technical support and communication management for the team.