Meet the whanau responsible for helping you achieve your goals. Every session has a trainer that supervises the class and is available immediately to answer questions, check on technique and sometimes push you to do things you never thought you had the capability to do.


Munro ‘MUNZ’ Waerea

Owner and Head Trainer

Lvl 1 and Lvl 2 CrossFit Trainer
CrossFit Weightlifting / CrossFit Football / CrossFit Gymnastics / CrossFit Aerobic Capacity
Level 1 ANKORR and ZUU Certified
BSc Anatomy & Structural Biology (University of Otago, NZ)

Munz is of Ngati Kahungunu, Ngati Porou, Ngati Toa and Ngai Tahu decent. He was born, bred and hangi fed in a small town just outside of Hastings known as Bridge Pa. He was educated at Bridge Pa School, Hastings Intermediate and Hato Paora College. He furthered his education at University of Otago gaining a Bachelor of Science in Anatomy and Structural Biology. He is a dedicated father of three and currently resides in Rotorua, Bay of Plenty.

Growing up Munz enjoyed eeling, bull rush and shearing sheep with the old man. An addicted sportsman saw him represent teams in Hawke Bay, Manawatu and Otago in various sports, including rugby, rugby league, touch and swimming.

“My highest personal achievements are my four children. I am a proud father of two boys and two girls, they give me the drive and motivation I need to push through when the going gets tough.

I have always had a fascination with the human body and how it performs hence the study in Anatomy. I’ve always been active and passionate about all kinds of sport so its no wonder that I pursued the path of sport, the body and performance. I was introduced to CrossFit (CF) by a friend in the S.A.S in 2010 and was hooked on the CF concept immediately. This is where my journey into CF began.

I obtained my CF certificates (Jan, 2013) which allowed me to launch Rotorua’s first CF affiliate in June 2013. Today we are proud to be the premier CrossFit facility in Rotorua providing high quality training, consulting, support and community for people of all fitness levels”.


Nicole ‘NIC’ Pakau

CrossFit Lvl 1 Trainer
Diploma in Applied Sport and Exercise Leadership Skills (Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology)
Diploma in Culinary Arts (Waiariki Institute of Technology)

Born in Taumarunui, King Country, NZ and raised as a tough little country girl between Tongariro National Park and Rotorua. Nic grew up playing competitive squash, mountain biking through the trails in Waipa and enjoying a lot of indoor rock climbing. She grew up around these sports mainly for fun  but never had a serious interest in sport or health until she stumbled upon the CrossFit Rotorua Facebook page back in 2014. There she was inspired to try something new and get out of her comfort zone. Being a chef and working in the hospitality industry she struggled to find a workout regime that worked for her and kept her interested. Nic originally only wanted to try CrossFit to lose some of her ‘wobbly bits’ here and there but little did she know she had ignited a new spark for the sport in that first session.

“My passion for CrossFit, healthy living and being part of an amazing community grew each week as a member of CrossFit Rotorua. I wanted to excel in a sport where women were admired and celebrated for lifting heavy weights and weren’t treated like fragile and delicate little beings. Here we are equal. Four years later I’m proud to call myself a trainer at the box that started this journey for me and most importantly proud to call the members and trainers of this box my family and CrossFit Rotorua my home. As an athlete I love being strong, agile, flexible, fit and powerful. Some day I dream to be a well known name in the New Zealand community. As a trainer I take pride in seeing my members excel and I enjoy being a part of their journey. Seeing the sweat, blood and tears from people working towards their dreams and goals is rewarding on a daily basis. CrossFit to me isn’t just a workout regime, it’s a lifestyle, community and passion and CrossFit Rotorua is the embodiment of that”.



Lawrence “Lawrie” NORton

Lawrence Norton

Married with 3 children from Rotorua.

My iwi are tuwharetoa/tuhoe.

Finding CrossFit was a natural progression through 35yrs of playing various sports from rugby league, martial arts and various strength training methods which ultimately led to CrossFit. In my biased opinion CrossFit is the ultimate in strength and conditioning programming testing you both mentally and physically, but the main reason I enjoy doing CrossFit is the people or community, from teens through to the masters athletes. At CFR this is one of the core values; whanau.

We help support and encourage everyone regardless of age, shape, size or fitness level. It’s why I love training at CFR.

The programming will test you but can be tailored to suit any fitness levels or goals, we also have some keen fishermen and divers at CFR so the beautiful kai moana is an added bonus.

Thanks CFR


Leonardo “Leo” Baldi

Bio coming soon……