Meet the Bene-Fit Team


Matt is a Personal Trainer and Health & Fitness Supervisor at The University of Auckland, and the co-director of Bene-Fit Wellness Solutions.

"I’ve been working in the fitness industry for almost a decade, my true passion is in helping people to make positive changes to their exercise and nutrition habits. I set up Bene-fit to provide solutions to overcoming any barriers that people experience when trying to make a change.

When I train people I bring a mix of quality prescription, humour and encouragement to every session."

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Above: Matt received a Professional Staff Excellence Award from The University of Auckland for Bene-Fit during its inaugural year

Matt's qualifications:

  • AUT Certified Personal Trainer
  • Net-Fit level 1 strength and conditioning coach
  • AUT - Sports Nutrition Certified
  • AUT - Sports Massage Certified


Contact Matt:

Matt Newey
Health and Fitness Supervisor / Personal Trainer
Phone: 64 9 3737599 ext. 83407


Kristy is a Personal Trainer and Nutritionist working under the name KLR Bodyarchitect and co-director of Bene-Fit wellness solutions. She also writes a quarterly health and fitness column for NZ Weddings Magazine.

"I started my fitness career at 16, shadowing experienced trainers in gyms who I admired and who I could  absorb the best techniques from. My Ballet and Jazz dance training fired up my love for teaching aerobics classes to others. I combined this with a Sport & Exercise Science degree to strengthen my knowledge of the body.  

I love the creativity of fitness program design and I never give up until I have found what truly motivates or 'clicks' for my clients. My strongest skills are designing successful nutritional plans and assisting people with weight loss. I LIKE to get results.

I pride myself on being able to change people's mindset towards exercise and lifestyle.

My biggest personal achievement so far is running the New York Marathon  (my first marathon) in under 4 hours!"

When it comes to success ‘think BIG...’
— Michael Port

Kristy's qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science from The University of Auckland, majoring in Sports & Exercise Science
  • Netfit Group Fitness / Gym Instructor 
  • Solo Seal Diploma in Modern Dance - NZAMD Auckland
  • AUT Sports Performance Nutrition
  • REPS Registered Personal Trainer / Group Fitness Instructor

Contact Kristy:

Phone: +64 21 181 2053 


Lisa has over 25 years of teaching experience in the fitness industry here in NZ and abroad, which she brings to the Bene-Fit classes she runs.

"I have been teaching a wide range of ages in my classes for quite some time now, from the 3 year old at fun dance to the 76 year old grandma at Zumba. 

Now I know no matter what age you are it's great to keep moving, have fun and maybe even a laugh! It's important to me that people enjoy their exercise sessions so they keep coming back for more.

I am very passionate about resistance training (weights!) and I have always loved ballet.

So by using the correct stance, posture and techniques learnt from ballet training mixed with the strength, power and toning from the weights, I found a wonderful combination that I am very passionate about to share with others.

My early years were spent dancing ... I was around for the head bands and leg warmers and all the high impact aerobics in the late 80s and early 90s, and I won the 1987 NZ Aerobic champs!

Thus the love of movement - and today I still love to teach group fitness and dance!"

After a knee surgery in 2013, Lisa also has a keen professional interest in helping clients who have suffered injury, and motivating people through the challenges of injury and rehab. 


Lisa's Qualifications:

  • ACE certified (American Council on Exercise Group Exercise)
  • REPs Registered Group Exercise
  • Solo Seal Dance Diploma Classical Ballet
  • National Certificate in Fitness (Exercise Consultant) Level 3 Netfit
  • Zumba Certified
  • Zumba Gold Certified


Ron is a Personal TrainerHealth and Fitness Team Leader at The University of Auckland and also runs classes for Bene-Fit.

He has been in the fitness industry for 8 years as a fitness instructor, personal trainer, gym manager, Olympic weightlifting coach - and is currently training a member of the NZ Futsal Team.

"I’m passionate about helping people from all walks of life achieve their health and fitness goals (especially helping people lose weight). When people achieve their goals they gain self-confidence and being part of that process of empowerment is very rewarding and is why we as trainers are in this industry!

I like to make the classes fun and make exercising hard yet motivating and enjoyable."

Ron also loves to travel - he grew up in Africa and has been to 19 countries around the world!

Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live in.
— Audrey Hepburn
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Ron's Qualifications:

  • NZ College of Fitness Certificate in Fitness Instructing
  • NZ College of Fitness Certificate in Personal Training
  • Tony Boutagy Strength & Conditioning 
  • Level 1 Olympic Weightlifting Coach 
  • REPS registered