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Epich Aotearoa - Create a Better Future!
Focuses on assisting New Zealanders from all walks of life through education, encouragement and entertainment.
We seek to connect and engage with the diverse and inclusive collection of people who span this beautiful land, and enable them to share a glimpse of their story in the hopes of uplifting and inspiring others to take action and create a better future!
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EP29 - Joe and Brian - #WDW Pause to Reflect
Pause to Reflect with Joe Hotai and Brian Osman We take this opportunity to reflect on the things they have taken away from some of the wonderful experiences shared in the ‘In the Service of Others- Who Dares Wins’ series. We explore things that we found insightful, surprising and challenging as well as share some messages from listeners that have engaged with our amazing guests. We also look at what the series is about and why it came to be and what we think are some take aways to help turn the series into something even more meaningful! This episode is not only a chance to pause and reflect but to prepare for more stories to come! #WDW To follow and subscribe to Damian Porter's content please follow these links below: YouTube - https://youtu.be/swHxZ50RgpQ Libsyn- https://straighttalkmindandmuscle.libsyn.com/joe-hotai-the-reason-i-stopped-drinking-sas-operator-turned-podcast-host Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1rlAGRXCwLIJfQCQ5B3PYB?si=ab935994d2474ef2 Apple- https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/straight-talk-mind-and-muscle-podcast/id1315986446?mt=2
01:54:04
December 2, 2021
EP28 - Harry Moffitt #WDW Take time to Reflect
Brian and Joe had the privilege of having Harry Moffitt (aka Moff) on the Podcast - An extremely humble and funny character.  Harry is a former Australian SAS Team Commander with approx 30+years Special Forces experience. During and post his exemplary service, Harry has gone on to become an Author - Psychologist - Business Owner & Leader working with some of the most elite minds and organisations around the world. He has always had a passion for music and is quite a talented and accomplished musician himself. He has always been able to build and maintain positive relationships with people from all walks of life and he's a pretty good mate to have around when things are not going so great. Trusted and respected by ALL who know him, they'll tell you he's just a Bloody Good Bloke.  Above all of this, he is a loving Husband and Father. We take this opportunity to acknowledge both Harry and especially his Sweetheart who kindly and graciously allowed us to spend some time with her husband on their 26th Wedding anniversary. THANK YOU & CONGRATULATIONS to you both!  Ladies and Gentlemen the one and Only - Harry Moffitt. During this conversation we cover alot of ground yet we don't even scratch the surface. Harry talks about some of the operational perspectives but not in the way you might expect. It's not about trying to tell war stories - He doesn't need to try, he's lived them. But what he does share may resonate with those who have served or who aspire to serve. Who knows, it may resonate or surprise those who haven't served in these types of environments. Eye opening - would be an understatement. Harry speaks to topics such as: The humanity of operational service - Three blocks - how excellent communication builds trust - Cutting yourself some slack - The Commentator in your head - It's ok to be vulnerable - The need to have a plan B - Transitioning to civilian life - The importance of keeping a journal - Relationships, Resetting & Rituals - What it takes to serve in the Special Forces - Plus so much more.... It's no wonder Harry served in the unit and the ADF for as long as he did - No one, and no organisation would want to lose an asset like Harry. But if you ask him, he'll graciously and humbly tell you that they couldn't wait to get rid of him. Such is his great sense of humour. We hope you enjoy this episode and gain some useful tips and tools to help you wherever you're at right now and with whatever you aspire to do going forward.  To learn more about Harry and to utilise his and that of his teams experience for your business, team or organisation, go to: www.stotangroup.com.au Melbourne Australia “humans are more important than hardware” Harry Moffitt Psychologist Director of Human Performance Be sure to check out his book: Eleven Bats, A Story of Combat, Cricket and the SAS. #ElevenBats #StotanGroup #SASR #ADF #Australia #ANZAC #WeShallGoAlwaysALittleFurther #Cricket #HarryMoffitt
01:57:21
November 25, 2021
EP27 - Nick Caldwell #WDW Allowing Greater Bandwidth
It is our Privilege and Honour to have the one and only - Nick Caldwell on our podcast as part of the series: In the Service of Others - Who Dares Wins! Nick is a former Australian SASR Operator - Team 2IC - Team Specialist and Successful Business Owner. Having accumulated more than 12years worth of Special Forces experience, it's safe to say that Nick is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to speaking on topics related to this environment and the impact they can have on individuals and relationships in both positive and negative ways. Coupled with not only an extremely successful career within the SAS - Nick has taken that drive, determination, resilience, integrity and humility into the business world. Establishing strong partnerships and thriving businesses through his skill and competence as a leader and his uncanny ability to strategically plan and execute effectively. Although Nick's service has been first class, there was a period of time where things were not so great and this significantly impacted him. He shares his experiences and more in the hopes of positively helping others. It's apparent that Nick's sincere desire is to leave the Sandy Beret and Winged Dagger in a better position than when he was bestowed with the honour and responsibility of wearing it. Nick shares his first hand lived experiences in more detail in relation to the Australian SAS Selection process, Cycle of training and his transition out of the unit. Along the way we have a laugh and call out a couple of funny stories which were well hidden until now lol. At the same time acknowledging some great people who have had a positive impact on our lives through their consistent example and friendship. During this conversation Nick shares powerful insights into: What qualities are sought when selecting SF operators. Memorable experiences during his selection and cycle, and prior to him going on selection and cycle. Mental strategies and tools he used when under duress. Identifying and working on weaknesses. The type of training which will allow for better transfer and application for the work required. Giving people the benefit of the doubt. The need and ability to build relationships - plus so much more. We also discuss a noticeable difference between the NZ and Australian SAS Cycle phase and we hear Nick's reasons and explanation as to why. This was hugely eye opening for Joe hearing Nick speak about this as it was completely different to the NZSAS Cycle environment and it made so much sense (in hindsight) for Joe as to why this is/would be effective. Not that the NZSAS Cycle is ineffective - that's not the case at all. But perhaps it might be worth exploring... Nick talks about his battle with Chronic fatigue - the support of his loving wife and his passion for Surfing, Shooting and Training plus a whole bunch more! Nick is a man of great integrity, loyalty, dedication, humility with a great sense of humour. Join us and take the opportunity to grab as much as you can and use it (if it helps) in forging your own path and reaching your own dreams and goals. For more information and to get in contact with Nick and his amazing team please follow the links below - Nick and his team provide amazing services whereby people from all over the world (pre-covid restrictions) travel to take part in the incredible experiences they provide. Don't miss your opportunity - check it out for yourself and get in touch asap: https://themillgym.com/ https://omnigeox.com/ Ladies and Gentlemen - The one and only Nick Caldwell. WDW!
02:34:38
November 18, 2021
EP23 - Kane Middleton #WDW Communication is the key
Former NZSAS Troop Sergeant - Marksman Group Commander - Maritime Counter Terrorism Commander and Business Owner - the one and only - Kane Middleton. Kane has a rich history of service within the New Zealand Defence Force having served more than 20yrs total within the Green Machine as an Infantryman and SAS Soldier. Although Kane's service has been exemplary, his time hasn’t been plain sailing, during or post his service. Kane is grateful for what he has and attributes a large part of what he has been able to accomplish outside of the Army to his Military foundation. Kane shares a number of open and honest insights into his time leading up to joining the army - whilst serving - his first attempt at the NZSAS selection - his successful completion of the New Zealand Special Forces selection and cycle - plus so much more. Along the way we have a bit of a laugh together and Kane gives his perspective and insights of what he's learned about himself, others and his approach to certain situations which can either make or break us. A number of great memories and good times were also shared and discussed off camera for security and privacy reasons. Kane openly discusses some of the loss and difficulties in trying to maintain a marriage whilst being an operator in the SAS. He also provides powerful reflective insights around communication and the need for more of it, from all parties, in order to strengthen relationships with families and operators, enabling everyone affected to function and cope more effectively, whether maintaining the home or while deployed on operations. We journey into some of his struggles in finding work outside of the Defence Force and we discover some of the opportunities that presented themselves to Kane, particularly in Africa and PNG where he was able to work his way up to Senior Manager Security Operations after having served as a security superintendent and project manager corporate security. It's easy to see that Kane is a man of great integrity, loyalty, dedication, humility, humour and respect. Join us as we delve into this highly experienced individuals take on challenges, life, reflection, pursuit of excellence and choosing to move forward and establish his dream business. For you all you automotive - powersports - marine and aviation heads please go to: https://www.ppcr.co.nz/ Where you'll find Kane and his team ready and willing to help you get the results you're after. Great Man - providing a great service at a great price, delivered with integrity. You can't get any better than that. Ladies and Gentlemen - The one and only Kane Middleton. WDW!
02:44:03
November 11, 2021
EP22 - Dion Jensen - #WDW - The Lion Academy
Our guest today is a Military Veteran - former Police Officer and former Private Security Team Leader having worked in some of the most volatile - uncertain - complex and ambiguous environments around the globe. He served as the Asia Pacific Regional Security Operations Manager tasked with ensuring the safety and protection of senior government officials and VIP's. He is a clinically endorsed author on mental health and number one trending author on Crisis Leadership and Management. Our guest today has featured alongside people such as the Amazing Oprah Winfrey, The Intelligent Simon Sinek, The Charismatic Denzel Washington and the Creative J.K Rowling to name a few. He has trained and continues to train thousands of people across multiple industries in order to help them achieve the results they desire whether that's in business, financial literacy, personal development or relationships. He is an inspirational speaker and human strategist dealing with the human element in organisations to increase and improve engagement, productivity and revenue. He is an Influencer and the Founder of The Lion Academy whose mission is to Empower and Serve People.....And He is a fiercely loyal and devoted Husband, Father, Leader and Friend to those who know him best.... Ladies and Gentlemen - Aotearoa New Zealand the one and only Mr Dion Jensen.... During this episode Dion talks about "Coming out the other side of Military Life"  Trauma - Transition and Evolution. But, don't be fooled into thinking this only applies to ex military personnel. Because it doesn't. There are so many positive take-aways from this episode regardless of your circumstances or position. This episode can also be enlightening for spouses who perhaps have seen their significant others struggle with trauma, transition and/or trying to evolve. Dion provides insights, solutions, resources and advice to help us recognise, acknowledge and overcome Trauma and PTSD. He speaks about our subconscious body-guards and explains the positive roles they play in keeping us and at times others safe. He talks us through the transition processes and what that involves/looks like. He describes what it means to evolve and the positivity that can create for not only ourselves but for others. Dion also quizzes Joe with some questions to get his thoughts on a couple of scenarios (Which is quite funny to hear Joe default to treating a basic warning order he received from Dion on the fly, as though the hikers were somehow threats 😂). Dion gives some real talk (Apologies and warning - there is some profanity involved as Dion addresses a number of important issues). He speaks about his love for his brothers and names a large number of them. A number of whom have gone on to serve within the special forces. He acknowledges his parents and speaks about his upbringing, his own weaknesses and how he strived to turn those into strengths - plus so much more. Ladies and Gentlemen - we invite you to take some time and have a listen to this incredible Man - and if you would like to learn and know more - please reach out to him through the links below. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mrdionjensen Website: https://www.thelionacademy.co.nz/ LinkedIn: https://nz.linkedin.com/in/mrdionjensen Finally: We sincerely apologise for some of the audio quality in this episode. We're still learning the ropes in this space. Some small improvements are happening - but we realise we need to do better. We thank you in advance for sticking with us.
03:13:29
November 1, 2021
EP21 - #WDW Series and Epich Aotearoa Update With Co-Founders
In this session Co-Founders Joe Hotai and Brian Osman discuss a number of interesting points in relation to the new series In the Service of Others - Who Dares Wins. They also talk about the new upcoming series around Leadership and Team Building. Along the way they have their usual laughs and give their views and perspectives about how things are tracking so far in relation to the podcast journey. Joe & Brian talk about and name some of the upcoming and potential guests for the Who Dares Wins series (There are some incredible people), as well as acknowledging the feedback, interest in the experiences shared and some of the barriers for individuals (without naming them). Both Joe and Brian also briefly touch on a couple of key points from Bill Bestic's interview in relation to trust and one of the unique ways in which this was fostered and developed during Joe's time whilst on cycle and into his operational career. Near the end Joe also discloses another learning point and acknowledges another mistake he made a number of years ago. If you get a chance head on over to these links below and check them out - these are a couple of great guys, former members of the Australian SAS. We hope to have these gentleman on the pod in the near future. Harry Moffit: https://harrymoffitt.com.au/ - Incredible individual and hoping to have him on the pod soon. Nick Caldwell and TheMill Gym on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/themillgym/... Equally amazing and excited to have him on the pod in the near future also. Thanks so much for your continued support - we truly appreciate it! WDW!
01:15:03
October 30, 2021
EP20 - Aarti Patel - Listen to your body
Our guest in this episode was born in Fiji and immigrated to New Zealand while still in primary school. She is a franchisee owner, owning multi-unit Subway stores with her husband. She is a Recruiter - Supply Chain and Operations across multiple industries. A devoted Wife and Mother of 2 real children and 2 fur children and a Breast Cancer Survivor.  Ladies and Gentlemen - the one and only Aarti Patel... During this conversation we'll dive into: How Her path in HR came about. What Aarti has learnt over the course of more than 15years in HR across multiple industries. The challenges associated with recruitment and the strategies used by HR professionals to eliminate and/or minimise them Being in business with her husband and how they make that work Battling through and overcoming Cancer What that journey and battle through cancer has taught Aarti about life and purpose The effects and/or impact her Cancer journey had on not only herself but also her family and friends How she mustered the strength to continue to fight no matter the pain How Aarti has taken her lived experiences, struggles and successes and strives to apply the lessons she's learnt daily We hope you enjoy this raw and honest conversation as Aarti pulls no punches when talking about the points above - plus so much more. Thank you for stopping by.
01:37:26
October 24, 2021
EP19 - Richard Taurima - Business Insights
Born and raised in Porirua, Wellington This gentlemen has worked in various locations around the world from the middle-east - to China - to the Phillipines - Cook Islands and more He's been employed in a variety of roles including but not limited to:  - Business strategist - Commercial & tech lead  - Lead project manager for the League of Islamic peoples & societies trust Halal contract  - Sales Development Area Manager for HB Fuller NZ Limited  - Senior Account Manager for Wilsons Chemical Limited  - International Economic Development Specialist  Not to mention the numerous volunteer work he has done and continues to do today. Our guest has not only helped to Establish a de-centralized system for asset protection as an alternative revenue stream for government, he has served as the lead project manager on numerous specialist assignments worth millions of dollars, and has a proven track record for helping multiple companies achieve scale. Ladies and Gentlemen - Aotearoa New Zealand - the one and only - Richard Taurima.
01:25:25
October 24, 2021
EP18 - Helen Hotai - #WDW - Operating from the Home Front
As promised, part of the new series "In the Service of Others - Who Dares Wins" seeks to share the lived experiences from multiple perspectives. Coming up this week, we have the opportunity to hear from one of these brave and courageous woman who have had to carry the weight and burden of maintaining the home, raising the children, feeling isolated and alone - plus so much more. As the pattern has been so far - in order to try and help others, the founders of Epich Aotearoa understand the need to strive to lead by example. We can't expect others to allow themselves to be vulnerable and open to judgement and/or criticism if we're not prepared to go first. It's not acceptable to us, to ask someone else to do something we're not prepared to do. So, Joe (Co-Founder) asked his wife Helen, if she would go first and share her unfiltered insights, perspectives, challenges and more from her side. She humbly agreed. Helen brings an interesting view point in many respects as she met her husband before he went through the NZ selection & cycle - saw the disappointment when he didn't get badged in the NZ unit - Left her family behind and moved to Australia - Dealt with extended periods of time apart from her husband (isolated and without family or friends) - Faced the uncertainty of "will my husband come home" and "will he be different if he does" - The challenges for her and their children, post life in the SAS, plus so much more. This conversation is raw, deeply personal and at times painful. But the intent and purpose behind it is to serve others and help them know that they're not alone and that there is life and light at the end of the tunnel - even when things appear to be at there darkest. Ladies and Gentlemen, Aotearoa New Zealand - Introducing: Wife - Mother - Teacher - Protector - Law Graduate and Former Soldier in the NZDF. The one and only Helen Epirosa Tuiali'i Hotai. See www.epichpodcast.co.nz and YouTube for this interview (Epich Aotearoa - Channel) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_98ov-SlYGM&list=PLMCUCuUG6LYTFIXTrTW3T04lDIE20O3n_&index=3&t=475s
01:50:06
October 19, 2021
EP17 - Bill Bestic - #WDW - Operator - Doctor - Pilot
Former NZSAS Troop Commander - Turned Doctor & Part-time Helicopter Charter Pilot.  Introducing the first "official guest" of the new series: In the Service of Others - Who Dares Wins! We have the privilege of hearing from a man who embodies and exemplifies the Who Dares Wins mindset, as well as continuing to Serve Others. His name is Bill Bestic - A former NZSAS Operator, Team Commander and Troop Commander. Post his time serving in the SAS Bill embarked on a journey, and study to become a Doctor (specialising as an anaesthetist). On top of that, he further went on to gain his Chartered Helicopter Pilot Licence whereby, he fly's tourist's around in Sydney Australia in his spare time. In this conversation Bill is raw and unfiltered about his time in the unit and post his service. He opens up about so much including: -  -His reasons and desire to join the SAS from the age of 7yrs  - His naivety around what he had imagined vs reality - How he's learned to apply the phrase "Go always a little further" in his life by breaking things down  - How he learned to move towards the fear, while at times being afraid - The need for a sense of humour and his responses to common questions  - A deeply impactful turning point for Bill which influenced his decision to leave the unit  - The struggles he faced post unit life and how he allowed those to negatively impact his relationship with his wife and children  - The courage to speak about his demons and set backs in an effort to help others  - His growth and development from a leadership and communication perspective  - Life as a doctor and part-time charter pilot....Plus so much more! Ladies and Gentlemen, Aotearoa New Zealand - The and only, Bill Bestic!  We invite you to like - comment - share and subscribe. You can also tune in to this podcast when it drops Monday 11th October at 1900hrs via our website: www.epichpodcast.co.nz #nzsas #sas #weshallgoalwaysalittlefurther #leshgo #whodareswins #wdw #army #nzarmy #nzdefenceforce #specialforces #sasr #deltaforce #australia #newzealand #usa #australianarmy #australiandefenceforce  Youtube: https://lnkd.in/gqSrk3qA
03:08:44
October 11, 2021
EP16 Part 2 - Joe Hotai - #WDW - Overcoming the Endless Hill
*Part 2* Kia Ora Everybody - With the announcement of the new series "In the Service of Others - Who Dares Wins" as part of the Epich Aotearoa - Create a Better Future Podcast, being communicated Friday 01st October 2021. We thought it timely to air the first episode this coming Monday 04th October. You're invited to tune in, as Brian Osman (Co-Founding partner) of Epich delves deep into a conversation with Joe Hotai - about his time completing the NZ SAS Selection and Cycle of training, prior to moving to Australia and completing their selection and cycle, before being assigned to an operational squadron. In this conversation Brian provides an opportunity for Joe to speak about topics that have otherwise been kept relatively private. The intent of this particular series and the aspirational outcomes, centre around striving to assist and support the individual who is willing to share "their" experiences in relation to their time in the special forces. Extending beyond the aspirations of trying to help the individual, includes the additional hopes of reaching and potentially helping others. Whether they have served in similar units, or the defence force in general, or not at all. We feel that through their stories and lived experiences, there are valuable learnings available to help and support the broader community as a whole - thus providing another potential mechanism, in the pursuit of helping people, to Create a Better Future. We felt it wouldn't be right if the Co-Founding partner Joe Hotai wasn't prepared to go first and allow himself to be vulnerable to judgement and/or criticism. It was therefore necessary that Joe be the first one interviewed. Nothing was out of bounds with Joe and he willingly opened up on a number of raw, sometimes painful and deeply impactful lessons. During this warts and all conversation we find out and hear from Joe's perspective about: - What drove him to want to join the SAS - What challenges were involved in getting there and staying there - Why he wasn't able to participate in the NZ Badging ceremony with his peers - The move to Australia and going through everything again to join the Australian SAS - The poor decisions Joe made based on his frame of mind at the time and his own ego and pride - The value of his relationship and love for his wife and family - The importance of a sense of humour **There is a part around mid-way through of the conversation, where joe is by himself and speaking about Brian's interview etiquette - Crack up** - The transition from special forces to civilian life and trying to fill that void - The difficulties in letting go and moving forward - The realisation of the effective transferable skills attained - Plus so much more.... During the planning process for this series, we discovered our desire and "need" to hear the stories of the spouses/partners who are deeply tied and connected to these life events - in order to gain their insights and to hear, see and feel of their "equally" important experiences in the hope of helping others. Stay tuned for these stories from the amazing 'significant others.' To those looking for help, guidance etc - we invite you to tune in - there just might be something here for you or for someone you know. Spread the word, if you think it will be of service and benefit for others and feel free to support us on the journey. Finally - To those former or current serving members of the special forces (including your significant others) we invite you to come on our podcast, step into a non-judgemental environment, while feeling supported, respected, enabled and empowered to share your valuable lived experiences, in the hope of helping others and Creating a Better Future! Be bold, be brave Contact us - We will reply....Thank you for your service - Listen out.... Who Dares Wins (WDW)
01:41:58
October 5, 2021
EP16 Part 1 - Joe Hotai - #WDW - Overcoming the Endless Hill
Kia Ora Everybody - With the announcement of the new series "In the Service of Others - Who Dares Wins" as part of the Epich Aotearoa - Create a Better Future Podcast, being communicated Friday 01st October 2021. We thought it timely to air the first episode this coming Monday 04th October. You're invited to tune in, as Brian Osman (Co-Founding partner) of Epich delves deep into a conversation with Joe Hotai - about his time completing the NZ SAS Selection and Cycle of training, prior to moving to Australia and completing their selection and cycle, before being assigned to an operational squadron. In this conversation Brian provides an opportunity for Joe to speak about topics that have otherwise been kept relatively private. The intent of this particular series and the aspirational outcomes, centre around striving to assist and support the individual who is willing to share "their" experiences in relation to their time in the special forces. Extending beyond the aspirations of trying to help the individual, includes the additional hopes of reaching and potentially helping others. Whether they have served in similar units, or the defence force in general, or not at all. We feel that through their stories and lived experiences, there are valuable learnings available to help and support the broader community as a whole - thus providing another potential mechanism, in the pursuit of helping people, to Create a Better Future. We felt it wouldn't be right if the Co-Founding partner Joe Hotai wasn't prepared to go first and allow himself to be vulnerable to judgement and/or criticism. It was therefore necessary that Joe be the first one interviewed. Nothing was out of bounds with Joe and he willingly opened up on a number of raw, sometimes painful and deeply impactful lessons. During this warts and all conversation we find out and hear from Joe's perspective about: - What drove him to want to join the SAS - What challenges were involved in getting there and staying there - Why he wasn't able to participate in the NZ Badging ceremony with his peers - The move to Australia and going through everything again to join the Australian SAS - The poor decisions Joe made based on his frame of mind at the time and his own ego and pride - The value of his relationship and love for his wife and family - The importance of a sense of humour **There is a part around mid-way through of the conversation, where joe is by himself and speaking about Brian's interview etiquette - Crack up** - The transition from special forces to civilian life and trying to fill that void - The difficulties in letting go and moving forward - The realisation of the effective transferable skills attained - Plus so much more.... During the planning process for this series, we discovered our desire and "need" to hear the stories of the spouses/partners who are deeply tied and connected to these life events - in order to gain their insights and to hear, see and feel of their "equally" important experiences in the hope of helping others. Stay tuned for these stories from the amazing 'significant others.' To those looking for help, guidance etc - we invite you to tune in - there just might be something here for you or for someone you know. Spread the word, if you think it will be of service and benefit for others and feel free to support us on the journey. Finally - To those former or current serving members of the special forces (including your significant others) we invite you to come on our podcast, step into a non-judgemental environment, while feeling supported, respected, enabled and empowered to share your valuable lived experiences, in the hope of helping others and Creating a Better Future! Be bold, be brave Contact us - We will reply....Thank you for your service - Listen out.... Who Dares Wins (WDW)
01:34:12
October 3, 2021
New Series Announcement: In the Service of Others - Who Dares Wins
In less than 2 weeks, we'll be launching a new series as part of the Epich Aotearoa podcast - called "In the Service of Others - Who Dares Wins". In this series we'll take a deep dive into the mindset, attitude and approach of former members of the Special Air Service otherwise simply referred to as the (SAS). Seeking to understand and learn from this particular group of peoples experiences leading up to, during and post life in the special forces. During these raw and unfiltered conversations we'll cover a lot of ground, and with a thoughtful and respectful approach look to discuss topics such as: - What drove or inspired these people to join such a unit - Was it everything they thought it would be - What are the greatest lessons, life in the special forces has taught these individuals - How have they applied those lessons in their everyday life - What were the most difficult aspects of the job - How do they deal with pressure and/or expectation - How was the transition from the Special Forces, into civilian life - The effects a career in the special forces can have on relationships....Plus so much more What could we learn through connecting to these experiences - how could we apply some of the lessons learned to our own lives and/or situations - what could we achieve if we were able to adopt certain attributes and/or attitudes to situations - What have these individuals learned from people who haven't served in the special forces... We acknowledge that it's not a common practice for individuals who have served in these environments to speak about their time in these units for various reasons - but we hope that as this group of people hear and feel of the conversations and connect to the messages being shared - we trust that more will be willing to engage with us, for the purposes of continuing to serve others and assisting with the overarching vision and purpose to "Create a Better Future". If you would like to get involved by putting forward some questions that you'd like to have answered, we invite you to send through your questions to: info@epichpodcast.co.nz Please include - Your first name and where you're from. And with your questions, we ask that you please be mindful and respectful with them. We thank you all for your support and feedback - we'll continue to show up each day and each week, as we strive to share and facilitate content worthy of your time and attention. We hope you're safe wherever you are - we hope you're happy - we hope that whatever challenges you may be going through that you realise "The obstacle in front of you, is never as great as the power behind you" Stay tuned Aotearoa, Kia Kaha, Be Strong - "In the Service of Others - Who Dares Wins" is coming soon.....LeshGo!
08:31
September 30, 2021
EP15 - Jaxon Greening Shoe Colour-Inner - Be a Good Person
We had the privilege of having a conversation with the one and only Rangi-Haira Jaxon Greening – AKA Jaxon – AKA GYSTFORKICKZ CEO – AKA Shoe Colour-inner. Have a listen to this humble man, and when you get a chance head on over to his IG channel. Be sure to like, follow and subscribe to him on his other social media platforms. While you’re at it please share his work with as many people as you can – it is truly incredible. In this conversation Jaxon talks about How his love and passion for art grew from a young age How he turned his love of art into a business customising shoes Why returning home to Aotearoa New Zealand after living on the Gold-coast in Australia for 10years was a blessing that helped him to create his shoe customising business What he hopes to try and achieve with his business for Rangitahi (Youth) and/or anyone who might want to get into this type of work The challenges he’s faced along the way The amazing people he’s met and established friendships with through his talent and ability to create and customise products that people want, such as Former NBA players that he’s customised shoes for – the legendary Jimmy Jackson - Plus so much more….. Coming to you this Friday 24th September – The one and only Mr Jaxon Greening (World Famous Shoe Colour-inner) LeshGo!
01:00:13
September 23, 2021
EP14 - Jared Hori Tuoro - Being Uniquely Prepared to Serve
In this conversation, we get to know more about Jared Tuoro. Jared is the owner of a company called Mana-Mind whereby he looks to help former Maori & Pasifika athletes get into careers through tech & helping tech companies create an exciting environment to recruit and retain Maori and Pasifika talent. In that regard, Jared is a former professional rugby player (whose career was cut short through injury), worked as a development officer and coach for Scotland Rugby and the New Zealand Rugby Union. He recalls being at New Zealand Rugby HQ in Wellington during the 2015 RWC final and feeling afterwards that there is something more. This was the start of his current journey….. In this episode, we talk through these six topics… 1. Rugby - His desire, his career, his aspirations and then... 2. Transition - Career ending injury - How injury curtailed a promising professional rugby journey... 3. Depression - And how he struggled to cope with that lose of identity... 4. Intuition - Realising that listening to his inner voice can help him do what he really wants to do.. 5. Jumping into Business - How scary, challenging and exciting that can be... 6. Discovering true self -  Which is the start of self discovery And so much more… So come join us - this is an amazing korero! #LeshGo
01:08:42
September 16, 2021
EP13 - Neil Waka - Appreciate who you are and what you have
Kia Ora Koutou, Hello Everyone, A privileged opportunity to spend some time with one of Aotearoa New Zealand's most notable voices and faces across radio and television - The one and only - Neil Waka. During our conversation Neil shares some of his personal experiences growing up with a Military Father, competing in representative sports including rugby union, league and basketball as well as competing and becoming the North Island kickboxing champion. He shares his insights and thought process around his aspirations to go from radio broadcasting into television. He acknowledges his experiences and journey over more than 30yrs combined across the airwaves and television and the challenges he faced, including racism and leaving the industry with the intent to never return. Neil provides inspiring and thought provoking advice on moving towards challenges and things that cause you to fear and/or doubt yourself. Maintaining appreciation for yourself and others regardless of your situation. Working in senior executive roles within international organisations and his return to television after 10 years away - Plus so much more. Ladies and Gentlemen - Aotearoa New Zealand - You're invited to tune in or download this episode. There is something for everyone.  
01:37:35
September 9, 2021
EP12 - Part 2 - A conversation with Shellz Rongo
This is part 2 of the conversation I had with Shelley (Shellz) Rongo where she continues to share her journey, learnings, ups and downs in the crypto currency space.
01:03:07
September 2, 2021
EP12 - A Leap of Faith - Research, Decide, Act
This two part interview I have the opportunity to have a conversation with the one and only Shelley (Shellz) Rongo. A Wife and Mother of 4, small business owner, crypto currency educator and aspiring entrepreneur. Over this two part interview Shellz shares: Her insights into the digital financial world and how she got started in this space. Making the decision to leave her secure full-time job with DHL and commit full-time to crypto. Some of the perceptions and/or misconceptions of the crypto currency space. Being the primary breadwinner for her family. Realising her worth to be able to educate and help others in the digital world. Some of the successes and challenges of the crypto world. The future plans, growth and development of her business - plus so much more... Ladies and gentlemen we invite you to have a listen to this down to earth Wife, Mother, Educator, Business Owner and Aspiring Entrepreneur in the hopes of helping you identify your passion, formulating a plan and putting in the work, so that you can continue to play your vital role in helping to create a better future. Note: This interview and podcast is NOT providing financial advice. If you are looking for financial advice you should speak to/with a licenced financial services adviser.
01:07:27
August 26, 2021
EP11 - Tim Tipene - Breaking the Cycle with Love and Moving Forward
A powerful conversation with Tim Tipene who IS the definition of 'breaking the cycle'! Tim has been there and back and Brian was privileged to have an amazing chat with him. Tim is an award winning author, a martial artist, a family man and founder of the The Warrior Kids program. Tim has written numerous books (with his latest being 'White Moko') and has an immense love for kids and helping them feel safe and empowered (something which he didn't really experience as a youngest growing up). In this conversation, we covered these six topics... 1. Breaking the cycle 2. Shattering projections 3. Making a difference 4. Living with the effects of childhood trauma 5. The benefits of therapy 6. Keep moving forward This interview is raw and very, very real and we are privileged to help share Tim's story...we invite you to listen, hear the story but feel the love! #LeshGo
01:14:37
August 18, 2021
EP10 - Joe Hotai and Brian Osman - The Climb
Joe Hotai and Brian Osman review the podcasting journey so far, the pitfalls, the highs and the lows and the funny and not so funny bits to interviewing for Epich Aotearoa. We acknowledge all who we've interviewed so far and to those in the future...this is episode 10!
01:22:48
August 12, 2021
EP09 - AJ Sahni - Realise Your Worth
An amazing conversation with tech entrepreneur AJ Sahni based in Auckland, New Zealand. Six years ago, AJ founded a company called PICWA and now does work with clients around the world. He and his team provide solutions to problems or opportunities that organisations may not have the skillset or capacity to tackle. AJ has a number of patents to his name and is a keen podcaster (WayForward). In this interview, Brian has the privilege of learning about... What is PICWA and what were the drivers to start a company? Continuous Improvement for organisations and individuals and WHY it is so important to look to improve MVP and what does that mean (hint - it's NOT Most Valuable Player :) )? A discussion on the skills shortage in Aotearoa (New Zealand) And the nightmare trap of outsourcing (a long with some tips and tricks AJ has picked along the way). ....And so much more! Come join us on this incredible journey ....
01:10:00
August 5, 2021
EP08 - Anita Vaafusuaga - It's Never Too Late
An amazing interview with the one and only Anita Vaafusuaga who, despite being in the warehouse game for many years, saw an opportunity to branch out, create her own successful company at 55 years of age and really focus on the customer AND our youth! An incredible journey of potential seen, nurtured and realised. In this conversation, these six topics are ones that sparked the most joy.. Being older at 55 years of age and starting first business Talk about the business, contract packing, 3PL, recruitment The social impact of employing youth based on life experience The obstacles of employing youth as a main workforce The achievements of employing youth Where do you see DNA in the future? What more can we say - come join us, listen and #LeshGo!
01:06:42
July 29, 2021
EP07 - Dare to Dream - Jeremy Tatere Macleod
Jeremy was born and bred in Brisbane, Australia and moved back to New Zealand when he was just 17 to learn te reo and to immerse himself in te ao Maori. His was a journey of discovery, learning and challenges. Now at the tender age of 34, he is a family man, director of te reo, tikanga (customs) and mātauranga (knowledge) for Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated. He is a government-certified translator, represents the east coast tribes of Te Tairāwhiti in the government’s Māori language revitalisation strategy and directs cultural-renewal initiatives for Ngāti Kahungunu, the iwi on his mother’s side—along with running a kōhanga reo with his wife. In this conversation with Jeremy, Joe explores what drove Jeremy to learn more about his tipuna, his heritage and his passion for learning te reo and the challenges along the way. This is a compelling story of drive and that innate desire to connect! Come join us - #LeshGo!
01:10:53
July 22, 2021
EP06 - MIke Chiappa - A Changed Man
Michael Chiappa is the Founder and director of Mike's Fitness, a health and fitness lifestyle coach and a family man. A former soldier, this conversation with Mike looks to explore these five topics (and much, much more)! 1. Why loving what you do matters? 2. How to overcome excuses so they don’t hold us back from reaching our goals 3. Mike’s path into health and wellness and some of his challenges he faced moving into this industry after coming from the military 4. What he’s learned about himself from his clients 5. His interesting view as he took on his most challenging client Mike Chiappa can be reached via email mike@mikesarmy.co.nz and he can be found at https://www.facebook.com/flexfitnesshastings/posts/welcoming-our-new-pt-mike-chiappa-mike-has-25-years-experience-working-in-the-fi/1407701712714698/
01:20:11
July 15, 2021
EP05 - Indiyah Beckmannflay - Think Long Game - Money Truths
In this interview, we spoke with Indiyah Beckmannflay, an entrepreneur of an accounting and bookkeeping business (the Rautaki Collective), co-founder of The Nesian Network, a wahine on her journey within Te Ao Maori (how that was awaken on the island of O'hau, Hawaii), and how everything she has experienced has been connected and connects to each other. The 6 topics we covered were:- My Why – Why I started my Virtual Accounting & Bookkeeping Business (Rautaki Collective) Transition from Employee to Entrepreneur – From a childhood dream to living my best life reality Money Struggles – Changing the poverty mindset to a prosperous mindset through indigenous knowledge Personal life challenges in the last two years The Nesian Network – Our journey building the first Māori AND Pasifika business network Trusting people & understanding your blindspots – knowing who to trust in the lonely world as an Entrepreneur And we discuss a lot more! Come join us and listen to Indiyah's story!
01:07:02
July 8, 2021
EP04 - Service One Step At A Time - Helen Hotai
In this interview we'll be speaking with dedicated wife, mother of 6 and aspiring entrepreneur - Helen Hotai. Helen is the founder of a start up company called FormHelp, through which she uses her legal knowledge and love of serving to help others.  Throughout our conversation, we talk about... - How the inspiration for FormHelp came about and the research behind it (www.formhelp.com.au) - Why education is so important regardless of what stage of life you're at - The importance of having good examples and leaders in your life - The steps involved in the early stages of starting up a business - Personal and family challenges encountered along the journey....and overcoming those And so much more. I was privileged to spend this time hearing her story and we invite you to do the same! 
53:06
July 1, 2021
EP03 - Aroha ki te tangata - A conversation with Dean Grace
Dean is a Pathfinder in every sense of the word. He is highly successful businessman who has had a profound impact on the lives of many people around the world (including mine) and he continues to positively enrich peoples lives today. During this interview he shares his insights into: The importance of drivers in our life and how these either grow or blow us Why we should embrace our problems The 237 Strategy - and how we can apply this strategy to our own lives and situation Why we need to always count our money Deans challenges with education and how his consistency, persistence and determination helped shape who he is today  The power of looking back to see those who have been following you  The importance of mentors in our lives  The 29 envelopes story and the power of negotiation Why The magic is only 1 inch off and so much more If you're looking to be educated, encouraged, inspired and entertained you're invited to tune in. LeshGo!  
01:36:24
June 24, 2021
EP02 - Reflect - Refine - Reiterate & Act - Brian Osman Co-Founder Epich Aotearoa
In this interview Brian shares with us his insights and experiences on: - Why the 'why' matters - How, what you think you are is not necessarily what you may become - How being a basketball coach taught him to step outside his comfort zone - The importance of wholesome traditions and their positive effectives on families and communities - The, there is a you and a 'you' - forming a public persona - Harnessing energy as a force multiplier Plus so much more - Thank you for connecting with us today. Lets get started and create a better future!
01:34:58
June 17, 2021
EP01 - Who Dares Wins! A conversation with Epich Aotearoa Co-Founder Joe Hotai
Epich Aotearoa - Create a Better Future Podcast! Welcome to the very first Epich podcast in which we will be speaking with one of the co-founders of Epich Aotearoa - Create a Better Future Podcast - Joe Hotai. Joe is a former soldier in both the New Zealand and Australia Defence Forces having served in the Special Air Service (SAS), an aspiring entrepreneur and awesome family man. In this interview, we will cover... - The importance of pursuing your passion and how to turn that into reality - Why putting the needs of others first creates more self fulfilment and happiness - Lessons learnt through service in the SAS - The need to step outside your comfort zone - The effects and consequences of negative self talk - Overcoming those challenges....and so much more! Come join us on this Epich Journey! www.epichpodcast.co.nz ***Epich - Derived from the Greek word epicheiremata’s which means entrepreneur*** Epich's three fold mission is to... 1. Assist our Aspiring Entrepreneurs from New Zealand, spread the word about their plans and provide a platform for them to communicate their vision in their own words. With the intent of helping them build traction and gain momentum.  2. Recognise and acknowledge individuals and/or organisations from New Zealand (small, medium or large) who are doing great things and who generally fly under the radar. This also applies to everyday people who have overcome things like significant adversity, and who have the courage and desire to share their story in the hopes of helping others. 3. Provide inspiring, uplifting and motivating educational information gained through the lived experiences of successful people from all walks of life and across various industries. Learning from their mistakes, successes, challenges and more!
01:41:01
June 9, 2021