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Epich Aotearoa - Create a Better Future!

Epich Aotearoa - Create a Better Future!

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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!
You're invited to join us, learn and share. Whatever you decide, we want you to succeed and reach your goals while lifting and helping others.
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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!
September 23, 2021
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
September 16, 2021
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.  
September 9, 2021
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.
September 2, 2021
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.
August 26, 2021
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
August 18, 2021
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!
August 12, 2021
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 ....
August 5, 2021
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!
July 29, 2021
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!
July 22, 2021
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 and he can be found at
July 15, 2021
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!
July 8, 2021
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 ( - 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! 
July 1, 2021
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!  
June 24, 2021
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!
June 17, 2021
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! ***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!
June 9, 2021