About Claire


I will partner you in a powerful coaching alliance whereby you discover the answers within that are truly aligned to your personal and professional aspirations.
I bring a coaching model drawn from Aotearoa/New Zealand, and from  other cultures and belief systems that have particular relevance in today’s multi-cultural society.

I believe in creating a legacy for the future through our actions and how we serve others: it may be in creating a home life that supports and nurtures us and our families, or in building careers and businesses that flourish and provide financial security for ourselves and generations to come.


I’ve been  fortunate in having worked across a range of sectors here in New Zealand and overseas and contributed to growth and development of peoples in many countries, primarily within the South Pacific.

I started my professional life with the New Zealand Diplomatic Corps, which included representing our government at the United Nations in New York, a diplomatic posting in Fiji  working with government agencies and peoples across the South Pacific, and negotiating for NZ trade access to the EU in Brussels and London. I’ve also worked in the international banking and telecommunications industries. Currently, as well as running my own Business and Life Coaching Practice, I work at the University of Otago, developing strategies, policies and projects to  advance iwi aspirations and support students and staff to achieve success.


These varied roles have polished the knowledge and experiences essential to being an effective, highly skilled coach.

I appreciate and understand the layers of complexity in organisations and the expectations on people at all levels of management. This is a major asset when working through professional, personal and career coaching challenges with my clients.

My career experiences have honed the qualities necessary for masterful coaching: empathy, intuition, respect, and enhanced self awareness.


I am tertiary qualified with a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree, from Otago University. I have a Transformational Life Coaching Diploma from Australia’s internationally renowned Nature Care College in Sydney. This Diploma incorporated Certification in Holistic Counselling and Transpersonal Psychology.

I have experienced Vision Quest (a Native American Indian process of spiritual, mental and physical growth and connection with the transcendent), and had intensive training in ritual and ceremony, spiritual emergency and emergence, and transpersonal counselling.

I continue with my own personal, spiritual, and professional development through ongoing study with coaching organisations, and connection, collaboration, and sharing of resources with other professionals locally and internationally.

Get in touch with Claire via the contact page.

Claire Porima, Principal Coach

My mission is to make a measureable difference in people’s lives.


Nei te uri o Tainui.

Ko Pirongia te maunga, ko Waipa te awa, ko Ngāti Hikairo te hapū.

Mine has been a journey of weaving different perspectives and world views into the fabric of my life.  I trace my ancestry to the Tainui waka.  My ancestors lived in the area around Kawhia, near the mountain called Pirongia, close to the Waipa river.

There are three things that motivate me every day:

My circle of whānau and friends – particularly, my three children;

Continuing education – a valuable tool to enhance my work; and

My identity as a citizen of this beautiful country Aotearoa New Zealand.


  • BA Hons (Otago)
  • Diploma Transformational Life Coaching; Certificate Holistic Counselling (Nature Care College, Sydney)
  • Certificate Conflict Management Coaching (CINERGY™)


  • International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • ICF Australasia (NSW branch)
  • LEADR NZ (Association of Dispute Resolvers)
  • Ethical Behaviour Network, University of Otago, NZ
Claire Porima Coaching.