About Claire


I bring a coaching model drawn from Aotearoa/New Zealand, and from  other cultures and belief systems that have particular relevance in today’s complex, multi-cultural society.

I believe in creating a legacy for the future exemplified by our actions and how we serve others.  It may be in creating a home life that supports and nurtures us and our whānau/families, or in building careers and businesses that flourish and provide  fulfilment or a strong sense of purpose, or creating spiritual, physical,  financial or job security for ourselves and the generations following us.


Check out my LinkedIn profile here.

I coach professionals from around the country who are developing businesses and growing professional careers.  I provide Executive Coaching for tertiary, government and non-government sector senior leaders.  I chair the Board of the Otago/ Southland Māori Business Network KUMA (Te Kupeka Umaka Māori ki Araiteuru), and I also serve in a voluntary capacity as a member of the University of Otago’s Ethical Behaviour Policy which contributes support services as part of the Healthy University initiative.

I am particularly passionate about supporting wāhine Māori navigate their way through and flourish in sustainable businesses and careers.

As well as running my own Executive and Life Coaching Practice, I am the Coach/Consultant in Otago and Southland for Future Path International which  involves coaching executives from many different organisations, and facilitating leadership, teamwork, career transition, retirement, and business startup workshops around the region.


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, and facilitating leadership and team building sessions.

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


It is important you have a Life or Executive Coach with coach-specific training.  My clients are reassured that they will receive support based on my training in evidence-based coaching practices and supervised clinics.  I hold a Transformational Life Coaching Diploma from Australia’s internationally renowned Nature Care College in Sydney. This Diploma incorporated Holistic Counselling and Transpersonal Psychology papers and involved 2 years’ full-time study.

My final elective in that Diploma was intensive training in ritual and ceremony, spiritual emergency and emergence, and transpersonal counselling before taking part in Vision Quest (a First Nations ritual of spiritual, mental and physical growth and connection with the transcendent).

Over the 2020 lockdown, I completed a Journey to Coaching Mastery programme with WBECs, then achieved the Certificate in Coaching Mastery during 2021.  Later that year, I joined the Neuroscience Academy and completed a certificate in Applied Neuroscience and Brain Health, and in 2023 was in the second global intake to achieve the coach-specific Neuroscience and Coaching Programme Certificate of Professional Development, with lectures from luminaries such as Dr Haesun Moon,  Professor Andrew Huberman and coaching psychologist Dr Mary Collins.  I continue with my own personal, spiritual, and professional development.

You can get in touch with me via the contact page.

Claire Porima, Professional Coach


Nei te uri o Tainui. Ko Ngāti Hikairo te iwi.

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 te maunga tapu o Pirongia, close to the Waipa river.


  • BA Hons (Otago)
  • Diploma Transformational Life Coaching; Certificate Holistic Counselling (Nature Care College, Sydney)
  • Certificate Conflict Management Coaching (CINERGY™)
  • Coaching Mastery, ACE/WBECs, USA
  • Certificate, Neuroscience and Brain Health, TNA, Australia


  • Chair, Te Kupeka Umaka Māori ki Araiteuru, KUMA, Māori Business Network (2017- )
  • Member, Regional Skills Leadership Group (MBIE) (2021 – )
  • Member, Workforce Central Dunedin Advisory Group (2021 – )
  • Ethical Behaviour Network, University of Otago, NZ
  • International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • ICF Australasia (NSW branch)
  • LEADR NZ (Association of Dispute Resolvers)
Claire Porima Coaching.