March 9, 2016

Our Team

Katie Agnew - Studio Owner
BHSc (Physiotherapy)
Pilates Inc. Certified 2001
Authentic Pilates Education Teacher Trainer

Katie has been teaching Authentic Pilates since 2001, after being certified in New York, through Pilates Inc, under Master Teachers Romana Kryzanowska, Sari Meija Santo and Juanita Lopez. Combined with Katie’s more than 26-years’ experience as a physiotherapist, she evaluates her clients’ needs in order to best help them reach their goals.

While living in the USA, Katie’s experience included working as a physiotherapist for Cirque Du Soleil, at a leading sports clinic and teaching Pilates.
In 2003 Katie returned home to practice physiotherapy and to open her own Authentic Pilates studio filled with top of the range Gratz Equipment within Mairangi Bay Physiotherapy.  After 14 years there she opened her custom built new studio in Rothesay Bay in 2017.

As the most experienced New Zealand teacher of Authentic Pilates in the country, Katie now also lectures both locally and internationally to share her knowledge and passion. She continues to improve her own skills with regular Continuing Professional Education Seminars (CPE) with a range of top instructors.

In 2016 Katie opened the National Training Centre for Authentic Pilates Education International, an internationally recognised teacher training centre. She is the principal instructor training the APEI apprentices.
A NZ Rhythmic Gymnastics representative from 1986 - 1991, Katie competed for NZ in multiple international competitions, including the 1990 Commonwealth Games and 1987 - 1991 World Championships.

She now combines her medical, sporting and Authentic Pilates background to educate, prevent injury and integrate total body wellbeing. Her motivating, fun and challenging Pilates sessions will have you achieving things your body never dreamed of!

Neil Kench

Authentic Pilates Certified Instructor

Whilst originally trained as a secondary school teacher, Neil spent the last 28 years working in the corporate environment with management and senior management roles in Technical Service, Business, Human Resources and Process Improvement areas. A common theme throughout his career has been the training & coaching aspects of the various roles and in working with employee, supervisory and senior leadership teams to effectively drive leadership development, change management and business process improvement.

With an extensive background in water based sporting activities Neil has completed more than 90 triathlons & multisport events.  Neil started utilising Pilates to help build core strength, increase flexibility & balance and stretch – all important for his swimming, cycling and running and maintaining overall good health.

Outside of his business qualifications, Neil is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and Black Belt Coach. He is an Ironman University Certified Coach, a certified Personal Trainer and is fully certified in Classical Pilates by the Authentic Pilates Education International.

We are so lucky to have him teaching at the Authentic Pilates Studio Rothesay Bay, Neil is passionate about helping others discover how they can learn to drive change and make improvements to their professional and personal lives. Now semi-retired, Neil is excited to combine both the professional and sporting aspects of his training and coaching experience to help others, whilst of course maintaining his own active & healthy lifestyle.

Hannah Baldwin

Authentic Pilates Certified Instructor

Hannah grew up in Hamilton and attended Sacred Heart Girls Collage before moving to Auckland to study interior design. She was a competitive swimmer as a child and then started attending the gym regularly. She found her passion for Pilates first as a client in Melbourne when she realised the workouts gave her intensity and strength without her old imbalances and injuries flaring up. When she moved back to New Zealand, she left the design industry, started working at Les Mills and became part of the fitness world.

During her maternity leave in 2015, she met a fellow Mum at a swimming lesson who talked to her about Pilates.  This began her journey towards becoming a Pilates instructor herself. Hannah is one of the original graduates of the Authentic Pilates Education International teacher training programme and we are proud to have her teach with us.

When not teaching Hannah is kept busy with her gorgeous son Oscar.

Hannah is loving sharing her knowledge with her clients and passionate about helping them progress and achieve their goals. Having suffered numerous injuries herself she has great empathy for those going through the rehabilitation process.



Bridget Capon

Authentic Pilates Certified Instructor

Bridget's first exposure to Pilates was as part of the treatment plan for her on going back pain.  Within just two weeks of daily practise her pain was gone!
Truly converted, she went on to personally build a regular Pilates practice to improve her posture and combat the side effects of a full time desk job.
When the opportunity presented itself, she took the leap and completed the Authentic Pilates Education International training program and is now teaching in our studio. She has continued to learn after being certified and has attended both local and international workshops and conferences.
Bridget now helps her clients achieve their strength, flexibility and mobility goals as she did!