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Makuini Amer-Biel, the ultimate adventure seeker

Makuini has it worked out.

From Ohakune, she spends her winters up Mt Ruapehu and her summers in Hahei, Coromandel.  

We stumbled across this energy ball by accident when our favourite photographer (Petra Merrick Photography) went on a mission to take urgently requested photos of Ama with a surfer chic. Makuini was on a lunch break, the sun was out and she was up for the challenge.  She worked her wild hair and laughed her way through an awesome shoot.  The rest is history!  

(Petra Merrick Photography)

Now freezing up the mountain with a pot of Ama in her pocket and an arm in a sling, we are super excited to have Makuini be part of our Amabassador team.  

We managed to have a chat with Makuini and get to know what makes her, her ...

What is your first skiing memory?

My first memory skiing would be refusing to take part in a ski lesson and I ended up skiing across the gravel car park because I refused to carry my skies back to the car. Good thing they were only rentals!

What is your signature top tip when teaching ski lessons?

Always complete your turns! And always remember to ski with a smile :)

How does skiing everyday take a toll on your skin?

I have naturally dry skin so using a product like the Ama Balm Snow Seeker helps to protect against sun, wind and snow burn. It is so important to use a product that will nourish and repair my skin throughout the season.  


What are you goals for the 2nd half of 2016?

I recently broke my wrist at the beginning of the season so I'm currently recovering from that but otherwise I'm wanting to complete more training for my instructors qualification. I'm wanting to gain my level 3 by the time I go overseas. And of course have another amazing season at Turoa, Mt Ruapehu!


What does being adventurous mean to you?

To me, it means giving everything a go and to never be afraid of saying YES!!!

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