About us

Helen Leahy

Founder and Director

A childhood spent studying ballet technique prepared Helen for the graceful stretching and body movement of Pilates. Her interest in Authentic Pilates began on a personal level while living in America. Helen became a fully certified Authentic Pilates Method instructor in 2006, after being inspired to complete the Pilates Instructor Apprenticeship in New York, under Master Teachers Romana Kryzanowska and Sari Mejia Santo. Since Helen established True Pilates in 2007, she’s become a sought after teacher, carving a strong reputation for her personalised sessions and her flawless technical skills.

Helen’s clients find it easy to relate to her charismatic personality. Helen will guide you through the classes with an enjoyable approach, while challenging you to get the most from the session.

Amanda Sutherland

Certified Instructor

Amanda returned to New Zealand in 2010 after a nine year overseas odyssey, which saw her working at a Rocky Mountain resort, cleaning for the English Royal family, teaching English in China, managing a Cook Island guest house and working in tourism in Colombia. She returned to New Zealand with many souvenirs, fluency in Spanish and her husband Carlos.

When Amanda took Pilates to recover from a past injury, she noticed a dramatic improvement and became a Pilates’ advocate. This led her to complete the intensive Authentic Pilates programme, becoming a certified instructor in 2012. Amanda’s journey with Pilates has been a strong force in her life, including during her pregnancy and post-natal recovery after the birth of her daughter in 2014.

Amanda Sutherland

Rosemarie Williams

Apprentice Instructor

Rose has the best of many worlds, with a Filipino mum, Welsh dad, two boisterous brothers and now a wonderful husband. Her childhood was spent relishing family sailing holidays, while also yearning to be a glamorous grown up. Rose is still as inquisitive and active as ever, and when she’s not at work, you can find her at an art gallery, the beach, hitting her stride on the dance floor or burrowed in research. 

While living in Dubai as a first class flight attendant, Rose found that Pilates cured her back pain.  Regular practice helped her maintain her fitness level and achieve sleep balance. Back in NZ, Rose was inspired to teach Pilates to help her clients reap the benefits of classical Pilates - helping you find strength, subtle power and flow.

Hannah Baldwin

Apprentice Instructor

Hannah is a devoted mum to her young son and family, and loves living in the City of Sails with its many beaches and access to physical activities. After being advised to try Pilates by her physiotherapist and osteopath, it wasn’t until Hannah discovered the authentic method that she began to gain the results she was searching for.

Drawn to Authentic Pilates as a teacher, Hannah loves how anyone can get results from Pilates, and the ability to scale a workout depending on individual needs. Whether you’re a new mother with a complicated pregnancy and labour, like herself, wanting to restore your former fitness levels, an athlete trying to improve on your personal best or recovering from surgery, Pilates can achieve exceptional results.


At Helen’s side, you’ll often find the unofficial studio receptionist and gentle welcoming committee rolled into one – Daisy, a friendly Boxer, with her big smile and a wiggly body that demonstrates her enthusiasm. On other days though, she might just gaze at you from her comfy bed as she relaxes while you’re working your body and mind.


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