Former New Zealand Warrior and Kiwi league legend, Joe Vagana, is the Operations Manager and Partner at TROW Group.

Joe manages the day-to-day operations across the entire TROW organisation and heads Health and Safety critical for all our people and projects.

He is responsible also for HR and TROW’s various work programmes. As a coach and mentor, Joe is passionate about creating pathway opportunities for young Pasifika and Māori through self-confidence, tool skills, training and employment.

Joe brings strong commercial skills from his experience as founder and director of Hire Connect machine leasing, a sister business of TROW Group which Joe had the opportunity to become involved with when it was being established at the same time as TROW in 2013. Joe built up the Hire Connect business with effective strategic planning, client relations and business development, before moving on to TROW.

In 2008, Joe founded not-for-profit charitable trust, ‘REACHES Youth Mentoring Trust.’ The trust came about from his passion for mentoring youth and assisting them on their pathways, teaching disciplines such as attitude, hard work, commitment and self-belief. It was founded after he retired from rugby league and returned to New Zealand.

Joe’s professional rugby league career spanned over 14 years, playing over 350 1st grade games for both the (formerly known as) Auckland Warriors in the Australian competition, and the Bradford Bulls in the English Super League Competition. Joe Also represented both Samoa and the New Zealand Kiwis in the 1995 and 2000 Rugby League World Cups, respectively.

Joe and Saia have learnt a lot along this journey and they both share similar beliefs and a vision for making TROW Group a success for the communities it supports.


Stuff: West Auckland locals Joe Vagana and Saia Latu make a difference

December 06, 2017.

Former Kiwi player Joe Vagana is part of a team taking on international construction giants with his company Trow Group.

The civil contracting and machinery hire company manages million dollar projects across the Auckland and Waikato region…

Stuff: Front-row forward turned construction entrepreneur gives back

August 15, 2018.

On the field he was one of the game’s most destructive runners, capable of tearing a defensive line to shreds.

But life after footy for Joe Vagana is more about putting things back together than ripping them apart…

RNZ: Salvaged Auckland City Rail Link material to be shipped to Tonga

October 30, 2019.

Material salvaged from an Auckland City Rail Link construction site will be shipped to Tonga next month, where it will be used to help rebuild cyclone-battered communities.

The material was stripped from City Rail Link buildings being demolished near the Mt Eden station…