RNZ reports the 32 year old has been one of the most talked about athletes in Rio, since his coconut-oiled body made global headlines during the Games opening ceremony.
The Oceania taekwondo champion has since made a string of media appearances and created countless column inches online.
He said despite the intense spotlight that has shone on him in Rio he's confident it hasn't affected his training and preparation.
"I feel ready. I mean it's time - it's been a long time coming (and) I'm just happy to get up there and compete," he said.