Te Pou Toko o te Tau
These are the individuals who have made a positive difference in their corner of Aotearoa. From Cape Reinga to Bluff, these Kiwi show selflessness and determination to make a difference.
Dave Letele’s (Ngati Maniapoto) life has been one of rise and fall, and in sharing the tough times he’s motivated thousands of New Zealanders to get fit and healthy. A retired professional boxer, he more recently is known for his own weight loss story and setting up the Brown Buttabean Motivation (BBM) programme in Manukau, Dave’s gyms provide a space to get fit, and is entirely free. Understanding the financial barriers many people face, Dave also started the BBM FoodShare with the support of corporate sponsorship, signing a lease for a permanent standalone foodshare to help up to 700 whānau per week with food parcels. More recently, he has opened a community kitchen to help educate whānau and vulnerable people. His determination to see people well has led to the expansion of BBM with a new site in West Auckland. Dave has created a non-judgmental atmosphere to encourage physical wellbeing through activity, giving a push-start he’s helped thousands to lose weight and live well.
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0508 692 927