Dave Letele

New Zealand Local Hero of the Year

2022

Kiwibank

New Zealand Local Hero of the Year

Te Pou Toko o te Tau

Kiwibank

NOMINATIONS OPEN WEDNESDAY 24 JULY

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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