Living longer, the motivation behind Fitageous Fitness

  • Ahitereiria

Ki Ahitereria inàianei, ana, he pakihi whakangungu tinana hou kua tùwhera i òna tatau ki te hunga e noho atu ana ki Poitikape.  Ka mutu he wahine Màori nò Manutuke i Tùranga-nui-a-Kiwa te kaiwhakahaere e whakaheke tòtà ana mò te hemo tonu atu e angitu ai tòna pakihi nei.

Koinei te whare whakapakari tinana o Fitageous Fitness kua tata ki te whā marama e tùwhera ana i òna tatau ki te hunga whakaheke tòtā o Piripane nei, engari mò tòna kaiwhakahaere, 'he tata ā runga he roa ā raro.'

“We started in the backyard over a decade ago, what prompted me to start was I actually lost my parents when they were very young and I was very young so I decided I wanted to love the people that I love, to stick around longer. So I said I'm going to do something where I can educate the people that I love about health, well-being and fitness,” says Marion Leedie, from Rongowhakaata.

Hei tāna mei kore ake tòna whānau me òna hoa, kua kore pea e tutuki i a ia tòna moemoeā, “We had family come in here, remember we had a budget of nothing! We had no money, no anything I just had a dream I wanted to open a place to help heal the people. You could walk in and you'd always be welcome. That's what I wanted and I asked all my family, all my friends hey can you help me and they all come.”

Anei etahi kōrero mai ona kaitautoko.

“It's been hard work, it's been a lot of sweat and tears and tantrums but it's been awesome to watch Marions' dream evolve and for me to be a part of it, it's just been awesome,” hei tā Cindy Hakaraia from Ngāpuhi.

“He wairua Māori ò roto i tènei whare, ko te whakawhanaungatanga kei runga noa atu òna mahi kei runga noā atu te mama hoki o tòna ngākau ki ngā tangata o roto nei, tino pai rawa hoki òna mahi o roto i tènei whare,” hei tā Te Moana Hakaraia from Ngāti Raukawa and Ngāti Porou,” hei tā Te Moana Hakaraia Ngāti Raukawa and Ngāti Porou.

“I come here because it's a supportive whānau environment, not just a number walking through the doors here, we get greeted every single time we come here, they want to know what our goals are.

It's also not a place that's exclusive to the young ones. Many older people come here as well,” hei tā Richelle Hokianga Ngāti Raukawa and Ngāti Tùkorehe.

“I like coming here because everyone is friendly, lots of whānau. Lots of Aussie friends, yeah I just love it. I kind of like think sometimes ooh shall I just move in there,” hei tā Blossom Allen from Ngāti Porou and Rongowhakaata.

Ahakoa he tìmatanga noaiho tènei mò Marion, kua tìmata kè a ia te mātai whakamua, “Franchising wise I'm not a hundred per cent sure if I'll franchise, I don't want to take the authenticity and the care factor out of it this unless I can reproduce myself and my staff I have in-house.”

Heoi, ahakoa te aha ka haere tonu ngā mahi whakangungu a Marion mò te hemo tonu atu.