When Johnno Winther, Delane Mackie and Evan Wilson were invited to a Friday night function, not one of them suspected everyone had gathered to honour them.
Johnno, Delane and Evan are Waipareira's Fitness Gurus responsible for the success stories of at least 100 West Auckland members as part of Waipareira's community fitness group. We had a great surprise presentation for the boys on Friday evening with about 60 people who attended, all there to express their appreciation for the boys' aroha, commitment and support. Whānau of all ages came to Waipareira's Whānau Centre in Henderson to pay tribute through korero, kai and whakawhanaungatanga (the process of building relationships).
It was a splendid evening full of whānau love, laughter and joyous tears. Evan was unable to be there as he was celebrating his mum's 60th birthday but says he is truly overwhelmed and honoured to have been acknowledged by Waipareira's community fitness group. Johnno, Delane and Evan received beautiful taonga from the group - special displays for their walls containing 3 kete representing the 3 baskets of knowledge, to depict the wealth of knowledge and tools they have shared with the community fitness group.
Te Whānau O Waipareira acknowledges all members of the fitness programme. Thank you for sharing your respective journeys with us. We applaud your transformations and will continue to support you and your pathways to become happy and healthy whānau. Waipareira's Community fitness programme has been running for a number of years and attracts whānau from all over West Auckland.