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This group started out a couple of years ago, when they took nine kids and young people to the IronMaori tamariki events. The following day, they watched the adults compete. They left inspired and with a vision to give it a go, seeing all shapes and sizes taking part and knew it could change lives. And giving it a go they did – in 2012 FlavAzum showed up with more than 100 competitors, trained, supported and kitted out.
Suzi Luff, TrustPower Community Relations Coordinator

The Awards were announced and presented on Monday 21st October at a function at the Rotorua District Council Chambers. 

For winning the Supreme Award, FlavAzum Health and Fitness Rotorua received a framed certificate, a trophy and $1,500 prize money. FlavAzum Health and Fitness Rotorua now has the opportunity to represent the region at the 2013 TrustPower National Community Awards, which are being held in Invercargill and Southland regions in March 2014. 

In total, TrustPower presented over $5,000 to various community groups through the night’s Awards. 

TrustPower Community Relations Coordinator Suzi Luff says FlavAzum Health and Fitness Rotorua is empowering local families to work together towards holistic health through multiple programmes and activities. 

“This group started out a couple of years ago, when they took nine kids and young people to the IronMaori tamariki events. The following day, they watched the adults compete. They left inspired and with a vision to give it a go, seeing all shapes and sizes taking part and knew it could change lives. And giving it a go they did – in 2012 FlavAzum showed up with more than 100 competitors, trained, supported and kitted out. 

Another inspiring initiative they have started is the 50/50 Whanau. This will see 50 first –timers walk the 50th Rotorua Marathon next year. Add to this training, support, weight loss mentoring and nutrition advice, this group also provides free zumba demonstrations at local fundraising events and they run their own sports events. They’ve taught over 40 adults to swim at least two kilometres, and their cycle squad includes weekend rides. Recently, they’ve started monthly Kai Pai workshops, which focus on small changes to improve the eating habits and knowledge on how to fuel the body. 

Although FlavAzum’s current membership is around 200 people, they have seen over 1,500 come through their doors since starting out. It’s clear that by using health and fitness to inspire members, improves self-esteem, confidence and an overall sense of worth and whanaungatanga.

So for providing such challenging, fun, holistic and engaging opportunities for locals, the volunteers from FlavAzum Health and Fitness will be representing Rotorua District at the next TrustPower National Community Awards,” says Suzi.

A record-breaking fifty eight entries were received for this year’s TrustPower Spirit of Rotorua Awards. 

Other recipients at tonight’s TrustPower Spirit of Rotorua Awards were: 

Heritage and Environment
Runner-Up: Wingspan Birds of Prey Trust
Winner: Rotorua SPCA 

Health and Well Being
Commendation: Parkinson’s Central Plateau Division
Runner-Up: Linton Park Community Trust
Winner: Rotorua St John Health Shuttle 

Arts and Culture
Runner-Up: Volunteers of the Rotorua Museum of Art & History
Winner: Rotorua Musical Theatre 

Sport and Leisure
Runner-Up: Reporoa Young Farmers Association
Winner: Rotorua Association of Triathlons and Multisport 

Education and Child/Youth Development
Runner-Up: Youth in Emergency Services
Winner: Blue Light Ventures Rotorua 

Supreme Winner
FlavAzum Health and Fitness Rotorua