A Tauranga radio station is welcoming in the summer season with a 12 hour fitness event.
To celebrate the first day of summer Moana Radio and friends will be completing in ten different fitness activities from 6am in the morning through until 6pm this evening.
The initiative is part of Moana Radio's health and fitness Show ‘Maorivation' which runs weekdays from 10am to 12pm.
Maorivation provides two hours of informative radio about nutrition, health and fitness, local success stories, local sport promotion, sporting celebrities.
The show also puts emphasis on helping local charities including Diabates Help Tauranga, Breast Cancer Services, Ukaipo Smokefree Pregnancies and others.
Moana Radio Station Manager Takiri Butler says the program aims to get locals active while taking advantage of the activities and spaces on offer in the region.
“The aim is to highlight and promote some of the cool community fitness programs available to our people as well as focus on the awesome recreational areas we have around us such as Papamoa Hills, Mauao, Pilot Bay etc.
“There's so much to do here in Tauranga so we've spread this event from Te Puke through to Papamoa, Arataki, The Mount and then finishing in Tauranga.
"These activities are also very affordable and are either low cost or free to the public.”
He says Moana Radio's main goal is to always promote the use of Te Reo Maori.
“Our staff have worked hard to incorporate ways to normalize Te Reo Maori throughout this event, we even wrote a karakia specifically for this event that we will recite before beginning our first workout.
“Our animal flow movements are based on local Maori stories so the participants will come away with a little bit of local knowledge as well as a whole lot of gains."
Around 20 people have committed to participating for the full 12 hours including the eldest participant, a 62-year-old grandfather who was diagnosed with terminal cancer this year and three people from Taranaki, says Takiri.
Others will also join in on the day and have been able to pick and choose which activities they want to take part in.
Moana Radio will be broadcasting the event live at each location from 6am to 6pm on 98.2FM, 1440AM and online at www.moanaradio.co.nz
Moana Radio say it hopes in the future to make this an annual event which can be used to raise money for local charities in the future.
6am – Patu Fitness Te Puke
8am – Animal Flow at the Summit of Papamoa Hills
11am – Waka Ama (Pilot Bay)
12pm – Underwater Rock Running Relay (Pilot Bay)
3pm – Pound Fitness with Amy Finlayson
6pm – END