Kawerau residents can start the new year healthy and active after becoming the recent recipients of an NZCT grant.
A total of $8,946 has been awarded to Kawerau Fitness Community Trust to buy new health and fitness equipment.
The grant will also help to assist the trust in keeping health and fitness affordable within the community.
Kawerau Fitness Community Trust was started by a small group of community members with a passion for leading a healthier and more active lifestyle.
Chairman Zachan Herewini says he's been with the trust since its beginning.
“After our humble start of just meeting at a local field with no equipment or facility, we've built an organisation that provides exceptional service.
“We are maintaining our goal of keeping things affordable while still operating 100 per cent voluntarily.
“Equipment is a crucial resource for a health and fitness community provider. It is used daily and over time needs to be maintained, replaced or upgraded to suit the varying levels of fitness and age groups that attend.
“Without the support of funding partners like NZCT these costs would fall onto the participants, or the level of service would be compromised.
“Our aim has always been to keep health and fitness affordable within our community. We want to provide a great service and facility which elsewhere in other communities can be unaffordable.”
According to Zachan, NZCT's grant allows the Trust to focus on the next stage of development for their facility and services, such as a fresh coat of paint, highly specialised equipment, and offering more opening hours to the community.