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Dave 'Buttabean' Letele organising world’s largest bootcamp to raise awareness for Pasifika health

Former boxer Dave "Buttabean" Letele is organising the world's biggest bootcamp in a bid to raise awareness for Pasifika health

Pacific Islanders have the highest rates of obesity in the country and the boxer turned health campaigner wants to change that.

"It's what keeps me up at night, worrying about our people, the state of our people, at the moment we are in dire straits," Letele told 1 NEWS.

According to the Ministry of Health, 65 per cent of Pacific adults are obese as are 30 per cent of Pacific children.

"Our people we aren't meant to be the way we are, and it's not just exercise its the whole lifestyle, it has to change that's what we preach," Letele said.

Many taking part in the Buttabean Motivation Movement are making big changes.

"A lot of them who have come through did start with diabetes and now they are off their medication," Gina Sausau said.

Letele knows about the battle, having lost 100 kilos himself.

It's why he's aiming to hold the world's biggest bootcamp on February 24 at Auckland's Eden Park.

"We are fighting obesity every day, it's a tough battle but we will keep going," Letele says.

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Pacific Islanders have the highest rates of obesity in the New Zealand and Letele’s on a mission to change that. Source: 1 NEWS