Caught Being Energized

Before their retirement recently, the ever-active Toby and Kay at Tokoroa Export Meat Warehouse had provided sponsorship for a Sport Waikato and South Waikato Pacific Islands Community Services initiative called ‘Caught Being Energized’, where local adults and young adults are captured doing physical activities out in public.

The programme involves ‘Energizer’ Taki Morehu-Cookson driving around town looking for suitable candidates undertaking exercise, photographing them and then placing an ad in the South Waikato News, searching for the person that is out exercising on their own initiative (he does not photograph organized sports such as touch).

New owners Ivan and Liz think it’s a great initiative as well, and are continuing the sponsorship, a $20 Export Meat Warehouse Voucher for the lucky recipient when they get in touch with Taki. For them it’s all about supporting local initiatives in an achievable and tangible way for them, and encouraging people to lead a balanced and active lifestyle.

The results have been great for Taki: “People see me in town and are beginning to run up and say ‘look at me, take a photo now’,” he says. They are also letting him know where and when they are exercising in the hope that he will photograph them. He is only too happy to encourage this, as he enjoys nothing more than seeing the locals out and about working on their fitness.