MAKING A REAL DIFFERENCE

Lee Te puia is realising a dream, running his own boxing gymnasium and helping people from all walks of life, especially young people, get their lives on track.

Lee Te puia

When Lee was deported from Australia nearly six years ago despite not having committed any crime after spending two years in maximum security detention, he could have got angry that he had to move his wife Ang and kids from their home in Perth back to Blenheim.

Lee grew up in Blenheim and had a tough upbringing, suffering serious abuse among other things and joined the Rebels Motorcycle club.

He had dreamed of owning his own boxing gymnasium where he could not only help himself but more so those in the community who were struggling with issues he had growing up and with mental health, something he had to deal with especially while in detention separated from his family.

What started from small beginnings in his garage at home and has now blossomed into a fully equipped boxing gymnasium, his club called Box on Boxing Blenheim.

GUIDANCE AND DIRECTION

Already he and those assisting him, have turned so many lives around and in particular given troubled youth a way to turn their lives around for the better through sharing his own experiences and channeling their energy into positive things.

Box on Boxing Blenheim has now gone a step further and has boxers competing in tournaments around New Zealand. Lee is justifiably proud of what is being achieved and how his dream has become a reality.

READY TO COMPETE

Listen to my (John Alexander) chat with this community hero as Lee updates us on the progress of his wonderful community club.

Interview & Story by John Alexander | Supporting Images sourced by Absolutely Famous.

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