In 2012, he weighed 252 kilogrammes. He couldn’t walk, suffered from sleep apnea, had short breath, high blood pressure and type two diabetes.
That was then.
Now at 39, the Mangere man from New Zealand, who has links with Mauke, is about 100kg lighter and an avid cyclist.
He can walk with ease, no longer suffers from sleep apnea and is healthier.
It’s all thanks to the Triple T - Time to Thrive, To Stay Alive charitable trust which he formed in his hometown of Mangere.
“I met Dr Richard Cooper in 2013 and he asked me to join in for bike ride sometime. I took part in the Rotorua 24-hour moon ride competition in which I covered 8kms. That’s how I got into biking and reducing my weight,” Aiturau, who is known as ‘Mr T’, said.
Triple T’s vision is to build a healthier community and inspire others like Aiturau to get off the couch, on to a bike and lose some weight. ‘
It wants to encourage and motivate the community to be more active and participate in physical activities. Triple T has organised a number of events in Mangere since it was launched in September last year.
“You don’t have to pay anything to cycle. Its fun and it’s free. It’s the best way of reducing weight. I have done that and so can you,” Aiturau said.
“The events we organise includes a number of activities. It includes swimming, walking, exercise classes and the best thing about it is that it's fun, simple and free.
“It’s open to anyone and we have been receiving a good response from the members of the public.”
Triple T is gearing for one of its biggest event ever – the Iron Pasifika 2015 Challenge to be held at Mangere Bridge Waterfront on November 14.
It is a fitness challenge where teams of men, women, families and mixed groups or even singles get to participate in a waka ama, cycling, walk and run challenge event.
“The objective is to reach out to the Maori/Pacific communities and encourage them to be more physically active and to live a healthier lifestyle.”
Aiturau, who is in the Cook Islands in search of his paternal links to the country, says if he can do it, there’s no reason why anyone else can’t.
“Just step out of your comfort zone.”