Monday, 19 August 2019


"Honey Bill Williams" at evolution Fitness on Saturday last week

Participants in Evolution Fitness gymnasium in Whitanga’s high intensity interval training (HIIT) class on Saturday morning last week got more than what they bargained for when the class was led by Honey Hireme, a former Black Fern and New Zealand women’s rugby sevens team member and current co-captain of the Kiwi Ferns (the New Zealand women’s national rugby league team).

Honey is based in Hamilton and is affectionately known as “Honey Bill Williams” due to her career as both a rugby union and rugby league player. She is the sister of Buddy Hunter, who owns Evolution Fitness with his wife, Billie, and is a regular visitor to Whitianga. “Buddy and Billie named their eight-month-old daughter ‘Te Maia Honey,’ which kind of forces me to stay with them often to make sure they don’t tamper with my niece’s name,” laughs Honey.

Buddy and Honey grew up in Putaruru in the Waikato. Honey works for the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation and supports children with physical disabilities into participation in sport. “I absolutely love my job,” she says. She is contracted to New Zealand Rugby League and hope to represent New Zealand in the next Rugby league World Cup in England in 2021.

Buddy says everyone enjoyed Honey’s involvement in the Evolution HIIT class on Saturday. “Honey will more regularly help out with our classes,” he says. “Given that growing up in a small town didn’t stand in her way to achieve great heights in her sporting career, I hope she will an inspiration for especially the young people who attend our classes to work hard to follow their dreams.”

A HIIT class is a group fitness class for all levels. It’s made up of 15 different exercises. Participants spend 40 seconds on an exercise and then have 20 seconds to move on the next exercise. Once a full circuit of exercises is completed, participants have a 90-second break before they start another circuit.

“Participants normally complete three circuits of exercises in a class,” says Buddy. “The exercises are designed to work out every part of the body. It’s really good way of burning fat and building endurance and the class format makes it fun. We’ve started out HIIT classes approximately two months ago as there was a demand among our members for group activities.

“We already have several Mercury Bay Area School students participating in the classes and hope more will join over time. It’s a far better way for our young people to keep themselves busy than playing online games.

“On a sunny day, we’ll roll out some artificial grass in the carpark in front of the gymnasium and set up some of the exercises there. That makes our HIIT classes even more fun. Unfortunately it was raining on Saturday last week, so Honey had to work with the class participants indoors.

“We plan to run HIIT classes right through summer. The classes are available to everyone, not just our members. Billie and I are passionate about living in a healthy community. People should watch our as we plan to have other top-level athletes helping us with the classes as well.”

Buddy and Billie bought Evolution Fitness, a 24-hour access gymnasium, just under three years ago. In addition to Te Maia Honey they have 23-month-old twin boys, Eli and Izeia.

Pictured: Ex-Black Fern and co-captain of the Kiwi Ferns, Honey Hireme, during Evolution Fitness’s HIIT class last Saturday morning.



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