Tari Sinclair has lost 40kg since July last year - the moment he decided to climb Mauao. But the 2.31m tall Tauranga man says despite the weight loss, he has gained much more.

Sinclair, known to many as Big T, is now sharing his personal journey with mental health to help others who might be in a similar situation. His mission to climb the popular Mount Maunganui mountain reaches a special milestone this weekend – his 300th climb.

Tari Sinclair hates to think where he'd be if it wasn't for Mauao, if he'd even be here at all.

Sinclair, also known as Big T, is this week preparing for his 300th climb up the popular Mount Maunganui mountain. It is a personal quest born out of one of Sinclair's lowest lows. And it has quite possibly saved his life.

Sinclair lives with depression. Last year he spent most of his days sleeping. The former rugby player admitted he often did not want to wake up and had thoughts of suicide. But when he saw a story about old

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