With his wide grin, sparkling eyes and vibrant aura, it's hard to imagine that Kerry Hunt was ever deathly ill.

The 56-year-old Mount Maunganui man said he was given the best gift one could ever receive - "the gift of life" - after he received a liver transplant in early 2018 following two years on a downward spiral of ill health.

He has been able to see his daughter graduate from university, fall in love and get engaged - things he never would have been able to do otherwise.

"There's not a day that goes by that I don't think