We have temporary vacancies – Apply now!

We are seeking temporary cover (3-4 months, starting as soon as possible) for a Receptionist role and also an Administration and Finance Assistant role at our headquarters in Johnsonville!

The Receptionist role is full-time for 3-4 months, though could be a part-time job share.

The Administration and Finance Assistant role is 24-30 hours per week, with some ability to work from home.

If you or someone you know may be interested, check out our listings on Seek here or email Damian at info@challenge2000.org.nz!

Thank You!

A big thank you to all our friends, donors, supporters, volunteers and everyone who has made 2022 possible. We are so grateful for each and every one of you!

One important piece of mahi over the past few weeks has been putting together 200+ Christmas hampers. Check out the following article for read more about this: https://www.stuff.co.nz/…/youth-charity-delivers-over…

Thanks to all those who donated. Every little bit helps!

Blessings on you all for a Merry Christmas! We hope you have a safe and restful break, and we look forward to seeing you in 2023!

The Challenge 2000 whanau

Christmas Appeal!

Every year, Challenge 2000 puts together over 150 Chrismtas Hampers for those who may need a little bit of extra help during the festive period!

As you can imagine, it is an incredibly busy time!

If you wish to help us by donating gifts, vouchers or kai, then see the poster below for more information….. Thank you so much!

Christmas Parade!

Challenge staff and whānau worked hard to put together the Challenge float for the Johnsonville Christmas parade, which took place over the weekend.

The theme for this year’s float was ‘we’re all in this together’.

Flags from different countries were flown; ‘Merry Christmas’ in different languages adorned the float. The overall message of unity and harmony was the vibe amongst the tamariki and whānau that came out to participate and support.

A massive thank you to all involved and a Meri Kirihimete, Feliz Navidad, Maligayang Pasko and Merry Christmas to everyone!

Candles Day | Immaculada Concepción

Hola, como es costumbre, queremos compartir contigo este 7 de Diciembre el Día de las Velitas un a fecha especial para celebrar en familia. Lugar Iglesia de San Pedro y San Pablo en Johnsonville a las 7.30 pm. Esperamos nos acompañes.

Hello! We are celebrating Candles Day on Wednesday 7th December. This is a special tradition –  inmaculada concepción, and is a big celebration in Colombia. This will be at St Peter & Paul Church in Johnsonville at 7.30 pm. We would love for you to join us.

Newlands Youth Programme

With generous funding from the Wellington City Council, we are able to run after-school youth programmes out of the Newlands and Linden community centres twice a week.

Huge thanks as always to our wonderful youth workers who run these spaces and of course to the staff of the community centres too.

E kore au e ngaro, he kākano i ruia mai i Rangiātea.

Whakapapa grounds us: in belonging, identity, meaning and love.

On Wednesday 5th October, the carving that tells the Challenge 2000 story and lists our whakapapa was blessed (again). New names had been added to the carving, so we gathered and gave thanks for all who have lived this story of love and service.

Our kaumātua Luke Crawford led us in karakia. Fr Kevin Conroy SM sprinkled holy water on the carving, blessing it. And our children played around us, a sign of hope that Challenge’s story of love and service continues to unfold and grow.

A sumptuous hāngī meal was shared.  Being together – our whanaungatanga – renewed and refreshed us.

So much to be grateful for!

5 Years at Big Pa

Last Friday the Challenge 2000 whānau (past and present) celebrated 5 years since moving into Big Pa on Wanaka Street!

We celebrated with karakia, reflection and kai, with fish ‘n’ chips for lunch and nibbles in the evening, which gave us all the time to connect, reflect and give thanks.

Thanks to all those who came! 

Young People Retreat

Kitty Mckinley (founder) writes.

“Our amazing young people spent three days on retreat last week at El Rancho in Waikanae. A time of reflection and motivation (mainly without cell phones) to think about life, the past, the present and the future.

A big thank you to Bernie and Kirsty, who shared their lives and were inspiring.

The Archery focusing on how you reach your goals in life was a great exercise, with Moni being named the new Arrow.”