Challenge 2000 Quiz Night

Come along to our fantastic quiz night, on Sunday the 30th of April, 6.45pm at the Johnsonville Community Centre. 

There are going to be some awesome prizes to be won including passes on the Interislander, accommodation at the Museum Hotel, Restaurant Vouchers, Car Service Vouchers, a Bike and much more!

Please register yourself or your teams with Megan ASAP by email or 04 477 6827!!

Quiz Poster 2017

Fun day at the Island Bay festival

A MASSIVE thank you to all of our staff and volunteers who helped in preparing for the Island Bay Festival; for donating goods, tidying the section at 209, preparing the Hall and for taking time out of your weekend to help make it a success!

It was a great day humming with lively music, face painting, sausages, baking and loads miscellaneous treasures for sale.

People commented on how nice it was to have the Hall opened up and to learn about Challenge 2000 and the work we do in the Community.


Meri Kirihimete from Challenge 2000

The staff at Challenge 2000 wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a restful New Year!!

Lots and lots of gratitude to all the people who have supported our work.  Without your generous donations, voluntary hours, positive messages, awhi, prayers, wisdom, expertise and many different kindnesses we could not do what we do.  For all the people we have worked alongside – it has been a real privilege and together we have learnt lots and grown much.

Christmas is a time that brings out the best in people.  We naturally seek to share what we have and make an effort to improve the lives of others.  It can also be a time of real stress and pressure when obstacles seem to become insurmountable and relationships fracture and crack.

Please, everyone, look after yourselfs and each other.   Be safe. Be positive. Choose to do the right thing as if the person you most admire is standing right behind you.

Drive carefully, think clearly and love generously!

Street Day Appeal

Please support our work with young people and families.

Give a little, so WE can give a lot.”

Your help is greatly appreciated!

You can:

  • Collect
  • Donate
  • Tell your friends and whanau
  • Press “Donate Now” on our front page

Contact Megan Ratuki on (04) 477 6827 or email if you can help us.


Absolutely Fabulous – Movie Fundraiser

Sweetie Darlings, Challenge 2000 is holding a movie fundraiser for the upcoming release of our movie Absolutely Fabulous!!

When: Wednesday 10th August 2016

Where: The Penthouse Cinema and Cafe, Brooklyn

Time: 6pm, movie starts at 6:30pm

Cost: $20 with treats

We will also be running a gold coin raffle on the night!!

Contact: Megan for tickets on either 04 477 6827 or

I CAN, WE CAN Project

I CAN, WE CAN Project is a project that is organised through Athletes Village in Tawa.  Athletes Village has an area for non perishable food items that are donated brom staff and/or member of their gym.

This month Ace Tiatia (who runs the gym) is giving the donations from the gym to Challenge 2000!  This is a photo of myself and the Porirua College nurse (who is a member at the gym) collecting the boxes of donated goods!

A huge thank you to Athletes Village – you have made a difference!!

– Viv Campbell –Athletes Village

School Holiday Programmes!!!!!

Pushing Boundaries at Adrenaline Forest

“If you keep doing what you’ve done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got” – Anthony Robbins

Young men from Colleges in the Porirua region participated in the various courses at Adrenaline Forest in Wellington as a reward for their progress in school.  The course also aimed to encourage the young men to step out of their comfort zones and face the challenge as a team.

By the end of the day, the young men were exhausted from the physically demanding courses but were grinning from ear to ear about what they had achieved.  For some, it was a fear of heights while for others, it was the struggle of working as a team.  All in all, it was a great learning experience with a bit of fun added!!!

Adrenaline Forest Team Photo Adrenlaine Forest Briefing


Rugby 101: Passing, Tackling and the Breakdown

“I don’t believe in magic.  I believe in hard work” – Richie McCaw

Peeling it back to the very basics of passing, tackling and the breakdown, students attending the rugby clinic learnt the art of mastery.  The small technicalities involved in making a good pass to the timing and positioning of a tackle were examined in the sessions.

The students enjoyed the sessions and have the ability to teach their respective teams or work on the drills themselves.  As one student summed it up: “you don’t have to get paid like a professional to train like a professional”!

Rugby tackling Tackle bags


H2O Extreme and We are ANZAC’s
As the children arrived, they were all filled with excitement for the days ahead. The first day was spent at H20 Extreme in Upper Hutt. We enjoyed riding the lazy river, cruising down the slides, practicing our swimming and having lots of fun. As the day went on we saw the children grow in confidence ready to take on new challenges.

On the second day, the children came back with big smiles on their faces ready to experience an Anzac filled day. We started by reading stories, learning about our soldiers, teddies, dogs and nurses that had been to war. The children had a chance to try on different army gear. This was definitely a highlight for many of our boys. We then headed to the city for a tour to look at the sights, the kids were full of questions and even managed a game of nonstop tag before we headed back to the Challenge House.

Thank you to all the children, parents and people who provided baking and volunteers who helped out on these days. Your support is so appreciated and make these days possible.

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Welcome to the Syrian Refugees

Welcome to Wellington,

Nau mai, haere mai

To our new brothers and sisters from Syria.  We look forward to receiving the many gifts, strengths and life experiences you bring to us – together we will all be so much better off – an alive, inclusive, diverse, generous, welcoming city.  Absolutely positively Wellington.

Kitty 1

Over the past weeks, many Challenge 2000 staff, volunteers and young leaders have been collecting items to prepare for the arrival of new whanau in our city.  Thanks to those who gave money, lifted and shifted, colour matched, purchased and enjoyed preparing homes.

Kitty 2 Kitty and Nic Nic

Christmas Hamper Appeal!

Many of the families we work with really struggle to survive financially.  The Christmas period is always a time of both happiness and intense pressure and stress for our families and young people.  Challenge 2000 fortunately receives Christmas Hampers from the St Vincent de Paul Society and the Wellington City Mission which we deliver on 23rd/24th December.

While these hampers are full of Christmas goodies, they do not include meat, vegetables and fruit.  With your help, we can add these to hampers.  Please spread the Christmas message of love by helping us to help others.  Please donate $12 for a frozen chicken, $20 meat pack, $50 for a small Christmas Ham or $80 for fresh fruit and vegetables for a family of five children.


So please if you can either post a cheque to Challenge 2000, P O Box 13059, Johnsonville or direct credit to Challenge 2000: ANZ 01-0519-0057660-00 reference Christmas Food.


All amounts are tax deductible as we are a registered charity.  Thank you for helping us to make a difference.  For further information, please call Trish or John on 04 477 6827.Hampers

Tongariro Crossing!!


During the Christmas holidays 4 Challenge 2000 staff members along with 4 amazing young men from different Colleges and youth organisations around Wellington accepted the challenge to hike the Tongariro Alpine track.  The trip was done over 3 days.  With 2 nights camping out under the stars in Kuratau, Taupo and 1 full day hiking through the Tongariro Crossing.


These young men admitted that they were both physically and mentally challenged through the hike (especially “the Devil’s Staircase) but also said that the view from the top was well worth the 8 hour/20km hike.  John* commented that “it was a great way to start the year doing something that hard and smashing it”!!


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After completing the Crossing, the sense of perseverance and accomplishment was very clear to see in each of these young men’s faces.  A very big thank you to all those who have contributed with donations of money and gear towards this trip.  With this support it was possible for these young men to have had such a life changing experience.

Thank you for helping us make a difference!

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