Exciting times in Wairarapa!!!

Exciting times are happening in the Wairarapa!!!

On Friday night, 25 young people gathered along with Challenge 2000 staff and volunteers for our first sports night of the year.

The gym was full of energy as we played games, got to know each other and stepped out of our comfort zones!

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All the young people had an awesome time with the opportunity to share in food at the end.  We are looking forward to working with these young people throughout the year.
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If you live in the Wairarapa and are between Year 7 and Year 13, our next sports night will take place on Friday 26th February 2016 from 5pm-7pm at Chanel College gym.  Contact Nicole on 021 655 697 for more information.

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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Cross Fit!!!!


Students from Taita, Naenae and St Patrick Colleges are participating in this intensive fitness and wellbeing programme and real progress has been made so far!

The work out this week focussed on:

Pairs: 200 bar pull ups; 20kg 4 students; 30kgs 4 students, followed by 100 hand release press ups!

The power clean was difficult for some and not so challenging for others.  Sometimes technique beats muscle!  Our students are loving it and the staff enjoy the challenge too!

Thanks to all our sponsors – our students are really getting lots out of it!


Personal Development Leadership Camp

Recently a group of young women from the Porirua Colleges were selected to participate in a Personal Development Programme.

The purpose of the programme was to provide a developmental experience for growing healthy relationships within themselves and others, leadership skills and encourage confidence, based on a holistic view of wellbeing.

With support from Mana Community Grants Foundation, the group were able to go on a three day camp in Taupo.

Using Adventure Based Learning, the group worked on team building, trust, communication and problem solving while at the same time experiencing new activities and gaining valuable skills facing and overcoming their fears.

In the evening the group would take the experiences of the day, reflect on them and discuss the fears and challenges that they faced and how they felt when they overcame them.  Here is some of the feedback from the group – “M” – “being in the face of one of my biggest fears, I overcame my fear by keeping calm and trusting my leader to guide me”; “T” – “I overcame my fear by keeping my mind positive”; “B” – “If I push myself, I can do it – even if I am not comfortable with it”, “H” – I learned that my capabilities are not limited”.

Amazing Race Holiday Fun!!

In the October holidays Challenge 2000 and some young people saw the return of the Amazing Race, held around the Wellington CBD!  Participants started out at the Botanical Gardens and worked their way down to Waitangi Park via Parliament, Frank Kitts Park, the Waterfront, Civic Square and Te Papa.

Along the way they had to complete a variety of challenges and activities.

It was an incredible day with participants managing to complete the entire race on foot!!

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This is what some of the young people had to say:

“B”, 15, (Lower Hutt) – “Enjoyed getting around Wellington because I don’t live in the area”; “L”, 15, (Porirua) – “I liked the fact that it wasn’t just in one place (eg Botanical Gardens and Wellington CBD)”; “H”, 14, (Naenae) – “I enjoyed meeting new people and the food”