Whanganui Awa Settlement
Last year (like many many years before) a group of Challenge 2000 whanau travelled up to the Whanganui Awa to support the ownership of the river that was being gifted back to the Maori people from the Crown.
We felt so honoured to be a part of an event that will, and did go down in history. It felt good immersing ourselves in the Maori culture and being in the midst of such a ‘family’ orientated environment. Though some of us were working the tables in the marquees or were out in the kitchen all day, being there knowing that some of us were from different ethnic backgrounds made us feel all the more connected to our own cultures.
We worked hard from the moment we got there on that cold Monday night. The inviting faces and the warm welcomes made it all the more real that we were becoming a part of something bigger than ourselves. Being able to connect with the locals and being able to hear and feel first hand just how important this event was for them was amazing to have been able to experience.
All of us Maori, Pakeha and Pasifika felt very honoured and privileged to be part of this event for the people of the Awa. We returned to Wellington enriched, tired and inspired by the journey.
We have a strong partnership with lots of businesses, community groups, parishes and groups in the Northern suburbs. The Johnsonville Community Centre is a great location for our youth events.
Challenge 2000 are at Newlands Community Centre every Tuesday 3pm-5pm. If you and your friends are interested in checking it out – come along on a Tuesday after school!! It’s free!