A five day trip took place in October with two rangatahi from Challenge 2000.
We travelled north to Ohakune, where we made our base for the coming days.
Our first big activity was white water rafting on the Tongariro River, a gauntlet of some 60 rapids that we navigated over several hours. After some hard work carrying the raft and working through the water, we relaxed in the hot pools at Turangi.
The following day we set off on the Old Coach Road bike trail which took us through lush forest, rolling hillsides and along the old cobbled coach road leading in and out of Ohakune. We had definitely earned our evening bounty of a BBQ dinner!
The next day we took a gondola ride on the Sky Waka at Whakapapa Ski Resort and spent some time in the snow up the mountain. Over the course of the trip, a small table tennis competition had started and this, along with some gradually engrossing games of Monopoly Deal, formed the bulk of our evening entertainment.
Delta Covid has certainly disrupted our Children’s, Youth Ministry and Sacramental Programmes!
However last Saturday November 6th, we held one Confirmation Mass at SS Peter and Paul’s for 18 of our children and their families. Numbers were of course restricted to 100. Even though we had challenging circumstances, everyone really worked hard to make this Mass a special time for our children.
We were very blessed to have Cardinal John Dew as our lead celebrant alongside Pete Roe, everyone seemed very happy, and Spirit filled during and after the Mass.
A big thank you to so many of our Youth ministry, Missions team and those who helped with decorating the church, running the Sacramental programme and preparing the children for the mass. Love works and so does the Holy Spirit!
CONGRATULATIONS to our newly Confirmed young Catholics.
The past few months have been busy for the Gap Year Students.
They have arrived back on their various placements, which they all absolutely loved!
These ranged from going down to Dunedin to spend time with some of the Dominican Sisters, attending Outward Bound in Anakiwa, teacher aiding at St Mary’s in Carterton and St Benedict’s Primary, helping out at the Blossom Festival at Kaitoke Gardens and helping at an animal rescue farm… to name a few…
We are now counting down the final weeks of their Gap Year Programme!
Want to work in a flexible, organic, staff and community-friendly agency? Then apply to join Challenge 2000 now to start a new way of working!
C2K is a professional Social Work and Youth Development agency that provides a wide, dynamic range of services for young people and families in the Wellington Region.
One means of support Challenge 2000 provides is MASSiSS (Multi-Agency Support Services in Secondary Schools), with a team of social workers based in six secondary schools across Porirua and the Hutt Valley. We are seeking an experienced social worker to join this team.
You must be:
A qualified and experienced social worker
Registered with the SWRB
Able to support Challenge 2000’s commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and express that commitment via your social and community work practice
Committed to and experienced in working with Māori and Pacific communities
Experienced in working with adolescents and their families
Committed to a strengths-based approach and empowering young people to achieve their dreams
Solution-focused, goal-oriented and a critical thinker
Committed to social justice and social transformation
An effective communicator
Able to work as part of a multi-disciplinary College and community team
Able to network and build effective working relationships with other agencies
Keen to develop new ways of supporting youth and families to develop their strengths and create the present and future they desire
Applicants must also have:
New Zealand residency or a valid New Zealand work visa
A current full clean drivers licence
The salary for this position is negotiable for the right applicant. Come and talk this through if you want a new opportunity to use your knowledge and skills to make a difference.
Applications closeThursday 2nd December 2021.
If you’re believe you have the skills and experience to fulfil this role, please send your CV and covering letter to Damian Dempsey email@example.com or call 04 477 6827 to arrange a chat.
Challenge 2000 youth workers facilitate afterschool youth programmes at both the Linden and Newlands Community Centres. These programmes are a safe place for rangatahi to hang out and catch up over some kai, do some fun activities and connect with each other. These programmes run during the school term for intermediate and high school aged young people and are free. Young people who attend these programmes also have the opportunity to attend activity days with Challenge 2000 in the school holidays.
In recent months, we’ve worked with seven young people on one programme or another, all with on-going support in place. Each of the rangatahi is supported in a way that suits their current needs and situation; assistance with attending school, after-school support, work experience, mentoring and guidance, work-ready preparation and skills development, and pro-social activities such as being a part of a sports team in the community.
A number of success stories have emerged. Challenge 2000 has supported one young person who successfully completed a hospitality course with a coffee business, leading to potential employment. We’ve also supported another young person through to a discharge from the court system and work towards getting a job. Several of our rangatahi are currently working towards qualifications and are getting experience serving members of the public. For some young people, returning to an educational institute after some time away is a significant achievement in itself. Through a mixture of mentoring, education and guidance, often working in tandem with other agencies, Challenge 2000 has offered opportunities to our rangatahi to develop and succeed in a non-judgemental, supportive environment.
All at Challenge 2000 say a huge THANK YOU to our whanau and community members who have given us money, food, toys, games and other essential items to pass on to those who are struggling. Because of your generosity and care we have been able to provide 200 grocery deliveries (we don’t like the word food parcels!) so far in this lockdown as well as money to those who couldn’t afford their rent or time payments on vehicles. We have also been able to give petrol vouchers to essential workers and people who needed to visit supermarkets, get vaccinated or tested and access services.
A special shout out to Kiwi Community Assistance, Farm Fresh, St Vincent de Paul, the Society of Mary, three other individual benefactors, St Francis of Assisi Parish, Kaibosh, our Board members and Yeah Nah Quizzes for your generous donations.
Also a shout out to our frontline staff who are keeping connected with our young people and whanau in this challenging time! Kei runga noa atu Whanau – You’re the bomb!