Challenge Welcomes Prime Minister Chris Hipkins

Prime Minister Chris Hipkins visited Challenge 2000 and held a press conference onsite as a part of Labour’s campaign trail. True to Challenge’s position of being open to everyone across all walks of life, the Prime Minister was welcomed into Big Pa before speaking to reporters outside. Challenge 2000 staff commented that they found Chris Hipkins to be personable, approachable and “treated people like people”. They also observed the “ruthless” interview process with the press and would have preferred if reporters had kept an open mind rather than asking single-minded drilling questions to elicit a defensive answer.

Several young people were also present to shake hands with the Prime Minister. A youth worker commented that it was a rare and valuable opportunity for the rangatahi to meet the leader of our country and expand their worldview. Our young people often perceive Government as a big unknown and far removed from their lived realities. One young person shared that the experience was brand new and that Hipkins was the most famous person they’ve ever met. Another young person described the morning as “out of it” and was surprised with the level of security and media present. He continued to share a story of meeting previous Prime Minister Bill English who was out on a run in Berampore. A common sentiment seemed to be that our politicians, despite their high profile, are also human.

Prime Minister Chris Hipkins and Challenge Staff

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!

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:…/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!