COVID-19 Response

Greetings to friends and supporters of Challenge 2000!

We wish you peace and good health during this difficult time as our country unites against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Challenge 2000 has been deemed an essential service by the government, so, whilst taking all possible precautions, we are continuing to engage with highly at-risk young people and their families.

We are fortunate to have such wonderfully dedicated staff who, each in their own way, is contributing to our mission of service. We are also blessed to have the support of generous benefactors who have donated money and goods this past week which we have distributed to families in need. These amazing acts of kindness include:

  • a government Department donated all the milk from staff fridges throughout their building
  • Nada Bakery in Tawa donated bread and cakes
  • a very generous benefactor provided a large donation so we could buy food and supplies for struggling families
  • another friend paid for airfares to get young people back to members of their whanau
  • an artistic ex staff member who is quarantined after arriving home from overseas is painting and donating the proceeds to our emergency supplies.

All these acts of kindness and generosity have helped our young people and families and also kept the morale of our staff and volunteers up. And as all of us know our struggles are just beginning. Here at Challenge we know that we can and will get through this together. We are the best little country in the world with a strong family.

We are better off together. He waka eke noa

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has”
– Margaret Mead

If you would like to make a contribution towards Challenge 2000’s work among the neediest young people and families in our community, please click here or donate to:

Challenge 2000: 01-0519-0057660-00 

Way to go the ‘Canes!

Another great partnership event with the Hurricanes Rugby Franchise.

Twenty young people were able to support our Mighty Hurricanes in a win against the Sharks on Saturday the 15th!!! Way to go the Canes!!

We support you and we look forward to the next few games where we can again provide support in the Guard of Honor!

Appearance before the Finance and Expenditure Committee

The Budget Policy Statement 2020

Sophie and Steve representing Challenge 2000 before the Finance and Expenditure Committee

On Wednesday 12 February 2020 at 8.55am a Challenge 2000 delegation appeared before the Parliamentary Finance and Expenditure Committee.

The team made verbal submission on the Budget Policy Statement 2020. This document outlines the Governments priorities for the upcoming and immanent 2020 Budget.

The members of the delegation were: Tina Wilkins, leadership team member; Steve O’Connor, management team; and Sophie Jennings, a social worker.

The theme of the Challenge 2000 submission was advocating a 2020 Budget focus on increasing social justice, by encouraging expenditure on policies that assist beneficiaries, because they are one of the most the most disadvantaged and marginalised groups in New Zealand.

To this end the delegation recommended that the budget should firstly immediately focus on raising basic benefits rates and then on reforming the Welfare system to ensure it enhances the mana and dignity of all.

Sophie presented a case study illustrating the difficulties a family have feeding their children adequately or providing basics on the current level of benefits. The case study also provided an exemplar of excellent customer service from the Naenae MSD office Lower Hutt.

The committee members responded enthusiastically to the Challenge presentation. At the introduction, which created engagement and laughter, one opposition member shouted, “Give them what they want”.

At the end, the committee chair thanked the Challenge 2000 delegation, also, a government committee member provided positive feedback, saying, “Good submission, kept us focused on the needs of low income groups and continued the morning theme, that welfare payments are simply not enough. Good relaxed, informal style and will be remembered.”

Steve and Sophie Represent

Steve and Sophie have just come from presenting an important kaupapa to the Select Committee this morning.

The kaupapa is to investigate raising benefits and further look into the culture of WINZ, to enhance the mana of all.

They both did wonderfully. He tino nui te aroha ki a Korua!

Youth Event 2020

Friends! | Free Food! | Fun!

Are you in first, second or third year of University, or a Year 12 or 13 student?

Are you interested in youth work, social work or supporting young people?

Are you interested in helping out Challenge 2000?

Challenge Youth Event 2020

Then come along to our first Youth Event of 2020 to find out more.

Don’t forget your togs…

Gap Year 2020 Applications CLOSING!

This is your final chance to get your applications in for Gap Year 2020!

This year’s Gap Year is shaping up to be one of the biggest and best yet!

Since 2007 the Society of Mary and Challenge 2000 have offered a full time gap year programme based in Wellington. Each year, eight young people accept the challenge to say “yes” and spend a year at Challenge 2000 developing, growing and serving others in our community.

In 2018, an internship was also integrated to the programme, this gives young people who have recently graduated or about to graduate an opportunity to gain work experience and prepare themselves for the workforce.

If you are under 20 years of age and want more life experience, an opportunity to serve and to be part of a positive active community, then contact us and apply for our Gap Year.
Each year, there are only 8 places available for gap students and interns.


Porirua College’s Barbershop Mixed Quartet

Porirua College Barbershop Quartet and Mixed Quartet

The Porirua College Barbershop Mixed Quartet have only been singing together since this year and earlier this year they gained 1st place in the overall Wellington Regional Competition. This incredible accomplishment earned them a place to compete at The National Young Singers’ In Harmony Barbershop Singing Competition in Christchurch, September 10th-13th.

This is a very prestigious event and we are very proud of their huge accomplishment. When Eline Avia approached us looking for financial support, Challenge 2000 was more than happy to help the two quartets meet the competition costume and transportation costs for the trip down south to represent Porirua College. 

This update from Eline:

Thank you again for your amazing support…
Our trip was memorable and we are so grateful to our sponsor for the financial support that met some of the costs of our trip.

We had the most amazing time and our students came away from the Competition knowing they had given their best as they represented our school, families and community in true PC Pride style. The experience our students gained performing at top level is something they will always fondly remember.

Our young people are amazing. During our debrief afterwards our students shared about being grateful for the lifetime connections they made with other students from around NZ and for the opportunity to compete at top level! Priceless!!
Thank you for being a part of making dreams their come true!
Warmest regards,
Eline Avia – Porirua College

You’re welcome team and congratulations again!