Christmas Hamper Donations

So now it is officially December, it is time to start thinking of Christmas.

Here at Challenge we have put up our lights outside, decorated the Christmas tree, and dressed the house in red and green…. 🎄🎅🌟

For those who do not know, Christmas is also a time where, every year, Challenge 2000 puts together over 130 Food and gift families to whanau that we believe need a little extra help over the Christmas period. Our elves are working tirelessly to decorate our boxes, buy sweets, chickens, sausages, gifts for all children (and wrap them!)… the list goes on and on. 

And that is where YOU come in! We are putting the word out to see if any of you could help donate any food, new toys / clothes, gifts and vouchers! We would be grateful for any extra help which we would pass on to others..
Thank you all, and have a blessed Christmas period!

Staff Training

Last Thursday we managed to finally all have a day together to reconnect! It had been quite a few months since we had done this, due to COVID-19 restrictions, so it was something we were all looking forward to.

The day focused on Whanaungatanga and cultural learning. We all brought a plate of ethnic kai which fuelled us for the day.

Throughout the day some of our staff spoke about their culture, traditions, ideas and learnings and their history. We learnt some basic Tokelauan, we got our hips moving with some Pacific Groove moves, and we learnt how to make our very own poi!

Thanks to the staff for teaching us these valuable skills. 

And also a big thanks to the Collective Community Hub for making this staff gathering possible, we are very grateful. 

Challenge 2000 Youth Justice Programme:

Court Supervised Camp

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.

Confirmation Mass

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.

Gap Year Placements

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!

Recruiting: Experienced Social Worker

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 close Thursday 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 at or call 04 477 6827 to arrange a chat.

Our Vacancies Page

Social Justice Retreat

Not long ago a few of the Challenge Whanau went up to Hawkes Bay for a few days. It was for a Social Justice retreat with year 11 St John’s boys.

It was super fun and throughout the day we did a bunch of activities with them.

One activity that stood out was the Privilege Walk which was where we read out a bunch of statements, and you stepped forward if it applied to you.

It was super powerful, as it showed the huge differences in privilege amongst their classmates. It was an awesome experience heading up to Hawkes Bay to deliver such an important programme!

Afterschool Youth Programmes

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.

If you have a young person who is interested in joining these programmes please get in touch with Tamsyn Sutherland on 0211917284 or

Newlands Community Youth Programme
Where: Newlands Community Centre
When: Mondays and Wednesdays 3pm-5pm

Linden Leadership Programme
Where: Linden Community Centre
When: Wednesdays and Fridays 3pm-5pm

Youth Justice

Challenge 2000 offers several support avenues for young people who find themselves in the Greater Wellington youth court system. Programmes include Supported Bail, Court Supervised Camp, Fresh Start Mentoring and Supervision with Activity Order.

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.