Sports Holiday Programme

On a beautiful sunny day in the second week of the school holidays a sports Holiday programme was offered for our energetic young people. The action packed day attracted a variety of young people from all over Wellington who came together to make the most of both the holidays and the fantastic weather.

The day began down at Johnsonville Community centre where we competed against each other in a series of fun games such as magazine hockey, bang, jockeys up and fruit salad – so that everyone could get to know each other and bond- with some friendly competition of course!

While everyone was enjoying the games and activities many hands were hard at work preparing a BBQ lunch back at Challenge. With the sun out and the feast prepared everyone used the time to relax, get some sun, eat, and enjoy the good company.

Refreshed and with full stomachs we filled the cars and the vans and made our way to ASB sporting arena for a game of ki-o-rahi. Ki-o-rahi is a traditional Maori game a mix between rugby, touch and handball.

This was for many a new experience but was quickly picked up as the stakes were raised and a small tournament was started. With the title on the line some great team work and skills were displayed by all of the teams.

With the final whistle blown for ki-o-rahi the action packed day came to a close and everyone headed home taking with them some great memories and new friends.

Christmas Parade 2011


Challenge 2000 Santa Parade Crew

The Challenge 2000 team had a float in annual Johnsonville Christmas Parade again this year.  It was a beautiful Wellington day with hardly any wind the sun shone brightly!

We went for a ‘Kiwi Christmas’ theme this year as we felt it encapsulated part of who we are both as a community and as part of the wider community of Aotearoa New Zealand.

It was a fun day with flag twirling from our new social worker from the USA, spraying the crowd with water guns, Santa on a boat wearing summer attire (with his able helper – a four year old Superman), “The C2K Angels” and various little helpers.

A few of our team were on the ‘Johnsonville Churches’ float – one of our young emerging stars was Joseph on the float, he really looked the part and we were very proud of him.

We had a fun day as a team, but we also really enjoyed being part of the wider Johnsonville Community – sharing the day with other people in the parade and also seeing the smiling faces of  children, young people and their families who came out to watch the parade.  A reminder to us that we are part of a wider community and that together we can make a difference.