Posts Tagged ‘Challenge 2000’

Bridges impressed at community impact of Challenge 2000 Comments 0

Monday, March 11th, 2019
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Challenge 2000 was nearly called ‘Bridges 2000’, Challenge founder Kitty McKinley revealed to National Party Leader Simon Bridges at morning tea on Thursday. “Society needs more bridges that bring together the different sectors of the community, and that’s what we do”, she explained. Welcomed to Challenge 2000 with a mihi whakatu by staff, volunteers and Read more

Challenge 2000 responding to serious at risk youth Comments 0

Thursday, November 29th, 2018
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Following widespread community concern about a “cluster” of suicides, Challenge 2000 is actively helping in Porirua City, north of Wellington. Challenge 2000 is a youth development, community and family social work agency. It works mainly throughout the Wellington region. Five Porirua youths have died of suspected suicide since February and hundreds of people have turned Read more

Domestic violence doesn’t have to be Comments 0

Monday, July 30th, 2018
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The level of domestic violence in New Zealand is alarming. As a mark of the country’s concern, all parties in Parliament supported the introduction of Jan Logie’s Domestic Violence Victims’ Protection Bill. Last week the Government parties passed her private member’s Bill into law. The new law gives victims of family violence up to ten Read more

Vulnerable youth can change for the good says PM Comments 0

Monday, August 14th, 2017
Vulnerable youth can change for good

The Prime Minister, Saturday, said changing vulnerable young people’s lives was more difficult than changing the economy. But, they can change. He made the comments when opening Marist Challenge House in Johnsonville, Wellington. “The challenge of changing things in government, in agencies and the economy is relatively easy when compared to the challenges some of Read more

Challenge 2000 – New base for youth and family development agency Comments 0

Monday, March 6th, 2017
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The purchase of a property in Johnsonville to be used as a base and outreach centre for Challenge 2000, has been announced by Fr David Kennerley sm, Provincial of the Society of Mary, and Steve O’Connor, Challenge 2000 Director. Kennerley said, ‘As part of our ongoing support of Challenge 2000 and commitment to working with Read more

Challenge 2000 put the youth justice case to Bill English Comments 0

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016
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Last week the deputy prime minister, Bill English visited Challenge 2000, a Youth Development, Community and Family Social Work agency based in Johnsonville, near Wellington. Challenge staff discussed with English the services they provide to youth and how they could help if the age at which people are referred to the adult court was raised Read more

Gap year students celebrate their graduation Comments 0

Friday, December 2nd, 2016
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On Saturday the 26th of November, the Marist/Challenge 2000 gap year students graduated from their course, and with a certificate in youth work. The nine students and their friends and whanau gathered in the chapel of St Pat’s College Wellington, to celebrate with a liturgy and presentation. The students began with a waiata and then Read more

ANZAC: The future of the Church is in good hands Comments 0

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

“The future of the Church is in good hands,” Kitty McKinley, founder of Challenge 2000, says. McKinley is the founder of Challenge 2000, a youth development organisation based in Johnsonville, Wellington. On ANZAC weekend Challenge staff, volunteers, gap students and locals produced moving performances that recognised and remembered those who gave their lives and fought for Read more

Gap Year students graduate Comments 0

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Eight people who took part in the 2014 Challenge Marist Gap Year graduated in a ceremony that took place at St Joseph’s Church in Mount Victoria in Wellington last Sunday. The event was attended by the Gap year students’ families and friends as well as representatives and friends of Challenge 2000 and the Society of Mary. Each Read more

One day of difference for a lifetime of change Comments 2

Friday, April 11th, 2014

I arrived at Challenge 2000 in Johnsonville, a night with friends in a cosy cardboard box beneath a starlit sky was too good to pass by. The Wellington wind had fled; stillness paired with the embers crackling, huddled closer, marshmallows devoured in flame as stories swept us elsewhere and nothing mattered anymore save each other, Read more