Posts Tagged ‘Challenge 2000’

Remember them by the way we live our lives today

Thursday, April 28th, 2022
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Against a background of the war in Ukraine and the conflict in Afghanistan, ANZAC Day 2022 challenged many Wellington youth to appreciate the war sacrifice of our ancestors and pray for peace, to ‘remember them.’ As part of programmed visits and a range of events, the young people joined a pilgrimage around Wellington’s military sites Read more

Catholic institutions support Matariki Public Holiday Bill

Thursday, December 9th, 2021
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Three Catholic institutions – Wellington archdiocese’s Ecology, Justice and Peace Commission, Challenge 2000 and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand have presented submissions to parliament supporting the proposed Matariki Public Holiday Bill. “As Indigenous people we need to take back and understand what time looks like for us. How do we observe the seasons, how do we Read more

Church stands up for youth; opposes proposed Police powers

Thursday, February 25th, 2021

Oranga Tamariki’s new youth justice bill is getting some hefty opposition from the Archdiocese of Wellington EJP Commission, Challenge 2000 and the Attorney General’s Office. Their submissions challenge the Oranga Tamariki (Youth Justice Demerit Points) Amendment Bill’s proposal that a system of demerit points be assigned by police to young offenders. This system would enable Read more

Bridges impressed at community impact of Challenge 2000

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

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

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

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

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

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

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