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Zeal Kāpiti throws a carnival in the street

Kia ora!

Things here at Zeal Kāpiti took off in October. There are programmes starting, awesome events happening and new youth coming. 

After school hangs continue to be a crazy, fun and welcoming space. We’re excited about the number of young people who are beginning to see Zeal as their home away from home. The work that is being done on the ground by our staff is phenomenal – lives are being positively impacted because of the love care and attention they give to our young people. 



We’re so excited to have four programmes running in Term Four. We have a six-week graphic design course, an eight-week live sound course, and for the first time, a six-week photography course. 
We have run barista courses in local colleges for a while but this term kicked off our first course here at Zeal Kāpiti. Sean Blunkel and Monique Woodford have worked hard to get this six-week course off the ground, including their own barista training from Kirk at Zeal Wellington’s Stories Cafe.
We are looking to offer more programme options in 2020, including animation and digital painting. We love the energy and life that these programmes bring to our space and the new faces coming through our doors!


Street Carnival

As a part of our holiday programme, our kaitaiki team ran a community-focused event using funding from Good Vibes – a Street Carnival right here at our centre. There was a mix of classic carnival games, live music, a free sausage sizzle, Mr Whippy and heaps of prizes. 

We saw a wide range of people come through from our local community, including young people, and families with younger children. The vibe and energy was amazing and we got so much positive feedback about the way our youth made the day so special for the younger ones.


For one night every year, Zeal Kāpiti is transformed into the stuff of nightmares for Youthoween – scare rooms, escape rooms, slime pools, cobwebs, pumpkin carvings and treats. There were prizes for best costumes and best carved pumpkins, as well as local bands and DJs performing throughout the night. 

Youthoween this year was a collaboration between Zeal’s kaitiaki team and Kāpiti Youth Council. It was a lot of fun planning this event together and definitely forged a closer relationship between the two group and we’re looking forward to more events planned together in the future.