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Happy 11th Birthday, Zeal West!

Kia ora! We’re welcoming the warmer seasons here at Zeal West and moving a lot our action outdoors as we embrace the summer sun. October was a massive month for us filled with holiday programme antics, in-house events, Halloween celebrations and a whole lot more. Heading toward the end of the year we have a ton of events and community activations lined up so if you see the Zeal West team out and about make sure to stop and say hi.

We turned 11!

We celebrated our 11th birthday by amping up our regular Afternoon Hangs activities for the day. We bought out an inflatable jousting pit, zorb soccer, a free BBQ, and a live band to keep the festivities pumping. In true Zeal fashion, things got a little messy and everyone had a great time. This wasn’t just a chance to celebrate Zeal’s longevity in West Auckland but to also celebrate the successes and accomplishments of the young people who have found a place of belonging at Zeal West. Here’s to 11 years and many more to come!

Term 3 holiday hangs

We had a massive holiday hangs programme over the Term 3 school holidays. We got to take a bunch of rangatahi all over Auckland to explore the gems our city has to offer. Over the two weeks we took them rock climbing, exploring Silo Park and the Auckland Art Gallery, and went for a tour around West Auckland to find the best pie in Waitakere! We had great connection time both the amazing young people and the whānau that surround them.

New Zealand’s Krump Champion 2019

October was a huge month for events. We hosted some of the biggest dance workshops in the country with over 100 young dancers turning out to learn from international choreographers like Mr Wiggles and Buddha Stretch. We also hosted the annual Krump Championships which saw over 250 people pack into Zeal West to find the New Zealand Krump Champions for 2019. 

We ended the month by teaming up with a number of community groups to deliver the Halloween in Henderson event at the Falls Carpark which gave hundreds of West Auckland youth a safe space to enjoy Halloween. We provided some great entertainment and showcased some of the up and coming local youth talent on our Zeal stage. 

The events don’t stop! November and December are looking like huge months for them at Zeal West and we can’t wait.