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Safer Communities Together: Zeal, local police and a ton of coffee

Our brand spanking new centre is continuing to grow – with word spreading among young people about our afternoon hangs and events, Zeal Kāpiti is coming alive. Even the local police are on board!
We had another rad Musician’s Lounge event on the 9th – a space where young musicians from the area can meet up, connect, and perform their music. Every month, Musician’s Lounge is getting bigger and better as we head towards the next one, which for the first time will include bands! There are already 3 local bands booked in for the September 13th event, so will be a packed night.

Two more new computers have arrived for our Digital Suite, and we’ve just funded another one! Our centre will have a space where young people can create anything digital, from graphic design to websites and music production.

We also worked with the local Police in August to take our Coffee Cart Mobile over the tracks in Paraparaumu, offering free coffee to local people completing a community safety survey. The coffee cart was operated by our very own young people who have completed our Barista Programme. This project was run by the Kāpiti Coast District Council, the Police and support from local community groups (like us!).

Afternoon hangs are getting bigger as the word spreads around – we are open Tuesdays to Fridays, 3:30pm -6pm.

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“I’m humbled at the opportunity to be part of a legacy of building authentic, meaningful connections with young people through creativity.”

The purpose-built youth development centre features a performance space, rehearsal rooms, creative space and design suite. The centre was gifted the name Te Roopu Ngākaunui Ki Kāpiti, meaning “The group with the big heart”, by Council kaumātua koro Don Te Maipi.