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Young people take the lead in jam-packed Zeal Welly event

Four young Wellington bands played the Preservatorium Cafe and Cannery on April 29 to a jam-packed room full of friends and family.

Completely planned, executed and run by young people, the night featured the best of local young talent, over 60 punters, and “amazing hot chocolates” (according to Jenna, Zeal Wellington Manager).

Zeal family grows

As well as pathways and events, Zeal’s afternoon hangouts have moved to a more permanent venue as the months begin to cool down. Thistle Hall, a local community venue, hosts the Zeal crew on Wednesdays to Fridays.

The Zeal Welly crew have also been pumping out live shows at Thistle Hall, and acoustic shows will continue at the intimate Preservatorium Cafe and Cannery

“Zeal Wellington’s multi-pronged to social support – including street youth work, afternoon drop-ins and our weekly girls’ group – is seeing our team connect, support and provide opportunities to a diverse range of young people,” says Zeal Wellington Manager, James Harris.

“Zeal is a family and we are excited to be welcoming so many new young people to it.”

Zeal-birthed band Mishap finishes up national tour

Local band and Zeal favourites Mishap finished up their nationwide tour with a Zeal Welly show on 22 April. The tour follows the release of their EP Not Feeling This

“Thistle Hall was one of the most insane shows we’ve played so far,” says Isaac, their guitarist-singer. “We had a blast! Huge ups to Zeal for putting on the best events across New Zealand!”

Mishap is a band that began after the young people took creative pathways at Zeal in 2016. If you would like to sign up for one of our pathway courses for Term 2, flick an email to Sophie

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