Youth Events

Youth Ministry Team

Kia ora everyone!

Sio and Piki Photo cropped

My name is Piki Boyles and I am currently a youth worker at Challenge 2000 and a Youth Minister alongside Pelasio Iaseto-Filo (pictured) in the St Francis of Assisi Ohariu Parish here in Wellington.

I joined the parish in 2016 upon graduating from Garin College in Nelson and making the move to Wellington to take part in the Challenge 2000 Marist Gap year.

This year of personal development and formation led me to my work as a youth worker and further to ministering to the children and youth in our parish in different ways such as children and youth masses, feast day celebrations and retreats.

I have been fortunate enough to take part in different conferences and workshops further growing my faith and skills in my role here at the parish.

Within our youth ministry we are very lucky to have the opportunities to work with the local catholic schools in our parish (St Benedict’s in Khandallah and St Brigid’s in Johnsonville) and help them understand and grow their own spirituality and faith.

I look forward to further helping grow our young people’s faith within our parish and community.

Pictured: Piki Boyles and Pelasio (Sio) Iaseto-Filo

Challenge 2000

Challenge 2000 began as part of Saint Peter and Paul’s Parish in 1988. The first office was in the presbytery kitchen.  Initially it was a youth project that worked to support young people. Challenge 2000 has since grown into a respected agency that serves the community, our church and the wider Wellington region.

Challenge is committed to the formation and faith development of young people across the parish and from time to time offers opportunities for study and prayer, community and fun.  One of the philosophies of Challenge is “learn by doing”. Young people are encouraged to participate in all sorts of activities and to offer support for parishioners and parish events. (eg Children’s Day,  combined Masses and celebrations,  parish meetings, visiting speakers etc). There is an annual Pilgrimage to sacred catholic places every December and two retreat weekends a year at Kopua.

In the parish and in the community Challenge 2000 provides mentoring support, holiday programmes, driver’s licence training and tutoring for exams.  Many parishioners have been grateful for the cheerful muscle power provided by the ‘mission’s team’.

In the parish of St Francis of Assisi Ohariu our Youth Ministry team helps to prepare a monthly Children’s Mass at St Benedict’s and a Youth Mass at St Peter and Paul’s.  The team also supports St Brigid’s School Pasifika Group, provides some lunchtime support and supervision for children as well as helping to encourage the children’s participation in Tuesday morning liturgies or Masses.

All young people in the Parish are welcome to join activities organised by Challenge. 

Contact Kitty McKinley:;  or visit our website to find out more .

Last updated: 4ᵗʰ September, 2020