Zeal has finally opened the doors of their $1M youth development centre in Kāpiti last Saturday.
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.
Zeal Kāpiti is the culmination of an eight-year dream that began in 2010, when Kāpiti Coast Youth Council began advocating for a youth development centre. In 2012, the Kāpiti Coast District Council agreed to place the centre in the long-term plan. In 2015, we were brought on board to deliver the centre.
Zeal Kāpiti Manager, David Orchard (Dooley), has spearheaded the project.
“Zeal is the only all ages venue on the coast, dedicated to giving young people a space to perform and show their talents,” says Dooley.
“The journey to having a youth development centre was started by young people here, with the Kāpiti Coast Youth Council being a driving force and a strong voice from youth across the district to Council. Zeal will continue to listen to that voice and get behind creative young people using the centre as a hub for this creativity.”
With the centre opening, Zeal will maintain its strong presence in the Kāpiti district, delivering mobile services via the coffee cart and music box.
“Since I’ve been going to Zeal, I’ve figured out what I want to do in the future and how I want to get there,” says Hannah (17), who has been involved in Zeal’s Programmes. “I feel like I belong somewhere.”