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Taranaki Youth Get Creative with Zeal

Waitara High School paint party
Waitara High School paint party

Zeal are helping Taranaki youth discover, express and develop their unique creativity.

Zeal is a national youth organisation that creates communities of belonging and creativity, supporting young people to find and shape a healthy identity and to know their innate worth.

The organisation provides creative youth development services and teaches young people how to use their creative skills, including production and event management.

Last year Zeal surveyed New Plymouth young people in order to seek their feelings about the current provision of youth facilities and services within the city, their aspirational goals and to explore their potential work interests.

The survey revealed strong community support for the presence of Zeal in Taranaki, and as a result Zeal entered into a partnership with NPDC to help achieve their youth strategy and sought other supporters to assist them to make their vision a reality here.

A $45,000 grant from TSB Community Trust in late 2018 enabled Zeal to extend their work around Taranaki.

In 2019 Zeal will host at least one large scale youth event each month. During the events Taranaki youth can showcase their talent, including gigs, a royal rumble, paint parties, dance battles as well as other creative events that will provide young people with the opportunity to express themselves and practice their art form.

To launch the project, in December 2018 Zeal hosted a paint party at Waitara High School, attended by around 250 students.

If you are keen to be involved in any of Zeal’s events or know someone who would - get in touch with Zeal’s Project Developer, Luke Galley on 021 1902692 anytime, e-mail