Peer-events bring rangatahi together

21 Mar 2024

Rangatahi from across Palmerston North, Wellington and Tāmaki Makaurau recently came together for three extraordinary peer-events that left lasting impressions of magic, support, and joy.

Peer-events, which occur monthly at Canteen, provide rangatahi with a platform to explore new experiences and connect with others who understand their journey.

In Palmerston North, the day unfolded into a magical journey filled with delightful surprises and connections. From indulging in mouth-watering slices of pizza, to unraveling mysteries in a Harry Potter-themed escape room, where laughter and friendship permeated the atmosphere.

Rangatahi at a Harry Potter escape room peer-event


Meanwhile, in Wellington, another group of rangatahi experienced a day filled with rhythm and excitement as they delved into the world of Japanese Taiko Drumming. Hosted by Narukami Taiko, the event allowed these young individuals to immerse themselves in the mesmerizing beats of the drums, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Rangatahi at a peer-event with Narukami Taiko drumming groupRangatahi at a peer-event drumming


In Tāmaki Makaura, rangatahi took a walk on the wild side, spending the day at the zoo. It was an great opportunity to catch up with friends, see new faces, and meet the animals!

Rangatahi at a peer-event at Auckland Zoo


These peer events play a vital role in the lives of rangatahi, providing them with opportunities to forge connections, alleviate feelings of isolation, and simply enjoy life. The power of community and support was palpable throughout the day, reminding everyone of the strength found in unity and shared experiences.

Both events highlighted the importance of creating spaces where rangatahi connect, share the tough stuff, and get a break from cancer. They serve as reminders that, even in the face of difficulty, there is magic to be found in connection and community.