A bike project has been created with the hope of fostering a sense of community and confidence in young 16 to 17 year olds who are not in education, employment or training (NEET).
Kapiti News reports Kapiti Youth Support (KYS) is involved in this exciting new project, giving a new lease of life to some old bikes from around the community.
The project involves NEETs doing up old bikes donated by the police and other members of the community and matching them with someone in the NEETs community who needs one.
KYS youth coach Jhial McGregor says the programme was set up with the hope young people involved will become more employable and engaged in training or school.
Working from an old, mostly full shipping container, fixing the bikes involves repairing punctures, oiling chains, re-calibrating, replacing old parts and giving them a general clean up.
KYS has received support from Bike Barn and Biking Mad but has also invested heavily in the project by buying helmets and bike locks from their own funds to give away with the bikes.