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White Elephant Trust



White Elephant Trust


End of an era...

After more than 14 years serving the youth of Ōtautahi from premises in Bedford Row, Madras Street, Tuam Street and more recently Phillipstown Hub, it is with heavy hearts that we announce the time has come for White Elephant Trust to wind up operations. 

Unfortunately the competitive climate for funding and reduced capacity to deliver on our purpose have combined to mean that we have reached the hard realisation that our organisation is no longer sustainable.

We have been backed and supported over the years by many funders and collaborators who walked alongside us and believed in our mission to provide opportunities that helped young people to explore their strengths, find their fit, and develop a strong sense of identity and belonging.

We have had the privilege to connect and work with so many awesome individuals and organisations, including amazing trustees, employees and volunteers that helped us deliver programmes and events for a diverse range of rad young people from all across the city. 

To all of you who came, served, participated, and grew through your connection with White Elephant - we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

We will close our doors for the last time on June 28th but invite you all to come and say a last farewell during the Phillipstown Hub Matariki Celebrations 12-2.30pm on Saturday 29th June. 


About Us

 At W.E. our DNA is in music and DJing. W.E is for everyone no matter their beliefs or background.

White Elephant Trust was founded in 2005 by a group of DJ’s who wanted to create safe events and projects for young people. Since 2014 more than 17,000 have taken part in our events and programmes.

Based in Christchurch

Collaborating with locals to bring you a diverse range of programmes


Our Programmes

W.E features a diverse range of programmes including DJing lessons and feature events such as Street Art. View the Programme tab to find more information on times | dates | locations.

Featured Event


Learn to DJ

DJing Lessons start March 1st 2019

@Room8 Phillipstown Hub


find us in the philLipstown hub

find us in the philLipstown hub


"White Elephant Trust has given me a host of wonderful new opportunities, a supportive new friend group and a broad range of useful new skills applicable to everyday life."

Dan - Volunteer and WE Mix DJ

"Volunteering at White Elephant Trust has been an awesome experience. It's a great place to learn some neat skills, all while having fun. Everyone here is super supportive, which is a plus."

Maddy - Volunteer