Last Saturday, 37 young business owners between the ages of 12-24 gathered at our Ōtautahi Youth Market in a celebration of local creativity and youth enterprise. Over 300 people came through the market throughout the day, and we were delighted to see visitors leaving with lots of crafts, baking, new jewellery and other goodies! The […]
New equipment means new adventures out at Wainui Park Camp! We recently bought a bunch of new stand-up paddle boards (both single and tandem) to use around the Akaroa Harbour and beyond. The hugely popular sport of paddle boarding will soon be on offer at the camp, and campers will have another way to experience […]
Great smile. Kind heart. Genuine. These are the words those around him would use to describe Max Silva, our resident Cafe Barista at Bean at the Y. Max has been working for the Y for about half a year and has already earned himself a reputation as being incredibly hard-working and resourceful. However, his story […]
ANZAC Day means many different things to many different people. For some, it is a time to remember loved ones lost in the war. For others, it is a celebration of bravery and camaraderie across generations and countries.
Last week the Bishopdale Y Fitness team held another amazing quiz night to raise money for gym equipment. We had an incredible turn out and the teams filled the room with energy (and some healthy competition!). It was great to see everyone come together for such a worthy cause. Couldn’t make it to the Bishopdale […]
Last year we held a New Zealand first event – two full weeks of maker camps aka a residential intensive competition that brought together the best young minds Aotearoa has to offer.
Thank you! Last Friday night we got together to celebrate the efforts of our wonderful volunteers. Hosted at the 4C Centre, we had around 20 young people attend who are involved with the Y in different ways.
Many hours and thousands of kilometres of travel brought friends Leo and Janno to the shores of New Zealand. Hailing from different parts of Germany and never having met before in person, their journey shared a final destination – becoming intern instructors at the Y Wainui Park Camp.
The Y Adventure Centre was proud to host the La Sportiva National Lead and Para Climbing Championships, a joint youth and adult competition organized by Climbing New Zealand and hosted by the Flying Geckos Climbing Club. Over two exciting days, climbers from across the country gathered to showcase their skills and compete for the top […]
Those stepping into the Y Christchurch’s 4C Youth Centre this week would be met with creative chaos. A3 pieces of paper scrawled with felt tip pens, cups of tea, open laptops, plates of snacks, chargers and cables on every surface – all the signs of innovation at work. For two days a week over the […]
Last Sunday a group of young people from our leadership development programme headed along to the St Alban’s Community Centre garden to volunteer at their working bee. The task? Transform an outdoor area from a vacant space into levelled and weeded ground ready for more planter boxes. Needless to say, our rangatahi were up for […]
White water rafting, mountaineering, rock climbing, kayaking. Whatever exhilarating outdoor activity you might be keen to try out, Alex Gillespie is your man. With many years of outdoor experience and a contagious passion for adventure, Alex fits perfectly into his role as Chief Instructor at the Y Arthur’s Pass Outdoor Education Centre. “Our camps are […]
Over the last two weeks we have had a bunch of awesome kids join our team in Wainui for summer Y camps. Each week has been jam-packed with outdoor activities, team building, games, themed meal times and performance nights.
It’s our first Y Vibe of 2023 and we are starting off the year as we mean to go on – full of ideas and little encouragements to empower and inspire our readers! This week we are talking about the importance of moving our bodies in new and challenging ways. No matter your age or […]