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Why the Y?

For years we’ve been referring to ourselves as “the Y”. not just because it’s shorter to say but because it’s more inclusive, and inclusivity, equality and diversity is what we’re all about. As the oldest and largest youth organisation in the world, times have changed since the Young Men’s Christian Association was founded.  We stand behind all people regardless of gender, race, religion or sexuality.  Everyone should feel welcome and supported at the Y.  When it comes to our cause, we’re committed to continue helping build strong kids, strong families and strong communities through investing in the next generation


Wellington City Youth Hub

Coming soon! Te Tai Ohinga is a brand new space for young people aged 13-18.

Gifted by Kura Moeahu, Chairman Te Rūnanganui o Te Āti Awa, the name Te Tai Ohinga refers to the tides of the sea and to young people of Pōneke. It speaks to the opportunity for local taiohi to make a resurgence now that a safe space has been created for them. It also captures the idea that there will always be young people in Pōneke, just as the tide will always ebb and flow. 

Located at 203 Willis Street, Te Tai Ohinga is a dedicated space for taiohi to come together, create and connect in a safe inclusive and welcoming environment. The design reflects the needs and wants of local taiohi and provides a platform for further inspiration. The space will offer a social lounge area, a podcasting room, gaming zone, study spaces, and kitchen available to use free of charge, and accessible for people with disabilities.

The Y is committed to providing a safe and meaningful place for the next generation to develop and thrive with their peers. Our Advisory Group, made up of eight local taiohi play an important role in shaping the types of programmes and opportunities they’d like the space to offer. The Y will work in partnership with rangatahi from a variety of different backgrounds, listening to their insights and working together to set the direction for the day Te Tai Ohinga opens its doors. 

Watch this space for the date of the official Te Tai Ohinga launch!

The Wellington City Youth Hub is brought to you as part of the WCC Poneke Promise

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Our Ys are safe places, where those that need our help can participate, have a sense of belonging, people can be themselves and feel safe.  All this helps to contribute to more positive social and emotional wellbeing in our communities. Through effective community and stakeholder engagement, and working with the these great new community assets, we can coordinate and implement a range of activations in our communities to ensure “No one misses out”.  

  • Our central city: All children and young people feel safe in the city at any time of day.
  • Hauora across the city: Spaces, places and programmes support the hauora (wellbeing) of children and young people throughout the city.
  • The basics: Children and young people can access food, safe and healthy housing, and wrap-around support when experiencing homelessness.
  • You belong: Wellington welcomes, celebrates and includes the diversity of all children and young people.
  • Pathways: Wellington is a place that builds life-long learners.
  • Participating in change: Young people taking on the world.

Building strong kids, strong families and strong communities through investing in the next generation

Here at the Y, community is our commodity. Our staff are truly passionate about helping communities thrive. 


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