Who We Are

At the Y, we are a lot of things to a lot of people but the essence of what we do is quite simple: we connect people to their communities to live happier, healthier lives.

In everything we do, we focus on family, healthy living, developing young people and those less fortunate. We do this through our core operational divisions of Outdoor Education, Children’s Services, Community Recreation, Education, Youth Development, Early Childhood Education and Affordable Housing.

The Y always has been, and always will be, dedicated to building strong people, strong families, and strong communities. Every day our impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a child is inspired or when a community comes together for the common good.

We are proud of our 155-year history of service and excited by the potential of working with you in your community.


YMCA Greater Wellington and YMCA Central confirm merger 

We’re pleased to announce that on 25th September, YMCA Greater Wellington Inc merged with YMCA Central Inc (YMCA Palmerston North and YMCA Whanganui).

While our day-to-day dealings will mostly remain unchanged, we will see an injection of new talent, expertise and resource with the introduction of new programmes in many communities proposed. The name of the entity covering the new expanded region (Lower North Island) will be YMCA Central, however, in most cases your affinity will remain with your ‘local Y’. Find out more