YMCA Greater Wellington AGM 2018

17th May 2018

The 2018 Annual General Meeting was held on May 17th, this year It was focused primarily on the staff, who make us the great organization we are.

The day started at midday, the flags were out, tablecloths set and desks cleaned! First to arrive were our Kaitoke Outdoor Education team followed shortly by Oscar, Masterton and the Upper Hutt Gym team. Earlier in the day our Support Office team had arranged the Pilmuir House communal area including chairs and projector. We made our way through to the communal area and around this time our Board of Trustees, Kiwibank management team, Hutt South MP Chris Bishop and YMCA Greater Wellington President Grant Baker arrived.

We kicked off with a talk from CEO Brendan, followed by an address from Chris Bishop. The Leadership team then presented a snapshot of their business areas for 2017. Amy Moreland spoke on Childcare which has sat at an impressive 75% occupancy for the past year, Ben Keat on Property and Assets, highlights here included hitting $1million in grants, Pilmuir house getting a 300k value increase and revenue being up 15% for Kaitoke Outdoor Education Centre. Debbie Houston-Tupou spoke on Raise Up and our community gym which has seen a huge 260 direct debit membership sign ups since launching six months ago and has maintained a 90% retention rate of existing members, much higher than the industry standard. Virginia Liu spoke on the business financials where overall business revenue was $4.7M with $130k profit and debt reduced by 7%.

Grant Baker then spoke of his appreciation to everybody who made 2017 such a successful year and stated he had high hopes for the coming year which he is sure we can achieve.

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After these speeches, it was onto the staff awards.

Y – Values Award

This award recognises the staff member that above all displays the YMCA values (Honesty, Caring, Respect and Responsibility) in absolutely everything they do.

This award went to Josephine and Sheryl.

My Y Moment Award

Quite simply it’s “Y” we do what we do at the Y. It is these moments that we value and encourage you to share, so we can continue to realise our impact and the steps along the way to fulfilling the Y’s mission.

This award went to Leah and YMCA Khandallah
for Family night

Innovation Award

Open to any staff member, programme or centre that has implemented an innovative initiative in their respective field

This award went to Russ Jacobi


Outdoor Educator of the Year Award

Open to all Camp Staff that have been employed for 12 months leading up to May 1st 2018

Displays excellence in outdoor education in everything they do

This award went to Jay Campbell

Children’s and Youth Staff Member of the Year Award

Open to all Children’s Services and Youth Staff that have been employed for 12 months leading up to May 1st 2018

Displays excellence in everything they do, in their respective program area.

This award went to Natalie Powell

Manager of the Year Award

The Manager of the Year award recognises the Manager (Program, Centre or support service) who shows outstanding management to not only their respective function (Program, Centre or Support Service) but to the good of the entire Organisation

This award went to Angie Aslett

Staff Member of the Year Award

Open to staff member or volunteer that has been employed for 12 months

Voted by peers

This award went to Rachel Bass


Long Service – 5yrs + recognition went to (noting that most are closer to the 10yr mark)

Rachel Bass

Ben Keat

Sydney Wirihana

Tracey Matheson

Jill Bond

Fiona McCaskill

Jo Thomas

Amanda Noblett

Utumoa Wright

Deanna Holman

Angie Aslett

Sheryl Brotherson

Rebecca White

Long Service – 10yrs award and recognition went to

Debbie Houston – Tupou & Josephine Dickens 

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After these awards, it was lunch time, Matt Clark our Chef from Kaitoke Outdoor Education Centre had prepared a healthy delicious lunch for each attendee including, salads, fruit, hummus and, caramel slice which was delicious.

Soon after lunch, it was time to head back into the Pilmuir common area for the AGM. It was pleasing to hear some great commentary from the Board and Trust. Additionally, the new YMCA GW Constitution was adopted, which replaces the existing YMCA Wellington and YMCA Masterton Constitutions (2005) and brings the organization inline with the proposed new Societies Act. All board members were re-elected under the new Constitution.

In all, it was a great turn out, we managed to recognize the hard work of all our staff who have helped us achieve over the past year. Thank you, and we look forward to next year.

Peter Posner World YMCA President Opens Raise Up, Canons Creek

April 10th 2018

Mr. Posner has been in New Zealand touring all the different associations, meeting the teams who make us the great organisation we are and seeing firsthand the difference the YMCA has made in each community. He started in Christchurch, made his way to Nelson, Wellington and then up to Wanganui and onto Auckland.

Whilst in Wellington Mr. Posner officially opened our Raise Up programme in Canons Creek Porirua. Raise Up is our programme aimed at empowering young people to foster a sense of pride and respect for themselves and the communities in which they live in, through personal ownership and leadership development. We believe this programme is important for Cannons Creek and the community can benefit wholeheartedly from our presence and programme.

The event had a great turn out with many of the staff showing up to see the grand opening. Mr. Posner cut the ribbon and with a local journalist present declared the programme open.

After a short interview with the local press, we all packed up and headed back to our Lower Hutt office for lunch. This was a great opportunity for the team to introduce themselves, chat and for Peter to see the great work the Wellington team do. During lunch, we presented Mr. Posner a Wellington Hurricanes shirt of which we told him he must wear during the Auckland leg of his trip!

Soon after Peter was off again on a drive up to Whanganui for the next stint of his New Zealand journey. Although there was not enough time to tour peter through all our Wellington assets it was thoroughly enjoyable having him here to open our new Raise Up programme and meet the team. We look forward to next time!