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!