Welcome to our third edition of Aroha Nui. We hope that you’re enjoying hearing the stories from the Y as much as we’re enjoying telling them.

Sometimes winter can be tough. On the flipside - my colleagues and I took a poll recently about some of our favourite things about winter. Answers included ‘a good excuse to stay home and watch movies at night’, ‘snuggly socks’, ‘more comfortable to go for a run’, and of course – ‘comfort food’. Even the mention of comfort food had people swapping favourite recipes, telling stories, and smiling – that brief time it took to focus on the positive had a visible effect.

For me, one of my favourite things is taking my younger children puddle-jumping on rainy days. It gives us all some fresh air and gets us moving. As fitness experts, we also know the positive impact that exercise can bring during the colder months, and we’ve put together some tips for you in this edition. We hope you find them helpful.

- Julian, CEO.

What's on at the Y

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Support for young people

After the COVID-19 lockdowns, 17% of young people in Aotearoa are continuing to experience isolation and prolonged loneliness (Loneliness New Zealand Charitable Trust). In light of the increased need for support, we have established new Raise Up crews in South Auckland to provide more young people with opportunities to develop, connect and grow.

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Tips to stay motivated this winter

It’s that time of year again where we start noticing a few coughs and colds going around telling us that winter is here. Casey McLain, Fitness and Recreation Operations Manager at YMCA North shares his top five tips for staying physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy this winter.

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Out of school care: Y- Bots

Term 2 has seen the pilot of the brand new Y-Bots programme introduced into after-school care at Sunnybrae Normal School and Warkworth School. Kids showed much enthusiasm and engagement being introduced to coding and robotics.

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GoldFit member turns 100

Sarah Masefield, popularly known as Topsy, says that she was always the frail one in the family while growing up, and her dad even doubted her making it till adulthood. But Topsy had other plans. She defied all odds and lived to be a centenarian. In April 2021, we had the opportunity to celebrate Topsy’s 100th birthday with our Y whānau. Here's how we celebrated.

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Showcasing young fashion talent

In 2011, Raise Up's Walk the Line (WTL) established itself as the premier opportunity for young NZ designers to showcase their talent at NZ Fashion Weekend. Each year features a different theme for the youth to express their creativity through design. In its tenth year, WTL is back with a brand new theme shaping the future of fashion.

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Two decades with the Y

Living a healthy and active lifestyle - long time member Tevita Holani has seen his fair share of gyms around Auckland but says YMCA Lagoon Pool and Leisure Centre is his favourite. Here's why.

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A YMCA Hero story

A bequest donated to YMCA North Shore and Recreation Centre by an ex-member who passed away early last year were used to re-do our stadium floors to give as many children and young people a wonderful experience.

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Tips to support kid's anxiety

Families report increased anxiety from lockdown. Kristina Ineson, Regional Manager for out of school care and recreation (OSCAR) for YMCA North, shares her top tips for supporting kid’s anxiety during tough times.

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Core value: Respect

Diversity is truly our strength - and you would vouch for this when you come into our centres. One such is Greg's 'Fit N 30' group exercise class at YMCA Lagoon Pool & Leisure Centre, a favourite among the locals.

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YMCA Games 2021

To make up for what we missed in 2020, Y Games 2021 is back with double the ZEAL! Gather your squad and come test your fitness to a whole new level. Music, spot prizes, team prizes, and food! Register now!

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Celebrating staff achievements

2020 was tough for Paul with lockdowns but also because his doctor gave him the bad news that he was borderline Diabetic Type 2 if he didn’t change his lifestyle. And change he did! Paul lost 20 Kgs in three-months!

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Young people shaping our future

The YMCA is the world's oldest youth organisation - and today more than ever, the voice of young people is valued and respected. Our new Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) invites young people to share their voice.

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