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With so much going on at YMCA there is lot's to talk about. Whether its our youth, staff or the people who use us we're sure you'll be impressed.

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Teen volunteer prepares to pay it forward

When 17-year-old Fangapulotu Pau’u joined YMCA’s youth development programme – Raise Up – she never imagined the experience would lead her to a major award.

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Holiday programmes a hit with working families

Summer. It’s the season of fun in the sun and holidays at the beach. But for working families, summer can also be a long slog spent juggling work and looking after the kids. Community recently caught up with Celeste and Emma, two mothers who work full-time, to discuss the challenges, and how YMCA holiday programmes and camps are helping them survive the summer

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Steve And Emily

When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.

Back in May, Steve had come from a depressing doctor’s visit and knew he needed to do something. He needed to look for a gym to help with his frustrating knee pain and to better manage his diabetes. Steve walked into the YMCA, little did he realise that a Jumpstart class was about to start.

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YMCA receives three honours at NZ Exercise Industry Awards

For the third year running YMCA has won the Community Excellence Award at the annual NZ Exercise Industry Awards. 

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Seniors’ flash mob sidesteps the effects of ageing

There’s no outstepping this flash mob of 45 seniors who stormed Wynyard Quarter on Saturday 25 November with spontaneous dance routines that prove age is no barrier to a bit of fun and exercise. 

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​Seniors’ flash mob sidesteps the effects of ageing

There’s no outstepping this flash mob of 45 seniors set to storm Wynyard Quarter on Saturday 25 November with spontaneous dance routines that prove age is no barrier to a bit of fun and exercise.

The 45 tail-shaking oldies are all part of an exercise group at their local YMCA. The oldest flash mob participant is 82, and the average age of the group is 70. For two months they’ve been rehearsing their routines for Shakira’s “Wherever, Whenever” and crowd favourite “YMCA” by the Village People in preparation for their flash mob this Saturday.  

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Nina Member Story

Meet the mum breaking records

Nina is a busy working mum of 2 girls, she has been swimming with the Cameron pool Tri Squad on a Tuesday and Thursday morning with Coach Carmel for the last 4 years.

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My journey with Jumpstart

My journey with Jumpstart began about 18 months ago. I read an article in the Waikato Times about the programme offered through YMCA Hamilton. I thought it might be a good idea to see what was entailed in the programme and made a call. 

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Finding time for whānau at Family Camp

Work. Finances. Chores. School routines. With the pressures of daily life it’s little wonder so many Kiwi families struggle to spend quality time together, and the numbers prove it.

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Breaking down barriers to healthy living opportunities

For eight years, Niloufer Sultana has faced a number of health challenges, including being diagnosed as pre-diabetic, and suffering from a stroke and three heart attacks. By 2016 Niloufer knew it was time for a lifestyle change. Upon joining the YMCA, she felt she had finally found a place where she was welcome and comfortable enough to work on her health.

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Local cultural festival honoured with national award

YMCA and the Albert-Eden Local Board have received a national Outstanding Event Award from the New Zealand Recreation Association for the annual Albert-Eden Schools Cultural Festival. 

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Finding support through Jumpstart

Rose Murphy has been a YMCA member for three years and, in that time, has come a long way from where she started. When Rose joined the gym she weighed 183 kilograms and relied on crutches to be mobile. She made herself a promise that she would never again reach this number, and with determination and support from the YMCA, she gradually lost over 50 kilograms.

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