About Us

ymca est. 1844

Our mission:

We build Strong kids, Strong Families and a Strong Gisborne Community.

 

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Our Vision

We are valued by our community and work to reduce inequalities and create life-enhancing opportunities for the growth and development of all people in Body, Mind and Spirit.

YMCA Gisborne has developed and put in place a strong strategic plan to ensure that we continue to grow as a strong Organisation supporting our Community for years to come.

ymca values

The YMCA Gisborne is guided by our core values of:

Caring

Honesty

Respect

Responsibility

Open Communication

Whakawhanaungatanga

SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM

Leigh Gibson

Leigh Gibson

Chief Executive Officer

Luisa Knight

Luisa Knight

Fitness Manager

Dianah Foley

Dianah Foley

Early Childcare Manager

Barbara Tautau

Barbara Tautau

Administration Manager

Jamie Kerehana & Kiri Hawea

Jamie Kerehana & Kiri Hawea

ILN Tutors

Anne Williams

Anne Williams

Head Chef Y Kai School Lunches

Frauke

Frauke

Group Fitness Manager

Board of Directors

Naomi Whitewood

Naomi Whitewood

PRESIDENT

Amber Kairau

Amber Kairau

Board Member

Hayden Keast

Hayden Keast

Treasurer

Neil Weatherhead

Neil Weatherhead

Board Member

John O Leary

John O Leary

Board Member

Leslynn Jackson

Leslynn Jackson

Board Member

Pricila Muir

Pricila Muir

Board Member

Matt Oakley

Matt Oakley

Vice President

THE START   

The YMCA movement began during the Industrial Revolution in the mid 19th century in England, when young workers were leaving the farms and moving into the cities seeking work. 

Away from home and family, enduring miserable living conditions, these were youth at risk, so one young man, George Williams, saw the risk and formed a prayer group in 1844.

From prayer meetings and bible study groups, the YMCA developed into public lectures and education classes, providing reading rooms and refreshment areas that gave young men the opportunity to make friends and settle into urban life.

In 1894 George Williams received a knighthood from Queen Victoria and the Freedom of the City of London. 

YMCA FIT   

The American YMCA movement founded in 1851, led the way in addressing physical activities and fitness by open gyms and a wide range of activities where it went on to invent basketball in 1891 and volleyball in 1895.

The British YMCA movement began a shift towards personal health and fitness, marked with the opening of a large gym at the London Central association in 1888.

OUR HISTORY   

Gisborne YMCA was founded in Gisborne in 1880 by James Rosie.

Before leaving England James Rosie had worked for a firm of drapers called Hitchcock Williams (relations of George Williams) who had been involved in the establishment of the YMCA in London. 

The Association was formed in 1903 and incorporated in 1932.

The first Gisborne YMCA headquarters was held in a Methodist schoolroom in 1880 before relocating above Rosie Haberdashery corner of Bright St and Gladstone Road.

In late 1909 the YMCA was relocated to the Read’s Quay Hall because of overcrowding in the former space above Rosie Haberdashery, where the YMCA operated here for over 20 years.

 

During 1926 funding of $5,000.00 was raised to erect the first YMCA building in Fitzherbert Street, which is now the Lawson field Theatre and gardens.

You can see the YMCA building placed nicely on the riverfront where the YMCA continued to offer community activities until the opening of the current building on the corner of Roebuck and Childers Road in 1962.

 

In 1958 an appeal was launched for $20,000.00 to build the existing stadium on the corner of Roebuck Road and Childers Road.

 

In 1962 the Main YMCA stadium building was erected and opened on the corner of Roebuck and Childers Road

 

In November 1969 the two storey extension to the YMCA stadium was completed and opened at a cost of $90,000.00 ($32,000.00 gifted by the Williams Trust).

 

In July 2007 the Gisborne YMCA purchased from the Kaiti Hall Association the Kaiti Memorial Hall and surrounding parkland. The parkland is leased to the Gisborne District Council as a recreational reserve.

Repairs and alterations to the Kaiti Hall took place in 2008 including the installation of showers for the Y-Fitness Centre, and the development of a small childcare centre and teen parenting classroom. The directors and staff of the Gisborne YMCA sincerely thank the trustees of the Kaiti Hall Association for their commitment to ensuring that the Hall continues to be accessible to everyone in the Kaiti region, and believing that the YMCA values and objectives aligned to their trust deed.

 In January 2006 the Gisborne YMCA built the Y-Kids Community Early Childhood Centre in Roebuck Road, which still operates as an in demand community early childcare offering childcare and education for up to 50 kids daily.

 

In March 2008 building was completed on the new Y-Tamariki Bilingual Community Early Childhood Centre beside the YMCA Memorial Hall at a cost of over $1,000,000.00.

  

 

A classroom gifted by the Diocese of Hamilton from the St Mary’s school was relocated to the Kaiti land in March 2008 for the development of a playgroup and afterschool homework study programme.

 

 

 

YMCA Gisborne

Board of Directors

President

Noami Whitewood 

Treasurer

Hayden Keast

Patron

Mr Marcus Williams

Life Member

Una Gibson

Board Members

John O’Leary

Neil Weatherhead

Matt Oakley (Vice President)

Naomi Whitewood

Amber Kairau

Leslynne Jackson

Hayden Keast

Priscila Muir

 

Governing Board Members

Leigh Gibson

John Griffen

Chris Miller

Paul Norman

Janene Dixon-Smith

Mike Curtis

Peter McIntyre

De-Arne Sutherland

Governing Board Members

Peter Lamont

Matt File

James Barnes

Emma Barker Quinn

Karen Bennett

Dianah Foley

 

Did You Know?

There’s more to the Y then meets the eye! The YMCA is so much more then you may realise.

Did you know that the YMCA invented the game of Basketball?

Did you know that the YMCA established Father’s Day?

Did you know that the YMCA developed the game of Volleyball?

Did you know the YMCA supported the troops and provided nurses, shelter and activities throughout the war?

Fathers Day

It was founded in Spokane, WA, at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, whose father, William Jackson Smart, had raised six children on his own.

After hearing a sermon about Mother’s Day, Dodd told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them. Although she initially suggested June 5, her father’s birthday, the pastors did not have enough time to prepare their sermons, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June.

In 1972, President Nixon recognized Father’s Day as an official holiday. Looking for a good way to spend some quality time with your dad on Father’s Day?  Surprise him with a gym membership, personal training session or a concession card to our many group fitness classes.

Basketball

The game of basketball as it is known today was created by Dr. James Naismith in December 1891 whilst he was working for the YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts. He was encouraged by his mentor to develop a game that would keep young men engaged and active as well as condition young athletes during cold months. It consisted of peach baskets and a soccer style ball. He published 13 rules for the new game. He divided his class of eighteen into two teams of nine players each and set about to teach them the basics of his new game. The objective of the game was to throw the basketball into the fruit baskets nailed to the lower railing of the gym balcony. Every time a point was scored, the game was halted so the janitor could bring out a ladder and retrieve the ball. After a while, the bottoms of the fruit baskets were removed. The first public basketball game was played in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 11, 1892.

Volleyball

Four years after James Naismith invented basketball in Springfield in 1891, William G. Morgan, an instructor at YMCA in Holyoke, Massachusetts, wanted to create a game for older gentlemen which had less physical contact. He borrowed a tennis net, raised it 6 feet, 6 inches above the floor, and invented the game of “mintonette”, which could be played by a group of any number and involved volleying a large ball over the net. An observer wisely suggested that a better name for the new sport might be “volleyball”.

RacquetBall

Racquetball is another YMCA invented sport. Joseph Sobek a tennis, handball and squash player who worked in a rubber manufacturing factory, was dissatisfied with the options for indoor sports in Greenwich, Connecticut. He could not find squash players of his caliber and he did not care particularly for handball, so in 1950 he designed a short, stringed racquet, used a children’s toy rubber ball, and created rules for a new game using the handball courts. He called his new sport “paddle rackets”. The sport really took off in the 1970s and there are an estimated 15 million players worldwide today.[37]

ymca gisborne

YMCA Gisborne
Cnr Roebuck Road & Childers Road
Gisborne 4010
Ph: (06) 867 9259