We still have some places left in the Term 1 Yoga for Youngsters class. Contact us on [email protected] for more info on how to register

Yoga is a holistic practice that addresses the body and the mind. Yoga is not only great for adults, but for children as well.
Yoga can help children to;
– manage anxiety and other challenging emotions
– practice mindfulness
– improve concentration and memory
– develop strength, coordination and flexibility
Yoga is different to other physical activities in that it is non-competitive. In this sense, yoga practice can foster self-compassion and encourage good self-esteem.
Although yoga practice is generally a gentle space for self reflection and self care, it can also be a space for having fun and not taking yourself too seriously!
Our teacher Francesca Hopkins, is very experienced with childrens yoga – she has a caring and calm manner that is helpful when dealing with different abilities and needs.
Free sports programme for preschoolers! Brought to you by the Ponsonby Community Centre and Ready, Steady Go Kids.
Register by emailing [email protected]
Designed by a paediatric physiotherapist and occupational therapist, the classes are structured to children from 2.5 years to 6 years of age. Our programme is interactive with Parent involvement.
The programme teaches children a range of additional age-appropriate skills including exploration, basic counting, Te Reo Language and colour concepts. Plus it encourages teamwork and sportsmanship, and helps to build social skills, listening skills and concentration.
Ready Steady Go Kids participants start to develop greater self confidence, enhanced self-esteem, and a real sense of achievement, all of which shape their physiological wellbeing.

7pm Monday 30th November 2020
The Glue Pot Room, Ponsonby Community Centre 20 Ponsonby Terrace
Any general business items for the agenda to be emailed to [email protected] by Friday 13th November
Board members to be re-elected at the AGM:Tricia Reade, Clive Cooper-Smith, Emma Taylor and Chris Batchelor
Board members stepping down at the AGM: Rachel Taylor and Kate Yoxall
Co-opted members to be elected at the AGM:Nick Davies, Nick Riley, Christine Sandilands and Roberta Tills
Officers to be elected at the AGM: Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary

We have created a new class to compliment our very popular Yoga for Seniors classes – Yoga for Youngsters!
These classes are for 7-12 year olds and will start on Tuesday 3rd November at 3:45pm. The classes are 1 hour long and the first class is free!
Total cost for 7 classes is $36

The Ponsonby Community Centre is a community hub based in Ponsonby, Central Auckland. The buildings are owned by Auckland Council but it is run by an independent governance board. It offers hire spaces for local organisations and individuals with an emphasis on supporting other not for profits and community groups. The centre runs its own preschool, Ponsy Kids, for children 2 -5 years. Ponsy Kids has a maximum session size of 41 children and a higher than average teacher to child ratio. The centre and preschool has 10 employees, including the Manager, 2 admin staff and 7 teachers.

As well as generating income from venue hire and the preschool, we receive operational funding from Auckland Council, under an annual agreement, and the Ministry of Education as a certified preschool.

The Community Centre has been operating for nearly 30 years and is constantly developing programming to anticipate the community’s needs. The centre runs classes and events for all ages and is involved in several partnerships and collaborations with other organisations, helping to further expand what we are able to offer our community. The centre has some exciting opportunities on the horizon, expanding our reach wider into the community in partnership with the Waitemata Local Board.

In its governance role, the PCC board has oversight of PCC’s strategic direction while ensuring the centre meets its legal and financial responsibilities. The board also works with the Community Centre Manager to set and support the centre’s priorities and policies. As an entity, the board needs to have a cumulative skill-set that serves it, in order to confidently maintain a robust coverage of its responsibilities.

The board is currently seeking to refresh its membership by including new members who ideally reflect diverse professional backgrounds. We are looking in particular, for people with experience in Human Resources (membership of HRNZ is desirable) and not for profit governance.  The second role is for one of the key Officers of the Board, the Secretary, experience is desirable but not essential. It requires some enthusiastic and committed team players who are willing to offer their skills to serve as board members, and support the Manager to meet the needs of the current community.

While the board meets monthly for around two hours to review operational performance and policies, board members can contribute in other ways through our sub committees for finance, property and HR. We anticipate a commitment of up to 5 hours per month for Board related activities (inclusive of board meetings).

To submit an expression of interest, please contact the Manager at [email protected].

More information about the Ponsonby Community Centre and Ponsy Kids activities can be viewed on its website: www.ponsonbycommunity.org.nz



We are continuing our Seniors Yoga classes during level 2 by keeping classes small – 9 attendees and 1 teacher per class. To make sure noone misses out we are holding 4 classes a week,  Mondays 1-2pm and 2 -3 pm and Wednesdays 11am – 12pm and 12pm – 1pm. If you would like to attend you must email the Manager with your preference of day and time to be added to the class list. Each class is restricted to those on the list for that class. The lists are sent out by email each friday for the following week.

The Ponsonby Community Centre is open in  a limited capacity from Monday 18th May, Venue hire groups are restricted to 10 people per group and 100 people in total within the building under Level 2. If you are visiting the centre please take note of our distancing and sign in procedures.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone!

Due to the potential risk of spreading the Covid-19 virus, the community centre office will be closed to walk in’s for the next month. We will still be available to open rooms etc if you are hiring, we are just trying to limit social, in person contact as a precaution.

We are also contactable via email and phone as always.

The Seniors Yoga Classes have been postponed for 4 weeks to ensure the safety of our most vulnerable community members.

Updates will be posted regularly.

Leys Institute Library and Gymnasium, Ponsonby

The 114-year old Auckland Council-owned Leys Institute buildings will close from 5pm, Friday 20 December until further notice.

The twin buildings are home to the Leys Institute Library and Gymnasium. A recently completed seismic assessment has found structural issues that make the buildings unsafe to occupy in the unlikely event of an earthquake.

Ponsonby Community Centre has been responsible for the management of the Leys Gymnasium for many years. We are very sad that the building needs to be closed but understand that the risk to the community is too great to continue services. Auckland Council and the Ponsonby Community Centre are working with the current hirers based at the Leys to find suitable replacement venues for their activities. If you have any queries regarding services, please refer to the service provider in the first instance as they will have the most up to date information.

The kids from our 2 weeks of art classes during the school holidays all contributed to this awesome artwork – now I need to find a good place to display it so everyone can see how talented they are!