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!

Check our Whats On pages for the Arts 4 us drop-in art fun in the first week of the October School holidays.

We are also collaborating with Patisserie Chef Tenille Baker, to deliver some delicious kids baking classes in September and October – Check them out on our Whats On page but to register please go to

Details also under Events on our Facebook Page 


Ponsonby Community Centre’s former Chair John Hill, received a special award last night at the Waitemata Good Citizens awards – Long Service to the Community. Congratulations John – well deserved recognition and thank you for all you did for the Community Centre!

St Stephen’s in Ponsonby finds itself in a very mixed socio-economic demographic. One way they thought to help connect these distinct communities, in a non-threatening way, was to set up a community pantry. A community pantry is a self-sustained food and sanitary items bank where anyone in the community may contribute and anyone in the community may benefit. Take what you need, and share what you can is the ethos of a community pantry.

St Stephen’s hopes that this venture helps those who are vulnerable by offering both food and sanitary items. A no obligation way to give back to the community and help out those who lack resources.

Dance Movement Therapy group sessions for Adults with Special Needs (including Autism, Cerebal Palsy, Downs syndrome, cognitive delays, other disabilities).

Participate in a fun and therapeutic dance movement group which will foster social connections and self expression through creative and expressive dance movement activities. Entry via koha donation.
For more information