On Thursday 5 August Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visited YMCA’s Hotel Give to officially re-open the newly refurbished
hotel in the centre of Ōtautahi Christchurch, where 100% of the profits are reinvested back into the community.
The first hotel of its kind in Aotearoa New Zealand, Hotel Give is a unique social enterprise. All of the profits are
reinvested back into the programmes and services that the YMCA offers vulnerable members of the community. Services such
as a 24/7 youth technology centre, programmes for adults with special needs and disabilities, and rehabilitation
programmes for older adults and those suffering from illness or injury via the YMCA’s specialist fitness and wellbeing
The Prime Minister said that Hotel Give is “a facility that will be able to help sustain some of the amazing work that
the YMCA does. A true social enterprise that is providing beautiful spaces and flexibility, I absolutely believe there
is a need here and it will be in hot demand.
People feel like doing good with their money; making choices that give back to communities, whether it’s a community
they are visiting or a community that they are connected to – that’s exactly what this space will do.”
Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel spoke to the YMCA’s proud tradition of playing a key part in making the city welcoming
and relevant to young people and the opportunity ahead.
“The city is making real progress, and if there is a project which defines the word regeneration, then this is it. And
it’s only Stage 1.
Reinvesting the profits of Hotel Give in a maker-space environment that will encourage our young people to explore
possibilities that they may not have otherwise considered is a powerful message to send everyone who stays here. By
staying at the hotel, you are literally investing in the future,” said Mayor Lianne Dalziel.
YMCA CEO Josie Ogden Schroeder highlighted the socially sustainable model of the hotel. “All profits are redirected into
supporting people to meet their goals, particularly those who would otherwise not have the opportunity.”
“We see the concept of Hotel Give as abundance in action – a flagship for social enterprise and an inspiration for other
social entrepreneurs. Each person who chooses to stay with us is choosing to support better outcomes for young people
and the community through the YMCA’s services.”
Supported by the government’s COVID-19 Infrastructure Recovery Fund, the hotel refurbishment is extensive. Improvements
include the building being brought up to over 90% of the Building Code, re-plumbing, re-wiring, double glazing
throughout to improve on environmental and energy efficiencies, along with a full aesthetic makeover.
The YMCA has provided accommodation to a diverse customer group for many years with a focus on domestic travellers
coming to Otautahi Christchurch. The government funding has provided the opportunity to refurbish the accommodation and
meet the needs of this market even more, with enhanced disability access and better amenities for groups.
The YMCA now moves onto the second stage of the project, which entails the development of a new building on their site.
The new community hub will house a licensed preschool, a 200-seat black-box community theatre, health and wellbeing
spaces, education facilities for young people, dance and movement studios, and a range of support tenants including
general medical practice and physiotherapy.
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| YMCA City Site Development
The YMCA Christchurch has been allocated $43 million to undertake a major redevelopment on their central city site, with
a central goal to make a tangible difference to children, young people and their families.| YMCA Background
Since 1862, the YMCA has been benefitting the young people of Christchurch through a range of education and leadership
programmes. The YMCA has cultivated the environment and opportunities that youth need in order to learn, thrive and grow
into a generation of strong leaders. Alongside our youth focus, the YMCA takes pride in being a place of growth and
opportunity for all members of our local community, including older adults and people with disabilities.| Hotel Give Mission Statement
The YMCA’s newly refurbished accommodation offering in central Christchurch, Hotel Give is an important part of the
YMCA’s charitable success. Hotel Give is unique in that we direct our profits back into programmes and services that
help members of our community in need. Your decision to stay with us ultimately means that we are able to do what we do
best – delivering positive social outcomes for the communities of Christchurch.