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About us 

Youth Hub Christchurch aims to be the turning point in the lives of young people aged 10-25. The Hub will be the first of its kind in New Zealand and will be based in the heart of central Christchurch. It will act as a communal place of growth and wellbeing and will give opportunities to those who need a chance to prove themselves as contributing citizens of our city and country.


The Hub will connect socially supportive organisations under one roof to deliver a holistic one-stop model of wrap-around services including mental health, medical, education, employment and training, transitional housing, recreation, creativity, and social entrepreneurship.


Importantly, it will do this in a youth-centric and accessible environment where young people feel accepted and supported as they develop into adults with respect to their ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation and gender.


The plans for the Youth Hub closely align with transitioning young people out of state care, fulfilling the goals of the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy and improving youth mental health outcomes.


From a people and economic viewpoint, we believe Youth Hub Christchurch is an investment worth making. We hope you agree!

Chair of the Youth Hub Trust Dame Sue Bagshaw with school students at the construction site.

The need

It’s been a tough few years for Christchurch’s young people with the earthquakes, mosque shootings and COVID-19 pandemic.

New Zealand’s largest survey of young people, Youth-19, found that one in five high school students could not see a health professional when needed and that depression and suicide ideation had increased. The report recommended improvement priorities, including ‘one-stop-shops’ for rangatahi, where they can access healthcare and other services. It also found that services available are not currently fit for purpose for young people – particularly for rainbow, Māori, Pasifika, and male youth.


The most recent set of youth health statistics also show a deterioration in the mental health and wellbeing of our young people aged 15-24, including:

The Youth Hub Trust

The Trust was formed in 2017 to design, build and run the Youth Hub. The Trust also has a Youth Advisory Board who are helping to develop the Hub. 


To enable all young people in Ōtautahi the opportunity to lead healthy, safe and valued lives, fulfilling their potential and vibrantly contributing to their community.


The Youth Hub creates a safe haven for young people needing support between 10 and 25 years of age. It is a collaboration of co-located services that gives opportunity for young people to grow in an environment of encouragement and positive social engagement. The village of wellbeing-focused services are supported to ensure best evidence-based practice, sharing a core commitment to Mana Taiohi principles of youth development and honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi. In partnership with the Youth Hub Trust, relationships are fostered by manaakitaka, open communication, honesty and ethically sharing information in the best interests of the young people.


E tū kahikatea
Hei whakapae ururoa
Awhi mai awhi atu
Tātou tātou e

Stand like the kahikatea
To brave the storms
Embrace and receive
We are one together

Values of the Trust include:

  • Ensuring that the Principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi are used as a founding document

  • Encouraging young people to be partners in leadership

  • Engaging young people with warmth, acceptance and respect

  • Focussing on young peoples’ abilities, strengths and aspirations

  • Believing positive growth is possible by emphasising transformational values personally, socially and environmentally

  • Positive Youth Development: the role of each member of staff of each organisation is to support young people in their development according to their training and skills (reference PYDA)

  • Manaakitanga will ensure that visitors and hosts are treated with kindness, generosity, support, and respect

  • Whanaungatanga fosters and enhances the building of respectful, strengths-based relationships

  • Kotahitanga translates to unity, togetherness, solidarity, and collective action

  • Oritetanga: Equity for all young people

  • Kaitiakitanga: Sustainability, recycling, eco-friendly

  •  Mana Motuhake: Being able to act with independence and autonomy - being ourselves in our places

  • Ture Wairua: Being able to exercise spirituality and faith.

Our supporters

Youth Hub Ambassador Jane Watson
"The Hub will give our young people a place to belong and a place where they can meet others and feel safe. It will offer many opportunities for them to grow and develop real life skills or just be a place to hang out with new friends."

Jane Watson, NZ Netballer and Youth Hub Ambassador. 

Project timeline


Christchurch's first Youth One Stop Shop opens. 


Christchurch earthquakes.


The Youth Hub on Barbadoes Street opens with 17 organisations sharing five wooden houses. 


The search for a permanent home for the Youth Hub begins. 


The Youth Hub Trust is formed and pre-design work begins. 


Anglican Care purchases 109 Salisbury Street in the central city for the Youth Hub.

March 2019

Christchurch mosque shootings.


Youth Hub buildings and facilities designed in consultation with young people, neighbours and partnering organisations. 

Feb 2020

Resource Consent application submitted to the Christchurch City Council.

March-June 2020 

Covid-19 lockdowns.

July 2020

Youth Hub receives COVID-19 'shovel-ready' funding to build Stage One (supported housing wing and wraparound services block).

Nov 2020

Resource consent approved and then appealed.

June 2021

Resource consent agreement reached.

July 2021

Youth Hub receives additional government funding to help meet construction inflation costs.

Late 2022

Construction starts.

May 2023

Rātā Foundation gives $500,000 towards Stage One construction.

June 2023

Wayne Francis Charitable Trust gives $1 million towards Stage One construction. 

Late 2024

Stage One of Youth Hub expected to be completed and opened in stages from late 2024.


The remainder of the Youth Hub will be built when funding allows.

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