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Christchurch City Council Media Release Monday 12 October 1998

 New creche facilities at Pioneer Stadium open this week

The opening, this week, of new creche facilities at Pioneer Stadium marks a milestone in the development project on the Pioneer Stadium site which will result in the completion of an aqua-leisure complex next April.

The previous creche facilities could accommodate 24 children but with a maximum stay of two hours because of the lack of an outdoor area.

The new creche provides indoor and outdoor facilities for children aged 0-5 years old.


“It is an exciting time for us, moving into a brand new space and being able to offer the increased services which are being asked for. The operating hours of 9.30 - 11.30am have been extended to 8.45am - 1pm. We are now catering for 26 children which will be extended to 36 when the aqua-leisure complex is finished,” says Sally Latham, Community Adviser, Chrisctchurch City Council.

The original creche, established some 15 years ago, was a partnership between the parents using the stadium and stadium management. It relied on parents providing rostered supervision in an indoor area. Sally advises,


“Up to the end of term 3, two weeks ago, we required the assistance of one parent helper to supplement our staffing - now it’s great if parents want to help but with an additional staff member we are no longer reliant on that.” contd.


The aqua-leisure centre will include a five lane 25 metre training pool, swirl pool, sauna and steam rooms and a 312 square metre leisure pool which will feature the first wave pool for Christchurch, various water features such a rain-drop unit, continuous lazy river channel and bubble pool. Also included in the project are a weight gymnasium and an aerobics gymnasium.


Photo Opportunity: The children in the new facilities
Pioneer Stadium Creche
Pioneer Stadium
Lyttleton Street

Tuesday 13 October 1998 at 11am

(for further information regarding the photo opportunity contact:

Kay Carston
Communication Coordinator
Christchurch City Council
Ph: 941 6416)

For further information contact: Sally Latham (regarding the Creche)

Community Adviser
Christchurch City Council

Ph 941 8883

Mark Noonan (regarding the development project)
Project Coordinator
Christchurch City Council

Ph 941 8719

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