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Labour candidates commit to “more exciting” school holidays in Wellington

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As the July school holidays finish, the Labour candidates for the Wellington City Council are pledging to make school holidays in Wellington in the future more exciting for residents and visitors by introducing a coordinated programme of events and activities for children and young people.

Wharangi Onslow-Western Ward candidate Rebecca Matthews says that parents and kids know Wellington can do better during the school holidays.

“So many Wellingtonians have said that Wellington in the school holidays can be a bit dire. We will ensure that relevant Council-owned amenities focus on delivering programmes to give kids great memories of school holidays in our city,” Rebecca says.

“Our family loves spending time in our home city during the holidays and there is are some great things to keep us occupied, but there’s only so many times a young family can do the same activities.

“I’m looking forward to helping to make Wellington an excellent place for kids and families all year round, especially during the wild winter school holidays.”

Paekawakawa Southern Ward Councillor Fleur Fitzsimons says that Wellington should join other councils in taking an active role to improve school holidays.

“In the winter holidays in Christchurch, the Council runs KidsFest and the whole city gets in behind it with a series of activities and events including a Lego show, glitter lip gloss classes, clock-making, crafts, and so much more,” Fleur says.

“In Hamilton, kids are free at the Aranui and Ruakuri Caves and Carterton runs a free day time school holiday programme. I know from talking to a wide range of parents in Wellington that there will be strong support for our Council following those examples.”

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester says that this is an opportunity to work with the private sector to deliver better school holidays.

“People in the hospitality industry have already indicated a willingness to consider tailored family menus and themes in cafes and restaurants. There is so much potential for the film industry and the arts and creative sectors to develop more initiatives for young people in the school holidays, too,” Justin says.

“This is an obvious opportunity for Council to work with our local businesses and organisations to make holidays better for kids and support our local economy at the same time.

‘Plus, I’m looking forward to hearing from the children and young people themselves. We’ll be canvasing students in schools across Wellington to get their ideas about what would make the school holidays even more exciting.”

The range of initiatives, which will be developed through the election campaign and beyond, include:

• Partnering with Council-controlled organisations to develop an appropriate programme of activities for families during the school holidays. This would include the Zoo, Zealandia, the Cable Car and the Museums Trust.
• A scavenger hunt on the Wellington Waterfront where kids find clues to solve a puzzle at the Wellington Museums, Capital E, Te Papa, City Gallery, the Cable car and Space Place.
• The swimming pools providing a new set of initiatives including age-appropriate inflatable fun, diving lessons, water-polo lessons and themed pool parties for holiday programmes.
• The extension of Beyond the Page – the successful Wellington City Libraries school holiday initiative to include each set of school holidays and more book challenges, reading programme and themed events around much-loved books.
• Kids themed exhibitions at Museums, Art Galleries, and in the Convention Centre exhibition space.
• Free sports taster sessions at recreation centres on indoor sports including newly developing sports sessions like handball, floorball and futsal.
• Competitions for the best school holiday snaps enjoying the wild Wellington outdoors.

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  1. Andrew, 22. July 2019, 12:55

    Awesome. Why now? Two of the three have been at the table for a while now. Does anyone remember the playground with vertical slide, mirror maze, cargo netting etc at Capital E (the one that has been closed for years)? My kids would love that.

  2. Tony Jansen, 22. July 2019, 13:30

    Any opportunity for the Mayor to “partner with private enterprise” should worry us all…..

  3. Traveller, 22. July 2019, 14:17

    The Mayor wants kids to be taken out for more meals in cafes and restaurants – how many families can afford this as a holiday activity? More free activities would be good. But not more activities that families have to pay for.

  4. Ms Green, 22. July 2019, 14:47

    A very good holiday idea would be to open the Wellington Central Library again! Lots and lots and lots of school holiday programme potential there – heaps! Sure beats a one off treasure hunt on the Waterfront.

  5. greenwelly, 22. July 2019, 16:24

    How about just committing to reopening the Central Library as soon as possible. Christchurch’s wonderful new library is such a reminder of how much Wellington has lost.

  6. Andrew, 22. July 2019, 17:14

    Tony, perhaps the Mayor and his Labour kin should propose to rename Civic Square to ‘PPP Square’. I still question releasing this right after the holidays have ended… Hopeless.

  7. michael, 22. July 2019, 17:27

    There is no reason why the library couldn’t be reopened reasonably quickly and cost effectively according to a top Wellington structure engineer, but it appears the council does not have the will to do this.
    See this link from another posting showing how the library could be be relatively easily reopened.

  8. Diane Calvert, 22. July 2019, 19:45

    The Council already offers subsidised council holiday programmes. Govt also subsidises holiday programme costs, many of which utilise council facilities ie SpacePlaceNZ. [via twitter]

  9. Mike Anderson, 23. July 2019, 6:33

    Why do ratepayers have to pay for kids’ entertainment?

  10. Mathew Biars, 23. July 2019, 7:57

    School holiday entertainment is not your job, role or function.

  11. Alf the Aspirational Apteryx, 23. July 2019, 13:51

    Perhaps the Labour Mayor and Councillors could start a Young Pioneers movement, in keeping with the spirit of the times?