Recreation manager has plenty on plate

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Connecting with the community is a focus for Wanaka area recreation manager Alan Wainwright.

Recently appointed to the role, Mr Wainwright will be responsible for operational management of the Wanaka Recreation Centre as well as developing sport, recreation and wellbeing programmes across the district.

‘‘Primarily, I am responsible for overseeing the programmes across the Wanaka area and the Queenstown Lakes district.’’

These include sports leagues and holiday programmes for children.

He is also responsible for management of the recreation centre.

‘‘Not so much the aquatic side but for the recreation space, so the ‘dry side’.’’

Developing more connection and collaboration with the wide range of groups that used the space was a priority.

One successful connection was with the recreation centre neighbour — primary school Te Kura O Take Karara.

‘‘It is going really well.

‘‘We are looking at how we can work more collaboratively together so the kids can make more active use of the recreation centre.

‘‘One of my priorities at the moment, while just starting in my role, is to really understand the needs of our key stakeholders and key user groups.’’

Further development and expansion of the recreation centre was in the council’s master plan document; however, that was paused at present due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

‘‘Unfortunately, Covid has put a bit of a hold on things.’’

There were anumber of possible developments but nothing confirmed as yet, Mr Wainwright said.

‘‘So that is still in the discussion phase, nothing is locked in as yet.’’

Queenstown Lakes District Council sport and recreation manager Simon Battrick said Mr Wainwright’s previous experience managing facilities and working with community groups would be a real asset.

‘‘Allan is a passionate and energetic individual who has spent more than 16 years in the sports, community and recreation sector around Auckland and Bay of Plenty.’’