Facilities  |  28 Sep 2021

"TK" Yukate is doubly excited about the opening of Te Pou Toetoe: Linwood Pool this week.

Not only is she starting her new job as a Customer Services Shift Supervisor but as a Linwood resident herself, she’s looking forward to enjoying what the new $22 million complex has to offer.

“We don’t have many facilities in Linwood so I think it will be really good for the community.”

Te Pou Toetoe: Linwood Pool is ready and waiting for the public.

Shifting to Christchurch from Melbourne five years ago, TK had been working in hospitality to pay off her postgraduate studies.

 “I knew this pool was opening and I’ve been following the council’s job page over the past two or three years and it popped up, I applied and I got an interview. And here I am! ”

She’s one of a number of new lifeguards, swim instructors, customer services representatives, recreation tutors, group fitness and aqua fitness instructors who have been employed to work at the pool.

Training was interrupted by lockdown but since moving to Level 2 TK’s been shadowing some of her counterparts at the Tairoa: QEII and Jellie Park Recreation Centres, along with comprehensive online computer system training.

She and her partner moved to Linwood last year due to its proximity to the city and they’re looking forward to everything the complex has to offer.

“With the pools and the tennis and multi-purpose courts, community kitchen and hall, I think a lot of people will be wanting to use the facilities.

“I definitely will be coming to use the pool and will definitely be here for the classes, I’m really excited for them, and the manu pool - who doesn’t love a good splash!”

Te Pou Toetoe: Linwood Pool features a multi-use 25-metre lane pool, a deep-water manu/splash pool, a family spa pool, learn-to-swim pool, and a pool for toddlers.

It will be officially opened by Mayor Lianne Dalziel on Friday 1 October.