Chch pools reopen
Cantabrians can enjoy a Christchurch landmark for the first time since the February 2011 earthquake.
The New Brighton whale paddling pool was officially reopened by Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker today.
To mark the occasion, the New Brighton community market in the pedestrian mall was renamed Whale of a Time and had whale paraphernalia for sale.
Face painting, the Carrot and Pickle Clown Show and some water-inspired games kept the children busy on the foreshore.
Parker said the reopening of the pool was a small but significant step in the city's recovery.
"The whale pool has always been a popular spot for Christchurch families during summer and many residents have fond memories of their children splashing around in the pool during the warmer weather."
Three other paddling pools also reopened this weekend - the Botanic Gardens pool, Abberley Park pool in St Albans and Woodham Park pool in Linwood.
Also today, the Jellie Park 50-metre outdoor pool and the Halswell Aquatic Centre reopened. They will be followed by Templeton Pool on Monday.