Trust Aoraki wins naming rights for CBay

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Last updated 05:00 03/07/2012
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Timaru's new aquatic centre has a new name – and Prime Minister John Key slated to open it.

The naming rights for the $23.5 million complex, till now known as CBay, have been awarded to the project's largest sponsor, gaming machine trust Trust Aoraki.

It will now be known as the Caroline Bay Trust Aoraki Centre.

Timaru Mayor Janie Annear said the council decided to give naming rights to the trust in recognition of the $1.45m it has already donated or promised to the project.

Trust Aoraki chairman Quentin Hix said it had not been a difficult decision for the trust to support the centre.

"The rationale is it's a very significant project. It is an ideal thing to put our mark on.

"It will be around for a long time."

The project matched the trust's "100 per cent local for locals" philosophy and also supported excellence and participation in sport, another of the trust's goals.

Mrs Annear said Prime Minister John Key would officially open the complex on July 27.

"We are really pleased and excited that Mr Key has accepted our invitation to open Caroline Bay Trust Aoraki Centre," she said. "It is the climax of a long journey and we are sure he will be impressed with this amazing community facility which the Government has supported via Lotteries Grants to the tune of $750.000."

The complex, including the pools, gym, cafe and wellness suite, is expected to start operating from about mid-month.

Trust Aoraki's funds come from gaming machines at The Old Bank Cafe & Bar in Timaru, the Crown Hotel in Temuka, the Otematata Lakes Hotel, the Kurow Hotel, The Top Hut in Twizel and The Stadium Sports Bar and Bistro in Christchurch.

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- The Timaru Herald

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