Israel and Daisy Dagg invest in Christchurch daycare centre

Israel Dagg and his wife Daisy earlier this year before the birth of their son, Arlo.

Israel Dagg and his wife Daisy earlier this year before the birth of their son, Arlo.

All Blacks star Israel Dagg and wife Daisy's young son will have plenty of friends to play with at the new childcare centre his parents now co-own in central Christchurch.

The couple invested in the Christchurch branch of Co Kids, which already operates daycares in Wellington and Auckland, after Daisy Dagg worked with the company to develop their sugar-free menu for its North Island Centres.

She would be offering nutritional advice and be involved in the meal planning, which would be prepared by an on-site chef at the Moorehouse Ave branch.

Daisy and Amber Vito, wife of former All Black Victor Vito, co-authored cookbook Kai For Kids and are healthy eating advocates.

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The Daggs, who became parents to their first child, son Arlo, in April, are investors in the daycare centre which opened in the garden city on Thursday.

The centre has room for 75 children in two age-specific areas and promotes "unique play areas with natural textures and a peaceful environment designed to support and facilitate children's learning and development" on its website.

A group of Wellington dads founded Co Kids, formerly known as i-Kids, in 2005. The company once had another Christchurch centre but had to move out of the city after its building was badly damaged in the February 2011 earthquake and its insurance company went into liquidation.

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