Social and Recreation

5.1 Recreation promotion and support

Ngā rauhanga hapori

We provide a wide variety of community facilities throughout the city to encourage quality of life and healthy lifestyles

What we do

Swimming pools

Sportsfields

Synthetic sportsfields

Recreation centres

Recreation partnerships

Recreation programmes

Playgrounds

Marinas

Golf course

Our recreation and support activities contribute towards us beingTop

People-centred – Access to recreation opportunities is important for people’s health and wellbeing. Our recreation facilities provide a wide range of health and wellbeing benefits to the people who use them.

Connected – Recreation and sport activities also bring people together, strengthening social cohesion, and by offering a wide range of facilities, the city becomes a more appealing place for people to live.

The team at ASB Sports Centre have continued to build partnerships with sports governing bodies, regional sports organisations and local clubs in order to increase the opportunities for local people to participate in a wide range of sports and activities.

Key projectsTop

During the year:

We received Kiwisport funding to deliver Ki-o-rahi programmes to 2000 school children in the city. In addition to this we have received funding for three years from Sport New Zealand to further develop the sport of Ki-o-rahi within the city.

What it costsTop

Operating Expenditure ($000) Actual
2013
Budget
2013
Variance
2013
Actual
2012
5.1.1 Swimming Pools1        
Expenditure 18,866 18,562 (304) 18,095
Revenue (6,827) (7,704) (877) (6,481)
Net Expenditure 12,039 10,858 (1,181) 11,614
5.1.2 Sportsfields        
Expenditure 3,447 3,429 (18) 3,581
Revenue (288) (342) (54) (320)
Net Expenditure 3,159 3,087 (72) 3,261
5.1.3 Sportsfields (Synthetic)        
Expenditure 1,028 1,094 66 1,171
Revenue (389) (393) (4) (338)
Net Expenditure 639 701 62 833
5.1.4 Recreation Centres2        
Expenditure 9,436 9,475 39 8,196
Revenue (2,512) (2,654) (142) (1,723)
Net Expenditure 6,924 6,821 (103) 6,473
5.1.5 Recreation Partnerships        
Expenditure 766 850 84 645
Revenue
Net Expenditure 766 850 84 645
5.1.6 Playgrounds        
Expenditure 773 805 32 742
Revenue
Net Expenditure 773 805 32 742
5.1.7 Marinas        
Expenditure 534 572 38 485
Revenue (578) (556) 22 (585)
Net Expenditure (44) 16 60 (100)
5.1.8 Golf Course        
Expenditure 178 156 (22)
Revenue (51) (61) (10)
Net Expenditure 127 95 (32)
5.1.9 Recreation Programmes3        
Expenditure 622 891 269 907
Revenue (201) (175) 26 (178)
Net Expenditure 421 716 295 729
Capital Expenditure ($000) Actual
2013
Budget
2013
Variance
2013
Actual
2012
5.1.1 Swimming Pools4        
Expenditure 4,054 3,807 (247) 4,417
Unspent portion of budget to be carried forward N/A 6,272   N/A
5.1.2 Sportsfields        
Expenditure 1,375 1,379 4 609
Unspent portion of budget to be carried forward N/A 34   N/A
5.1.3 Sportsfields (Synthetic)        
Expenditure 38 38 1,074
Unspent portion of budget to be carried forward N/A 12   N/A
5.1.4 Recreation Centres        
Expenditure 188 60 (128) 5,766
Unspent portion of budget to be carried forward N/A 32   N/A
5.1.5 Recreation Partnerships        
Expenditure 265 263 (2) 232
Unspent portion of budget to be carried forward N/A   N/A
5.1.6 Playgrounds        
Expenditure 269 270 1 725
Unspent portion of budget to be carried forward N/A 72   N/A
5.1.7 Marinas        
Expenditure 96 95 (1) 348
Unspent portion of budget to be carried forward N/A 7   N/A
  1. Over budget due to the Tawa Pool closure running longer than planned. Revenue is also behind target in the fitness centres.
  2. Operating revenue is under budget at the ASB Sports Centre.
  3. Under budget due to lower labour costs.
  4. Delays have been experienced with the Keith Spry Pool redevelopment. Construction has now begun – this significant upgrade is expected to be completed in the 2014/15 financial year.

How we performedTop

We provide a wide range of facilities that offer access to sports and recreation opportunities for residents. We assess our performance by measuring use of, and user satisfaction with, recreation services, facilities and recreation programmes.

To understand the standard of the services we provide; and the value the public see in them

User’s (%) satisfaction with recreation services and facilities

User’s (%) satisfaction with recreation services and facilities.

Source: WCC Residents’ Monitoring Survey 2013

Residents (%) who agree that Council recreation services and facilities provide good value for money

Result: 61% (target: 80%; 2011/12: 77%; 2010/11: 79%).

We are undertaking customer service surveys with the users of recreation facilities to identify where improvements can be made.

Source: WCC Residents’ Monitoring Survey 2013

To understand the reach and utilisation of the services we provide

Visits to Council swimming pools

Visits to Wellington City Council swimming pools.

Source: Recreation Wellington

Attendance is down due to the prolonged closure of Tawa Pool (from October 2011–November 2012) the expected extra attendance at Keith Spry to cover Tawa closure did not occur. Added to this was the delay in opening the Karori Teaching Pool which was budgeted to have been operating from the beginning of the year but only opened in January 2013.

Visits to Council recreation centres

Visits to Wellington City Council recreation centres.

Source: Recreation Wellington

Note: the 2011/12 figures include the ASB Centre which opened that year – from 2012/13 onwards they are reported on separately.

ASB Centre courts % utilisation – peak and off-peak

Result: Peak = 41% (target 51%) Off-peak = 28% (target 25%).

Utilisation of courts at ASB Sports Centre is lower than target due to shorter competition seasons being operated by sports organisations than was anticipated in our Annual Plan.

Source: ASB Centre

Visits to the ASB Centre – peak and off-peak

Result: Peak = 324,694 (target 392,730) Off-peak = 199,201 (target 116,730).

Overall, attendance at ASB Sports Centre has exceeded target.

Source: ASB Centre

Sportsfields - % of scheduled sports games and training that take place

Result: Winter = 84% (target: 80%) Summer = 94% (target: 90%)

Source: WCC Parks and Gardens

Marina berths and boatsheds occupancy

Marina’s berths and boatsheds occupancy.

Source: WCC Parks and Gardens

Artificial sportsfields % utilisation – peak and off-peak (summer and winter)

Result: Winter peak = 79% (target 80%) Off-peak = 19% (target 15%)

Summer peak = 39% (target 60%) Off-peak = 13% (target 10%)

Summer peak usage of artificial pitches is down as we continue to work with regional sporting organisations/clubs and community groups during the peak holiday season. We are still working with summer sporting codes to make the transition from grass to artificial fields.

Source: WCC Parks and Gardens

College artificial sportsfields % utilisation for Council hours (summer and winter)

Result: Winter = 79% (target 80%) Summer = 36% (target 60%)

Summer peak usage of artificial pitches is down as we continue to work with regional sporting organisations/clubs and community groups during the peak holiday season. We are still working with summer sporting codes to make the transition from grass to artificial fields.

Source: WCC Parks and Gardens