Successful first day for reopened children's home

  • 11/10/2015
John Key opened officially reopened the home on Friday. (Photo: Simon Wong/ 3 News)
John Key opened officially reopened the home on Friday. (Photo: Simon Wong/ 3 News)

An iconic children's centre in Christchurch has held a successful open day after being reopened by Prime Minister John Key.

The Cholmondeley Children's Centre overlooking Governors Bay provided respite care to 25,000 children since it opened in 1925 but was demolished after the 2011 earthquake.

On Friday, Mr Key officially opened a $6.5m replacement.

National MP Nuk Korako, who spent time at the home as a child and later sat on its board, was also there.

Yesterday, the new facilities were opened to the public for the first time.

"Over 300 members of the community: supporters, donors, neighbours, friends, colleagues, former staff and children of Cholmondeley, have spent the day with us viewing the new building, and enjoying fun activities in the sunshine," the charity posted on its Facebook page.

"It's been a privilege to hear the stories of so many who have been touched in some way by the work Cholmondeley has done over the last 90 years."

The new facility was funded using $2.5m of insurance money, with the remaining $4m coming from the community through Cholmondeley's Back on the Map capital fundraising campaign.

Major contributors were The Lion Foundation, Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust, and New Zealand Community Trust, who together contributed over $1m to the rebuild.

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