A View from the Top: Manager's perspectives on family leisure in New Zealand
Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies
Faculty of Business and Law
School of Marketing, Tourism and Leisure
Studies of family leisure in contemporary society are now a significant area of research and enquiry. This paper is based on the third stage of a research project which is being conducted on family leisure. The aim was to investigate the extent to which leisure facilities in Christchurch, New Zealand, could be considered ‘family-friendly’, and to determine how leisure facility managers in Christchurch plan, provide, and manage opportunities for family leisure. This involved interviews with 12 leisure facility managers who were recruited from a number of leisure facilities in Christchurch. The findings are presented according to several key themes that emerged from the data, including philosophy of provision; facility design; engaging with users; meeting needs; and facilitating family leisure. In the final section of this paper, a number of practical suggestions to enhance family leisure provision in Christchurch are suggested.