A View from the Top: Managers Perspectives on Family Leisure in New Zealand

Document Type

Journal Article


Taylor and Francis


Faculty of Business and Law


School of Marketing, Tourism and Leisure




This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in Annals of Leisure Research in 2010 and online in September 2011 (copyright Taylor and Francis). Available online as: Lamb, D. (2011). A view from the top: managers perspectives on family leisure in New Zealand. Annals of Leisure Research, 13(3), 439-458. Original article available here


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.