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Brightwater School gets swimming pool upgrade with the help of the TogetherNES™ programme

12 September, 2008

Brightwater School in Nelson and its neighbouring community are set to mark the official opening of their upgraded swimming pool facilities on Friday 12 September. Funding for the project was made available through the NESCAFÉ TogetherNES™ programme, along with the support of parents, the school board, The Pinegrove Trust, Canterbury Community Trust and the New Zealand Community Trust.

The TogetherNES™ programme is providing funding for community initiatives across New Zealand from a total pool of $100,000 during 2008. Nestlé is thrilled to contribute funding to the Brightwater School and wider community, which has enjoyed the swimming pool since 1953.

The Brightwater neighbourhood have long been able to enjoy the pool under a well organised system during the summer, with local families and parents of the school taking responsibility for the organisation, supervision and ongoing cleaning. After 55 years, it was definitely time for an upgrade. This maintenance project has incorporated the building of new changing rooms, a new solar powered heating system and new shade area.

Glenda Earle, Acting Principal at Brightwater School, is thrilled the project is near completion and is looking forward to celebrating with everyone involved.

“This project has been assisted with funding from several charitable trusts, community organisations and of course Nestlé through their NESCAFÉ TogetherNES™ initiative, and would not have been possible without their support. My thanks is extended to all those involved.

“The swimming pool provides a wonderful opportunity for families to enjoy time together and to meet each other over the summer months,” said Glenda.

To mark the opening, Brightwater School is holding a special water-themed assembly and tree planting ceremony, followed by a celebratory afternoon tea to conclude the official opening event.

NESCAFÉ TogetherNES™ was launched by Nestlé and Neighbourhood Support in May this year to help build better connections between neighbourhoods and communities. The NESCAFÉ TogetherNES™ programme invites people to submit local projects, both big and small, for funding. Projects will be funded across the country throughout the year, in both rural and urban areas.

The 2008 State of our Neighbourhoods research undertaken by Colmar Brunton in April this year showed eight percent of us have no contact with our neighbours, and 47 percent have only occasional neighbour contact. However, the good news is that 72 percent of us would like to get to know our neighbours better.

National Manager of Neighbourhood Support Roger Eynon says it’s great to see the funded projects coming to life.

“Neighbours need help to break down the barriers, and getting communities involved in projects such as this is a great way to encourage a more unified neighbourhood. I hope the lucky recipients of the TogetherNES™ funding will continue to meet, interact and get to know each other better. The end result will hopefully be a safer, more friendly and connected neighbourhood,” says Roger.

Visit to get more information on upcoming events as they are added. There’s still time to apply for funding if you have a positive project that will help build a more connected community in your neighbourhood. Applications close on 30th September, 2008.

Other confirmed events include:

Riverton ‘Pot Luck’ Party – Riverton, September 14
‘Saturday Sizzler’ – Wellington, September 20
Friendly Neighbours Street Party – Henderson, Auckland, in September
Woodhill ‘Wake Up’ – Auckland, September 27
‘French Café’ Street Party – Hamilton, September 28


Media are invited to the Brightwater School Swimming Pool upgrade celebration on Friday 12 September from 2pm – 3pm where photo opportunities are available.

Released by Katherine Litten, Network PR, Contact Katherine on 09 306 5811, 021 246 8100,

Research reference:

Colmar Brunton, ‘State of our Neighbourhoods’ Research, for Neighbourhood Support and Nestlé, April 2008. Conducted online in March/April 2008, with 654 adult respondents across New Zealand.

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