$1m donation for Kaiapoi swimmers

12:13 am on 29 June 2012

Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust will donate more than one-million dollars towards the repair the earthquake damaged Kaiapoi Aquatic Centre.

Dost of repairing the centre is expected to be almost $5 million and additional funding will be covered by insurance and the Waimakariri District Council.

Prime Minister John Key made the funding announcement this morning in Kaiapoi.

Mr Key says the earthquakes have created a shortage of pool spaces in the Canterbury region, so the funding decision is a big boost to the community groups.

Christchurch's Earthquake Appeal was launched by Mr Key and is the Government's official, global fundraiser for the recovery effort for Christchurch and the Canterbury region.

The project is expected to be completed within 12 to 14 months.