Property Communications

For all general property enquiries please email [email protected], for specific regional property information please contact your Regional Property Coordinator,


Property Projects

Playcentre Aotearoa ask that all Centres talk to their Regional Property Coordinator at the very start of a project, when you are initially thinking about undertaking a project. This is for both Playcentre funding assisted projects and non-Playcentre funded projects. Regional Property Coordinators will then provide advice and guidance with regards to your specific playcentre building and playground. This could prevent costly mistakes!


Property Policy and Procedure Documents (and Project Application Forms)

Updated Property Policy and Procedure Documents and Project Application Forms (for Playcentre Funding Assisted and Non Funded Projects) are available on the website, These documents are available in Word and PDF formats. Please make sure you also read the Documents “notes to help you complete the forms” in order to make sure you are supplying the correct information. Please do not alter these documents. Once completed these need to be sent to your Regional Property Coordinator.


NEW Asbestos and Lead Acknowledgement

12.1.3 Asbestos and Lead Acknowledgement form has been created to provide information regarding both asbestos and lead contaminates at your Playcentre property. This form MUST be signed and submitted with each Project Application Form (Funding Assisted and Non Funded) that you complete. The relevant section on the Project Application Form should also be signed to acknowledge that you have seen, signed and submitted this form. Buildings newer than 2000 will not be required to undertake any Asbestos investigations and buildings newer than 1980 will not be required to undertake lead testing. For further information about this form and it contents and any questions about asbestos and lead please do not hesitate to contact your Regional Property Coordinator,


Hire Documents

Updated hire documents (in pdf and word formats) are available on the website, Please download these forms each time you wish to hire out the Centre. All hire forms need to be sent to your Regional Property Coordinator prior to the hire date.


Terms and Conditions for Hiring are created for Centres by the Regional Property Co-ordinators. Form 12.2.1 Hire of Playcentre Buildings informs what goes into the Terms and Conditions and must be returned to the Property Coordinator prior to hiring out the Centre. Please do not create your own Terms and Conditions.


Property FAQ

FAQ are available on the website,, these are updated as new questions are asked. The following are two questions that have come up recently.

Q: How do I measure my bark? How deep does it need to be? Do I need to turn it over?

A: Bark/woodchip softfall is the main softfall used across the country. The regulations require this to be at a depth of 300mm (200mm plus 100mm for displacement). A good way to work out the depth of the bark is to use a knitting needle with 300mm marked on it or a long screw driver. NZ5828:2015 requires all new playground equipment to have a mark on the leg of playground equipment to mark the depth of the softfall. This can be achieved with a small screw in timber or a permanent marker on metal.

In the past it used to be recommended that bark was turned regularly. This is no longer the case. All this achieves is to make the bark break down quicker. Please DO NOT turn your bark over.