Meet The Team

Pool Service Team

Poolside Christchurch Team - Richard

Richard Roche

Richard owns and runs Poolside Christchurch with his wife Lynda.

Read the full history of the business and Richard’s career here, including time as a ‘stay-at-home-dad’.

“We have an amazing team,” says Richard, “but it is no accident. We only employ people who aren’t afraid to be exceptional. We create the environment for that to happen.”

Adam Blissett

Adam was born and bred in the North Island of New Zealand. He and his wife moved to Christchurch in 2018 which is when he joined the Poolside team.

Adam likes spending quality time at home where enjoys the company of his expanding family and playing video games.

Adam Blissett
Alistair Wood

Alastair Wood 

Alastair is from Edinburgh, Scotland. He has worked with swimming pools and spas both here in New Zealand and throughout the UK for the past 20 years. He enjoys a lot of walking and watching rugby.

The 3 teams he follows are Edinburgh, Canterbury Crusaders and of course what he considers the top team in the world, Scotland. He also enjoys cooking and baking. 

Colin Penney

Colin joined the Poolside team in February 2021. He is a furniture maker by trade and has 25 years experience in the industry.

In his younger years Colin played premier men’s basketball and enjoyed surfing. In more recent years he has learnt to play the saxophone.

Colin Penney

Nicole Dixon

After 4 years of manufacturing spa pools and with a love of Christchurch, Nicole moved from Whangarei to Christchurch looking for a new adventure and chance to learn new skills. 

She has found exactly what she was looking for with the great team at Poolside Christchurch.  Her hobbies include video games and learning languages. 


Terry Wakefield

Originally from Timaru, Terry moved to Christchurch with his family at the start of his High School years. He has his own family now and enjoys spending his time hanging out with them and taking his daughter to all her activities. 

A real people person, Terry has spent the majority of his working career in sales and customer services roles. He loves to travel, overseas or domestically.  He has a broad sporting background including rugby, rowing and wrestling. Terry loves to keep fit and healthy. 

Terry Wakefield

Shop & Customer Service Team

Lynda Roche

Lynda runs and owns Poolside Christchurch with her husband Richard.

We share Lynda’s full career story and journey from pharmacist to Poolside Christchurch business owner here.

Poolside Christchurch Team - Lynda
Lee Houghton

Lee Houghton

Although born in Christchurch, when younger, Lee always loved to move around and has lived in different places. She lived on the West Coast, Kurow, Tekapo, Nelson, and the Far North before moving to the Arnham Land in the Northern Territory and then on to Perth.

After a stint running a back packers in Methven she ended up back in Christchurch and back at Poolside. Initially, Lee worked for Harry Sweeney at the old Riccarton Road site while in her early 20’s, then with Paul and Gael Sweeney before the business was bought by Richard and Lynda. 

Tash Hammett

Although her full name is Natasha, everyone knows her as Tash. Tash recently returned to Christchurch after a number of years away.

She loves being able to run round Hagley Park and the Port Hills again now that she is back in Christchurch. Her hobbies include cooking, singing the gambler badly and leaving parties early.

Tash Hammett
Josh Johnston

Josh Johnston

Lynda and Richard identified Josh as a potential team member when he was still a schoolboy, getting water tests for the family pool.  He is now a student at the University of Canterbury studying Engineering.  

He loves sports – mainly rugby and cricket.  One of his favourite things to do is relaxing along side his crystal clear pool.

Hear from our customers

Great personal service from a team which knows what they’re talking about.

Ross Keenan

I contacted several chemical suppliers in Canterbury (as I’m a newbie pool owner) and Lynda at Poolside came back with the most helpful reply and comprehensive information. I went in-store today and was blown away by the level of customer service. Lynda was super helpful and full of excellent tips and advice. I now feel much more confident about managing my pool, and know that I can always go and see Lynda if I get stuck. Plus, the product range was excellent and prices were good too! I won’t be going anywhere else – very impressed!!!

Tania Curtin

Great service and advice from these guys. Have had a pool for 10 years and was made aware of them a couple of years ago and the pool has never been better, regular water testing service and the correct info to fix and maintain pool water quality. I’d highly recommend them to anyone with a spa or pool. 👍


Does your pool need some love?

If your pool is looking a bit sick, or you don’t have time to keep up with the pool maintenance, we are here to help!

Award Winning Poolcare Team

Best Pool Store - Gold Award NZ 2021
Single Location Pool Store - Gold Award NZ 2021
Retail Service Technician - Gold Award NZ 2021
In-field Service Technician - Award NZ 2021
Pool & Barrier Inspector - Award NZ 2021

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