Community Swimming Pool Update

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Notification of application for a Concession lease

Council has received an application to lease a section of the Scarborough Street South Recreation Reserve to the Kaikōura Community Charitable Trust in order to build and manage an aquatic centre (new community pool).

The proposal is now open for submissions. Submissions will close on Wednesday 11th March 2020 at 5.00 pm.

The application was made under section 17SC of the Conservation Act 1987. The Council controls and manages the proposed site as part of the Kaikōura Recreation Reserve, and under delegation from the Minister of Conservation can grant a concession lease under the Conservation Act 1987.

If a hearing is required, it is scheduled to occur on Tuesday 17th March at 4.00 pm.

A report to Council will then be provided with the committee’s summary of all objections and comments and recommendation for approving or declining the lease and providing for the completion and signing of a concessionary lease document, if the lease is approved.

The Council will then consider the recommendation and summary of submissions and make the final decision whether or not to proceed with the lease having regard to the statutory matters in section 17U of the Conservation Act.

Making a submission:

Submissions can be made by sending a written submission to: Kaikōura District Council, PO Box 6, Kaikōura 7340

or emailing a completed submission form to kdc@kaikō

Documents for information:

Submission form


The decision to build the new pool on Scarborough Street behind Innovative Waste was made after community consultation as part of the Annual Plan 2019/2020.  Council is separately developing plans to close and cap the landfill and redesign the neighbouring Innovative Waste resource recovery centre and landfil. The capping and redesign are expected to greatly reduce the visibility, noise and odour.

The site provides plenty of space for parking, future development and expansion, easy connections to local walking and cycling tracks and stunning views. Funding has also been secured for community BBQs, sinks, shading and seating areas, native planting and improvements to walkways and cycleways in the area.

Pool design

Good progress continues to be made on work towards building a new outdoor pool for the community by 2021. Stage two will be to convert the new pools to indoor.

Stage one (outdoor pools) is expected to cost approximately $3.8million. Around $2.6 million has been secured. Funding applications are underway for $.8million.

Detailed design is now underway and is expected to take until the end of March. Procurement is expected over June and July with a goal of starting construction by late 2020. 

The complex includes a 25 x 12m lap pool, a 6m x 10m multi-use learn to swim/hydrotherapy pool and a beach entry toddler pool as well as changing rooms, toilets, a small office and outdoor tiered seating.  

See the draft designs

Fundraising and Sponsorship

The pool team are looking to raise $350,000 in sponsorship and community fundraising. Around $80,000 of this target has already been raised.

Mark Fissenden and Mayor Craig Mackle are leading the sponsorship efforts.

Read the sponsorship document

Donations of any amount are welcome to the Kaikoura Community Charitable Trust Board Account number 03-1586-0093009-001 

Because the trust is a registered charitable trust, all donations are tax deductable. Read more about this here.  

Get involved: Check out the Kaikōura Community Pool Facebook page to stay up to date with all the fundraising events and activities, and to find out how you can get involved.  

Get in touch: 

Email Pool Project Coordinator

Email the Trust

Find out more: Head to the Swimming Pool Rebuild page to find out more and see the background documents for this project.

Recent updates: 

27 January 2020