Swimming Pool Rebuild
The existing swimming pool in Kaikōura on the Esplanade was closed in 2016 after it was damaged by the earthquake. Since then, Council has provided funding support for a temporary ‘pop-up’ pool.
Council staff, the Sport and Recreation Recovery Leadership Team (SRRLT) and members of the community have worked hard over the last two years to investigate pool options for the community. Reports were presented at the December 2018 Council meeting where Council decided against an interim repair for the existing pool. A working group will be established to further investigate all future pool options. Work will start in early January 2019.
Council decisions on a community swimming pool (December 2018)
The pool was a key focus of the December 19th Council meeting. Council heard from a number of community representatives and the SRRLT and spent a significant amount of time considering a report from Council staff about the way forward. Council acknowledged the work undertaken by SRRLT to date on this project and thanked Sport Tasman (Nigel Muir), Mark Fissenden, Kim Boyce-Campbell and Winston Gray for their efforts in preparing their proposal for an indoor pool facility. Council also acknowledged the work undertaken by John Diver and his team to date on this project and thanked them for their efforts in preparing their proposal.
Council decided not to repair the existing pool as an interim solution, instead they agreed the following way forward:
1. A working group will be formed to:
- Review all the information gathered to date on pool options
- Identify and assess any other options
- Verify both capital and opex costs for all options
- Form a view on the realisation of community fundraising and on realistic targets and timeframes for this.
2. Appoint the following people to the working group:
- Councillor as Chair (Craig Mackle)
- A financial expert with experience in assessments of similar projects including funding options (in consultation with the CEO)
- A member of the community
- A member of the Rūnanga.
3. Invite the members of the SRRLT to be part of this working group.
4. Request that the working group report back to Council by 31 March 2019.
The existing pool site will sit unused until at least April 2019. This gives the Working Group and Council time to decide what the long term solution for a pool and for the existing site are. Because any decisions about the pool are likely to significantly affect the future of our community and have a cost to our ratepayers, options around the pool must be included as part of the Annual Plan consultation 2019-2020.
Council also agreed that the Working Group will be able to invite additional members as required/needed.
The Working Group will get underway early in 2019 including a call for expressions of interest for a community representative.
Read the supporting documents here:
Local swimming facilities
- 'Pools in Schools' temporary pool: 10mx4m
- Available for public use, during the summer
(mid-October to the end of March)
- Heated to 26⁰ and covered by a marquee
- Location: on the Kaikōura Primary School netball courts
(enter off the Esplanade)
- Contact: Sport Tasman Kaikōura
Kaikōura Primary School
- Kaikōura Primary School pool: 11x5m
- Covered and heated
- Contact: Kaikōura Primary School - 03 319 5440
- Dusky Lodge pool
- 67 Beach Rd
- Outdoor and heated
- Available to non-guests $5 per swim
- Contact: Dusky Lodge - 03 319 5959
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Following the earthquake, community consultation as part of developing the 'Reimagine Kaikōura' Recovery Plan in early 2017 showed a strong desire for a new pool and community hub. No cost estimates were available at this time.
With Council endorsement, the Kaikōura Sport and Recreation Recovery Leadership Team commissioned an independent pool feasibility study and provided the report to Council in late 2017. Council is working closely with the team to develop all the recent pool-related work into a final pool feasibility study. We are all committed to developing designs and to consulting with the community to find a long-term answer.
Depending on the final design and location, a new pool may cost between $6 million and $14 million. Further feasibility, planning and consultation work is expected to take between 3 and 5 years. Significant fundraising and external funding would be needed before any construction could start.
Once built, the cost of running and maintaining a new pool is estimated to be around $260,000 per year. This would need to be met by ratepayers and users through both ticket sales and future rates rises.
In the meantime, we are committed to making sure the community has access to a pool.
Council has committed a total of $700,000 towards pool related work over the next three years.
Council are committed to working with the community and key stakeholders to find the best long term solution for a community pool. Between now and December a Council project manager will work with the Kaikōura Sports and Recreational Recovery Leadership Team to confirm a site for a new pool and develop more detailed cost information. We’ll keep the pop-up pool going while we gather the information we need.
Despite lots of feedback on the pool from the 3 year Plan 2018-2021, Council did not feel it had the technical and financial information it needs to make an informed decision on plans for a new pool. The decision has been deferred until December 2018 and the pop-up pool will continue to operate in the meantime.
Each stage of this project will be reviewed and the next step will not proceed unless it has all the right support and planning in place and full funding has been secured for the next stage.
Council are deferring any decisions on the pool until December this year and have committed $700,000 over the next three years to work towards a new pool.
Council did not feel they had the technical and financial information needed to make an informed decision on the plans for a new pool - this doesn't mean that work towards a new pool has halted.
We are committed to working with the community and key stakeholders to find the best long-term solution, but need your input to know what you would like to see in terms of affordability, location and design.
The pop-up pool will continue to operate while Council staff and the Sport and Recreation Leadership Team work hard to gather all the right information to present to Council in December, so that they can make the best decision going forward.
By filling out the current pool consultation survey, you are helping us build a big picture view, that will help Council make a decision based on what you, the community, would like to see happen in the pool space.
Consultation runs until 15 August and you can complete the survey online, by hardcopy at the Library or in person at the pool caraven (dates and times below). Speak up and have your say - help us provide Council with the information they need to make an informed decision in December!
Kaikōura’s Sport and Recreation Recovery Leadership Team (SRRLT) and Kaikōura District Council conducted consultation around design, location and affordability of a new pool.
The existing community pool was damaged in the 2016 earthquake, since then the community has been making do with a pop-up pool funded by Council. Community consultation following the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake showed a strong desire for a new community pool. Since then, SRRLT have worked to develop ideas for a new pool site, design and funding.
Mayor Winston Gray says, “As part of its Three Year Plan Council committed to making a final decision on a permanent pool solution in December 2018. This consultation will give our community a say in that decision. I encourage everyone to complete a survey and let the SRRLT and Council know what you value most in a community pool, what you’re prepared to pay for it and where you’d like it to be built. We want to make a decision that best represents what the community wants and to do that we need to hear directly from the people who will be paying for and using the new pool.”
“It’s really important that the community is engaged every step of the way and I want to thank the SRRLT for the amount of effort they have put into this great piece of work. It is a real credit to their passion and dedication to sport and recreation in Kaikōura – we are lucky to have so many people like them in the community,” Gray said.
Sport and Recreation Recovery Leadership Team Chairman Mark Fissenden said, “Kaikōura has wanted a new pool for some time and this consultation will bring us one step closer to making that happen. I firmly believe that we can make a new pool happen and that it would bring benefits to Kaikōura’s community wellbeing, sport and tourism sectors. Right now, our pool facilities just aren’t up to scratch –a new pool would benefit everyone from our youth learning to swim, to our elderly who would have a heated indoor year round pool to use for fitness and fun.”
Community consultation happened from 1 July to 15 August 2018.
20 December 2018