Community Pool Upgrade - Send us your thoughts

Swimming Pool

Council is partnering with the community to work towards a new indoor pool. Council will donate the land, $1 million in capital funding and contribute up to $250k per year to the operating costs. 

A community Charitable Trust is being formed to lead this project and the fundraising. There are three pool site options with different costs. All options rely heavily on fundraising to get our community the pool it wants. 

For all options, stage one is to build an outdoor pool similar to the existing pool but to modern standards. Stage two is the addition of a building and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system to convert the pool into an indoor pool.


Find out more and have your say by picking up a copy of the draft Annual Plan from the Library or Council reception or download one from Council's website here.

Have your say by making a submission by Sunday 2nd June.


Latest update

To help current staff manage high workloads while effectively supporting this key project, Council have employed Emma Duncan in a part-time fixed term project coordination and support role. Emma has recently project managed the Waiau Community Pool build and has the strategic and detailed expertise needed to assist the Trust in submitting a successful application to DIA by October 2019.

Emma will provide the following general co-ordination services as Community Pool Project Co-ordinator during the contract period: -

  • Supporting the working group/trust with administration, logistics, secretariat and treasurer functions as agreed between the Working Group Chair and Council Chief Executive Officer
  • Coordinating meetings and minute taking
  • Coordinating the development of any and all project related documentation including a fundraising strategy, funding agreements and letters of support, Council reports, Memoranda of Understanding, resource and building consents
  • Facilitating the relationship between the Council, Working Group and incoming Trust to achieve project objectives as outlined in the draft six- month plan.


As well as this, a new draft Trust deed has been developed, expressions of interest for Trust membership have been received and working group member Toni Batey has begun developing a fundraising strategy. Council staff would like to recognise the efforts of Toni in this area.


Want to get in touch?

You can contact Emma by emailing

You can also get in touch with Working Group Chair Craig Mackle.  

Want to 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.  

Want to find out more?

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

23 May 2019