Swimming Pool Project

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The Kaikōura Community Charitable Trust is leading a multi-million dollar project to build a new indoor community pool and aquatic centre on the Scarborough Street recreation reserve over the next 4 years. Stage one is to build pools similar to the existing damaged Lions pools but to modern standards. Later stages will add a building and an heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system to convert the pools into an indoor aquatic centre

Draft designs, more accurate costs and information about the exact location within the Scarborough Street (South) recreation reserve should be available by late September.

Fundraising progress

By late August over $10,000 has been raised through community fundraising events. The next fundraising event is the Kaikōura Hop over the 21st and 22nd September.

Applications have been made to the Lottery Earthquake Facility Fund for $950,000 and Lottery Community Facilities Fund for $300,000. Results of the applications will be known later this year.

Two applications have also been made to the Tourism Infrastructure fund. One for coin operated BBQs, seating and picnic areas and planting around the new pool. The other for funding to demolish the existing pool and conduct a feasibility study on alternative uses for the site. Read more about these applications on page 80 of the August Council agenda 

"Anyone willing to help can get in touch through our Kaikōura Community Pool Facebook page you can also contribute at any time to the Give a little page or show your support at any of the upcoming fundraising events” said Trustee and Fundraising Team lead Toni Batey. 

To keep the project on track for a new indoor pool by 2023 our community still needs to raise a significant amount by June 2020. If the money takes longer to raise, the project will be delayed. 


The preferred location for the new pool is the Scarborough St (South) recreation reserve located behind Innovative Waste. The site allows for plenty of room for parking and  new projects such as sports or cultural spaces to be added in the future.   

The Trust confirmed their preference for Scarborough street (South) in early June. The Council confirmed their approval of the site as part of the adoption of the 2018/19 annual plan.

See a map of the site

The project team

The Kaikoura Community Charitable Trust has been established. Trustees are; Mayor Winston Gray, Mark Fissenden, John Diver, John Wyatt, Toni Batey, Rosie Clemett and Craig Mackle. 

The Trust is now applying for incorporation as a charitable trust board to help ensure it is able to fundraise effectively.

Read the Trust Deed here  

Council and the Trust have worked together to develop an agreement outlining how they will work together. This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will help Council and the Trust work successfully together.

Read the MOU here

The project is being coordinated by Emma Duncan who can be contacted on Pool@kaikoura.govt.nz 

Want to get in touch?

Contact the Pool Project Coordinator by emailing Pool@kaikoura.govt.nz.

Contact Trustee and Councillor 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.


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4 September 2020