New Funding For Waiau Pool

Waiau Pool

The Waiau Pool will soon be back up and running with funding from the Lotteries Hurunui-Kaikōura-Marlborough Earthquake Relief Fund approved for a new pool facility.

The Hurunui District Council and Waiau Pool Committee are welcoming the announcement from the Department of Internal Affairs, with the project receiving the final $942,000 needed for the rebuild to go ahead.

Council Chief Executive Officer, Hamish Dobbie, says the funding allocation was the last piece in the puzzle for the facility which was badly damaged in the November 2016 earthquake.

“The project committee has worked incredibly hard to get the funds needed to complete the reconstruction.”

“Once completed, the pool facility will be a new hub for Waiau and will provide greater opportunities for community connectedness and engagement.”

The new facility will include a main 25m pool and a smaller ‘learn to swim’ pool, both of which will be available for public use.  The pool will be owned by the council and operated by the pool committee on land leased from the Ministry of Education.

Waiau Pool Committee spokesperson, Emma Duncan, says the pool’s rebuild is an important project for Waiau, and its value to residents is demonstrated by the over $300,000 in funding raised by the community itself.

“I think as a community we can be really proud of our fundraising efforts that complement the various other funding the project has received.”

“After the earthquake took the bulk of community facilities away from Waiau residents, we are all really looking forward to seeing the pool being used again by our people.”

The project is scheduled for completion in late January 2019.