Work starts on CHB pool project


Um­brel­las and wet weather gear were nec­es­sary at­tire at a bless­ing cer­e­mony held last week to mark a ma­jor mile­stone in the re­de­vel­op­ment of the Waipawa and Districts Cen­ten­nial Me­mo­rial Pool.

But it's hoped that swimwear will again be the manda­tory dress code when the pool hosts its next ma­jor gath­er­ing come sum­mer.

“Thank you so much for com­ing out in the rain. The next time we are here, every­one will be in their togs,” CHB mayor Alex Walker as­sured the crowd on a cold and rainy day at Thurs­day's bless­ing, held to mark the start of the project to re­open the pool be­fore Christ­mas.

Used by more than 6000 peo­ple dur­ing a busy year, the 33m long pool did not open last sum­mer after the dis­cov­ery of cracks and other sig­nif­i­cant age-re­lated de­fects in the con­crete and plas­ter work of the pool, which opened in 1962.

A pool-side pub­lic meet­ing was held last Novem­ber to in­form res­i­dents of the bad news, but after strong feed­back from the com­mu­nity, CHB District coun­cil com­mit­ted $650,000 in its long term plan to­wards the first stage of a $1.185m re­de­vel­op­ment of the pool.

“We have spo­ken with the com­mu­nity, we have lis­tened to the com­mu­nity and now less than one year later, we start­ing on re­ju­ve­nat­ing this fa­cil­ity for CHB,” said the mayor after Rev­erend John Flavell blessed the site in front of district coun­cil­lors, mem­bers of the Com­mu­nity Project Ref­er­ence Group, Waipawa School pupils and sup­port­ers.

Stage one will in­volve in­stal­la­tion of a new 25m $100,000 pool im­ported from Italy, a chil­dren's play pool, and a new retic­u­la­tion and treat­ment sys­tem so the pool can re­open in time for the 2018 sum­mer sea­son.

Stage two in­cludes a new wa­ter play park and de­vel­op­ment of the sur­round­ing Madge Hunter Park.

But $550,000 still needs to be raised by the com­mu­nity, spear­headed by the Project Ref­er­ence Group with sup­port from coun­cil, to com­plete stage one and pre­pare the project for stage two.

The NZ Com­mu­nity Trust has al­ready granted $120,000 to­wards the re­de­vel­op­ment, and Project Ref­er­ence Group chair­man Bruce Stephen­son was con­fi­dent the com­mu­nity would come to­gether to raise the re­main­ing funds.

“The Waipawa and Districts Pool has been a place of fam­ily fun for gen­er­a­tions of fam­i­lies in Cen­tral Hawke's Bay. It is now time for the com­mu­nity to rally be­hind and fi­nan­cially sup­port the project in what­ever way they can, to en­sure this im­por­tant com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity is avail­able for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions,” he said.

Waipawa School am­bas­sadors Ella Mal­colm and Tom Burne pre­sented Mr Stephen­son and Mayor Walker with a cheque for $3000 to of­fi­cially launch the com­mu­nity fundrais­ing.

Bruce Stephen­son also used the oc­ca­sion to launch a pub­lic fundrais­ing cam­paign. `Drops' can be pur­chased for $250, with op­tions for busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions to pur­chase larger drops, while nam­ing rights for the swim­ming lanes at the pool are for sale for $10,000.

There is also an up­com­ing fundrais­ing quiz night for the pool at Skinny Mul­li­gans in Waipawa on Septem­ber 12.

Peo­ple can do­nate or pur­chase a drop at the any district coun­cil ser­vice cen­tre or li­brary.

■ For more in­for­ma­tion visit or con­tact fund­ing co­or­di­na­tor Pip Burne on 0274 438 144.


The crowd at at Thurs­day’s bless­ing cer­e­mony, held to mark the start of a re­de­vel­op­ment project which is ex­pected to re­open CHB’s only outdoor pool in Waipawa in time for Christ­mas.

Waipawa School am­bas­sadors Tom Burne and Ella Mal­colm pre­sented mayor Alex Walker and Bruce Stephen­son with a cheque for $3000 to launch the com­mu­nity fundrais­ing ef­fort.

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