New heat pump for pop­u­lar pool

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The Kawakawa pool will soon be up and run­ning again, after a cash in­jec­tion of $60,000 to re­place a bro­ken heat pump.

The Far North Dis­trict Coun­cil and Kawakawa Busi­ness and Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion will stump up the funds at Te Pa­pawai Bay of Is­lands Com­mu­nity Pool.

The heat pump stopped work­ing sev­eral weeks ago at the fa­cil­ity, which is the dis­trict’s only coun­cil-operated public heated pool.

This has seen many reg­u­lar pool users stop us­ing it.

The busi­ness as­so­ci­a­tion will con­trib­ute $5000, an­other $5000 will come from the may­oral fund and the coun­cil will pay the bal­ance. Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Shaun Clarke says find­ing a so­lu­tion was not straight­for­ward be­cause the pool is owned by Bay of Is­lands Col­lege, while the land is owned by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion. Nei­ther or­gan­i­sa­tion had funds for a new heat pump.

‘‘Even though the coun­cil does not own the pool, we know how im­por­tant this fa­cil­ity is to Kawakawa and the wider com­mu­nity with peo­ple from Mo­erewa, Opua, Pai­hia and even fur­ther afield reg­u­larly us­ing it.

‘‘I want to thank all stake­hold­ers who worked with coun­cil to help us keep this pop­u­lar fa­cil­ity open.’’

The new pump should be in­stalled in about a month.

The Kawakawa pool is pop­u­lar among res­i­dents.

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