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Fol­low­ing on from the ar­ti­cle Pool So­ci­ety re­veals plan pub­lished on Septem­ber 6, we would like to clar­ify a spe­cific point for the com­mu­nity re­gard­ing ‘‘do­na­tions would be among other sources of in­come’’.

We are talk­ing about do­na­tions of time to help off­set staffing costs. If the pool is open for 95 hours per week, our es­ti­mates for life­guard and re­cep­tion­ist cov­er­age amounts to over $390,000. Find­ing ways to off­set such costs, with­out com­pro­mis­ing safety, has to be con­sid­ered. The so­ci­ety an­tic­i­pates do­na­tions of time, for ex­am­ple, by stu­dents as­sist­ing as life­guards in re­turn for free use of the pool. Of course, all life­guards would be sub­ject to nor­mal em­ploy­ment qual­i­fi­ca­tions and pro­ce­dures.

To read our pro­posal in full, see www.wai­heke­pool.co.nz.

Janet Vin­cent, trea­surer Wai­heke Com­mu­nity Pool Inc. pools, some want. ‘‘An in­door pool would be ideal, but can Wai­heke af­ford $1 mil­lion a year to run it?’’ - Wai­heke Mar­ket­place.

It’s in­ter­est­ing how some peo­ple’s en­ergy and fi­nan­cial con­cerns go out the win­dow when they see a pos­si­bil­ity of gain­ing some­thing they want for them­selves and the bur­den is not on them. Cur­rent es­ti­mated set-up cost $5.5 mil­lion.

Much has been made of a new pool, 25 me­tres long. Well, the present school pool is 25 me­tres long. I went and mea­sured it about four years ago. That day the pool was sparkling and sev­eral groups were us­ing it. I asked them how they found it. ‘‘Fan­tas­tic,’’ was the re­ply.

Bet­ter to sort out a pool with the ed­u­ca­tion re­build, even if it is sim­ply an up­grad­ing of the ex­ist­ing pool. If a com­mer­cial op­er­a­tor wants to build a pool, then sup­port them with your money.

When it comes to black and white prac­ti­cal­i­ties, Wai­heke Pool So­ci­ety’s fix­ated pro­posal is a white ele­phant: some­thing that would be a bur­den caus­ing more trou­ble than it’s worth. Ap­pre­ci­ate, main­tain and use what you’ve got. And, of course, that in­cludes the ocean.

Ross Gille­spie, Bay of Rocks. place last week over two days. De­spite en­ter­ing the process in good faith, SKP and other s274 par­ties op­pos­ing the ma­rina ap­pli­ca­tion were un­able to come to a set­tle­ment with the de­vel­oper that re­solved the con­sid­er­able is­sues sur­round­ing the cur­rent pro­posal.

This means the ap­peal against an Auck­land Coun­cil con­sent for Kennedy Point Boathar­bour Lim­ited to build the 7.3 hectare, ap­prox 200 berth ma­rina with float­ing pon­toons for cars and build­ings out over the wa­ter will be de­cided be­fore the En­vi­ron­ment Court.

It is a de­vel­op­ment that of­fers very lit­tle to the Wai­heke com­mu­nity. In­stead it threat­ens the ecol­ogy, land­scape, amenity and char­ac­ter of not just Kennedy Point but the whole of Pu­tiki Bay and Wai­heke as a whole.

SKP is now fo­cussing on en­gag­ing fur­ther ex­perts to sup­port their case.

Do­na­tions can be made to Ki­wibank SKP Inc Soc 38-9018-0812104-000.

David Baigent, chair­per­son, SKP.

‘‘Time to stick to the dogs on leads rule at the marae end of Black­pool Beach.’’ Wai­heke Mar­ket­place ‘‘Five god­wits flew in to Black­pool at mid­night on Fri­day night.’’ Ping Lee Wragge

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