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Waipawa and District Centennial Memorial Baths



  • Outdoor non heated 33m pool with non-functional paddling pool opened in 1962.
  • Owned by CHBDC, Operated by Higgins Contractors (part sub contracted to Aqua Management Ltd).
  • On average the total annual cost to run the pool is approximately - $71,000 per year. This is made up of $50,000 maintenance and operational costs, and $20,000 Renewal costs.
  • There is an additional renewal budget of $60,000 for the current financial year on the expectation that the pool would need to be repainted.
  • Number of swimmers on a warm year is 6,650.
  • The pool plays an important social benefit to the community.

Current Situation

  • Council were getting the pool ready to open for the 2017/2018 summer
  • Council had also done some work on ideas for future development on the site.
  • A contractor was engaged for the pool to be re-painted with a new product that gave a 4 year warranty on the job.
  • While removing the old paint back to bare concrete in preparation for painting, the contractor has discovered significant age related defects and cracks in the concrete and plaster work that were covered by the old paint work.
  • The cost of this work to fix these defects is approximately $60,000 - $80,000.00.

What do we need to do to fix this?

  • Significant work is required in plastering on the pool walls, floor and joints. This item is not budgeted and has a cost estimate of $60,000 - $80,000.00. Due to the poor state of the concrete the contractor is not able to provide a warranty on this work.
  • The preparation and painting of the pool is largely budgeted for and is a cost of $80,000.00. This is $20,000.00 more expensive than previous paint jobs, but comes with a 4 year warranty and is a new paint product that is highly recommended.  
  • An additional $100,000 in extra expenditure requires approval. This covers both the painting, plastering and concrete work.
  • Council has been aware for some time that the filter could break at any time. In the current Long Term Plan 2015-2025 it outlines that if the filter breaks there is no budget to replace this and it is the expectation that the community would replace it. We know that the filter is undersized and is an aging pool filter system; it no longer meets the required NZ Standards. The filter would cost approximately $250,000 to replace.

Options for Council to consider

  1. Approve the additional budget of $100,000 and contingency funding of $250,000 for filter.
  2. Approve the additional budget of $100,000 and take risk that filter will break
  3. Do not approve the additional budget

Once a funding decision has been made an operational decision will need to be made regarding the summer opening of the Waipawa and District Centennial Memorial Baths.  

If we don’t open for 2017/2018 summer what other options could Council do?  

-          Transport options

-          Explore options for Waipawa School pool

-          Waipawa Fun Day

-          Consultation as part as the Long Term Plan 2018-2028 on proposed development options.

When will the decision be made? And how can I have my say?

A report will go to the 30 November Finance and Planning Committee meeting to consider whether additional budget will be granted. Email us your feedback to

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