About the upgrade
A major redevelopment of the Olympic Pool complex has been included in our Long Term Plan (LTP) since 2006.
The project scope has varied over time, scheduled as 100% externally grant funded until 2018.
Pre-2018–2028 LTP and formal 2018–2028 LTP consultation and decision.
4 high level concept design options were developed and made available for widespread public feedback throughout the 2017 pre-LTP consultation.
A phased (indoor then outdoor) ‘concept option 3’ was selected as Council's preferred option for the 2018–2028 formal LTP consultation (Report 18-008 [PDF, 11 MB]).
This option had strong support from the Project Steering Group, the Project Reference Group and community feedback throughout pre-LTP consultation. Rationale included the multi-use benefits, large programmable water area, and the retention of a 50m pool.
The redevelopment project received significant feedback through Council’s 2017/18 formal LTP consultation ‘What’s the Future Tairāwhiti' (Report 18-338 [PDF, 5.5 MB]).
3 options were presented to our community as part of Council’s ‘What’s the Future’ LTP consultation campaign:‘Council Preferred - fit for purpose facility’ (Concept Option 3).
Media releases and reports
August 2020 - Pool redevelopment a long time coming(external link)
About the pool complex
The Olympic Pool is a popular facility built in 1974.
It was originally designed as an outdoor facility used during the summer season and shut over winter. Three pools were originally constructed, with the hydro-slide, barbecue areas and hydrotherapy pool added. The tent-like cover was constructed in 1995. The pool infrastructure has been upgraded over the years including a filtration upgrade in 2015.
Why an upgrade to the complex is needed
The facility is showing its age, a number of issues need to be resolved such as:
• growing list of major maintenance issues - refurbishing the hydro-slide, resurfacing/re-tiling pools and refreshing 50m pool roof.
• demand exists for services that the current complex does not provide such as a dedicated learn to swim area.
• configuration of the complex is not ideal. Key facilities such as the changing rooms are substandard and have poor quality access to the pool, especially over winter months.