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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.

Prior consultation

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

July 2020 - Shovel-ready pool project gets $40m government funding(external link)

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.

About the redevelopment project

For the staged construction and documents