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Napier City Council to continue with plans for new $41 million aquatic centre

Napier City Council to continue with plans for new $41 million aquatic centre
December 29, 2018

Napier City Council is to continue with plans to develop a new aquatic centre for Hawke’s Bay communities following a narrow pre Christmas vote on the $41 million project.

Objecting councillors, who cited lack of consultation and inaccurate information on the proposal when it was first agreed, were out-voted 6-7 in their bid to put the pool development proposal back out for public consultation.

As a result, the Council will continue with its plans to build a new aquatic facility in the suburb of Poraiti, and close the ageing Napier Aquatic Centre in Onekawa.

In June, the Council opted to develop a new facility with 25 and 20 metre pools to include 10-lanes of swimming; a beach access pool, lazy river and bomb pool; gym and wellness area and a café.

Originally costed at $37 million, the preferred option was cheaper than a plan that included a 50 metre pool and more expensive than an option to rebuild and add to the existing Napier Aquatic Centre.

One reason for not redeveloping the Onekawa facility was a high level of ground contamination and "known asbestos" in the existing pool building.

Built between the 1950s and 1990s, the Napier Aquatic Centre was described in a Council report as "ageing, inefficient and not fully fit for purpose".

The complex receives about 200,000 visitors a year and is at capacity at peak times - from after school until 7pm - meaning, according to the Council report, that there is a "significant and growing" section of the community are unable to access aquatic facilities at peak times because of a lack of available water space.

Napier City Council is also budgeting to redevelop its Aquarium.

For information on the proecjt go to

Images show artist's impressions of the new Napier Aquatic Centre. Courtesy of Napier City Council.

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