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Three pools in three days for Wellington mayor

Feb 7th, 2013 | By | Category: Latest News, News

WELLINGTON City Council has invested $12million in swimming pools, and Mayor Celia Wade-Brown opened three of the new facilities last week.

A learner pool has been built in Karori and a hydrotherapy pool in Kilbirnie, and Berhampore School’s pool has been upgraded.

Ms Wade-Brown said the facilities used to be too hot for learning and too cold for older people.

“Our new and improved facilities provide health, safety and fitness benefits for Wellingtonians of all ages, as well as further opportunities for people to connect with others.”

The learner pool provides an exclusive space for people to learn out of the way of more advanced swimmers.

Ms Wade-Brown said it was very important to learn to swim.  “What happens if I fall out of my kayak or canoe?” she asked a group of learner swimmers on the opening day.

“I’m going to have to swim.”

New Zealand has an ageing population, and the Kilbirnie therapy pool will cater for  the health needs of this group.

“It is a very interesting investment strategy,” Ms Wade-Brown said.

The pool provides pain relief for people with conditions such as arthritis. It will help with rehabilitation from injury and provide a place for antenatal exercise in late pregnancy.

Berhampore School received a $55,000 grant from the council to install new pipes, filters, pumps, a heater, paint for the changing sheds and hot showers.

A further grant of $69,000 assisted with a roof for the pool.

The council’s contestable fund encourages schools to upgrade their pools and make them available to the community with learn-to-swim programmes.

Last year Khandallah School received a grant to upgrade its pool.

“The Ministry of Education doesn’t really get enough funding [for swimming facilities],” says Ms Wade-Brown.

Schools without their own pools have to transport students to swimming lessons, and this could be costly.



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