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Summer Pool Season Gets Green Light - from 8 January 2022
Wednesday 1 December 2021
While the region is at orange under the new COVID protection framework, the South Taranaki District Council’s (STDC) free community summer pools have been given the green light to open.
A relieved STDC Recreation and Facilities manager, Phil Waite, says the district’s six free community pools in Manaia, Kaponga, Eltham, Rawhitiroa, Pātea and Waverley will open to the public from Saturday 8 January.
“We normally open these pools in mid-December, but with the uncertainty surrounding the new traffic light system, we didn't think we'd be able to open the pools at all this summer. Thankfully yesterday we received further guidance from the government that gave us the ‘all clear’ to open. Now that we know we can open, we need four weeks to fill the pools, get the circulation and filtration systems operating and employ enough staff to lifeguard the pools.”
Mr Waite says Council will consider keeping the pools open a bit longer to account for the delayed start but that will depend on whether enough lifeguards can be found as many tend to be students who return to university in February.
From Friday 3 December 2021, the Hāwera Aquatic Centre (which has only been operating lane swimming), will again be able to cater for recreational swimming.
Under the traffic light system all Council public facilities will remain open to all visitors with the usual physical distancing, capacity limits, mask wearing and contact tracing procedures in place.
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South Taranaki District Council provides quality, safe and affordable fun for the whole family through providing the Hāwera Aquatic Centre and six free community summer pools throughout the district.
We’re proud to provide our community and visitors with a range of aquatic services – whether you’re a serious competitive swimmer, looking for a way to entertain the kids, you need to cool down in the hot summer months or striving to achieve some personal health and well-being goals.
We are dedicated to promoting health, recreation and rehabilitation through swimming and water activities.
Community Summer Pools
Council is proud to provide towns around the district with community pools, free of charge, that open during the summer months (from early December - Taranaki Anniversary at the beginning of March).
Hāwera Aquatic Centre
Find out more about what the Hāwera Aquatic Centre can offer you and your family.