Great news as Waiau temperatures climb

An injection of good news for two Earthquake hit communities as Christmas approaches. One of two temporary swimming pools is now on route to Waiau after being shipped in to Lyttelton today.

PoolsINSchoolZ Founder Ian Calhaem, who has flown in from Auckland to assist the community to install the two pools over the Christmas period, says it's rewarding to finally be able to collect one of the pools this afternoon " many people have been involved to get the pools ready and it's great one of them is on its way to Waiau. The second one will dock on Christmas Day and be delivered to Kaikoura on the 27th."

Ian Calhaem says having Rangiora Toyota offer the use of a Hilux to tow the two tonne trailers is a huge help."

The New Zealand Community Trust have offered its support to the joint project by way of funding to cover freight, and operating and maintenance costs for the two pools.

NZCT chief executive Mike Knell says the trustees are delighted to be able to help youth and the wider community. "Within 24hrs of first hearing of the issues, and following the stringent processes required, we were able to award the $25,000 so desperately needed. To be able to respond in a collaborative way with council, Sport Tasman and others is a fantastic outcome for the region in its time of need"

Waiau School BOT member Emma Duncan, who has been working to address all the issues that come with swimming pool regulations, says more volunteers to help put the pool together on Friday morning are needed. "if people are free and willing to help, then please come on down to Waiau School from 9.30am onwards".


For further information:
Hurunui District Councillor
Julia McLean