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Napier Aquatic Centre Redevelopment


Aquatic facilities are a unique and necessary community asset. We’re currently working on an aquatic master plan and consulting with residents and ratepayers, to help us present a Detailed Business Case to Council outlining the options for the Napier Aquatic Centre’s future.


There are huge social, safety and fitness benefits from the provision of aquatic space. The Onekawa complex is a much loved Napier attraction which has already undergone a few changes over the years. But there are issues with it as it ages and right now, the bulk of the complex – the Ivan Wilson pool, learners’ pool, spas, slides and changing rooms – is temporarily closed to allow earthquake strengthening to be carried out.

Once the pools reopen, much of the pressure on pool space will be alleviated – however there is a wider and greater requirement for up-to-the minute facilities that needs to be addressed.

With more and more school pools closing across the country, Napier City Council feels there is a pressing need to finalise the Master Plan and begin its implementation.


At the current site on Onekawa Park.

Who would use it?

Swim clubs, learn to swim programmes, casual users, schools, holiday programmes, kids, mums, dads, grandparents – everybody!

How would it be funded?

There is no central government funding available for swimming pools in New Zealand. This update would be funded out of rates, and a financially sustainable model developed to meet its costs into the future.


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