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Council green lights new aquatic facility

Published: 16 April 2019


NCC has approved the scope for tender for Napier’s new aquatic facility, to be constructed on the corner of Tamatea Drive and Prebensen Drive.

The resolution was voted 7/6 in favour of proceeding.

The tender for construction of the landmark Napier development will be advertised in mid-May, and it is anticipated Council will consider the award of the tender in July. Construction is expected to begin in late 2019 with an opening date in very early 2022.

“This decision marks the beginning of an exciting development for Napier City and all users of aquatic facilities in the region,” says NCC Chief Executive Wayne Jack.

“This has been one of our priorities for Napier for years. The journey started back in 2014 in response to community demand.

NCC's Wayne Jack: “This decision marks the beginning of an exciting development for Napier City and all users of aquatic facilities in the region. This has been one of our priorities for Napier for years."

“The new aquatic facility will ensure that Napier’s sport development, leisure and play, water confidence and health and fitness services will be balanced. The design is future-proof. The site allows for future expansion, whether that’s due to increased user demand, population growth, or a change in community requirements,” says Mr Jack.

The new complex, which will be accessed from Tamatea Drive, will have a 25-metre lap pool with room to expand to 50 metres in the future if necessary.  It will also have a dedicated learn to swim pool, a hydrotherapy pool, play pool, two hydroslides, gymnasium, spin room, café, birthday party room, outdoor playground and outdoor water play area.

Users will benefit from the hydrotherapy pool, an option not currently provided for at the existing Onekawa Aquatic Centre, more space in the learn to swim and spa pools and an extra four lanes in the lap pool.

Napier City Council is working closely with groups and clubs who will be using the facility to ensure their needs are addressed in the detailed design work.

Further information, including artist impression images can be viewed at

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