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Aquatic Strategy

The draft Napier Aquatics Strategy was released in early 2015 and one of the ways the Council asked people to comment on it was through Talk to Us.

Changing demand for aquatic facilities, sustainability and what improvements could be made to existing facilities were just some of the reasons the Council wanted people to comment on the way Napier’s public pools, rivers and beaches should be managed over the next 30 years.

Below are some of the ideas you submitted via Talk to Us.

27 comments

Have a read through the comments we have recieved so far, if you agree/disagree with some of them simply select the agree/disagree link to show your support.

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Drains criss-crossing the City are underutilised. Medium-long term strategy should attempt to enhance them to be more attractive places for kayaking, paddling and general enjoyment - think Avon in Chch. Harakeke enhancement is a great example of what can be done.
Rob - 02/03/2015 @ 11:34am
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Besides the outdoor and all the pools being closed from 3-7pm, can there be a recreational area outside eg, playground or something, because its still summer, the outdoor facility should be closed later on weekdays and open at 3-4pm and on weekends open from 9am till usual.
lee - 27/02/2015 @ 8:25pm
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Stunned that a public swimming pool is closed between 3-7. All this talk about children not getting enough exercise yet you expect them to go down after 7pm on a week night to swim?? Have separate pools for the swimming lessons, what do we pay our rates for, to use a pool from 7-9pm at night??
Nicky - 27/02/2015 @ 12:31pm
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I agree with Kori. Napier Aquatic Centre is the ideal place to have expansion of the pool situation. We desperately need more pool space so that the public has more access to the facility. We have the room and the infrastructure so why not build on it. I understand the need for lessons to be held between 3 - 7 but if we had another pool it would be able to be used separately. Also if it could be outdoor, and 50 metres, also maybe a lazy river or wave pool. The ideas are endless. It is in a central location close to most suburbs with easy access and parking.
Greg - 25/02/2015 @ 5:05pm
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Request earlier opening (5am) during the weekdays and 8am W/e. Reasoning: Lanes can get quite busy at 6am especially Tuesdays and Thursdays. Saturday's are busy with commitment to other sport. 11am opening too late. No access in afternoon 3-7pm is poor use of time for adults. We need a serious discount for paying in advance, or weekly amount, cf to Wanganui where you have 7 day access for $12 per week. Versus $4 per day in Napier. I meet 8 people who come M-F every week would be 7 days if pool were open - NCC SHOULD track age dynamic in early mornings.
Cat - 25/02/2015 @ 11:50am
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My kids both swim at Greendale and both have been Taradale Primary pupils. The pool is run predominantly by volunteers that do an awesome job but the facility is ageing and could do with a much needed upgrade - so great to see that Greendale has been included in the plan. The pool is used by Learn to Swim, Competitive Swimmers, Masters, Student Fitness, schools, Senior Citizens, rehab swimmers, Canoe Clubs and more so an upgrade would be of huge benefit. It would be great to see NCC support Greendale pool.
Tracy - 18/02/2015 @ 11:03am
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I currently work in the Aquatic industry, and I cannot stress how important it is for our current facilities to be more accessible to all members of our community. In particular the Greendale Pool. This is a fantastic resource to the local community. However this pool is in desperate need of an upgrade, and it would be great to see the support of the NCC to continue its services for many years to come. It is imperative that we provide as many opportunities as possible particularly to school aged children, to easily access facilities where they can learn a wide range of aquatic skills.
Derryn - 17/02/2015 @ 11:47am
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Napier aquatic centre is a valuable facility for Napier residents and it needs more pools to cater for the public for after school time. We are all for the swimming lessons as this is a huge integral part for our local kids but would be great if we can have pool spare for playing with our kids after school. Some more outside facilities like a leisure pool, heated of course and maybe a lazy river or a wave pool. We need this in our city. By the way, napier aquatic centre is really awesome for our kids and we love going there. It is really affordable and you can spend all day there!
Tracey - 15/02/2015 @ 9:16pm
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Can you please make pools more accessible for people in wheelchairs by installing a hoist, or something for the disabled to be lowered into the water with, who cannot walk or step into a pool? That would be awesome. I used to take my nephew to the aquatic centre in hastings when he was younger as he was only young and small. Now he is 12 and a lot heavier to cart in and out of. And there's no way I can put him in.
Reremoana - 13/02/2015 @ 7:12pm
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Please can we have an outside pool at the Onekawa Aquatic Centre complex like we used to have, it is sorely needed to take pressure off the old pool which should be more available to people needing to exercise. Suggest: A wave pool, a lazy river, food facility, much more shade and open much later esp. in the summer. Upgrade Greendale pool as well. Swimming skills have declined over recent years (refer all the drownings recently) as the rising costs have become a barrier. We need to encourage physical activity at affordable prices for families, pensioners and low income folks.
jo - 13/02/2015 @ 6:40pm
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What about a lane/tidal pool built into either limestone area at Hardinge Road or at the southern end of Westshore beach where there is a small tidal pool already. These are popular swim spots in Australia and could work here. Wetsuited ocean swimmers could use the pools nearly all year round as conditions would be consistent unlike in open ocean and Pandora Pond.
Nick - 13/02/2015 @ 5:48pm
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I think no. 1 priority is to revamp the toilets at Pandora Pond and Hardinge Road. With all the events that take place at Pandora Pond, also the optimist yachting daily, there are not enough toilets for everyone. There are no handbasins and soap available for users, the showers outside are pathetic. Come on NCC spend some money on what the people want!
Karen - 13/02/2015 @ 2:15pm
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i would like the ablution block upgraded at Pandora. A lot of people swim in the pond and lots of people from out of town and the facilities are awful. I would like more early morning lane swimming options at Onekawa and on Sunday early at Ocean Spa. And much cheaper for a lap swim at Ocean Spa. Puts a lot of people off
Helen - 13/02/2015 @ 1:02pm
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I would like to see a reduction in the cost of swimming at Ocean Spa. I mainly swim in the sea along Hardinge Road but in the winter a cheap outdoor pool is needed.
chris - 13/02/2015 @ 10:51am
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RE: Westshore Beach - Suggest replacing the shingle bank with a continous embankment of Limestone rocks similar to Hardinge Rd (but higher). Build steps into it in front of every car park so the beach can still be safely accessed, yet more safe from storm surges. The limestones will gradually turn the shore sand golden, too!
Alton - 13/02/2015 @ 9:17am
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Greendale swimming pool caters to all ages, from learn to swim, masters swimming, age group, water confidence and schools, student fitness classes and many other community groups like canoe polo! All run by fantastic volunteers! The complex need of an upgrade so it can continue to offer these great services to the Taradale, Napier, Tamatea and wider Napier community! Although it is always great to have additional swimming facilities it is also very important to maintain the facilities that we already have and keep them to a good standard for all the families that use them.
Carmel - 12/02/2015 @ 9:34pm
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I am an ex parent of Taradale School and I have been a long time supporter of the Greendale Pool Complex. The club and pool is run by 95% volunteers and serves a fantastic range of society. I am a school teacher who is well aware of how many children cannot swim or lack confidence in the water. I feel that an upgrade of this facility in the Taradale/Greenmeadows area would serve all of Napier as it provides an alternative to the very busy and often inaccessible Onekawa complex. The pool is aging and would continue to serve the Napier city well in the future.
Louise - 12/02/2015 @ 9:27pm
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The idea of assisting in upgrade of Greendale is a great one. Greendale is well used by Learn to Swim, Competitive Swimmers, Masters, Student Fitness, 9 schools, Senior Citz groups, rehab swimmers, Canoe Clubs. Onekawa is good base facility but very hard to get public swimming time around schools and Aquahawks. Would be fantastic to see things such as wave pool, lazy river etc somewhere too. Most cities have these now. Greendale a fab facility which needs upgrade but so important to our community. All run by hard working volunteers.
Paula - 12/02/2015 @ 2:33pm
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My children swim at Greendale Pool, This is a fantastic facility offering so much for the whole community. So many different groups are catered for at Greendale from the young to the aged and it is all run by volunteers. It would be great to see the Greendale Swim Club Pool complex upgraded. This would benefit a huge amount of people, including the local schools learn to swim programs which with the current drowning rate is so important.
Vickie - 12/02/2015 @ 10:37am
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i would like to see the Napier Aquatic centre become the main aquatic hub for Hawkes Bay. Redeveloping a outside area for leisure swimming and a new dive well. All other major pools in similar parts of the country have these so why don't we? I think they need another pool built to cater for the whole of Napier. It is really busy inside on the weekends and why not have a outside pool when we average the hottest temperatures in summer? Also a food facility would be good to stop us from having to leave and return numerous times a day in order to get food.
Kori - 11/02/2015 @ 8:58pm
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Promote health with more dedicated adult lane pools. For workers Onekawa Aquatic is available only after 7pm or 8pm and shallow pool for therapy exercise closed due to birthday parties much of the weekend. Leave the old pool for the oldies! We need low impact facilities. Ocean Spa does not have enough lanes and even dedicated swim lanes are a hazard with kids bombing on you!!!
Nick - 11/02/2015 @ 4:52pm
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I would like to see some more redevelopment of the Napier Aquatic Centre. Whilst changes to the outside are great I do not think it goes far enough. If you compare our 'public pool' to others around the country we are lagging behind. Think wave pool, lazy river, outside pool. The council needs to look at what is offered elsewhere to get some new ideas for this public amenity. It is also very stuffy inside the building so I think that needs to be looked at as well as the times the public are not allowed to use the pool due to swimming lessons taking place.
Laura - 11/02/2015 @ 11:19am
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I am a once a week swimmer in Ocean Spa [ would like to go more often but too expensive ] and I would like to see an extension of the lap pool as more and more are training for long distance swimming and there is hardly space for that. Maybe on one of the reserves? Also a toddles pool in Westshore, you know like sprinklers, fountains etc because there is hardly any beach anymore at Westshore so not really safe for little kids anymore, enough space on the reserve and a free BBQ area next to the newly added on picnic tables...well done.
Anita - 06/02/2015 @ 8:50am
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We built an awesome complex on the marine parade......swim for health my dr tells me osteoarthritis I have in my knees love swimming. one big problem no way I can get into the lap pool as there is no way I can get out......onekawa pool well that has a ladder but very hard to strike a time when kids training , etc other groups using it and the last time I swam at onekawa it was filthy. Im not the only disabled person that would love to swim at ocean spa in the meantime no swimming for me
jan - 05/02/2015 @ 6:05pm
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Hold farmers really accountable to STOP our river pollution. Deal with the business anywhere near Pandora Pond, hold them accountable & tighten their restrictions so to protect our waterways/sea. Protect our future water & do NOT allow Fracking - be truly awful to have to import water. Protect our beaches more effectively with lots more bins that are both human friendly and seagull proof. Realise that long term need is WAY more crucial then ANY now benefits. Protect with Penalties
Jaqi - 04/02/2015 @ 8:26pm
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I would love to see something done with Westshore Beach. At the moment it's awful with with the large stoney embankment, not great for visitors. It would be great to see sand. I would like to see Ocean Spa have reduced prices for residents as it is so expensive. We don't bother going there at all due to the extremely high prices!!
Nicola - 04/02/2015 @ 5:57pm
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Good to see the development and accessibilty of existing facilities rather than create new. Better access to local natural waterways would be a huge plus.
Glenys - 04/02/2015 @ 12:50pm
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Sorry but comments have closed for this Talk to Us. Thank you to everyone who provided their comments and votes.

More Details

Aquatic facilities are unique community assets that provide significant health, fitness and social benefits to the Napier and wider Hawke’s Bay community. The purpose of the Aquatic Strategy is to set the direction for the provision of aquatic space that will meet Napier City’s needs for the next 30 years.

Napier Aquatic Strategy - Final Consultation (pdf 3.6 MB)

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