No pool play without pay

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The high cost of running the Tamahere School Vela Pool for community use may see it closed for public use over summer unless locals pay up ahead of swim time.

“Unfortunately, the costs of staff, access, wear and tear and keeping it and you safe while in use, is materially higher than the amount raised, via concession sales, from the community,” the school Board of Trustees says in an explanatory letter to the community.

The board laments that the community resource is not used more to help balance running costs and that the Waikato District Council does not support school pools for community use.

The board says it’s role is not to subsidise community use “no matter the intentions of the good folk involved in the construction and planning of the pool.

“The Board of Trustees cannot allow the school to lose money via such an activity,” it says.

But it leaves the door open for community use … as long as enough locals pre-purchase concession cards for the summer.

It seeks feedback for this on the online form here.

The deadline for feedback is 5pm, Sunday, October 10.

If sufficient people are willing to pay for concession cards to allow the school to break even they will be asked to make payment in advance for the cards by 4pm, Friday, October 29.

10 thoughts on “No pool play without pay

  • October 2, 2021 at 9:38 am
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    Unfortunately Tamahere has been duped again ! Other examples being the Hall use, the “Parnell Style” village and “exercise areas”. It seems all projects gets installed – or partially installed then more money is asked for!! on a believable promise, that we will be able to use the facilities freely when completed. Also I don’t mind paying, but we need to be told in the beginning, however then you may find the support for the project isn’t there initially. Locals pay handsomely with rates and donations for these facilities, then we end up paying again… I’m getting old and cynical, but the school and council are not helping !!

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  • October 1, 2021 at 7:25 pm
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    Yes I was keen to use it with my family but it got too confusing and limited to times you go with kids to just have fun. I don’t know what the current rules for use are.

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  • October 1, 2021 at 3:37 pm
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    I had no idea the pool could be available to the community. That is great! I would definitely use it for lane swimming, and preferably any time & day. Not sure how the system works, but the more available and ‘easier’ it is for people to use (more days and hours), then the more use it will get.

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    • October 1, 2021 at 4:07 pm
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      Click this link to show your commitment to using the pool and willingness to buy a concession card.

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  • October 1, 2021 at 11:23 am
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    I only discovered that the public could use this pool last summer, and we used it alot, I would like to continue to use it, and would pay a concession. I understand there are ongoing costs with running a pool. It would be totally wrong to stop the public using it, but it is a hidden resource if you don’t live locally.

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  • September 30, 2021 at 9:25 pm
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    Confusing and limiting access has led to low use. From a gold entry the first year allowing us access for the whole family while being responsible for our selves to a silly rule, for more money that only saw ‘lane’ swimmers allowed outside poolguard hours! That stopped our family going. We often used it twice a day the first year. Lanes in the morning with our teenagers swimming and playing and all of a sudden that wasn’t allowed the next year. We were willing to pay $160 and spend a lot less the years following

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    • October 1, 2021 at 7:03 pm
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      Would be a nice alternative to town pools but rules make it difficult to use when it suits and U thought it was quite expensive last time I looked.

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  • September 30, 2021 at 12:44 pm
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    Jason, well said.

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    • October 1, 2021 at 4:38 pm
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      My thoughts exactly Jason, I wrote to the school and board to express my feelings on the matter and the wording and tone of the letter. Glad I am not a lone voice.

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  • September 30, 2021 at 11:18 am
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    So we’ve come from the school welcoming “wide funding support from local families to businesses to charitable trusts that allowed the complex to be completed debt-free” in 2017, to the school board stating it’s role is not to subsidise community use.

    Thanks, I guess.

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