Waiheke Pool Society

While some of this site is devoted to the running of our current facility, we also store much of the history and workings of the Pool Society here.

Become an annual member of the Waiheke Pool Society and help make a difference. Your membership fees will contribute to our target funding to ensure we continue developing programmes and creating opportunities for all the community to use the Te Huruhi Community Pool as often as possible, taking all practical steps to improve on the facility that we’ve got and continuing to work on the long term goal of an indoor aquatic facility for the community. 

Member benefits

  • Receive regular, member only, updates about the progress of the pool project
  •  Receive discounted rates for 10 swim passes (adults and children) or annual passes for the Te Huruhi Community Pool 
  • 20% off swim goggles at Out There Surf during the pool season 
  • Get notification of early bird pricing and offers for special events during the year
  • Invitation to special events and occasions
  • Be a core member of Waiheke’s biggest community project and help make a difference

How much does it cost?

  • $30.00 a year

Join here:

  1. To become a member, simply click here to complete and submit the sign up form (if you are an existing member renewing your membership go straight to step 2)
  2. Make payment of your membership fees into the Pool Society Bank Account: 38-9015-0809583-00 Make sure you put your name as a reference.
  3. Send an email to confirm payment has been made – waihekepoolsociety@gmail.com      

 

WAIHEKE POOL COMMITTEE

A new Waiheke Community Pool Incorporated Society was formed on the 11th of April 2014 with a purpose of helping drive forward the plans for a new community swimming pool.

The purpose of the society:

  • To lead the community efforts in establishing a new indoor community swimming pool on Waiheke Island
  • Facilitate discussions between key partners for the effective design, development and construction of the pool
  • Play a leading role in representing the community’s views in relation to the new pool
  • Develop a business plan in conjunction with other partners, where applicable, for the effective construction and operation of the new pool
  • Develop and promote community fundraising initiatives and apply for funding on behalf of the pool
  • Promote swimming as a year round activity on Waiheke Island for the benefit of all sectors of the community

Meet the current members;

Nathan Musson – Chairperson

A keen swimmer in his youth, Nathan is now hoping to ensure the same opportunities exist for kids and the community on Waiheke. With three children involved in various sports on the Island, Nathan spreads his time between the Pool Society and the Waiheke Rugby Club; always wanting to ensure there is the chance for kids to participate in sport activities.

He has acted as Treasurer for the Waiheke Community Childcare and is currently Treasurer at the Waiheke Rugby Club. One of Nathan’s goals is to ensure that all children on the Island have access to swimming lessons, to help keep them safe in the water.

Fiona Vandernagel – Treasurer

Linda Anderson – Secretary

Linda is a passionate and avid ocean swimmer who has completed locally and internationally in challenging ocean swims. She has three daughters who all enjoy swimming activities and is committed to helping to develop swimming opportunities for all the community.

Tanya Russell

Tanya is a born and bred ‘Waiheke girl’ with a range of business and fundraising experiences; and a drive to move things on within the community. She is the Te Huruhi Community Pool Manager and takes pride in delivering a clean, safe and fun pool environment with a professional and friendly team. Her two children participate in swimming lessons and the Te Huruhi Pool and Tanya enjoys the Lane swimming options.

Rawinia Salmon

Rawinia is a professional swim coach and swimming lessons manager who commits hours of her time to help grow the swimming talent of young people on the island. In her spare time she runs the Waiheke Swim Club which has seen a new generation of children and teenagers compete in Auckland swimming leagues, pushing themselves to be the most competitive that they can be despite the limited pool resources available on the island. 

Liz Blosch

Liz has been residing on Waiheke Island for over 12 years and in that time has been involved with fundraising initiatives for a variety of good causes. A qualified and experienced First Aid trainer and now stretching her own swimming experience as part of the Adult Swim for Fitness class, Liz has a can do attitude and positive approach to all the challenges that the pool project throws at her.

Alisa Allison

Marisa Brugeyroux

 

Professional Support

We have received pro bono support from a variety of people with skills and experiences in the building of community swimming pools.

These include a Mechanical Engineer with 20 years experience building public pools in New Zealand; an Architects firm with experience of building public pools and a Waste/water engineer.

Former Committee Members:

Delyth Morgan-Coghlan (former Chairperson)
Amanda Wills
Vanessa Smith – Glintenkamp (former Secretary)
Ann Brown (former Secretary)
Becs Ballard (former Local Board Member)
Manuel Kahura
Francesca Elischer (former Client Side Design Manager)
Kate Sedgley
Jon O’ Hanlon
David Arnold
Brett McDonald

 

We Need You!

We are keen to hear from anyone in the community who would like to be considered for the pool project committee and feel they can provide support in the areas of administration, project management, business, fundraising, construction, sustainability and more.

These will all be voluntary positions where volunteers need to be able to commit some of their spare time to help move the project forward over the course of the next few years.

The committee sees its role as working in partnership with other key stakeholders, helping with the business planning, design and funding of a new pool.

We need a good range of professional skills and people with a can do attitude who are driven to do what’s best for the wider community.

 

Do you have a passion for helping to get an indoor community pool for Waiheke Island? Can you help?

The AGM (Annual General Meeting) of the Waiheke Pool Society is an opportunity, once a year, to vote new officers onto the committee. It’s also an opportunity to look back on the last year and plan for the year ahead. As this project picks up steam we are looking for new people to join the committee to help us move this project on and reach our goals.

New society members can join at any time during the year and show their support or get involved with small projects that help towards the end goal.

We are looking for people with experience in all or some/ one of the following areas:

  • Provide general support according to each others experiences, strengths and areas of interest as required during the course of the year
  • Should have an interest in swimming OR experience in swimming, swim coaching, swim programs, sports administration or sports development
  • Should have experience in commercial development and construction
  • Should have experience in networking – developing relationships with key stakeholders and potential benefactors (a Mr or Mrs Well-connected!)
  • Should have experience in marketing and PR

NOTE:

All Committee members and Society members are volunteers.

Time commitment required varies according to your skills, experience and availability.

All committee members are required to attend and contribute to the committee meetings, held approximately every 6 weeks.

If you are interested in being a part of this exciting project please email us

We welcome all new members and committee members!

 

Questions & Answers

Why isn’t the Council paying for a Waiheke Pool?

Waiheke has a small population compared with other suburbs of Auckland and is considered a medium priority for an aquatic facility. Those communities who are a higher priority will most likely get a council facility first. 

Why doesn’t the school just repair the current outdoor pool?

The current pool has cracks in in and is uneconomic to repair. The current pool has a limited life span. We don’t know what this is and the school is doing everything they can to keep the pool operating however the costs of repair and maintenance is an ongoing concern.

Why isn’t the Ministry of Education paying for a new pool as part of the school rebuild?

Unfortunately the Ministry of Education no longer pays any of the costs of constructing new pools on it’s land.

Where is the money that was raised by the community and the last pool society?

$102,000 which was raised by the community currently sits in the Pool Society bank account. It is in a term deposit account earning interest, with a promise made to the old Pool Society before it was disbanded that the money raised would only be used for a new indoor heated community pool.

More questions?

Email us with your questions using the contact form and we will add them to this page.