NZCT recently awarded Central Hawke's Bay District Council a grant of $120,000. This generous contribution to the Waipawa and District Centennial Memorial Pool Redevelopment gives a massive boost in these very early stages of fundraising for the project.
The Waipawa and District Centennial Memorial Pool was opened in 1962 thanks to significant fundraising by the Central Hawke's Bay community and celebrated the centenary of Waipawa. Due to the poor condition of the pool, it was unable to be opened for the 2017/18 summer period. Without significant redevelopment, the facility will never open again.
Chief Executive Monique Davidson said, "In December 2017 we held a community meeting, with over 150 people attending in support of the key role that the Waipawa Pool plays in providing access to clean, accessible and safe swimming and active recreation in the Central Hawke's Bay community. As a result of this support, we committed at the public meeting that this would be included in the Long-Term Plan for urgent consideration."
Monique says NZCT is the first trust to support this unique project for the community and that makes them an important foundation founder. "NZCT's contribution to stage 1 of the Waipawa and District Centennial Memorial Pool Redevelopment will result in a new 25-metre pool and recreation/learn to swim pool being installed.
"While the Council continues to work in the background preparing for construction, the Community Project Reference Group are hard at work fundraising the remaining community funds for the next stage," ends Monique.