Team effort brings water skills to quake affected Waiau


Water Safety New Zealand is pleased to be supporting efforts to teach kids water safety skills in the quake affected community of Waiau. 

The community and school pool was destroyed in the November 14 quake leaving locals high and dry as summer approached.

An amazing effort by Pools in Schools and the Hurunui District Council ensured Waiau got a temporary swimming pool for the Summer. 

Mary Kimber the principal of Waiau School says having the pool and lessons for the kids has been great for the community.

“The temporary pool has been amazing. A positive bright spot amongst the gloom of red stickers, broken houses and farms. It was very well supported all through the holidays with many people coming each day for a swim.”

The 10 x 5.6 metre temporary pool is one metre deep and situated on the school grounds.

The Waimakariri District Council supported by Water Safety New Zealand has been sending two staff on a three hour return trip to Waiau School every day for two weeks to deliver lessons. 

“Wai Swim has continued being their amazing selves. They are so enthusiastic and well trained. I note more water safety is being taught which is wonderful. It’s particularly important as we are close to a river so water safety skills are very important” says Principal Kimber.

The school also uses the pool after the lessons are finished and families are able to access the pool after school and on the weekends.

 “Being on our main school site in the middle of town it’s been incredibly easy for the locals to get to the pool rather than the march around to the old one on the outskirts of the town. “

Principal Kimber says the Board of Trustees chose to make the cost very low at $10 a key for the summer as a thank you to all the community for the support the school’s received after the earthquake.

Meanwhile efforts to raise money to rebuild the school pool continue with a givealittle page setup to help raise money now at over $90,000.00 in donations.

Also the Topp Twins are putting on a benefit concert at the Hanmer Springs Hot Pools on April 2 to help raise money.