Building (Pools) Amendment Bill

The Government is proposing to repeal the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987 and replace it with an amendment to the Building Act.  The team at WSNZ, together with colleagues across the water safety sector, has reviewed the new legislation and are hugely concerned about the proposed changes.

The Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987 has greatly reduced the number of pre-schoolers drowning with the number of under fives drowning in home pools in the past ten years down 45% on the previous decade.

It’s our view more young New Zealanders, in particular pre-schoolers, will drown in home pools, spas and hot tubs if the changes go ahead.  These changes include the move towards voluntary compliance, fewer inspections and the removal of the requirement to fence spas or hot tubs.

We are urging the Government to listen to water safety experts and will be putting forward a submission to the select committee, challenging the proposed changes.

For our special edition of Water Safety Matters, which provides more detail on the proposed repeal of the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act, click here

Please contact Mark Lindsay in our team for any further information.