Archive for the ‘Dudley Park Aquatic Centre’ Category

One Waimakariri District: More on My Position

31 August 2010

The most disunifying action of the Waimakariri District Council since its formation in 1989 has to be the imposition of the 5km rating zone around the Dudley Aquatic Centre.

It only lasted for a year, but it meant that people outside that zone had less reason to contribute to the fundraising.  Local people were being taxed for a facility available to the whole District.

District facilities must be funded District-wide.

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Book Sale in Southbrook – Now On!

16 July 2010

The Rangiora Rotary Club’s booksale is now on at the Southbrook Sports Club pavilion at Southbook Park.  It started Thursday morning with customary scrum of the quick and the keen – the photo at the right shows the scene when it had settled down!

There are still thousands of books left.  The sale finishes Saturday noon (17 July).

All proceeds go towards the Rangiora Rotary Club’s $30,000 commitment to the Dudley Aquatic Centre.

Dudley Pool Proving Popular

20 June 2010

The Dudley Park Aquatic Centre is proving very popular.

In May 2009, there were 11905 admissions at the Kaiapoi Aquatic Centre.  As you would expect, the figure in May this year is lower – but still 7024.

The figure for Dudley this May is 14049.  In other words, the two pools combined had 21,073 – nearly double last year’s figure.  The conclusions are obvious.

The Dudley Pool 5km Rating Zone is Gone!

14 May 2010

The 5km targeted rate on those properties within 5km (as the crow flies) of the Dudley Park Aquatic Centre is gone.

The Council has finally accepted that a District facility should be entirely funded across the District.

It has taken several years, but the final area of controversy around the new pool is now behind us. This issue has been constantly raised with me – never the actual amount, but the principle of it.  People have been repeatedly saying to me that the whole District is able to use it and that it isn;t fair that one section of the community should have to pay more.  The people saying this have been from both inside and outside the zone.

Those who voted to remove it (on my motion) were Councillors Robbie Brine, Kevin Felstead, Dan Gordon, Neil Cruickshank, Peter Farrant, Elaine Cole – and, of course, me.

The Dudley Pool – a bit of recent history

31 March 2010

You might remember …

https://davidayers.wordpress.com/2008/06/06/we-have-a-pool-for-dudley-park/

The Pool Has Had a Try-Out!

22 March 2010

On Sunday entry was free following the Dudley kids’ Triathlon.  Everyone seemed pretty keen.

Latest on Dudley Opening …

17 March 2010

From the Council Management: As of this afternoon we are planning to open Dudley Park Aquatic Centre on Saturday 27 March at 7.30am.

The Latest on the Opening of Dudley Pool for Swimming

11 March 2010

Public Opening Scheduled for 23 March

It is expected that the Dudley Park Aquatic Centre will be open for public swimming in the week of 23 March. Commissioning of some of the equipment has taken longer than anticipated. Over the next two weeks plant and equipment at the Centre will continue to be tested to ensure that everything functions as it should. Part of this involves load testing which will be carried out during school visits and the schools triathlon on the 21 March. On successful completion of these tests the Centre will open on 23 March.

Report from Simon Hart, Pools Manager

The Pool’s Open! (but not for swimming yet)

26 February 2010

The Dudley Park Aquatic Centre is now officially open.  The Prime Minister, who was supposed to do the job, was called back to Wellington urgently but Hon Kate Wilkinson MP did a great job in filling in for him – obviously at short notice.

The longest and loudest applause was, however, given to Pool Committee chair Joan Ward in recognition of the huge community effort that has gone into both the fundraising and the earlier political effort to turn around the determination of most councillors to delay and scale back the project.

What we have now is a wide 25m pool, with each lane wide enough for lap swimmers to go up and down within it, a great learners’ pool, and, a first for the District, a leisure pool (pictured at right).

The pool is not quite ready.  The main task is make sure the balance of chemicals, etc in the water is right.

It is expected that it will be open to the public around 13 March, although a couple of primary schools will have their sports there before that.

The Pool is About to Happen!

24 February 2010

It has been a struggle, but the Waimakariri District is about to get its new Dudley Park Pool.

Several years of to-ing and fro-ing culminated in a decision in the previous Council term to build a new one.

Council elections in 2007 brought a majority of councillors who initially decided to re-open the old pool and delay building the new one.  Councillors Robbie Brine, Kevin Felstead and Dan Gordon – and I – were the minority who wanted to get going on it.

Cold facts and the weight of public opinion changed the Council’s mind.  In the end, all but one voted to get on with the job.  The pity was that this had delayed the start of fund-raising and by then the recession had started to bite.

Nevertheless, a Pool Committee team led by Joan Ward and with Jim Gerard leading the major fundraising and Nikki Luisetti the community fundraising, has done a magnificent job.

Still – we now have a pool and early next month we can all swim in it!

If you want to see a recent history, click on the Dudley Park Aquatic Centre file under categories to the right of your screen.

Opening Date for Dudley Pool – This Month!

4 February 2010

The Dudley Park Aquatic Centre, Rangiora, will be opened by Prime Minister John Key on Thursday 25 February.

It will not, however, be open for swimming until into March. While the handover of the pool to the council bey the contractors will happen soon, a period of time has to be taken to make sure that everything about the water is in balance.

We’ll See You Doing the Time Warp This Saturday Night! – Rocky Horror Hits Rangiora!

28 January 2010

Can you afford not to be there?

The Rocky Horror Picture Show will be the place to be this Saturday night!  A great way to support the Dudley Aquatic Centre – dress up, join the glitterati and watch the movie that has refused to die.

 Drinks at 7.00pm, movie starts at 8.00pm.  Rangiora Town Hall auditorium.

$19,000 for Junk!

13 January 2010

“Jill’s Junk” in Woodend has now raised $19,000 for the Dudley Aquatic Centre.  That’s just by people bringing unwanted stuff to Jill Creamer and other people paying what they think it is worth to take it away.  Very few items carry prices.

Jill has been a pillar of support for the Dudley fundraising campaign. She has also, for instance, been central to the huge jams, pickles and sauces operation.

Fantastic!

The Dudley Pool 4km Rating Area: What Would be Fairer?

6 January 2010

The Council is about to go through its Annual Plan process again – what it spends and how it is going to get the money.  Part of the latter is your rates.

The Dudley Pool 5km rating area is only hitting in a small way this year because it it was known that the pool would be open for only about 3 months in this financial year.  Its full impact will come after July this year.

The biggest question is how can a targeted geographic rate for a facility open to the whole District not increase parochialism?  Some seem to think that the targeted rate decreases parochialism – that sounds like Nineteen Eighty-Four to me.

However, if there has to be targeted rate, how could you be fair about it?

  1. Calculate any distances on road distance from the front gate – not the current as-the-crow-flies nonsense.
  2. Divide the District into two: those properties closer to Dudley and those closer to Kaiapoi – because the community has only two all-year covered pools. The targeted rate goes on the former, those closer to Dudley.
  3. Divide the rated area into two zones, those closer than, say, 20km (about 10 minutes drive) from Dudley and those further away.  This acknowledges that if you live in View Hill, your access isn’t as easy as if you lived in Loburn.
  4. Because Woodend township is split between those who live closer to Kaiapoi and those closer to Dudley, rate the whole town, but rate it at the 20km+ rate.  It’s silly having one part of a local community paying a rate for a community facility and the other not – like the present rate does to the Fernside and Loburn-Lea rural residential areas.

Just some ideas – for discussion!  The 20km is worth talking about too.

Waimakariri – there’s a lot happening! – October 2009

29 December 2009

Woodend Flower Show

Thing’s happen in Waimakariri – here’s an October sampling.

The unveiling of a new mural behind the Kaiapoi Library commemorating 10 years of Waimakariri as a World Health Organisation-accredited Safer Community. It is well worth a visit!

Small Farm Field Day at the Rangiora Racecourse - an event run by Rangiora Rotary.

Kaiapoi RSA President Kevin Brown with Alderman Frankie Bryon of Zonnebeke. Frankie's visit was part of the growing links between our two districts and the Passchendaele link.

The coronation of King Arthur III in Ohoka. Don't ask! - but Alf's Imperial Army and the Wzard of Christchurch had something to do with it.

Antiques Roadshow Waimakariri-style. Another successful community fund-raiser for the Dudley Aquatic Centre.

The running of the sheep at Rangiora Market Day

Rangiora A & P Show

A special Tuhoe voyage on the Kaiapoi and Waimakariri Rivers, commemorating the vessel's 90th anniversary.

Fair put on by the Kaiapoi churches. All the rides were free!

The Dudley Pool Fundraisers Keep Rolling On!

16 August 2009

Dudley Pool Dance A 090815Yet another Dudley Aquatic Centre Fundraiser happened last night with the dance at the Chervier Centre at the Rangiora Catholic Church.

A good crowd rocked to the music of Barock until well after midnight – another impressive event organised by the Community Fundraising team.

You can keep up-to-date on coming events by checking the blackboard on our fence at the corner of High and King Streets, Rangiora.

“Casablanca” – an oldie but a goodie

24 July 2009

225px-Casablanca_original_film_posterThe Dudley Aquatic Centre fundraisers put on “Casablanca” in the Rangiora Town Hall this evening, with some of them dressed up in appropriate 1940s costume.

Once again, a great community event.  Congratulations to the Committee and to Patrick Walsh of the Rangiora Movie theatre for putting it on.

I had never seen the movie before and I can report that after an uneven start, it turned into a pretty good one, well deserving its reputation as a classic.

5km Rating Zone Goes Through

12 June 2009

The Council yesterday confirmed its 10 Year Plan and the rates for the coming year, over the votes of Robbie Brine and me.

So sorry – even if you  live inside the 5km and are further away from Dudley Park than some people who are outside it, you are going to be rated more then others in the District.

And if you will never go for a swim and are inside the 5km radius, but are nevertheles prepared to pay your fair share for the new Aquatic Centre, you are going to be rated more than your fair share.

This is the final word – until next year’s Annual Plan, or until after the next election.

The 5km Rating Circle Stays In

15 May 2009

Despite strong public opposition, the new Dudley Park Pool will have a 5km as-the-crow-flies rating circle placed around it.  Within the circle, all households will pay a fixed charge to make up any shortfall in the $3m target the Council has set the fundraising groups.

It should be noted that the target came from the Council, not the fundraisers.

Some of the issues around this rating area can be found by clicking the Dudley Park Aquatic Centre file at the right of this page.

Some councillors fought very hard – it took most of a morning to get it passed and in the end it passed by 6 votes to 5.  Those who voted for the rating area were Mayor Ron Keating and Councillors Sandra Stewart, Elaine Cole, Peter Farrant, Neville Atkinson and Roger Blair.  Those who voted against it were Councillors Robbie Brine, Dan Gordon, Kevin Felstead, Neil Cruickshank and me.

It was noteworthy that prior to this decision, all three of the Council’s Ward Advisory Boards (Rangiora, Oxford-Eyre and Woodend-Ashley) voted in favour of a Districy-wide rate.  Unfortunately, enough councillors took more notice of the Kaiapoi Community Board.

Later, I attempted to get a discounted entry to the Aquatic Centre for those people living within the 5km area.  This failed too – by 7 to 4, with me, Robbie Brine, Kevin Felstead and Dan Gordon voting for it.

The 5km rating area is still in! Extra load for ratepayer minority

12 February 2009

The Council is STILL recommending that for a targeted rate to help pay for the new Dudley Park Pool, a 5km-radius circle be drawn from Dudley Park.  This will take in parts of Ashley and parts of Fernside, and reach south to about the Main Drain.

At the recent Council meeting that decided on the Draft Ten Year Plan, I described this circle as iniquitous and ham-fisted.  I stand by that.

If you too think it is unfair, submit to the Council and tell them so!

A while ago I put the following into this blog.

This is one third of the funding structure – the bit that includes fund-raising and a targeted rate for the “Rangiora area.”  The rate will cover anything less than $3m not raised by fund-raising.

There are at least three problems with this.

  1. 5km covers a very small area. This small area will carry a heavy burden for a facility that will benefit most of the District.  This burden can be reduced by fund-raising – but those more than 5km away will have little incentive to help with fund-raising – or even contribute towards it.
  2. The line has been drawn “as the crow flies” (perhaps we are building a bird-bath?).  It ignores the fact that this is very different from road distances.  The result is that there are people within the line whose houses are further away from the pool than those of people who live outside the line.
  3. The line goes right through the middle of two rural-residential subdivisions: Loburn Lea (in Dixons Road) and Fernside.

Concentrating this rate on such small part of the District will put a heavier load on ratepayers on fixed incomes, many of whom live in Rangiora.

It also ignores Rangiora’s historical and continuing function as a rural service town where people come from a wide area for their services – including, in the future, the opportunity to swim in a covered all-year pool.

$10,000 for the Aquatic Centre – from jam!

3 January 2009

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A humble jar of home-made kiwifruit chutney – but jars and bottles of jam, chutney and sauces just like this one have raised over $10,000 so far for the Dudley Aquatic Centre.  What a magnificent effort!

The Pool: A Big Step Forward and a Sideways Shuffle

16 December 2008

Pool Tender Accepted

The building of the Dudley Park Pool leapt its last hurdle at a special Council meeting on Tuesday this week.

A tenderer was approved to build a new pool to replace the now-demolished one in Church Street, Rangiora.  Designed by Warren and Mahoney, the pool will be built by Naylor Love.  It is expected that construction will be completed by early 2010.

That’s the Big Step Forward, but the sideways shuffle?

The 5km Circle Still Hangs Over Rangiora and Southbrook – and unlucky bits of Ashley, Loburn, Tuahiwi, Fernside and Flaxton

At the same time, the Council failed to nail down the last piece of the funding formula.  One third of the total cost cost was to come from a combination of fund-raising and a targeted rate on the “Rangiora area”.  The Council’s Audit Committee had previously defined this area as a 5km radius circle, as the crow flies, around Dudley Park.  You can find this map fairly easily by clicking on Dudley Park Aquatic Centre in the category list on the right.

For a number of reasons, everybody I have talked to  regard this proposal as at best stupid and at worst iniquitous. The obvious issue is that those Waimakariri human beings who will be travelling to the pool will be stuck to the land, most likely on roads. It is also probable that crows will be denied admission to the Pool.

Another issue is that for most of the District, Dudley Park will be, for most of the year, their nearest public swimming pool.

The Council’s three Ward Advisory Boards (Woodend-Ashley, Oxford-Eyre and Rangiora) had all recommended a District-wide rate for this part of the funding formula.  The Kaiapoi Community Board had only said that the Kaiapoi Ward should be excluded from this part of the funding.

Cr Robbie Brine, following the recommendations of the Boards, moved a District-wide rate excluding the Kaiapoi Ward.  This failed by 5 votes to 6. Those who voted for it were Crs Robbie Brine, Dan Gordon, Kevin Felstead, Neil Cruickshank and me.  Those who voted against it were Mayor Ron Keating and Councillors Sandra Stewart, Elaine Cole, Peter Farrant, Roger Blair and Neville Atkinson.

So the status quo remains – no decision.

Ward Advisory Boards Vote For District-Wide Dudley Pool Rate

2 December 2008

All three Ward Advisory Boards (Oxford-Eyre, Woodend-Ashley and Rangiora) have voted in favour of the whole District picking up the tab for any short-fall in fund-raising.

In other words, they have voted against the 5km circle rating area the Council proposed.  (See https://davidayers.wordpress.com/2008/09/19/catchment-area-for-new-dudley-pool-will-be-5km/ )

These recommendations will go to the Council – to be considered probably on 16 December.

The Old Dudley Pool is Almost Gone!

27 November 2008

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Fund-raising for the Pool Is Going Well!

23 November 2008

Fundraising for the new Dudley Park Pool continues to show the enthusiasm of local people for the project.

The weekend saw the Rangiora Lions Club raffle for a play house attracting plenty of attention outside the Rangiora New World and I found myself looking at a Christmas Hamper raffle sitting on the counter at Rangiora Westpac on Thursday.

On Saturday, Ron and Barbara Mackie’s Art in the Garden raised over $2500 from the sale of art works, garden plants, morning teas, etc.  It was a very pleasant morning and thanks heaps to Ron and Barbara, the artists who donated works and the local firms who donated plants.

Art in the Garden at Ron and Barbara Mackies'.

Art in the Garden at Ron and Barbara Mackies'.

And a great night was had by all …

18 October 2008

Last night’s fundraiser ball and charity auction for the Dudley Park Pool was a great night – great food,  a great band and a room (tent?) full of happy positive people from around the District.

It was a great community event.

Continental Caterers did a great job in dressing up the A & P shed (some outsiders thought they were in a marquee – which they were, sort of ) – and the Vague-as Brothers (the band) really rocked.

Congratulations to Mary Gerard and her organising team on a job well done.

How Were the Kaiapoi and Oxford Pools Funded?

22 September 2008

I have been asked how the Oxford Pool was paid for.  The following might be useful to others too.

Kaiapoi Aquatic Centre

Beween 1993 and 1998, $1,635,985 was spent on the construction of the Kaiapoi Aquatic Centre.  This came from a variety of sources:

  • Fundraising committee 39%
  • The Council’s Kaiapoi Electricity Dividend 3%
  • Loan (funded by rates across the District) 7%
  • Kaiapoi Reserve Subdivision levies 12%
  • The Council’s Pines-Kairaki Rentals Account 7%
  • Kaiapoi Electricity payment 31%
  • recreation rates (across the District) 1%

The amount raised by the Fundraising Committee includes a grant from the Community Trust.  In direct fund-raising (especially a house that was built and then sold), about $85,000 was raised.

Oxford Pool

The cost of this was $1,353,894.  This came from:

  • Fundraising 22%
  • Year 2000 grant 3%
  • Loan (funded by rates across the District) 75%

Please note that the above describes the funding for building the pools.  The operation of the pools (all three) comes from Community & Recreation uniform charges paid by all ratepayers across the District as part of their rates.

The Ball is Coming! – Dudley Pool Fundraiser

22 September 2008

Tickets can be obtained from Blakleys of Kaiapoi, JAKS (Oxford) and Sally Mac’s (Amberley).  In Rangiora, you can get them from Country Lane, The Accessory Shoppe, Corina’s House of Fashion and Continental.

Catchment Area For New Dudley Pool Will Be 5km

19 September 2008

The Waimakariri Council’s Audit Committee is recommending that for a targeted rate to help pay for the new Dudley Park Pool, a 5km-radius circle be drawn from Dudley Park.  This will take in parts of Ashley and parts of Fernside, and reach south to about the Main Drain.

This is one third of the funding structure – the bit that includes fund-raising and a targeted rate for the “Rangiora area.”  The rate will cover anything less than $3m not raised by fund-raising.

There are at least three problems with this.

  1. 5km covers a very small area. This small area will carry a heavy burden for a facility that will benefit most of the District.  This burden can be reduced by fund-raising – but those more than 5km away will have little incentive to help with fund-raising – or even contribute towards it.
  2. The line has been drawn “as the crow flies” (perhaps we are building a bird-bath?).  It ignores the fact that this is very different from road distances.  The result is that there are people within the line whose houses are further away from the pool than those of people who live outside the line.
  3. The line goes right through the middle of two rural-residential subdivisions: Loburn Lea (in Dixons Road) and Fernside.

Concentrating this rate on such small part of the District will put a heavier load on ratepayers on fixed incomes, many of whom live in Rangiora.

It also ignores Rangiora’s historical and continuing function as a rural service town where people come from a wide area for their services – including, in the future, the opportunity to swim in a covered all-year pool.

Do you think the Audit Committee is being fair? I was the only member to vote against this.  Those who voted for it included the Committee chair and deputy chair, Sandra Stewart and Neil Cruickshank, and the Mayor. 

Quarter-Million-Dollar Donation to Dudley Pool – Plus the Water Babes!

27 August 2008

An anonymous donor has given $250,000 “in kind” to the new Dudley Park Pool.  He operates the kind of business that will be able to provide goods or services to that value for the construction of the pool complex.

This is a tremendous gesture of faith in the project and obviously a very generous example of support for the Waimakariri community.

And of course, the last week has seen the launch of the “Water Babes” calendar – be in and get yours fast!  The stars and the scenery are all local!


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