Guru Pulls Pool Plug

The pond during repairs last year
The pond during repairs last year

Burns slates Kapiti Mayor for keeping kids out of water at favourite pool 

By Alan Tristram

Guy Burns, from the Raumati/Paraparaumu Community Board, says Kapiti Mayor K. Gurunathan is acting like

Mother and children beside empty pond
Mother and children beside empty pond

Scrooge and spoiling Christmas for many children by helping keep their Paraparaumu Beach pond empty.

He says Guru’s use of a casting vote at the last Kapiti Coast District Council meeting rejected the Board’s plan to keep the pond in Maclean Park full of water over the summer period.

Guy Burns
Guy Burns

Spoiling the fun for families

“It’s a reckless decision to ignore the community— it was the community who lobbied our Community Board to keep the 50-year- old pond full over the summer months when Maclean Park is packed with holiday makers and visitors,” says Mr Burns (the Community Board’s deputy chair)

The pond has been sitting unfilled for nearly 6 months after Council discovered it was leaking larger amounts of water after contractors undertook repair and maintenance work in mid-2015.”

The historic beachfront water feature in Kapiti closed because the council said it wastes water and could evaporate in summer heat.

The iconic Maclean Park pond, the summer backdrop for generations of locals and visitors, will sit empty and might never be refilled.

The Maclean Park pond in happier times
The Maclean Park pond in happier times

A key attraction for decades

It has been at the park for more than 60 years, previously home to bumper boats and canoes.

But in a written release in September the Council said the pond used an ‘unsustainable’ amount of water.

But Mr Burns says: “The current saga of the Maclean Park is a woeful and depressing tale of ineptitude and poor management, with no accountability on behalf ratepayer’s money, regarding the $85,000 spent in the last two years on maintenance.

“I call upon the Mayor to reflect on his casting vote and consider what the community is saying.”

Not so long ago KCDC was complaining that local citizens weren’t using enough water! We have had plenty or rain in recent months, so surely the Council can do the decent thing, for kids especially, and fill the pond. Currently it is an ugly sight and visitors have asked me: “why isn’t full?” Has anyone heard of any other local authority keeping a fountain or pool empty because of “unsustainable” water usage? If we were in the middle of an extended drought, a case could be made.