Bringing the district’s pools under Council management has boosted Kāpiti Coast District Council staff by 28 full time equivalent positions.
The KCDC’s Chief Executive, Pat Dougherty, says when Council made a decision to bring pool management in-house, under the Kāpiti Coast Aquatics banner, there was always going to be a big impact on staff numbers.
“We have 43 staff working across all our pools – Raumati, Waikanae and Ōtaki – but they are a mix of fulltime, part-time and casual as well as learn to swim and aquafit instructors. Eighteen will move to the new Coastland’s Aquatic Centre, six will be full time,” he says.
The Manager for Community Services, Tamsin Evans, says a recruitment drive late last year saw Council recruit some specialist aquatic staff. They include:
- Alison Law, Aquatic Facilities Manager, formerly Aquatics Project Manager with Recreation New Zealand and before that manager of H2O Xtream in Upper Hutt.
- Kerry Granshaw, Swim School Manager, who has 40 year’s experience in aquatic facilities in the UK and New Zealand
- Bekki Sherlock, Customer Relations Manager, who managed pools in the US before moving to New Zealand and has also worked in aquatics for Wellington City Council
- Will James, Operations Manager who worked for the contractor who used run the district’s pools and has experience of all Kāpiti Pools.
“These people bring a breadth of maturity and experience that we are very fortunate to have and I am confident we have put together a high-performing team,” says Ms Evans.
“The whole idea of bringing our pools in-house has been to ensure a level of consistency in standards and service and to better respond to what the community wants from their aquatic facilities. With attendances up at all our upgraded facilities and great public feedback we are clearly already achieving that aim.”
The Coastlands Aquatic Centre project is now pushing ahead after being temporarily halted by the Mainzeal collapse.
Ms Evans says:” the site is now a hive of activity.
“Everybody is working full tilt to get the job finished. The tiling is being done, ceilings finished, bathroom fitting and fixtures installed — and the plant, plumbing and joinery work is going on. And the much awaited hydroslide is snaking its way skyward and should be completed in the next few days.”