Second pool hydroslide at pool ‘unethical and unaffordable’
Kāpiti Coast Councillor K Gurunathan has condemned his own Mayor and fellow councillors for splurging $420,000 more on the new swimming pool while many pool workers are not being paid.
He says a recent Annual Plan workshop saw the Mayor and most councillors support for a second hydroslide in the Aquacentre at a cost of $420,000.
“This is both unethical and unaffordable,” he says.Cr Gurunathan (Guru) says: “It is not ethical for council to spend $420,000 for the luxury of a second hydroslide when 30-odd sub-contractors, their workers and families are made to suffer the loss of tens of thousands of dollars for work they have completed at the Aquacentre, but have not been paid due to the collapse of Mainzeal.
“These workers and their families have been shafted by the foreign owners of Mainzeal.
Cr Gurunathan says he does share the sentiments of the Mayor, and the other councillors supporting this luxury item, for wanting to give the community, especially the children, the best swimming facility they can.
But, he adds: ” I don’t think this icing on the cake should not be at the expense of the bread and butter of the ‘subbies,’ their workers and their families.
“They have faithfully carried out the work they were contracted to do. Now they have been told by the liquidators they will get less than half of what they are rightfully owed.
‘Children would take ethical option’
“If the children of Kapiti are given a choice between council installing a second hydroslide or paying these workers and their families what they are owed, I am confident the children will take the ethical option for council to support these families.”
Guru says the second objection is affordability.
He says: “The delay and crisis management of the project following the collapse of Mainzeal is expected to impose an additional cost of up to $200,000 to the project. The second hydroslide is not expected to generate significant additional revenue.
“The additional $420,000 cost of the hydroslide and the estimated $200,000 for the crisis management will come on top of the earlier blowout that pushed the cost from $17m to $21m.
“And we are still a long way from the Aqua Centre Trust successfully raising the $3.35m which is its share of the project.”