Kaikōura Aquatic Centre


Kaikōura Community Trust




Summer 2021



Kaikōura Community Charitable Trust had been campaigning for a new swimming pool since the tragic and devastating earthquake of 2016 at magnitude 7.8. The earthquake destroyed many public areas, one of which was the local swimming pool. $3.7M of funds from Lotto, Rata Foundation, government grants as well as local contributors, have made it possible to build this new swimming pool. Starting in 2019, when the plans were drawn up, the process took almost a year before awarding the project to CMT Group.

Kaikoura Aquatic Centre construction site

In an effort to contribute towards the local economy, the group wanted to utilise as many local contractors to assist in the construction as possible.

Watch the time-lapse of the build
Outside view of Kaikoura Aquatic centre deck
Outside view of Kaikoura Aquatic centre

Construction on the pool began in the last quarter of 2020 with completion in the first quarter of 2021. Weather played a huge factor in this construction with frequent and sometimes unexpected changes occurring due to the location.

This project was for a new outdoor town pool funded by the community.  CMT Group was the main contractor, with works comprising:

Bulk earthworks
Drainage and civil services
Road and parking construction
Construction of three swimming pools ranging from lap pool to toddler pool
Construction of a changing room, toilets, pump house and reception-surrounds, seating, and fencing
Kaikoura Aquatic Centre construction
Arial view of Kaikoura Aquatic Centre

On this project, CMT Group demonstrated the benefits of our inhouse civil and construction teams being able to work on location together. We collaborated with many people within the Kaikōura community to get the project delivered. We also contributed to the local economy by encouraging at least 37% of local businesses to help with the development of the pool. The project location was on a hill subject to adverse weather conditions, and we worked hard to minimise impact and disruption to the job. It was also subject to some flooding that had to be remedied.

The site was on the hill above South Bay, on Wā Kaukau Terrace off Scarborough St. Once a pā site, Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura had blessed the project before CMT Group started construction, and the rūnanga returned for another blessing for the opening.

Other contractors we worked alongside were:

PBI Electrical
R&R Plumbing
Dunlea products (Local)
Kiwi Concrete (Local)
Road Metals (Local)
Calvert Painting (Local)

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