$100,000 that was fundraised by the community for a COMMUNITY pool sits in a bank account waiting for the day that it can be used towards additional facilities at a Council funded COMMUNITY swimming pool.
The schools have had their eyes on this money for some time. They had wanted it for changes to the SCHOOL pool at Te Huruhi but the trustees of the fund have always resisted. The money was donated specifically for a facility that was available to all the community during opening times.
The trustees know that a pool on school grounds will be a SCHOOL pool. The difference being that a SCHOOL pool’s primary use is for its school children not the community. Just like the Recreation Centre (built with ratepayers money for use by the community) is a de facto SCHOOL gym. But the pressure is on to hand over the money for a SCHOOL pool.
Te Huruhi and the High School are being rebuilt, the Te Huruhi pool is cracked and probably in the wrong location for the rebuild. The Waiheke Local Board needs to deliver on its election promise to build a COMMUNITY pool but that looks increasingly unlikely within the three year timeframe attached to the promise.
The COMMUNITY pool seems instead to have morphed into a SCHOOL pool. This will be funded by the Local Board using Local Board discretionary money for the build and ongoing operating costs. They will need every cent they can get.
The community will be watching closely to see if the Local Board and schools get their hands on the $100,000 held in trust for a COMMUNITY pool. If they do, they will face a backlash from a very angry community who will be outraged that THEIR money has been misappropriated.