Project Kaiwaka

Our project to upgrade our swimming pool

We are planning to upgrade our swimming pool so that a swim school can operate from it.

The project to upgrade the pool is called Project Kaiwaka. Kaiwaka was the name of sacred spring near the site of the school hundreds of years ago.

Recent developments

We recently surveyed the local community and Miramar peninsula early childhood centres about operating a swim school from the Kahurangi School pool. We received positive and enthusiastic responses, offers of help, and some great suggestions. Thanks to everyone who responded. This survey was part of the feasibility study for a swim school.

Architects Stephenson and Turner have done concept designs for the pool building, and we’re very excited about them. The picture on this page shows how the pool could look from Kinghorne Street. Stephenson and Turner designed the renovations for Kahurangi School, so they have a good understanding of the site and the school.

What is the project about?

We are planning to repair, cover, and heat the pool so it can be used all year round for a swim school for the community and for Kahurangi students. We also hope to have some casual swimming sessions.

The swimming pool is 13m x 4.5m and is suitable for children up to about 13 years to learn to swim. It is on the Kinghorne Street side of the school, right next to the Strathmore Plunket rooms.

What kind of lessons would the swim school offer?

The swim school would be run by a quality, experienced swim school operator, and lessons would be delivered by qualified instructors. This model of a swim school operating from an upgraded school pool operates successfully in other school pools in Wellington, eg Miramar North, Newtown, Berhampore, and Khandallah Schools.

What about parking?

There is space for parking on Kinghorne Street and Elphinstone Street outside the school grounds.

How far have we got?

In 2014, we were granted $482,000 by the Wellington City Council School Pools Partnership Fund as partial funding to upgrade our pool. We expect the project to cost around $700,000–$1,000,000, and we will apply for funding from other sources for the additional funds.

We have completed a feasibility study to assess the viability of a swim school provider managing the pool, operating a swim school, and providing casual swimming sessions. We surveyed the community as part of the feasibility study.

Stephenson and Turner Architects have completed concept designs for the pool building, including three options for the pool enclosure.

What are we doing now?

We are currently focusing on three tasks:

 1. Working with Stephenson and Turner Architects to finalise the design of the new building that will cover the pool.

 2. Selecting a swim school provider

 3. Raising additional funds

Project timeline

Our estimated timeline is:

  • Rest of 2015: pool building design, feasibility study, WCC building consent, select builder, select swim school provider, raise extra funds.
  • During 2016: building work to cover the pool. This is likely to take 4–6 months.
  • Late 2016–early 2017: new pool opens.

 How can you help?

  • Support Kahurangi school events, particularly our two summer events: Kotahi (a family music festival) on Waitangi Day and Peninsular Pictures by Starlight, our outdoor film screening in March, in collaboration with Roxy Cinema. These are two key fundraising events for the school.
  • Discuss the project with others in the local area, especially parents. The swim school is for everyone to use. This will help the word get around when we start operating.

If you have any questions or comments about the project, please email