Dunedin City Council aquatic services manager Paulien Leijnse checks out the new bulkhead at Moana Pool yesterday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Moana Pool is getting an early present before its 50th
birthday later this year.
Areas of the main pool will be restricted until Monday for
the installation of a new bulkhead, which divides the pool.
''The main pool's existing bulkhead is quite old. The new
bulkhead design will allow Moana's main pool to comply with
Fina [Federation Internationale de Natation] regulations.
This will allow Moana Pool to hold New Zealand championship
level events with Fina standards,'' Dunedin City Council
aquatic services manager Paulien Leijnse said yesterday.
''These projects mean the pools will be in great shape ahead
of our Moana Pool 50th anniversary celebrations in
The main pool would not be entirely closed during the
bulkhead replacement, although the leisure pool and spa would
be closed from July 28 to August 8 for maintenance.
Tile maintenance would also be undertaken using an innovative
''tile tank'' made by Mosgiel company Stainless and Alloy
''After the bulkhead replacement is complete, minor tile
maintenance will be carried out in the main pool's deep end.
This unique piece of equipment, produced locally, enables
small areas of the pool to be sectioned off, drained and
repaired,'' gym supervisor Chris Bisley said.
''Taking into account the huge cost and disruption of
draining the entire main pool for maintenance, the
development of this tool is quite cost effective. We're very
proud of these tile tanks and we've already had interested
inquiries from other regions' pools.''