Aquatic Centre update


13 March 2018


Independent panel to review Aquatic Centre options confirmed

Following feedback from councillors and Te Tatau o Te Arawa board, Council can now confirm the members of an independent panel to review options for future management of the Rotorua Aquatic Centre.

The panel members are:

  • Auckland lawyer Tama Hovell who has experience in environmental, resource management and Maori issues. He has also been involved in a number of major resource consenting projects, provided advice on developments in natural landscape areas and consulted on a range of large infrastructure developments for electricity and telecommunications infrastructure within transport corridors.

  • Rob McDonald, a director of Deloittes in Christchurch with experience in business planning, businesses cases and feasibility studies, valuations, operational reviews, consultations and due diligence for a range of sectors including local government and tourism.

  • Jamie Delich, Spaces and Places Lead for Sport New Zealand who has more than 44 years’ involvement with the aquatics industry, from initial positions with various Wellington councils to now advising on national aquatic industry best practice and developments. He has been leading Sport NZ’s national sporting facilities network programme which involves facility concept, planning, design, build and operations. In his Spaces and Places role he is coordinating regional strategies on developing sport and recreation facility priorities and needs across New Zealand.

Earlier this month the Full Council voted 6-5 in favour of a recommendation put forward by Councillor Rob Kent to reconsider all management options and consider any implications on future development opportunities.

Draft terms of reference for the panel have also now been finalised following feedback.

The panel will report back to Council on their recommendations and preferred model.

Rotorua Lakes Council Chief Executive Geoff Williams says Council will continue working in good faith with staff and their union representatives.

“As I’ve said previously, it is important that this matter is resolved as soon as possible to provide certainty for both staff and the council organisation on the way forward for the Aquatic Centre.”






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