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Have your say

Flat Bush Aquatic and Leisure Centre

Closed for feedback

Reviewing submissions

About Flat Bush Aquatic and Leisure Centre

This consultation closed on 29 November 2019. Thank you for having your say.

We received 1289 completed surveys and 1389 sticker dot votes at our face-to-face events.

We also received written submissions, feedback from social media postcards, mana whenua hui and stakeholder meetings, and via email.

The majority of people who sent in feedback were of Asian descent (51 per cent), followed by Europeans (48 per cent), Pacifika (7 per cent), Māori (6 per cent), and Middle Eastern/Latin American/Africa (1 per cent).

Key feedback themes

Aquatic services and activities

Popular activities included:
  • leisure swimming
  • lane swimming
  • learning to swim.

Leisure services and activities

People were keen to see:
  • exercise machines
  • group fitness classes (yoga, pilates and tai chi).

Indoor sports and activities

The most popular indoor sports included:
  • badminton
  • basketball
  • table tennis.

Other services

The following services were most popular:
  • cafe
  • massage
  • physiotherapy/ rehabilitation.

Changes made as a result of feedback

The findings of the community engagement fed into the service requirements for the new facility.

Three overarching principles will inform the design of the new facility:

  • Sustainability – both environmental and financial
  • Accessibility
  • Future flexibility


The service and facility requirements for the new facility are:

  •  Leisure pool
  • Toddler pool
  • Water toys
  • Separate learn to swim pool
  • Lap pool
  • Spa and sauna
  • Fitness gym
  • Multipurpose room(s) for group fitness, programme and sports club use
  • 2 indoor courts
  • Ancillary services e.g. café, changing rooms and clinic rooms
  • Accessibility for the full range of disabilities.

 Howick Local Board strongly supports a 50-metre length lap pool and two-metre-deep water.

These will cost significantly more than the $48 million allocated budget and will require asking the Governing Body for additional funding.

What happens next

The next steps and timeframes are subject to delays identified in the Emergency Budget 2020-2021.

To progress this project, we will need to:
  • update the Barry Curtis Park Masterplan to show the aquatic and leisure centre location
  • put together a design team
  • write a detailed business case including options for a 25m length lap pool and 50m length lap pool
  • apply to the Governing Body for additional funding.

Download a copy of the key findings report