Help Waiau Out!

Published: 20-Feb-2017

Help the community of Waiau rebuild its swimming pool.

Waiau, with a population of approximately 250 people, was at the epi-centre of November’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake and suffered wide-spread damage as a result.

The incident also claimed the life of a local woman.

While much of the national and international focus was directed at Kaikoura, Waiau had 39 buildings red stickered (so off-limits to people), compared to 34 in Kaikoura.

Among the local infrastructure badly damaged included the rugby, golf, tennis, netball and bowling clubs.

The local Scout Den, playcenter, historic church and cob cottage museum are all red stickered and the only hotel in the town was destroyed.

Many rural farms and families are now facing big challenges as they try to rebuild their lives and businesses.

The local swimming pool which doubles as the community and school pool was destroyed beyond repair.

Ex-local Verdon Kelliher, who resides in Auckland, has started a campaign to get the pool rebuilt.

“I chose the pool as a project because the loss of it in particular impacted the kids. My local mates all said that this would be something that would help take their children’s minds off the devastation and continuing aftershocks,” Kelliher said.

The “Rebuild the Pool” campaign has provided a much needed lift in morale for the community.

Currently the campaign total sits at $134,000 in cash, and a further $150,000 of services that have donated.

More is needed to make this project a reality.

To that end, today saw the launch of a Trade Me campaign where 50 donated items will be auctioned off in an effort to raise another $30,000.

The items on offer include:

  • 2016 All Blacks jersey fully signed by the team
  • 2017 Highlanders jersey fully signed by the team
  • 7 day Jucy campervan holiday
  • Heletranz helicopter flight
  • Sir Richard Hadlee personally signed cricket memorabilia
  • Signed Proteas ODI shirt by the current touring team
  • 2016 Crusaders jersey signed by the team
  • 2013 Blackcaps signed cricket cap featuring Brendon McCullum’s signature
  • Luxury accommodation stays
  • Flights from Christchurch to Auckland for a Audi Driver Experience at Hampton Downs
  • Quality outdoor furniture from McKenzie and Willis
  • AJ Hackett bungy jumps
  • Hanmer Attractions jetboat safaris
  • Golf at Kinloch and Millbrook
  • Whittakers Chocolate
  • Farming supplies from PGG Wrightson and Dow AgroSciences
  • A Fiordland Discovery Cruise

The Waiau community recently formed a committee to coordinate the new pool project.

“The rebuild the pool campaign has been a rewarding and uplifting distraction from the effect the earthquake has had on all of us,” the committee’s leader, Emma Duncan says. “It's provided something for the locals to talk about and look forward to. We are really excited about the Trade Me auction and so grateful to everyone who has donated towards it"

The auction commences on the Trade Me website tonight at 7pm and concludes on March 3

The link to the auction is trade.me/rebuildthepool