Community pool gets $40k funding boost

Fundraising for the Methven Community Pool continues following a $40k funding boost from Community Trust of Mid & South Canterbury.
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The Methven Swimming Pool Association and Seniorcare Geraldine Inc are two of 10 recipients to get funding through the Community Trust of Mid & South Canterbury.

They have received $40,000 and $25,000 respectively for their pool and kitchen upgrade projects.

The trust has allocated funding totally $165,000 to 10 organisations community projects in the second of two main funding rounds this year.

The Methven Swimming Pool Association is in need of a multistage pool upgrade and modernisation.

The community pool needs much work done to continue being open to the district and reduce the pressure on those committee volunteers who have given up considerable hours over the past seasons dealing with break downs and issues due to the aged nature of the existing filtration system.


Jo Newport, secretary of the pool association says “the pool is a resource we are passionate about and as a committee we want to ensure that the community have an opportunity to enjoy swimming locally for many years to come.”

This active swimming pool association is continuing with their fundraising and have Givealittle page, Save Our Pool, where people can donate to this community project.

Seniorcare Geraldine Inc also known as Waihi Lodge – provides rest-home facilities, day care for the elderly and apartment living for those who are mentally challenged in Geraldine.

The current kitchen is 50 years old and is used to cook and deliver meals to the community as well as providing meals to residents, day care attendees and apartment residents.

The grant will help upgrade the kitchen to afully functional, compliant and safe space that is essential to the operations of Waihi Lodge.


Other recipients are Arts on Tour NZ Trust ($10,000) which has been supporting local agencies to present the best of Kiwi artists to audiences in rural and more remote townships for 16 years.

A letter of support noted cancellations and lockdowns of Covid-19 brought home all the vital significance of the live arts in people’s wellbeing.

The grant will assist this group to stage events in the region over the next 6-12 months.

Other grants approved: Highbank Hall Charitable Trust, $10,000 building upgrade, Timaru Yacht & Power Boat Club, $10,000 jetty repairs, Pleasant Point Bowling Club $20,000 building upgrade, Bushtown (Waimate) Inc $15,000 project costs, Waimate District Resource Trust Inc $20,000 furniture / operating costs, Whalan Lodge $12,000 kitchen upgrade, People First New Zealand Inc $3000 operational costs.

The trust funding round four for the 2022-23 financial year is open now for capital projects up to $20,000.

It closes on February 3, 2023.