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Recreation and leisure – hākinakina

We provide affordable and safe aquatic facilities, services and programmes for the health and wellbeing of our community. We provide a districtwide library service and support arts activities.


Key activities in the first three years of this plan

Contribute to the Kāpiti College performing arts centre
Provide an eBook publishing service in 2015/16
Commence tender process for the Mahara Gallery upgrade to bring the gallery up to museum standards and to house the Field Collection in 2016/17 with construction to commence 2017/18 to be completed 2018/19
Complete the Waikanae Library upgrade consultative phase in 2016/17 and commence the construction phase in 2017/18
Review and revise council’s strategy for supporting the arts
Develop a council strategy for supporting heritage and museums
Develop, and support development, of cultural festivals and events in the Kāpiti district
Future proof the Ōtaki Pool with re-roofing, recladding and improving the interior including disability access. Work will commence in 2015/16 and continue into 2016/17
Build a splash pad next to Ōtaki Pool. Work will commence in 2015/16 and continue into 2016/17
Separate Ōtaki toddlers and lane pool infrastructure
Carry out Coastlands Aquatic Centre improvements including earthquake tiling repairs, new showers, waterpolo scoreboard and more CCTV cameras.


Contribution to outcomes

  • Our residents in urban areas live reasonably close to a recreation facility and a range of active recreation facilities is available throughout the district
  • Increasing numbers of residents and visitors are using facilities and the pools swim clubs are satisfying the needs of the community
  • We are progressing our public art programme
  • Our libraries offer a range of materials and spaces.


We plan to spend an average per year of $14.3 million on operations and $3.1 million on capital work for recreation and leisure.


Recreation and leisure