50th Anniversary – Wainuiomata Swimming Baths

The Wainuiomata Swimming Baths officially opened on 25 November 1967. The pool was funded by the community through events such as the annual Baths Fund Christmas Parade.

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Swimming in Wainuiomata before the baths opened, 1959 – Boys swimming in dammed river, at Boys’ Brigade camp, Wainuiomata, Lower Hutt. Ref: EP/1959/4396b-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.
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Parade at Petone, Wellington, for swimming baths fund, showing unidentified young men dressed in costumes and holding signs, December 1959. Ref: EP/1959/4308-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. [The original caption notes this is in Wainuiomata but we believe the photo to be in front of the Austin Factory in Petone]
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Parade at Wainuiomata, Wellington, for swimming baths fund, showing unidentified man dressed in a Santa Claus costume with a wheelbarrow, in front of a bus which reads ‘Wainuiomata Amateur Swimming Club’, December 1959. Ref: EP/1959/4309-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.

In the early 1970s the main pool was extended to Olympic size and in 1984 a hydroslide was added.

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Wainuiomata Swimming Baths, 1971. Hutt City Libraries Collection.
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Photograph showing Wainuiomata’s swimming pool and the opening of the 80-meter waterslide through bush, c1970s. Hutt City Libraries Collection.

 

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