Tue, 10 Feb 2009 12:00a.m.
Twenty-seven people have drowned in New Zealand so far this year - eight more than the same time last year and the highest number of recreational drownings since 1994.
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11/02/2009 9:56:46 a.m.
Perhaps NZ has a higher drowning toll than OZ because we have more access to water than they do being a bigger and more inland country....Just a thought.
11/02/2009 9:40:10 a.m.
Do schools need swimming pools? They are typically small, and solar heated. I remember freezing every time we got in the pool at primary. Never had a swimming pool in high school, that just meant, and means now for schools down here also that don't have pools that they go to the local community pool. I think that is a better options and gives schools more money that would otherwise have to go on the maintenance of a pool.
10/02/2009 8:33:46 p.m.
Kirsty, Christchurch wrote:
"As an aquatics professional I find it really disturbing. My first reaction is a more steely resolve to fix it, indeed my reaction as a person and as a father is that it's an absolute tragedy" so says CCC Recreation and Sports manager John Filsell. Well New Zealand, Mr Filsell and his Council cronies "steely resolve" was sadly lacking when they demolished our much loved and well used local pool rather than properly investigating ways of repairing it or replacing it AND despite vocal community opposition and commitment to its retention. Where do the children of the St Albans community learn to swim now Mr Filsell? If their parents can't afford private lessons or the key to the school pool over summer their opportunities are severely diminished. THAT is a "tragedy" waiting to happen. BUT obviously dollars and cents matter more than lives!! What a Hypocrite!!
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