From February in the Waikato Times:
Labour MP Sue Moroney has called for “people power” as the battle to save Hamilton’s Municipal Pools enters its final, desperate stage.
Hamilton City Council has vowed to lock the gate to the century-old outdoor pool complex on March 31 because it will not spend the $1.4 million needed to fix the leaking complex.
The pools are the only public swimming complex in the central business district and one of only a handful of outdoor heated pools in the Waikato.
Patrons of the pool have launched a spirited campaign to fight to keep the “munis” open, and held a public meeting on Wednesday night to draft their battle plan.
Mrs Moroney attended the meeting and told the 130-strong crowd that people power was the only way to change the council’s mind.
“I urge you to fight,” she said.
And yesterday in the Herald:
Plans to save the leaky Hamilton Municipal Pools have been ditched after the groups backing them realised they would be too expensive.
Swim Waikato and Sport Waikato have completed their business case on the long-term future of the pool and deemed it wasn’t viable under a trust arrangement.
The joint proposal to the council during its long term plan hearings in May was one of the last hopes for the 100-year-old pool and the council decided to close it for a year to give more time for the proposal to be investigated.
But the operations and activity performance committee heard yesterday that the groups had walked away from the proposal.
Sue wanted the ratepayers of the Waikato to literally pour thousands into a big concrete leaky hole…
Once again, everything Sue Moroney gets involved with turns to custard – this is an extension of ‘the Moroney Effect’
‘If it involves Sue, it’ll turn into Poo’.
In other matters I understand she has decided to extend the Moroney Effect into Todd McClay’s Rotorua electorate, recently opening an office there. Word has it Todd McClay danced a jig and has started calling his the electorate “The Fortress”.