Quake-risk Wanaka pool closed

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Last updated 05:00 19/07/2014

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The Queenstown Lakes District Council has indefinitely closed the Wanaka Community Pool after it failed to meet earthquakes standards.

The council announced last night that the pool, engineered by Anthony Stanely Major who was this week expelled from the Institute of Professional Engineers of New Zealand (IPENZ ), met only 20 per cent of earthquake standards under the building code.

District council chief executive Adam Feeley said in a statement that the pool met statutory requirements when it was built but "now fell significantly short of current standards".

"Our advice is that it could be at risk in the event of an unusually heavy snowfall, earthquake, or similar event."

Major, an Invercargill design engineer, designed and observed the construction of Stadium Southland, which collapsed in September 2010 after a snowstorm.

IPENZ this week announced it had expelled Major because he breached their code of ethics.

A spokesman for Major said this week that he was disappointed with the IPENZ disciplinary committee's decision and felt it was not a fair reflection of his culpability in this matter.

Feeley acknowledged Major's involvement in the construction of the pool but said it had already begun a structural assessment before his connection was noted.

The council would have a better idea of when the pool would be reopened once further work had been completed on upgrade options for the building, he said.

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