Brrr-ave kids take plunge

LAIRD HARPER
Last updated 05:00 13/12/2012
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Whenuakura School student Connor Mitchell enjoys a swim at Patea's newest facility.

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Patea kids braved freezing water to enjoy their town's new $1.3 million pool yesterday.

Pool relocation committee chairman David Honeyfield said he was one of many adults who "conveniently" left their togs at home for the official opening of the unheated pool, but had no doubt it would become an instant success.

"This is the most wonderful thing to happen to Patea for 20 years. Who would've thought Patea could raise more than $600,000. I'm sure no one else believed we could."

Last year, the South Taranaki District Council gave Patea until March this year to raise the money after it budgeted $633,000 to go toward either the new pool at the Patea Domain, or refurbishing the old one on Stafford St.

In short order, the relocation committee applied for and received several funding grants to the tune of $675,280.

South Taranaki mayor Ross Dunlop said it was a shining example of how the community and council could work together.

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