'Dangerous': Waingaro Hot Springs faces closure

00:15, Jan 10 2014
Waingaro Hot Springs
SAFETY CONCERNS: The Waingaro Hot Springs in 2008.

Waikato's Waingaro Hot Springs may close over concerns for public safety.

The Waikato District Council has served notice on the operators of Waingaro Hot Springs, near Ngaruawahia, in relation to dangerous buildings under the Building Act 2004.

The land on which the hot springs sits is owned by Waikato District Council, but leased to Chuhar and Amro Singh who own all of the buildings and facilities on-site.

Last month, the Singhs were served with notices relating to the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987 and Clauses of the New Zealand Building Code. 

Fencing was then erected to isolate sections of the facility deemed unsafe or which could pose a risk to the public and staff, including the hot water bore, speed slide, hydro slide and main swimming pool.

Waikato District Council chief executive Gavin Ion said the safety of the community was paramount and it was now at the discretion  of the Singhs as to whether they would remain open or not, given a lot of their facilties could now not be used.


"Council has a responsibility to ensure the facilities operating in our district, either private entities or Council owned, are maintained to a high standard and meet the necessary health and safety requirements," he said.

"In this particular case Council is concerned the tenant has not met their health and safety obligations and there is a high risk the public could be placed in a dangerous situation."

When contacted by the Waikato Times this morning co-owner of Waingaro Hot Springs Amro Singh said she would not comment on the matter. 

She said the business was still open and refused to say whether they planned to close.

This is not the first time the Singhs have found themselves in hot water.

In 2011 they got in trouble by the Advertising Standards Authority after showing 20-year-old footage in a TV advertisement. A customer complained and said the current pools complex bore little resemblance to footage screened in its television ads and the ASA upheld the complaint.

Complanant J Lochead-MacMillan said that when they visited the complex the bumper boats pool was empty, the main pool had an "algae green hue" and the water slide was not going.

"It was so bad. I paid to go in and suffered a child screaming because we left without dipping a toe in the water.

"They have the same out-of-date photos on their website. It's scruffy, dirty and really run- down . . . nothing like their adverts . . ."