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Reopening Morere Hot Pools has taken took a major step forward, with the beginning of remedial major infrastructure works at the site.

Date:  20 December 2023

The failing septic system forced the closure of the hot pools last summer, and effects from Cyclone Gabrielle delayed procurement processes earlier this year. However, procurement has advanced, and Enviro Water has now commenced the project to fully replace this system.

Although no precise date can be given for reopening the pools, Matt Tong, DOC Tairāwhiti Operations Manager, says it won’t be long until whanau can return to the healing waters.

“We know the community is eagerly awaiting the reopening of the hot pools, and we’re glad to be making progress again after a difficult year in many ways,” Matt says.

“While we know it’s disappointing Morere won’t be open for the summer holidays, and we share this sentiment.

“We’re hopeful everyone will soon be enjoying this special place once again. At this stage we’re looking at April or May 2024 for reopening, but much of this relies on the supply chain and, of course, the weather playing ball for contractors on site”.

Alongside recent procurement processes, DOC and iwi representatives have collaborated to form the Morere Steering Roopu.

“We appreciate the importance of this taonga to mana whenua, and have come together to partner in the planning for a thriving Morere for many years to come.

“Our first priority is to drive the steps to reopening and we acknowledge the continuous call from whanau to do this with urgency.”

Further updates on Morere Hot Pools reopening progress will be shared as work progresses.


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