WhiteWater New Zealand believes Public Private Partnerships may prove to be a viable answer to the capital funding of attractions at aquatic centres over the coming decades, as local government faces increasing pressure to fund new infrastructure in the face of a rapidly changing climate.
‘Sustainability’ is no longer just a fashionable buzz-word, it’s now a real necessity and aquatic centres are big consumers of energy and water. Irrespective of how many customers are using a facility, the base level operating cost remains much the same, so it makes both environmental and economic sense to lift numbers and make better use of facilities.
Traditionally, the Public Private Partnership (PPP) funding model has been more commonly associated with large scale public works such as roading and, more recently, schools at central government level. However, after two successful PPPs of our own (through our sister company QEII Hydroslides Limited) with aquatic centres over the last two decades, we believe this funding model has a proven and useful role in the future development strategies for aquatic centres across New Zealand.