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Christchurch council said it would cost $7.7m to keep a community pool open – but its calculations were wrong by $5m –

Consultants said it would cost $7.7m to run a Christchurch pool for 10 years. But a swimming coach with a calculator found the figures were wrong – by $5m.



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Christchurch City Council has admitted a $5 million accounting error over the running costs for a community pool which has been earmarked for possible closure.
Independent consultants calculated it would cost $7.7m to operate and maintain Wharenui Swimming Pool and Sports Centre over the next 10 years and used the cost as justification for decommissioning the site.
However, members of Wharenui Swim Club asked for a detailed breakdown of the figures and discovered they did not add up and that…

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