A diver from the Hutt Valley Drainage Board at
Naenae Pool, Lower Hutt 1958
Naenae Olympic Pool was officially opened on 10 November 1956 by Mayor Percy Dowse. The pool was built at a cost of £150,000 part of which was levied through a special rate on residents of Epuni, Taita and Naenae.
At the time of the opening it was the first deck level pool in the Southern Hemisphere. The 1956 Souvenir Brochure states that the pool is based on modern standards, 165 feet x 55 feet, suitable for the biggest sporting events such as Empire or Olympic Games.
Alexander Turnbull Library