Swimming is ingrained in the Kiwi culture which makes sense as an island nation with ready access to the ocean, lakes, rivers, and swimming pools. Young children tend to adore water and we can all smile at the squeals of delight from toddlers when they are playing in it, but we also know that young children must be rigorously supervised around water. Having a pool fence is a safety barrier at all times and is also a legal requirement Safety guidance for pool owners | Building Performance
Understanding what is required for having pool fencing that is compliant with New Zealand law can be daunting and complicated. Engaging with an expert early in the process is highly recommended to ensure that everything is in place and correct from inception to installation. It would be preferable to avoid building your dream pool area only to have the unpleasant surprise that the pool fence is non-compliant and that it can’t be used by anyone until it has been paid to be corrected.
Once you have contacted your local HomePlus pool fence expert, they can arrange an at-home visit to go through and discuss what you want to achieve and what are your available options for pool fencing, all underpinned by the requirement to meet the regulation. One common issue that our experts find that they often help customers with, is understanding that there must not be anything climbable 1.2 metres from the fence (in height and in an arc radiating from the fence top), which includes established trees and furniture. This in many instances will impact design ideas. Pool area safety checklist (aucklandcouncil.govt.nz).
This in many scenarios will impact design and is an instance that highlights how engaging with expert knowledge is invaluable in finding solutions to this and other tricky issues with pool fence design. Feedback from council pool inspectors shows the issue of climbable structures e.g., steps and trees located in the nearby garden area as a common issue that will arise from an inspection.
HomePlus has an extensive range of pool fencing options to choose from, ranging from prefabricated aluminium fencing or semi-frameless glass to minimalist Frameless glass systems. Many customers choose to combine more than one pool fencing style, often selecting glass fencing for the front of the pool near the house (for clearer views of the pool) and other styles for the other sides depending on their style preference for the outdoor area.
The regulations can be quite complicated, but you don’t have to be an expert if you work with the experts, so contact your local HomePlus pool fencing expert for help, or see more details here.