There is no good news yet for anyone hoping to take a dip in the Waiwera thermal hot pools.
The historic pools closed in February last year for refurbishment but then, in November, the landowners, Waiwera Properties, cancelled the lease on the complex, citing defaults on rental payments.
The lessee was the Waiwera Group, whose sole director at the time was Russian billionaire Mikhail Khimich. His company, Waiwera Thermal Resort Limited, was placed into liquidation in February this year.
“Unfortunately our hands are tied while we await the final wrap-up of liquidation proceedings,” a Waiwera Properties spokesperson said last week.
“We are aware of concerns about the state of the Waiwera pools site and are considering options for the future of the property.
In the meantime, we have a number of security measures in place around the property.” Until its closure last year, there had been a thermal spa in Waiwera for 170 years.