Tue, Aug 30, 2022 9:50 AM

The best pool store in New Zealand


Staff reporter

A long-standing team of pool experts have taken top accolades at a national industry award night.

In the first time entering the awards, Aquanort Pools, run by the Norton family for more than 50 years, is now considered the best pool store in the country.

And owner Greg Norton’s long, 30-year service and dedication to the pool industry was recognised.

“It was pretty cool to be called up on stage in front of your industry peers and to recognised. It feels like a slow burner after all that time, it was very humbling,” Greg says.

He received the Acknowledgement of Industry Service award for his hard work, dedication, and valuable contribution.


Greg says the Auckland awards evening, at the Grand Millenium, was an opportunity to put some faces to names.

Only last year, Aquanort Pools joined the Swimming Pool & Spa Association (SPASA), and the association’s awards highlight the best in the business around New Zealand.

“As a business we wanted to become a member of SPASA as it gives the industry a real collectiveness.” Greg says.

“SPASA is great for the industry, it is working to create a recognised trade for the pool industry which we have never had before, assisting with pool building contracts/terms and conditions and working with MBIE and district councils regarding pool permits and regulations. We are stronger in numbers.”

AquaNort Pools was awarded the Best Pool Store and the Best Single Location Pool Store.

Judging criteria were based on a business’s achievements, marketing, business presentation, staff presentation, range, service and support, new technology, industry knowledge and compliance.

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