Asbestos removal halted at Auckland school after angry parents remove children from classes


The asbestos removal work at an Auckland primary school has been called to a halt after a group of parents expressed their anger at the move.

More than a dozen West Auckland children have been kept home as excavation beings on a piece of land riddled with asbestos.
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In a joint statement, the Ministry of Education and Hobsonville Primary School assured parents, "we are confident that this work can be carried out safely".

"We've listened to the concerns of a number of parents who don’t feel they have been adequately informed about the work that is planned on the site," the statement read.

"We will now review when the work goes ahead. The Easter school holidays is the next logical opportunity."

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But the work is expected to take three weeks, longer than the Easter holiday period.

The removal of 700 tonnes of asbestos-contaminated soil from the site next to the school is in preparation for the construction of a school drop-off zone.

Earlier today, up to 26 parents had withdrawn their children from classes at the school.

It’s good news. I definitely think they’ve made the right decision"
Natalie Marsh

The roll at Hobsonville Primary is approximately 600.

Parent organiser Natalie Marsh is happy the school has made "the right decision."

"I think that they’ve done the right thing, halting the works, definitely," she told 1 NEWS.

"I also think if they are able to start and complete the work in the April school holiday period - when there will be no-one at school - and also get the school site, grounds and classrooms tested and cleared prior to re-occupation… I don’t see a problem.

"It’s good news. I definitely think they’ve made the right decision."

If the asbestos is removed during school time at Hobsonville Primary School, parents are threatening to remove the kids.
Source: Breakfast
Asbestos was found in the ground where a drop off zone will be built at Hobsonville Primary School.
Source: Breakfast

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