Relief and smiles at a Christchurch City Council meeting today, as the council confirmed it will allow a land swap to go ahead, meaning Redcliffs School can finally return to the suburb.
The school had to vacate its original site in Redcliffs after a cliff collapse made its original site unsafe. It has been using the Van Asch Deaf Education Centre in Sumner as a makeshift site.
Now a new school will be built on the Redcliffs Park site, that will be sold to the crown, and the old school site will be turned into a park in return.
Head of the hearings panel, Deputy Mayor Andrew Turner says: "This has been a very difficult issue for the Redcliffs Community ...there's a need for certainty".
Councillor Sarah Templeton congratulated the school for continuing to thrive under difficult circumstances. She says "All the reasons that make it a great place for a park also make it a great place for a school".
However, Councillor Yani Johansen says he would abstain from the vote until after the General Election.
He says it doesn't make sense to move a school from One high hazard area to another: "I think it's a high risk of tsunami on the proposed site".
The Principal Rose McInerney was at the meeting to hear the news in person, and is both relieved and excited they can finally go ahead after years in limbo.
The school had to fight to survive after then Education Minister Hekia Parata announced the closure of the school, but the community fought hard to reverse that decision.