The Ministry of Education has put asbestos removal work at an Auckland primary school on hold, due to concerns for the children's health.
About 35 parents are keeping their children away from Hobsonville Primary School, as 360 tonnes of contaminated soil is removed during school hours.
A joint statement from the Ministry's Kim Shannon and Hobsonville Primary School board chair Lance Norman says they will now review when the work goes ahead.
They say the Easter school holidays is the next logical opportunity, but not all of the work would be completed during that period.
The school first discovered the asbestos in a section of soil during construction of a new drop-off bay in October.