Asbestos removal work put on hold at Auckland school

Author
Newstalk ZB Staff ,
Section
National,
Publish Date
Monday, 20 March 2017, 3:49PM
Fencing of a section of asbestos contaminated soil at Hobsonville Primary School taken by a parent in February. (Natalie Marsh)
Fencing of a section of asbestos contaminated soil at Hobsonville Primary School taken by a parent in February. (Natalie Marsh)

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.

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