Last chance for views on merger plan for colleges

00:27, Feb 06 2014

A meeting tonight is an opportunity for the people of Marlborough to voice their opinions on the future of secondary education in Blenheim.

The final meeting in an Education Ministry consultation round will be held at the Marlborough Girls' College hall tonight at 7pm.

The option the ministry has done the most work on involves moving Marlborough Boys' College from Stephenson St to the girls' college site in McLauchlan St and rebuilding a co-educational school there.

Marlborough Boys' College geography teacher Chris Grage said he would be at the meeting tonight and hoped for some better suggestions than were given at an earlier meeting.

"The Education Ministry presented a concept plan for consideration and discussion that showed a way they believed 2000 students could fit on the one site - I disagreed. I don't believe there is enough space for all the students to function in properly - it would disadvantage the students, and they should be our main focus."

Mr Grage is also concerned about the lack of playing fields in the proposed plan.


Marlborough Boys' College students have their own fields as well as the use of College Park and the A & P Showgrounds, he said. "The boys would loose easy access to all of that if the college was to move."

Consultation facilitator Janet Kelly and the board of trustees of Marlborough Boys' and Marlborough Girls' colleges would be at the meeting.

February 3 is the final day for written submissions to be sent to: or posted to: Janet Kelly, 31 Courtney St, Motueka 7120.

The Marlborough Express