Private school moves for Wanaka

17:00, Jun 19 2012

Wanaka could soon have its first private school after the owners of Auckland's Wentworth College confirmed they are considering establishing a school on the former Wanaka Primary School site.

Wentworth College Property director Stephen Fleming told The Southland Times an unnamed investor had purchased part of the former school site in Warren St and had invited them to view the land and existing buildings this week.

"We got invited down to have a look at the possibility of creating a business on that site."

Mr Fleming, who was supposed to view the site yesterday but was unable to land at Queenstown Airport due to fog, hoped to get to Queenstown and Wanaka today.

Mr Fleming said they had been working on the project for two weeks and had already floated the business idea with residents of the Upper Clutha area.

"We've had talks with relevant people in the area and we're not offside with anyone."

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The site visit would enable them to view the land and existing buildings and make a decision on its viability as a potential school site, he said.

"We will know whether this is a goer within a week to 10 days."

Meanwhile, Mr Fleming said plans to build a private school in Queenstown were "progressing steadily".

"We haven't finalised the site yet," he said; he had had another site to look at while he was in Queenstown this week.

However, Mr Fleming was confident they would be in a posi-tion to make an announcement in July.

The Southland Times