Demolition near for 'eyesore' school

DEENA COSTER
Last updated 05:00 06/12/2013
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Kapuni School and Warea School buildings are to be demolished at long last.

Ten years ago 15 schools, many of them in South Taranaki, were closed by then Education Minister Trevor Mallard. Most of the sites had been landbanked until historic Treaty of Waitangi settlements were finalised.

The Ministry of Justice has finally given the go-ahead for demolition.

Roger Luscombe, who represented the Kapuni District Association and the Kapuni War Memorial Hall Committee, said demolition of the buildings on the Kapuni school site was well overdue.

He said the community supported the move as the vacant buildings had been vandalised over the years.

"It's been an eyesore to the district," he said.

Kapuni's Bob Watt, who had close connections to the school, said the future of the land remained unknown.

"Everyone has their own thoughts about it and what's going to happen," he said.

A ministry spokesperson said tenders for the demolition of Kapuni School close on December 19.

The decision to demolish the Kapuni buildings was made after consultation with the community and Ngaruahine iwi in September this year.

No-one had shown any interest in removing and selling the buildings.

In relation to the removal of the Newall School building and the demolition of Warea School, the ministry said there had been no public response toits request for feedback on these proposals. The tenders for this work close on January 16.

According to the ministry, the properties, which remain landbanked, will be offered to iwi as part of any settlements.

If they are not taken as part of any settlement, they will be released for sale on the open market.

The ministry has also authorised the demolition of a house at 87 McLean St in Waitara.

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