Mould behind Christchurch school's move

JODY O'CALLAGHAN
Last updated 14:53 05/02/2014
Linwood Intermediate School
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BACK IN BUSINESS: Te Kura Whakapumau will be temporarily relocated to the old Linwood Intermediate site.

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Mould spores have prompted a Christchurch school to move off its site while repairs are carried out.

Te Kura Whakapumau will be temporarily relocated to the old Linwood Intermediate site while quake repairs at the school are carried out. 

Ministry of Education head of infrastructure Kim Shannon said the move was prompted by the discovery of mould spores on the Maori immersion school's site.

Contractors were already working on the damaged buildings at the kura's Opawa campus, and it was expected school would resume there later in the year.

''The ministry is working closely with the kura to ensure a seamless transition for students and staff, and we're committed to getting the repair work done as quickly as possible.''

Tumuaki, or principal, Terina Ranginui Tahau said the move was prompted following a hui with the school community.

''The health and wellbeing of our staff and students is paramount. We all agreed that a temporary relocation would ensure our school community was well taken care of while the ministry gets the repair work done," Tahau said.

The appeal of the Linwood site was its safety and ability to cause little disruption for families due to its close proximity to their school. 

''The facilities there mean we can continue to deliver our Year 1-13 curriculum as well as accommodating early childhood education and community and cultural programmes," Tahau said.

''We are very grateful to have the use of this site while our place is being repaired.''

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