Dear Ms Parata and Dr Coleman,
With experts interviewed by the NZ Herald now confirming that there are definite risks to students at Hobsonville Primary School during the asbestos removal due to start there today (with one of them describing the school’s position as “crazy” by allowing the removal to take place while the students are at school), are you able to intervene to halt the asbestos removal?
The school’s principal and chairman of the Board of Trustees have gone from being stubborn on this issue to now acting with gross negligence, and are potentially risking the health of more than 700 students.
It is also now clear that the written assurances provided by the School and the Board of Trustees about the complete safety of the asbestos removal have been made only on the basis of the information supplied by the company being paid for its removal. Experts in asbestos removal cited by the Herald, and now backed up by other specialists parents have sought advice from, all confirm that what the school is doing over the next three weeks poses a significant health risk – one which can be mitigated by preventing the removal of the asbestos until the school holidays and keeping it stable in the meantime.
Could you please advise urgently what action the Education and Health Ministries intend to take on this matter to protect the students, and following this, what the Education Ministry intends to do regarding the deficient decision-making of the School’s principal and Board of Trustees, and in particular, its refusal to get independent specialist advice on this important issue despite parents calling for it.
I’m not in a position to make a definitive statements about the danger but as a parent I do feel that the school could easily schedule this for the school holidays and minimise any risk, perceived or otherwise.
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