John Key went to Aorangi School as a kid and made a point during the election campaign of his “working class roots”. Interestingly Jane was bought up just across the road, went to Aorangi and our childrens grandparents still live in the same house.
A colleague from Otago is now also the principal.

The school has rotted from the inside out because of leaks and one block has had to be demolished already. The children and teachers are now left camping in a series of relocatable classrooms that are only just getting heatpumps put in after a winter in them already. The BoT explain their predicament like this:

Aorangi school was poorly constructed at the time it was built in 1959. In 2006, major degradation was discovered in the timber framing. One block had to be urgently decommissioned in February 2008 and the entire school needs to be rebuilt. The existing main block requires regular mould testing, propping and external struts, and is quickly deteriorating. The relocatables provided by the MoE are aged, in poor condition and need urgent repair. We have a fenced demolition site and Portacom toilets on the school grounds.
Last winter it was impossible to heat the school adequately because the MoE took over 7 months to approve a power upgrade. Temperatures in the classrooms at 9 am were as low as 10 degrees despite all the heating we could manage without tripping the fuses. We now have heat pumps approved but no funding for repairs or strategies such as insulation to reduce heat loss. The BOT has done its utmost to address health and safety.
The school community helped design a plan for a ’21st century school’ in 2007, which was initially approved by the MoE. At the end of 2008, the MoE forced the school to review this plan because it was $373,000 over budget. However, at the moment the MoE is reviewing the whole project. The review has already taken over two and a half months, with no end in sight.
We cannot rebuild until the review is completed and our children will spend another winter in highly substandard buildings. Health and safety experts such as OSH tell us the best solution is to rebuild immediately, but this has not shifted the Ministry’s position. The roll has dropped, we have consequently lost resourcing and the BOT is now threatened with legal action for unpaid fees due to delays.

The plans the BoT have for their new school are very exciting and creative judging by the plans on the signage on the street. I understand that if the school burned down they would receive more money than they will to rebuild the school under the current rules. Seems to me to be bureaucracy gone mad and depressingly it is coming down to a headbutting competition between the school and the MoE …. why? Are buildings not entitlements?

The school have made very creative use of YouTube to get their point across:

they also have an online petition here

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