Another example of Ministry waste



Have your SayAnother local example of Ministry of Education waste is the property at 19 Warriston Avenue. It was built by Frank May, father of local, Leo May.
It was vacated in 2005 and we were told the last tenant, a college teacher, wanted to purchase it but was not permitted to do so, and that it was left in very good condition.
It was left vacant and ‘managed’ by DTZ. We regularly reported vandalism to the property in subsequent years and asked permission to purchase it.
We contacted MP Katherine Rich, who had written questions answered by Minister of Education Steve Maharey, who said ‘The Ministry of Education is progressing the disposal of these particular properties as fast as it can.’
In March 2008 the house was demolished. It was said to have an asbestos problem, but this is difficult to believe as none of the demolition crew had protective gear and they allowed me on site to take pictures.
In July 2009 I was told it was transferred to another Government department and was later told it is being held as a potential asset for Treaty settlement. We were told this was targeted for 2014, and if not required in deed of settlement it would come on to the open market. The section is neglected. If DTZ still manages it, what services do they provide and at what cost for the past 10 years?
The Pollok School house was also vacated when the school closed and has also since suffered squatters and vandalism.
Tui Cox, Waiuku.
-The Post has had a great deal of comment about these issues and has followed up with the Ministry of Justice (who administers properties which may be used for Treaty Settlements. Their comments are in our property pages this week
– Editor.

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