13 Nov 2011

Tolley accused of ignoring community over school closure

9:55 am on 13 November 2011

Labour Party List MP Steve Chadwick says Education Minister Anne Tolley has steamrolled the Kawerau community and ignored its pleas not to close the only intermediate school there.

Mrs Tolley has announced a new Year 7 to Year 14 school which will replace Kawerau Intermediate and Kawerau College.

National says it would invest $6 million in the new school.

But Ms Chadwick says Mrs Tolley deliberately ignored the community wishes not to merge the schools.