Residents to fight Redcliffs school move

Redcliffs School will be built at Redcliffs Park, while its former site will be turned into a park. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN

Residents are going to fight a plan to move Redcliffs School to a nearby park.

Neighbours to Redcliffs Park, the site earmarked to rebuild the school, are opposed to the Government’s plan to move it.

Friends of Redcliffs Park Chairwoman Simi Desor, husband Chris Bartlett and Chris Doudney will present their concerns to the Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board at 10am today.

They want the school returned to its original Main Rd site, not to the park on Beachville Rd.

Bay Harbour News revealed in November the new school could be built on or near a historic Maori burial ground.

Management advisory company Mahaanui Kurataiao Ltd told the Ministry of Education there is evidence to suggest that urupa (burial grounds) could be located in the park.

Urupa are considered one of the most tapu (sacred) places in Maori society.

In October, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced the school would be shifted to the city council owned Redcliffs Park.

The ministry and city council are considering a land swap deal involving the park and the existing school site.