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A Hamil­ton school was forced to call po­lice af­ter a child lost con­trol and threat­ened staff. Teach­ers at Maeroa In­ter­me­di­ate School locked them­selves and their pupils in the class­room for the seven min­utes the school was on lock down. Chil­dren weren’t at risk, the principal said.


Hamil­ton City Coun­cil thinks every­one should have some green space nearby. Staff are draft­ing a pol­icy with such tar­gets as every­one be­ing within 500 me­tres of a neigh­bour­hood park - some­thing Hamil­ton hasn’t had be­fore. When coun­cil­lors got their first look at the draft pol­icy, they had ques­tions about the ef­fect of high-den­sity housing and the fu­ture of un­de­vel­oped parks in the north­east.


The Catholic com­mu­nity is pray­ing for a sec­ond chance to build a new school in Ro­to­tuna af­ter pre­vi­ously be­ing de­nied. All five of Hamil­ton’s Catholic pri­mary schools are full. The Hamil­ton Dio­cese has ap­plied to the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion to con­struct a new state-in­te­grated pri­mary school on a three hectare block the church owns be­tween Res­o­lu­tion Dr and Bor­man Rd. The dio­cese would pro­vide the land and con­trib­ute at least 15 per cent of the cost.

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