SCHOOL LOCKED DOWN
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.
NOVEL GREEN SPACE IDEA
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.
CATHOLIC SCHOOL WISH
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.