As­bestos in Moana Court

Kapi-Mana News - - OUT & ABOUT - JARED NI­COLL

Some el­derly res­i­dents will be tem­po­rar­ily re­homed af­ter the dis­cov­ery of as­bestos in a Ti­tahi Bay so­cial hous­ing block.

Work­ers pre­par­ing to paint all 26 of the coun­cil’s Moana Court Flats at Te Pene Ave found as­bestos in hard­board un­der the eaves and kitchen win­dows in Fe­bru­ary.

Res­i­dents were told in late March af­ter some were left won­der­ing why the sched­uled paint­ing had not be­gun.

The coun­cil’s chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Tam­sin Evans said the health and safety of ten­ants was its top pri­or­ity.

‘‘Although this does not pose any health risk to ten­ants in its cur­rent state, for their health and safety we’ve de­cided to proac­tively re­move all ar­eas of as­bestos at Moana Court,’’ she said. ‘‘This re­moval work will be done in a staged ap­proach deal­ing with one block of flats at a time and is likely to take four to five days per block.’’

The block pro­vides cheap ac­com­mo­da­tion for those over 65, the ma­jor­ity of whom live in small bed­sits.

They will be of­fered tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion within Porirua while the work was done.

‘‘Once we have a date for when work can be­gin, we will work with ten­ants on the fi­nal tim­ing,’’ Evans said. ‘‘In the mean­time, three ar­eas of mi­nor dam­age to the hard­board un­der the eaves will be sealed im­me­di­ately prior to be­ing re­moved.’’

The coun­cil will have air mon­i­tors on site to min­imise any health risks dur­ing the re­moval process, she said.

The block of flats, which was built in 1974, is owned by Porirua City Coun­cil but man­aged by Welling­ton City Coun­cil be­cause of its broader ex­pe­ri­ence.

FAIR­FAX NZ

Res­i­dents of the Moana Court flats in Porirua will have to be tem­po­rar­ily re­homed af­ter the dis­cover of as­bestos.

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