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