No asbestos in Waiora offices
Swab test results from individual offices in Waiora House have come back negative for asbestos, meaning any exposure to office workers is likely to have been minimal.
The swabs were taken after elevated levels of asbestos were found in corridors and shared areas, forcing the building’s closure in August until remedial work could be undertaken. Taupo¯ District Council facilities manager Garreth Robinson said the results were extremely positive. Contractors Ward Demolition had begun removing asbestos from the ceiling — the likely cause of the elevated levels.
“The site is a highly controlled environment with the building sealed and internal negative pressure being used,” he said. The removal is likely to take about 14 weeks. The council has found alternate premises for the community groups and agencies forced to relocate.
Family Focus, Anamata Cafe´, Tipu Ora, Youth Services and the Waiora Community Trust manager’s office are now on the first floor of 28 Heuheu St. Taupo¯ Community Foodbank/Women’s Refuge and the Taupo¯ Citizens Advice Bureau have moved to 107 Tamamutu St and DHB Lactation Consultants will be opening in Office 7 of the Tauhara Wing of Waiora House from October 1.
Pregnancy Help is now at 65 Lakewood Drive (Inspire Church), and REAL Youth Mental Health is at 111 Tu¯wharetoa St.