Buildings at Northland College in Kaikohe are so dilapidated the police have asked to use them for training simulations because they’re the closest thing available to a ‘ghetto environment’ – principal Jim Luders says.
‘The conditions are appalling. They’re unsafe. There’s water leaks – mould – asbestos in parts. It’s without doubt the worst school stock in New Zealand’ Mr Luders said.
‘I would challenge any school to send in photos that are worse’.
The buildings have long been an issue at the 280-student school – which has also had struggles with governance – attendance – and achievement.
Previous boards failed to maintain the classrooms – while at the same time funding a new administration block – leading to their run-down state.