Ponsonby homeowners still waiting 11 days after being forced out of their homes by asbestos billowing from school fire
Ponsonby homeowners in Auckland who are still waiting for answers 11 days after being forced out of their homes by asbestos billowing from a school fire are suffering anxiety attacks and delays returning to their jobs
19 December 2020
Now Green MP Chloe Swarbrick and Act MP Simon Court are championing the residents' cause in a bid to get government agencies to step up and co-ordinate the asbestos clean-up.
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The residents' houses were contaminated when central Auckland's Ponsonby Intermediate School erupted in a "ferocious" blaze a few doors down on December 8.
The fire billowed smoke potentially carrying asbestos up to 100m along the neighbouring street.
A day later, Auckland Regional Public Health teams advised 12 home owners to leave their properties until they were cleaned.
But residents said they had since been left to clean up the mess themselves.