Public meetings to answer chemical fears

Tuesday 9 November 2004

Two public meetings will be held to alleviate fears of nearly 5000 Auckland City property owners who this week learned they might be living on pesticide-contaminated land.

By The Landlord

The meetings will be held in Avondale and Glen Innes, two of the three areas where most of the potentially affected homes are clustered.

Experts will answer questions on health concerns and who will pay for soil tests that can confirm or rule out the presence of pesticide residue.

As the meetings and a council helpline were being set up yesterday, the Education Ministry and Rodney District Council announced plans to investigate the matter.

The ministry's northern regional manager Bruce Adin said it was too early to say if any schools or early childhood centres were affected.

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