Seeking a new home is Windmill programme specialised care manager Angela Olsen with Jazmin Loper (4) and other parents and pupils who regularly attend the programme. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
A specialised care programme for children with disabilities
is on the move again after being forced from its home in
Access Home Health Windmill Otago Southland specialised care
manager Angela Olsen said the Windmill programme was
established four years ago, and has had a ''slightly
nomadic'' existence ever since, having moved several times
since it was established, and has been in the former St
Patrick's School in South Dunedin since March last year.
But in December, the organisation will have to move again -
this time to make way for the new An-Nur Kiwi Academy (Muslim
boys' boarding school) which has bought the site.
''We're back in no man's land,'' Ms Olsen said. `It's a
familiar place for us. It's very unsettling for everyone
She said the programme had about 130 children on its books,
and December was not an ideal time to move because the
holiday programme would be in full swing.
''Ideally, we would like to move into another school because
it already has the appropriate DCC zoning - it'll be set up
ready to go.''
Ms Olsen said the group investigated moving into the former
High Street School, but that was out of the question.
A Ministry of Education spokeswoman said it was not possible
for the group to rent the site because it was to be offered
to Ngai Tahu under its right of first refusal in the Crown
property disposal process.
''If Ngai Tahu does not purchase the site, it will be placed
on the open market.
''Leasing the site is not possible because the ministry
estimates that the property will be sold by December,'' she