Six rooms in the technology block at South Westland Area
School were either destroyed or badly damaged in the blaze,
which is believed to have started in the home economics room,
shortly after 7pm on Thursday.
The Department of Conservation says without Gary Aburn,
the kakapo might be functionally extinct. Last week, Gary
went home to Whataroa to die. He conducted one last interview
with Greymouth Star reporter Laura Mills.
Forty-one children from a roll of 60 were off sick from
Kokatahi-Kowhitirangi School yesterday with flu symptoms,
while at Westland High School just over half of its Year 9
and 10 students have attended school this week.