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Apr 6, 2019

Construction worker at Wellington East Girls' College dies


A construction worker has died after a medical emergency at Wellington East Girls' College.

In a letter to parents, principal Sally Haughton said a member of the Naylor Love construction team suffered a medical emergency on Thursday morning and died. 

"We communicated with staff this morning who will be talking with students who can access support from our counselling staff if needed," Haughton wrote. 

Naylor Love chief executive Rick Herd said the death was "not a work-related incident". 

"We're making sure that we're doing as much as we can for the family and we pass on our condolences."

The school has since postponed activities at the school and asked whanau from Te Ati Awa to conduct rituals in line with tikanga. 

Haughton said staff were told about the incident this morning and would be talking to students, who could get further support from the school's counselling staff.
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Police confirmed they were called out to a medical event at 9.30am. 

Wellington Free Ambulance spokeswoman Sarah Coulthard said an ambulance was dispatched to Wellington East Girls' College at that time, but she would not comment further as it was a private address. 

A Wellington East Girls' College receptionist, who did not give her name, said the school would not be able to comment at this time. 

Sally Haughton has been contacted for comment. 

Construction has been ongoing at the school since 2015, when a $39 million redevelopment of the school's main block was announced. The project was initially due to be completed in January 2019.

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