Mouldy, uninsulated and leaking. As last term drew to an end, children in some rooms at a Rotorua school were unable to write in their books as the air was so damp the pen wouldn't transfer to the paper. Pupils of the school have been in second-hand classrooms, described by the principal as "awful" and "inadequate", that were put there in the 60s. But thanks to a multimillion-dollar boost from the Ministry of Education, the school will soon be able to replace them with fit-for-purpose classrooms. Cira Olivier reports.

Nearly 60-year-old classrooms riddled with damp and mould have sparked multimillion-dollar