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Farmers frustrated over synthetic carpets in schools decision

The library is now a full-time classroom.
The library is now a full-time classroom. Photo: RNZ / Sam Olley

A Government decision to fit more than 600 rural schools with synthetic carpet is drawing the ire of many farmers. They'll be sourced from US-based company Milliken. It's left many wondering why officials haven't opted for locally sourced wool carpets, especially given the raft of climate regulations agriculture now has to meet. But the Ministry of Education says the carpet tiles are completely recyclable, and also - crucially - meet the fire requirements of the Building Code. Kathryn speaks to Wools in Schools NZ campaigner Tom O'Sullivan, and Ministry head of capital works Sam Fowler