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'Concrete cancer' fears still alive - NZ First

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New Zealand First wants Minister for Building and Housing Nick Smith to get independent analysis to prove that "concrete cancer" is not a concern in recently constructed buildings around the country as Minister Smith claims.

"We have been reliably informed that tonnes of imported cement are not up to industry standards and result in weak concrete that will end in structural problems," says New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters.

"New Zealand First warned the government about the dodgy cement last year but it is still being used.

"Now the Minister has the audacity to tell New Zealand First to provide technical reports. That is the job of the Minister who, up till now, has relied on concrete industry assurances that are both conflicted and not independent.

"Suspect cement is believed to have been used in the Manukau District Court and Fonterra’s upgrade of its UHT factory in Waitoa.

"Why haven’t independent core samples been take from these sites and others where there are concerns?"

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