A civic leader is upset his community board was kept in the dark about the Ministry of Education's controversial schools announcement.
Chairman of the Shirley-Papanui Community Board Chris Mene says the ministry had assured the board about seven weeks ago it would be informed of any possible changes.
The board had been in discussions with the ministry over falling rolls because of earthquake related issues and wanted to have input into any changes.
But when the Government dropped its bombshell of proposed closures and mergers across the province it caught the community board, like many others, by complete surprise.
"One of our requests at that meeting was to stay engaged in the process," he said.
"We thought we had a relationship and an understanding with the ministry - that doesn't appear to be the case," said Shirley-Papanui Community Board chairman Chris Mene.
The Government was criticised for the confusion caused over its announcement last week. Mr Mene said schools in the Shirley-Papanui ward were affected.
They are Ouruhia School, Shirley Intermediate, Glenmoor School, Hammersley Park School and Shirley Boys High.
Mr Mene said he was very concerned about the impact the announcement would have on people's well being.
"School principals have already indicated that our kids are really struggling.
"Decisions appear to be made by Wellington bureaucrats who don't seem to have the slightest understanding of the fragile state of our communities.
"I wouldn't have said that a few weeks ago," he said.
The Ministry of Education did not respond to questions from the New Advertiser before deadline.