National will build nine new schools in Auckland if
re-elected, associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced
The schools would be built as part of a $350 million
investment into Auckland education infrastructure over the
next four years, Ms Kaye said.
The announcement was made during a visit to Ponsonby Primary
School with Prime Minister John Key this afternoon.
"We have recently invested in new schools in areas like
Hamilton and Queenstown, and Auckland is an obvious candidate
for significant new investment," she said.
The new schools would be spread across the Auckland region,
with four likely in the northern region, three in South
Auckland, and two in West Auckland.
An additional 130 classrooms would also be built at existing
school sites across the Auckland region to deal with forecast
roll growth, Ms Kaye said. A further eight schools would be
"We will deal with major redevelopments at Western Springs
College in Western Springs, Southern Cross Campus (second
stage) in Mangere East, and Sherwood Primary in Browns Bay as
first cabs off the rank if we are returned to Government at
"We will also work to confirm within three months of the
election the other five major redevelopments that we expect
to be required in Auckland," Ms Kaye said.
"New Zealand is growing strongly and the school network will
come under pressure in different parts of the country as the
"We want to get ahead of the demand by expanding and
redeveloping schools for students before serious capacity
The projects would need to go through the appropriate process
before they were approved and built, she said.
Funding would come from a mixture of the Future Investment
Fund -- which contains the proceeds from asset sales, and
existing baselines including possible public/private
partnerships, Ms Kaye said.
"We know that other parts of New Zealand are also facing roll
growth pressures and we are well prepared to deal with those
too," Ms Kaye said.
The Government had already committed $1 billion to build more
schools and classrooms in the greater Christchurch region
over the next 10 years, she said.
"We will look to invest in schools around the country over
the next four years through the ongoing Budget process."
- By Brendan Manning of APNZ