Part of the bill for building four new schools - including
Wakatipu Secondary School's new site in Queenstown - could be
met by a public private partnership, the Government said
An invitation for Expressions of Interest will be issued for
the design, construction, financing, and maintenance of
Aranui Community School and
Rolleston Secondary School in greater Christchurch, Wakatipu
Secondary School's new site in Queenstown and a new school in
Auckland yet to be confirmed.
"If the expression of interest is successful and the PPP
(public private partnership) goes ahead the Ministry of
Education estimates the cost of construction and maintenance
for the project will be more than $200 million,``Education
Minister Hekia Parata said.
The use of a PPP could deliver savings of 2 to 8 per cent
over traditional procurement by the ministry, she said.
The schools would be built regardless of whether a PPP deal
could be agreed, Ms Parata said.
Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye said the green light
from Cabinet for the project followed the ministry's first
PPP contract, signed in April 2012, with Learning
Infrastructure Partners for the development, financing,
construction and maintenance of Hobsonville Point primary and
Today's announcement came after an American firm expressed
interest in setting up a charter school in New Zealand.
Opponents of such schools say overseas organisations should
not be publicly funded to run schools here - potentially for