Continued investment in Otago schools supports roll growth

Construction on the new teaching space at Queenstown's Shotover Primary School begins in 2018. Photo: Guy Williams
Construction on the new teaching space at Queenstown's Shotover Primary School begins in 2018. Photo: Guy Williams
Six projects, collectively valued at over $70 million are delivering new schools, classrooms and refurbished buildings across the Queenstown-Lakes  and are helping to ease the pressure of growing rolls in the area, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says.

The National Education Growth Plan is making sure that sufficient capacity in the school network is delivered in the right place and at the right time.

These projects, including some funded by the NEGP, are currently in various stages of construction, design or master planning in the Wanaka and Wakatipu Basin catchment areas.

“We have completed a new block of ten roll growth classrooms at Shotover Primary School, which opened this term and provides space for 250 students.

"This expansion delivers on this Government’s commitment to ensure all students and teachers can learn and work in environments that are warm, dry, safe and fit for purpose,” Mr Hipkins said.

“Construction on the new South Block at Mt Aspiring College in Wanaka also started this term, which will contain 28 new teaching spaces as well as a whare, which will form the new entrance to the school.

“A project at Arrowtown School will shortly result in a new two-storey block containing 14 teaching spaces as well as significant refurbishment to other spaces in the school.

“This investment means we are on track to provide the new teaching spaces needed for the estimated 5000 extra students in Otago and Southland’s highest growth areas by 2030.”

Other projects in the area include construction under way at Te Kura Whakatipu O Kawarau, which is a new school at Hanley’s Farm near Queenstown, and will cater for up to 425 students.

Four roll growth classrooms at Hawea Flat School, as well as the second stage of expansion at Wakatipu High School.

“Te Kura O Take Kārara in Wanaka is a fantastic example of a new school in an area with huge population growth," Mr Hipkins said.

"A year on from its opening, the school has helped to ease pressure on the local network and is providing a high-quality teaching and learning environment for local students.”

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