Government to build new schools in Tauranga and Hamilton

Government to build new schools in Tauranga and Hamilton

Education minister Hekia Parata has announced new investments to build new schools in Tauranga and Hamilton as well as extra classrooms at Tauranga and Hawke's Bay. A school in Hamilton will also be extended under the plan. Parata announced a $53.5 million education infrastructure plan as part of the Budget 2016 at Tauranga's Welcome Bay School on Friday.

The authorities will build a new school, Sylvester Primary school in the Hamilton's growing northeast with a budget of $25 million. The plan also includes an expansion of Endeavour School with a budget of $4 million. Another new school will be built at the cost of $18 million on Kennedy Road in the Pyes Pa area in Tauranga. The authorities will build eight extra classrooms in Hawke's Bay and six in Tauranga

Parata said that two new areas and Hawke's Bay have recorded population growth and there was a requirement for new infrastructure to better cater to the students. He said, "With that population growth comes increases in school rolls, so this investment is about staying ahead of schools' need for more quality learning spaces."

Associate education minister Nikki Kaye had pointed out that expansions or new schools were needed in several areas. He also said that the government has been building new schools such as Endeavour School, Rototuna Junior High School and Rototuna Senior High School to cater to the growing demand.