Auckland is critical to New Zealand’s economy and we’re investing heavily in infrastructure to continue this success.

Better connectivity will underpin Auckland’s ongoing success, and that’s why we’re investing $424 million in rolling out Ultra-Fast Broadband to more businesses and homes across the city.

Our investment in education reflects our commitment to Auckland’s future. Our efforts, alongside local schools and teachers have seen higher attendance and better results – setting up young people to share in their city’s success.

Auckland Economic Snapshot

  • 39.9% economic growth since National were elected.
  • 62,000 new jobs created in the region over the past year.
  • $11,792 increase in average annual wages since 2008, almost double the rate of inflation.
  • 72 more Police for the Auckland Police District as part of our $503m Safer Communities package.


  • Up to $1.7b for Auckland’s City Rail Link, a new 3.4km underground trainline from Britomart to Mount Eden, New Zealand’s largest transport infrastructure project.
  • $1.93b to develop and improve Auckland’s Metro Rail since we were elected, including electrification.
  • $636m for the Victoria Park Tunnel and Newmarket Connection viaduct replacement projects, which both opened in 2012.
  • $1.4b for the Waterview Connection, which opened to traffic in July 2017 and largely completes the Western Ring Route, an alternative to SH1 around Auckland, helping to reduce congestion in central Auckland.
  • $46.2m co-invested with Auckland Transport in the Grafton Gully, Nelson St and Central Auckland cycleways.


  • 169,498 children in 319 schools benefitting from our $359 million initiative to keep the best teachers in the classroom and share expertise and leadership across schools.
  • 96.1% of young children in Auckland participating in early childhood education, helping them get the best start in life.
  • 86% of 18-year-olds achieving NCEA Level 2 in Auckland, an increase of 7.7 percentage points since 2011 – that’s 1,218 more 18-year-olds.
  • Around 266,700 children in 497 schools in Auckland now have access to faster internet with uncapped data thanks to our $211m investment in the N4L Managed Network.
  • We’ve committed $316m to building 17 new schools in Auckland since we were elected, and $18m for a major redevelopment at Freemans Bay School.


  • 71,700 children in Auckland DHB area are benefitting from our policy of free GP visits and prescriptions for all children aged under 13.
  • 5,360 more patients a year in Auckland DHB area are receiving elective operations than when we were elected.
  • 54,580 60 to 74-year-olds in Auckland DHB area will be eligible for our bowel screening programme, which is being rolled out across the country to help prevent some of the around 1,200 deaths caused each year.
Auckland DHB
  • As of 31 March 2017 there were over 1,430 doctor full-time equivalents and over 3,030 nurse full-time equivalents employed by the Auckland DHB. That’s over 370 more doctors and 500 more nurses compared to 2008.
  • Auckland DHB will receive an extra $44 million in new money this year, taking the DHB’s total funding to $1.387 billion for 2017/18. That’s an extra $419 million in funding over the last nine years.
  • Between 2008 to 2016, in the Auckland DHB:
    • Elective surgeries are up 59%.
    • Orthopaedic elective surgeries are up 27%.
    • Cataract surgeries are up 21%.
    • Hips and knee replacements are up 20%.
    • First Specialist Assessments are up 41%.

Making a Difference

  • 2,389 people in Auckland helped into their first home in the first two years of HomeStart.
  • 96,313 businesses and homes in Inner Auckland now able to connect to Ultra-Fast Broadband as part of our $2 billion investment to roll out faster internet across New Zealand. 

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