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We're investing in major roading projects, as well as $96.7 million to connect more homes and businesses in the region to Ultra-Fast Broadband.

Keeping families and communities safe is also a priority. That’s why we are funding an extra 1,125 Police staff across the country.

We are focused on health and education, so the people of Manawatu-Whanganui, both young and old, can be part of this region’s continued success.

Manawatu-Whanganui Economic Snapshot

  • 21.8% economic growth since National was elected
  • 7,700 new jobs created in the region over the past year
  • $12,130 increase in average annual wages since 2008, more than double the rate of inflation.
  • 67 more Police for the Central Police District, which covers Manawatu-Whanganui, and three new areas - Marton, Taumarunui and another location in Central Hawke’s Bay/ Northern Wairarapa - will now have a  24/7 Police presence – as part of our $503m Safer Communities package.

Infrastructure

  • $70m to upgrade the Whirokino Trestle and Manawatu River Bridges.
  • $17.6m for a new section of State Highway 3 north of Normanby, which opened in February 2016.
  • 12 more towns in the region to get Ultra-Fast Broadband, benefitting an additional 30,000 people in places like Dannevirke, Marton, Foxton, Taumarunui and Ohakune.

Education

  • 27,500 children in 122 schools in the region benefitting from our $359 million initiative to keep the best teachers in the classroom and share expertise and leadership across schools.
  • 97.5% of young children in Manawatu-Whanganui participating in early childhood education, helping them get the best start in life.
  • 83.7% of 18-year-olds achieving NCEA Level 2, an increase of 9.5 percentage points since 2011 – that’s 272 more 18-year-olds.
  • Around 41,000 children in 193 schools in the region now have access to faster internet with uncapped data thanks to our $211m investment in the N4L Managed Network.

Health

  • 39,500 children in Whanganui and MidCentral DHBs are benefitting from our policy of free GP visits and prescriptions for all children aged under 13.
  • 3,000 more patients a year in the region are receiving elective operations than when we were elected.
  • 37,920 60 to 74-year-olds in the region will be eligible for our bowel screening programme, which is being rolled out across the country to help prevent some of around 1,200 deaths each year.
MidCentral DHB
  • As of 31 March 2017 there were over 300 doctor full-time equivalents and 890 nurse full-time equivalents employed by the MidCentral DHB. That’s over 80 more doctors and over 140 more nurses compared to 2008.
  • MidCentral DHB will receive an extra $19 million in new money this year, taking the DHB’s total funding to $614 million for 2017/18. That’s an extra $158 million in funding over the last nine years.
  • Between 2008 to 2016, in the MidCentral DHB:
    • Elective surgeries are up 42%.
    • Orthopaedic elective surgeries are up 29%.
    • Cataract surgeries are up 45%.
    • Hips and knee replacements are up 58%.
    • First Specialist Assessments are up 33%.
Wairarapa DHB
  • As of 31 March 2017 there were over 40 doctor full-time equivalents and over 210 nurse full-time equivalents employed by the Wairarapa DHB. That’s over 10 more doctors and over 40 more nurses compared to 2008.
  • Wairarapa DHB will receive an extra $5 million in new money this year, taking the DHB’s total funding to $144 million for 2017/18. That’s an extra $35 million in funding over the last nine years.
Whanganui DHB
  • As of 31 March 2017 there were over 80 doctor full-time equivalents and over 340 nurse full-time equivalents employed by the Whanganui DHB. That’s almost 20 more doctors and nearly 50 more nurses compared to 2008.
  • Whanganui DHB will receive an extra $8 million in new money this year, taking the DHB’s total funding to $240 million for 2017/18. That’s an extra $53 million in funding over the last nine years.
  • Between 2008 to 2016, in the Whanganui DHB:
    • Elective surgeries are up 38%.
    • Orthopaedic elective surgeries are up 26%.
    • Cataract surgeries are up 42%.
    • Hips and knee replacements are up 22% 
    • First Specialist Assessments are up 32%.

Making a Difference

  • 2,911 people in Manawatu-Whanganui helped into their first home in the first two years of HomeStart.
  • 56,599 businesses and homes in the region now able to connect to Ultra-Fast Broadband as part of our $2 billion investment to roll out faster internet across New Zealand.
  • We’re investing $10m to redevelop Sarjeant Gallery and Whanganui Museum.

 

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