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The North Shore and Rodney is a vital part of Auckland’s economy and we’re investing heavily in infrastructure to continue this growth.

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 region.

Our investment in education reflects our commitment to the region’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
  • 73 more Police for Waitemata Police District. Warkworth/Wellsford and Helensville will also now have a 24/7 Police presence - as part of our $503m Safer Communities package.

Infrastructure

  • $700m for the SH1 Northern Corridor Improvements project, including the Northern Busway extension and 5km of new walking and cycling paths.
  • $710m for SH1 Puhoi to Warkworth to extend the four-lane SH1 Northern Motorway 18.5km to just north of Warkworth and help make journeys quicker and safer.
  • 13 more towns in the Auckland region to get UltraFast Broadband, benefitting an additional 36,000 people across the region in places like Warkworth, Wellsford, Omaha and Snells Beach.
  • $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.

Education

  • 169,498 children in 319 schools in Auckland 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 $20m to redevelop Warkworth Primary School and $26m to redevelop Takapuna Grammar.

Health

  • 99,800 children in the Waitemata DHB area are benefitting from our policy of free GP visits and prescriptions for all children aged under 13.
  • 8,145 more patients a year in the Waitemata DHB area are receiving elective operations than when we were elected.
  • 78,660 60 to 74-year-olds in the Waitemata 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.
  • We invested $24.9m in He Puna Wāiora – a new mental health inpatient unit in the North Shore – and $9.9m in a new outpatient clinic at North Shore Hospital.
Waitemata DHB
  • As of 31 March 2017 there were over 770 doctor full-time equivalents and over 2,260 nurse full-time equivalents employed by the Waitemata DHB. That’s over 270 more doctors and over 600 more nurses compared to 2008.
  • Waitemata DHB will receive an extra $53 million in new money this year, taking the DHB’s total funding to $1.558 billion for 2017/18. That’s an extra $482 million in funding over the last nine years.
  • Between 2008 to 2016, in the Waitemata DHB:
    • Elective surgeries are up 74%.
    • Orthopaedic elective surgeries are up 74%.
    • Cataract surgeries are up 54%.
    • Hips and knee replacements are up 72%.
    • First Specialist Assessments are up 45%.

Making a Difference

  • 2,389 people in Auckland helped into their first home in the first two years of HomeStart.
  • 77,043 businesses and homes in North Shore and Rodney 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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