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We've launched the Tai Tokerau Northland Economic Action Plan, with 50 initiatives to support and enable growth in the region.

Better connectivity will be critical, and we’ve invested $60.3 million in rolling out Ultra-Fast Broadband in Whangarei, with another 19 towns in Northland to be connected in the next stage.

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

Northland Economic Snapshot

  • 24.3% economic growth since National was elected.
  • 5,600 new jobs created in Northland over the past year.
  • $10,686 increase in average annual wages since 2008, more than double the rate of inflation.
  • 66 more Police for the Northland Police District and three new areas - Kaitaia, Dargaville and either Kerikeri or Kaikohe - will now have a 24/7 Police presence – as part of our $503m Safer Communities package.

Infrastructure

  • Over $2b for the Puhoi to Wellsford Road to increase connectivity with the region and help boost the economy.
  • Up to $500m for the Whangarei to Port Marsden highway upgrade, with construction set to start in 2019.
  • 19 more towns in Northland to get Ultra-Fast Broadband, benefitting an additional 41,500 people in smalls towns like Kerikeri, Dargaville, Paihia, and Ruakaka.
  • We’re investing in replacing 10 one-lane bridges in Northland by 2021, with construction to start on three - Hardies and Anderson in Matakohe and Taipa - by the end of this year.

Education

  • 22,420 children in 99 schools in Northland benefitting from our $359 million initiative to keep the best teachers in the classroom and share expertise and leadership across schools.
  • 94.6% of young children in Northland participating in early childhood education, helping them get the best start in life.
  • 79.3% of 18-year-olds achieving NCEA Level 2, an increase of 11.1 percentage points since 2011 – that’s 235 more 18-year-olds.
  • We invested $6m to increase capacity at Hora Hora School as part of our $50m investment to upgrade schools in Northland.

Health

  • 31,800 children in Northland benefitting from our policy of free GP visits and prescriptions for all children aged under 13.
  • 2,590 more patients a year in Northland receiving elective operations than when we were elected.
  • 29,900 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.
  • We’re funding free fruit in schools for 7,880 children in Northland and free breakfasts at 98 Northland schools through the KickStart programme.
Northland DHB
  • As of 31 March 2017 there were over 260 doctor full-time equivalents and over 840 nurse full-time equivalents employed by the Northland DHB. That’s over 100 more doctors and over 130 more nurses compared to 2008.
  • Northland DHB will receive an extra $21 million in new money this year, taking the DHB’s total funding to $602 million for 2017/18. That’s an extra $182 million in funding over the last nine years.
  • Between 2008 to 2016, in the Northland DHB:
    • Elective surgeries are up 45%.
    • Orthopaedic elective surgeries are up 22%.
    • Cataract surgeries are up 55%.
    • Hips and knee replacements are up 35%.
    • First Specialist Assessments are up 23%.

Making a Difference

  • 914 people in Northland helped into their first home in the first two years of HomeStart.
  • 22,700 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 $7m in the construction of the Hundertwasser Art Centre and Wairau Māori Art Gallery in Whangarei.

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