South and East Auckland are critical to 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 city.

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.
  • 91 more Police for Counties Manukau Police District, and 80 more Police to fight organised crime across the country – as part of our $503m Safer Communities package.


  • $669m co-invested in the Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative, a group of projects in south-east Auckland to improve transport choices and connections in the area.
  • $268m for the SH1 Southern Corridor Improvements project, from Manukau to Papakura, including an upgrade to the Takanini Interchange.
  • Up to $1.85b to fast track and build the EastWest Link roading project, which will tackle congestion and improve travel times between SH20 and SH1.
  • $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.


  • 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, including $20m for the new Kauri Flats School in Takanini/Papakura.


  • 108,565 children in the Counties Manukau DHB area are benefitting from our policy of free GP visits and prescriptions for all children aged under 13.
  • 4,700 more patients in the Counties Manukau DHB area are receiving elective operations a year than when we were elected.
  • 64,650 60 to 74-year-olds in the Counties Manukau 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.
Counties Manukau DHB
  • As of 31 March 2017 there were over 830 doctor full-time equivalents and 2,280 nurse full-time equivalents employed by the Counties Manukau DHB. That’s over 280 more doctors and over 560 more nurses compared to 2008.
  • Counties Manukau DHB will receive an extra $51 million in new money this year, taking the DHB’s total funding to $1.477 billion for 2017/18. That’s an extra $480 million in funding over the last nine years.
  • Between 2008 to 2016, in the Counties Manukau DHB:
    • Elective surgeries are up 34%.
    • Orthopaedic elective surgeries are up 14%.
    • Hips and knee replacements are up 22%.
    • First Specialist Assessments are up 33%.

Making a Difference

  • 2,389 people in Auckland helped into their first home in the first two years of HomeStart.
  • 112,149 businesses and homes in South and East Auckland 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 funding free fruit in schools for 7,500 children in Auckland and free breakfasts at 170 Auckland schools through the KickStart programme.

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