The Waikato region contributes to New Zealand’s thriving economy through innovation and sheer hard work.

Local enterprise is central to the region’s growth. That’s why we will continue to focus on R&D, and supporting small business to flourish.

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

We want this region to maintain its momentum, so we’re investing in infrastructure and essential services such as health and education.

Waikato Economic snapshot

  • 31.9% economic growth in the Waikato since we were elected.
  • 12,600 new jobs created in the Waikato over the past year.
  • $12,420 increase in average annual wages since 2008, more than double the rate of inflation.
  • 101 more Police for the Waikato Police District and three new areas - Matamata, Te Kuiti & Thames - will now have a 24/7 Police presence — as part of our $503m Safer Communities package


  • $2.1b for the 102km-long Waikato Expressway, which will greatly reduce travel times, improve road safety and boost the economy. The full Expressway is expected to be complete in 2019.
  • $68m to replace the Kopu and Atiamuri Bridges.
  • 24 more towns in Waikato to get Ultra-Fast Broadband, benefitting an additional 90,000 people in places like Waihi, Morrinsville, Matamata, Ngaruawahia and Thames.
  • We invested $6.7m in the newly-opened Western Rail Trail shared pathway, a key part in Hamilton’s growing walking and cycling network.


  • 56,516 children in 204 schools in the Waikato benefitting from our $359 million initiative to keep the best teachers in the classroom and share expertise and leadership across schools.
  • 97.1% of young children in Waikato participating in early childhood education, helping them get the best start in life.
  • 81.9% of 18-year-olds achieving NCEA Level 2, an increase of 9.3 percentage points since 2011 – that’s 550 more 18-year-olds.
  • Over 79,000 children in 297 schools in the Waikato now have access to faster internet with uncapped data thanks to our $211m investment in the N4L Managed Network.


  • 71,700 children in Waikato benefitting from our policy of free GP visits and prescriptions for all children aged under 13.
  • 6,640 more patients a year in Waikato receiving elective operations than when we were elected.
  • 56,900 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.
Waikato DHB
  • As of 31 March 2017 there were over 730 doctor full-time equivalents and over 2,110 nurse full-time equivalents employed by the Waikato DHB. That’s over 160 more doctors and over 480 more nurses compared to 2008.
  • Waikato DHB will receive an extra $42 million in new money this year, taking the DHB’s total funding to $1.221 billion for 2017/18. That’s an extra $392 million in funding over the last nine years.
  • Between 2008 to 2016, in the Waikato DHB:
    • Elective surgeries are up 61%.
    • Orthopaedic elective surgeries are up 29%.
    • Hips and knee replacements are up 53%.
    • First Specialist Assessments are up 36%.

Making a difference

  • 2,842 people in Waikato helped into their first home in the first two years of HomeStart. 

  • 98,128 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.


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