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We’re investing heavily in infrastructure for the wider Wellington region, including major roading networks, to improve and protect access in and out of the city.

Better connectivity will underpin Greater Wellington’s continued success and that’s why we’re investing $182.5 million in rolling out Ultra-Fast Broadband to more businesses and homes across the region.

Our investment in education reflects our commitment to Greater Wellington’s future. Our efforts, alongside that of local schools and teachers, have seen higher attendance and better results – setting up young people to share in their region’s success.

Wellington Economic snapshot

  • 9,000 new jobs created in Wellington over the past year.
  • 2nd for GDP per capita in New Zealand.
  • $13,082 increase in average annual wages since 2008, double the rate of inflation.
  • 62 more Police for the Wellington Police District — As part of our $503m Safer Communities package

Infrastructure

  • $1.2b to build Transmission Gully and the Peka Peka to Otaki Expressway, both to be complete by 2020.
  • $270m for the Grenada to Petone link between SH1 and SH2.
  • 7 more towns and areas in the region to get Ultra-Fast Broadband, benefitting an additional 19,100 people in Upper Hutt, the Kapiti Coast, Otaki, Carterton, Featherston, Greytown, and Martinborough.
  • We’re investing $43m in the Haywards Interchange project in the Hutt Valley.

Education

  • 52,000 children in 174 schools in Greater Wellington benefitting from our $359 million initiative to keep the best teachers in the classroom and share expertise and leadership across schools.
  • 97.9% of young children in the Greater Wellington region participating in early childhood education, helping them get the best start in life.
  • 88.2% of 18-year-olds achieving NCEA Level 2, an increase of 9.1 percentage points since 2011 – that’s 522 more 18-year-olds.
  • We’re investing $9m in redeveloping Thorndon School and since November 2015 have invested a further $108m in redeveloping nine other schools in the region.
  • Over 81,000 children in 236 schools in Wellington now have access to faster internet with uncapped data thanks to our $211m investment in the N4L Managed Network. 

Health

  • 79,500 children in the Greater Wellington region benefitting from our policy of free GP visits and prescriptions for all children aged under 13.
  • 4,200 more patients a year in the Greater Wellington region receiving elective operations than when we were elected.
  • 66,540 60 to 74-year-olds in Greater Wellington 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.
Hutt Valley DHB
  • As of 31 March 2017 there were over 250 doctor full-time equivalents and over 660 nurse full-time equivalents employed by the Hutt Valley DHB. That’s over 70 more doctors and over 70 more nurses compared to 2008.
  • Hutt Valley DHB will receive an extra $14 million in new money this year, taking the DHB’s total funding to $426 million for 2017/18. That’s an extra $102 million in funding over the last nine years.
  • Between 2008 to 2016, in the Hutt Valley DHB:
    • Elective surgeries are up 13%.
    • Cataract surgeries are up 44%.
    • First Specialist Assessments are up 41%.
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.
Capital & Coast DHB
  • As of 31 March 2017 there were over 650 doctor full-time equivalents and almost 1,700 nurse full-time equivalents employed by Capital and Coast DHB. That’s over 170 more doctors and over 410 more nurses compared to 2008.
  • Capital & Coast DHB will receive an extra $27 million in new money this year, taking the DHB’s total funding to $810 million for 2017/18. That’s an extra $229 million in funding over the last nine years.
  • Between 2008 to 2016, in the Capital & Coast DHB:
    • Surgery Boost figures are from 2008 to 2016.
    • Elective surgeries are up 46%.
    • Orthopaedic elective surgeries are up 44%.
    • Cataract surgeries are up 67%.
    • Hips and knee replacements are up 59%.
    • First Specialist Assessments are up 119%.

Making a difference

  • 3,337 people in greater Wellington helped into their first home in the first two years of HomeStart.
  • 116,326 businesses and homes in the Greater Wellington 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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