Around $10 million will be invested to redevelop Masterton’s Wairarapa College, Education Minister Nikki Kaye and Associate Minister of Education Tim Macindoe announced today.
“Wairarapa College is one of the oldest schools in the region, and includes buildings with recognised heritage status, such as the main block with its distinctive octagonal tower and arched entranceway,” says Ms Kaye.
“However, many of the school’s buildings are in poor condition and affected by issues such as water damage.
“This redevelopment will balance the remediation and modernisation of facilities with maintaining the culture and heritage of the site.”
The redevelopment will include significant classroom upgrades, as well as:rebuilding of the gymnasium changing rooms and teaching area replacement of the school’s boiler.
A number of old buildings past their use-by date will be demolished as part of the redevelopment.
“This project is part of ongoing work across New Zealand to upgrade and expand our schools,” says Ms Kaye.
“Since 2008, we’ve invested over $5 billion towards modernisation and roll growth projects, the largest ever spend on school infrastructure by a New Zealand government.”
Mr Macindoe says around $127 million of school redevelopments have been announced in the Greater Wellington area, including Wairarapa, since November 2015.
“The Wairarapa College redevelopment adds to major projects at Thorndon School, Aotea College, Wellington East Girls’ College, Newtown School, Kelburn Normal School, Khandallah School, Ngaio School, Northland School, Churton Park School and Brooklyn School,” says Mr Macindoe.
“Now that funding and the broader scope of this latest project has been confirmed, the Ministry of Education will work with Wairarapa College on more detailed plans for the redevelopment.
“The planning process will ensure that the college’s vision for teaching and learning is reflected in the range, quality and layout of the redeveloped site.
“This is a great opportunity for the college and community to develop an environment that supports local students to achieve to the very best of their potential.”
Construction at Wairarapa College is expected to commence early in 2019.
Education Minister Nikki Kaye says more funding is being made available to support education in areas affected by last year’s Kaikōura earthquake.
“Budget 2017 provides $810,000 over two fiscal years to Kaikōura,” says Ms Kaye.
“This new funding comes on top of $645,000 that’s already been committed, bringing the total funding to support teachers, principals and staff in the area’s 40 schools and early childhood centres to $1.5 million.
“All of us are aware of the ongoing impact large scale seismic events can have on individuals, both on a personal and professional level,” says Ms Kaye.
“The Government is providing support packages for the schools and early childhood education centres in Hurunui, Kaikōura and Seddon/Ward districts that were impacted by the quake and subsequent aftershocks.
“The packages are tailored, flexible and responsive to meet the individual needs of schools and early learning providers so there is minimal disruption to teaching and learning.
“There’s a focus on not only ensuring there are enough staff in the area for the number of students, but also on staff wellbeing.
“As we learnt from Christchurch the ongoing impact of a major earthquake lasts for many months, even years. Teachers and other school staff need to be well equipped to provide the ongoing support students and the wider community need.
“They need to be supported to develop strategies to deal with any changes in student behaviour to ensure that every young person can continue to learn and achieve.”
These ongoing support packages are on top of the high level support that was put in place in immediately after the earthquake.
Since then the Ministry of Education has met regularly with individual schools and early learning providers to ensure they’re getting the right level of ongoing support.
Around $30 million will be invested in school property in the Bay of Plenty as part of Budget 2017, say Education Minister Nikki Kaye and Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe.
Ms Kaye visited Pillans Point School in Tauranga today to announce details of the investment, along with MP for Tauranga Simon Bridges and MP for Bay of Plenty Todd Muller.
The investment includes:around $21 million for a new school in the Papamoa area, to accommodate a roll of 400 around $4 million to expand Golden Sands School to accommodate a further 150 students around $5 million to provide nine new classrooms at Pillans Point School (including five extra and four replacement classrooms).
“The focus of this investment is boosting capacity within the region’s education network, to help accommodate growing rolls,” says Ms Kaye.
“This is one of the fastest growing areas in New Zealand, and the Government is committed to building new schools and classrooms where there’s sustained demand for more student places.
“Since 2008, we’ve undertaken the largest ever investment in school infrastructure by a New Zealand government.
“All up, we have now committed well over $5 billion towards upgrading and expanding schools nationwide.”
Mr Macindoe says today’s announcement follows significant recent investment in Bay of Plenty schools.
“Earlier this year, $1.2 million was announced for three extra classrooms at Omokoroa Point School, and an establishment notice was signed for the new $18 million school at Pyes Pa, which will accommodate 650 students,” says Mr Macindoe.
“Since 2016, new classrooms have also been announced for Oropi School, Welcome Bay School, Maungatapu School, Katikati Primary School and Matua Primary School.
“This Government understands that a school’s physical environment plays a huge part in inspiring and supporting student success, which is why we’re committed to ensuring that students all around New Zealand can learn in modern, stimulating learning environments.”
The investment announced today is part of a $456.5 million investment in education infrastructure and associated operating costs as part of this year’s Budget.
Further announcements will be made about investments in school property under Budget 2017 in the coming weeks.
The $240 million investment in Auckland school property under Budget 2017 will add significant capacity to the city’s education network, say Education Minister Nikki Kaye and Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe.
Ms Kaye announced details of the investment this morning at Stonefields School, which will benefit from a significant investment as part of the overall package.
“This is another huge investment in schools in our fastest growing city, which follows on from $162 million for Auckland school property under last year’s Budget,” says Ms Kaye.
“The $240 million will deliver four new schools, one major school expansion, the relocation of two special education schools, new roll growth and replacement classrooms and additional special education satellite units.”
The investment in new schools includes:around $22 million for a new primary school in the Pukekohe Belmont area (planned roll of 350) around $25 million for a new primary school in the Orewa area (planned roll of 420) around $20 million for a new primary school in the Drury area (planned roll of 370) around $24 million for a new kura in Manurewa, to house Te Kura Kaupapa Maoro o Manurewa and Te Wharekura o Manurewa.
In addition, the package includes:around $20 million to carry out a phased expansion of Stonefields School (to eventually provide 450 additional student places) around $22 million for the co-location and rebuild of Carlson and Sunnydene special education schools on a new site $87 million for around 170 classrooms, including new and replacement classrooms $9 million for five new special education satellite units (to be built on the grounds of existing schools).
“The main focus of the investment unveiled today is creating extra capacity to support growth in Auckland,” says Ms Kaye.
“In 2014, we announced an accelerated growth programme aimed at building nine new schools and additional classrooms to deliver an extra 17,000 student places in Auckland by 2019.
“So far, more than 8,000 of these additional student places have been delivered. The remaining places are all at various stages of delivery, from planning or design through to consenting and construction, and will be delivered by 2019.
“This latest package will provide a further 4000 student places on top of the 17,000 already announced, which means we’re now on-track to deliver an extra 21,000 student places in Auckland by 2021.
“We have now also announced all nine of the new schools pledged in 2014, with the additional four schools announced today adding to new primary schools in Hingaia South, Kumeu, Scott Point, Flat Bush South East and Ormiston Junior College.”
Mr Macindoe says the Government’s investment in new infrastructure complements other initiatives aimed at ensuring Auckland’s school network will meet the demands of the city’s growing population.
“The Ministry of Education is now looking much further ahead, up to 30 years into the future, to identify where it may need land, and it’s also working more closely with local authorities and infrastructure providers to carry out planning for high-growth areas,” says Mr Macindoe.
“This year’s Budget provides an additional $8 million to support the Ministry’s strategic planning capabilities, to enable them to better forecast and plan for future growth.
Mr Macindoe says the Government is committed to investing in the potential of all young people, and this is reflected in the diversity of learners who will benefit from the investment unveiled today.
“Special education schools and Maori-medium education all benefit from this package, reflecting the choice and inclusiveness inherent in our education system,” says Mr Macindoe.
“This $240 million investment in Auckland schools is part of a $456.5 million investment overall in education infrastructure and associated operating costs as part of this year’s Budget.”
Further announcements will be made about investments in school property under Budget 2017 in the coming weeks.
Youth Minister Nikki Kaye will meet a number of young people from Wellington at Parliament tomorrow night to hear their views on the future of Aotearoa New Zealand.
The high school students will make their way to Parliament after taking part in an amazing race style event around the capital as part of Youth Week 2017, which runs until 4 June.
“All over New Zealand, young people are taking part in activities to celebrate Youth Week 2017,” says Ms Kaye.
“The theme of Youth Week this year is ‘Our voices count; count our voices’, and I’m really looking forward to hear what the young Wellingtonians have to say.
“In my job as Youth Minister, I get to meet amazing young people from all over the country. We have so many talented young people with unlimited passion, intelligence, integrity and inspiration.
“Part of my job is to give them opportunities such as mentoring, volunteering and leadership development to help them learn and grow, with a focus on helping those from disadvantaged backgrounds get on a path to success.
“It’s also about recognising and celebrating the success of our young people, through events such as the annual New Zealand Youth Awards.
“We have a range of programmes throughout the year, and the Government invests on average around $8 million annually to provide these opportunities. Additional funding is provided by business, philanthropic and iwi partners who we work with to grow opportunities.
“We’re on-track to increase the number of opportunities available annually to 70,000 by next year.
“Another thing we do is encourage young people to embrace the political process, through events such as Youth Parliament.
“I know that young people care very deeply about their world and the future, and events such as Youth Parliament and Youth Week provide an opportunity for them to voice their views.”
Youth Development body AraTaiohi has received $20,000 funding to work with young people to create and run events during Youth Week 2017.
At least 40 events are being held across New Zealand including an open mic spoken word evening, dance workshops, sports competitions, a music event, a ‘Wall of Voices’ which represents young people’s views on issues important to them, and a climate challenge conference.
“I’d like to thank everyone who has come together to make Youth Week 2017 a reality,” says Ms Kaye.
“This is about encouraging young people to believe in themselves and their vision for the future, and recognising and supporting their ability to achieve their goals.”
More information about Youth Week 2017 is available here.
Around $19 million will be invested in Wanaka’s school network as part of Budget 2017, Education Minister Nikki Kaye and Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe announced today.
This investment will include:around $16 million for a new primary school in Wanaka around $3 million for six new classrooms at Mt Aspiring College.
“Earlier this year, when I announced $1.4 million for four new classrooms at Wanaka Primary School, I indicated that work was underway to secure a new site for another school in the area,” says Ms Kaye.
“It’s great to be able to confirm the funding under this year’s Budget which will enable this new school to go ahead.
“The Ministry of Education has worked with all schools in the wider Wanaka area and their communities over the past two years to develop a long-term plan to meet growth. The advice has been that the best option is to establish a new primary school, and there will be a formal consultation process with the community over the coming months.
“The new primary school will be built in two stages to provide for an extra 400 students.
“The first stage is expected to be completed, and part of the new school open, in 2019. The second stage is expected to be completed by 2020.
“There will be significant investment in site infrastructure to enable a potential third stage in the next ten years if required, so that over time the new school could accommodate up to 800 students.
“This is an exciting development which will add significant capacity to the local school network.
“This is about ensuring we can future-proof for growth in Wanaka and give certainty to the community about education provision for many years to come.
“There are currently more than 1,500 students in Wanaka and the new school will enable the area to accommodate more than 1900 students.
“With growth occurring in many parts of New Zealand as well as Wanaka, it’s important that the Ministry is well resourced to plan for future school investments.
“Budget 2017 therefore provides for additional investment of $8 million over four years to enhance the Ministry’s strategic planning capabilities, to enable them to better forecast and plan for future growth.”
Mr Macindoe says Wanaka’s population is growing steadily and it’s important that the local school network can accommodate this growth.
“The Government is committed to expanding capacity in areas such as Wanaka which are experiencing population growth,” says Mr Macindoe.
“As a popular town and tourist destination, Wanaka is attracting more businesses and residents and that has a flow-on effect in terms of demand for more spaces in local schools.
“This investment builds on $1.4 million announced in February for four new classrooms at Wanaka Primary School, and $700,000 announced for two new classrooms at Mt Aspiring College last year. All of the new classrooms for Mt Aspiring College, including the six announced today, will be delivered as one project.
“We’ve now committed over $5 billion towards upgrading and expanding school infrastructure since 2008, significantly more than any previous government.”
This year’s Budget provides $456.5 million for education infrastructure and associated operating costs up and down New Zealand.
Further announcements will be made about investments in school property under Budget 2017 in the coming weeks.
Seven youth sector organisations will share a total of $71,000 funding to help provide new youth development opportunities for around 120 young people, Youth Minister Nikki Kaye announced today.
“This will support more leadership, volunteering and mentoring opportunities for young people across New Zealand,” says Ms Kaye.
“The opportunities range from enabling young people to take part in ocean-going voyages, aimed at fostering skills such as teamwork and nautical knowledge, to supporting them to design and lead community events.
“There are many organisations out there doing fantastic work for our young people, and it’s great to be able to support them to provide more development opportunities.”
The funding announced today will support initiatives in areas including Northland, Auckland, Katikati, Central Hawke’s Bay, Wellington and Christchurch.
“As well as developing their own skills and leadership, participants in some of these initiatives will also get the chance to give back to their communities at the same time,” says Ms Kaye.
“A particular focus of this investment will be supporting those from disadvantaged backgrounds, as well as young disabled people.”
The organisations and initiatives sharing in the funding are:YES Disability Resource Centre - $20,000 to support 15 young disabled people from Auckland to receive mentoring, to build their confidence and support them to pursue their goals. Sources of Unconditional Love Charitable Trust - $11,000 to provide ten young women from Auckland and Wellington who have leadership potential with opportunities to lead high-profile community events, as part of the SOULsquad programme. Northland Sailing Trust - $10,000 to enable 15 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to participate in youth development voyages, which provide the opportunity to build confidence, learn about sailing, navigation and the environment and develop other skills and an understanding between cultures. Central Hawke’s Bay District Council - $10,000 to enable 12 local young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to receive mentoring and leadership development opportunities via the Inspire Youth Council and other local activities. Youth Alive Trust - $10,000 to enable 40 youth volunteers in Christchurch to receive leadership training by working with experienced youth workers and participating in other programmes and events. Katikati Resource Centre - $5000 to support 15 local young people to participate in a youth leadership group, aimed at helping them develop resilience and leadership skills and contribute positively to their community. Maketu Health and Social Services - $5000 to support 15 local young people to develop leadership skills and resilience and contribute positively to their community, including by helping to design and participate in a leadership hikoi.
“Today’s investment will help towards our goals of increasing youth development opportunities from 50,000 to 70,000 annually, and increasing the funds targeting disadvantaged youth from 18 to 30 per cent.
“A leadership, mentoring or volunteering opportunity can be the catalyst that turns a young person’s life around, and opens them to new directions and new possibilities.
“This is about giving more young people the chance to develop their skills and build a path to a successful future,” says Ms Kaye.
Partnerships with InOvation Trust and Te Aratika Creative will see around $144,000 invested to create up to 495 new leadership and mentoring opportunities for young people, Youth Minister Nikki Kaye announced today.
“Young Maori and young people with Maori whanau from across New Zealand, and young people from Gisborne will benefit from these partnerships,” says Ms Kaye.
“The partnership with InOvation Trust will support them to deliver The UnSpoken Word Youth Summit.
“This summit, which is running over four days in Waikanae, aims to help young Maori or young people with Maori whanau develop leadership and mentoring skills while tackling the important issue of youth suicide.
“It comprises three days of workshops, where participants develop ways to promote suicide awareness drawing on the performing arts, then wraps up with a performance on the final day.
“Up to 100 young people aged 13 to 18 will get to develop their leadership skills, while being supported by 20 young people aged 16 to 24 who will provide peer-to-peer mentoring.
“Participants will take actions plans developed during the summit back to their communities, so this is a great opportunity for young people to learn and grow while tackling a pressing social issue, then give back to others.
“The partnership with Te Aratika Creative will enable them to expand their Greater Than programme, which involves workshops aimed at helping young people develop skills in production, performance and event management.
“New funding as part of this partnership will support the delivery of an additional workshop in the Gisborne region.
“The Greater Than programme typically targets communities where there are limited opportunities for youth, especially in the performance and event management sphere.
“This is a great opportunity for another 375 young people to grow their skills and build their confidence through positive mentoring experiences.”
The investments in these two initiatives are being made under the Partnership Fund, which sees the Government co-invest with business, philanthropic, iwi and other partners to grow youth development opportunities.
“This approach is continuing to build new relationships and tap into the terrific passion out there to see young people grow and flourish,” says Ms Kaye.
New partnerships announced so far this year have seen around $3 million invested to provide more than 6500 new youth development opportunities across New Zealand.
Funding details of today’s announcement
InOvation Trust, to deliver The UnSpoken Word Youth SummitGovernment funding $20,000 $79,000 cash and in-kind contributions from Te Puni Kokiri, The Lion Foundation, Te Rau Matatini, Whariki Trust, Unicef, Capital Church, Workzone Scaffolds, InOvation Trust Total funding $99,000
Te Aratika Creative, to deliver additional Greater Than workshopGovernment funding $15,000 Te Aratika Creative $30,000, including in-kind support Total funding $45,000
Tēnā koutou katoa. Welcome. It’s a pleasure to be here today to talk about my first Budget as Education Minister.
I am honoured to be here with so many people dedicated to ensuring young New Zealanders get the best education and the best opportunity to be successful. Your passion and drive can literally change the course of lives. You can inspire our future leaders, entrepreneurs, explorers and artists with what you do every day.
I want to acknowledge my ministerial colleagues Louise Upston and Tim Macindoe who will be working closely with me in the months to come on ensuring we have an education system that delivers young New Zealanders who can read, write, do maths, be digitally fluent, are healthy and well rounded.
A budget for growth meeting the needs of a growing, diverse nation
We need to be prepared to invest in a growing education system, both in terms of population and diversity.
New Zealand’s population has been growing at a high rate, reflecting the country’s strong economic performance. More New Zealanders are having children, more New Zealanders are choosing to stay here or are coming home, and others are coming to our shores seeking a better life. Part of the Government’s investment in education this Budget responds to this growth, funding more teachers and more learning.
Part of this Budget is also about responding and investing in a more diverse New Zealand. We know that with a more diverse country it is important that we invest in language.
We also know that by investing early and in a more targeted way we can make a larger difference to children and young people. The Government is taking a social investment approach across a range of social services including education. In education, by providing more targeted funding to those children who have more complex education or social needs, we can reduce barriers to learning and improve the lives of young New Zealanders.
The Education Budget also needs to be understood in the context of the rest of the Budget and investment over several years, where there are significant investments to assist some of our most vulnerable children in terms of health and social services. When we deliver free doctors’ visits and we assist with social housing this can help young people learn more.
Budget figures – the overall package
So let’s look at the numbers.
This is a significant Budget for education. It sees the largest injection of new money into education since this Government took office in 2008, of nearly $1.5 billion dollars over four years. It shows just how committed we are to the transformative work that’s already taking place and how invested we are in improving the lives of children and young people.
Budget 2017 sees $1.1 billion in new operating funding over the next four years and $392.4 million in capital funding.
This investment brings the annual Vote Education funding to the highest level ever at $11.6 billion in 2017/18 – up by around 41% from 2008/09.
Funding for early learning
For our youngest learners in early learning, Budget 2017 provides new funding to support the growing number of children starting their education before school. We have seen a significant lift in the number of children participating in early learning as part of the previous Better Public Service challenge.
This is really important as we know that children get the best start to their education when they’re in quality early learning.
So Budget 2017 provides $350.5 million in operating funding over four years, plus an extra $74.3 million in 2016/17.
But what is very significant about the funding this year is the next figure. Budget 2017 provides $35.5 million over four years for early learning providers with high numbers of children from benefit-dependent households.
Social Investment theory in practice
This is about what is at the heart of the Government’s social investment programme – the idea that we can do a much better job of identifying and responding to needs in the community. We have particularly focused on using and understanding the data around disadvantage, so that we can put our resources to their best effect.
One of the key lessons from this work has been that there are three risk factors which are strongly correlated with poor educational achievement and life outcomes for children later in their lives. These factors are:whether a child has ever been notified to Child, Youth and Family whether a child has been stood down or suspended from school, and whether a child has spent more than 50% of their life in households supported by welfare.
Children are much more likely to have poorer quality lives, where they have more than one risk factor. For example,a young person who has no risk factors and achieves less than NCEA Level 2 will cost the taxpayer on average $13,500 in welfare and corrections expenses between the ages of 18 and 25 a young person with two risk factors and less than NCEA Level 2 will cost the taxpayer $57,600 on average, and a young person with three risk factors and less than NCEA Level 2 will cost the taxpayer on average $82,900.
Although we in Government often talk about ‘social costs’ and boil these down to financial numbers, it’s important not to lose track of what these figures stand for. They’re not just dollars and cents in the Government’s books; they are measures of misery. They represent dramatically narrowed opportunities and lower-quality lives for our young people. Our investments are squarely aimed at widening opportunities and improving life outcomes.
In Budget 2016, we took the first steps in better targeting our education resources by introducing the Targeted At Risk Grant, which gave schools additional funding for each child who had spent significant proportions of their lives in benefit-dependent households. This Budget, we are continuing and extending this model to early childhood.
$35.5 million will go to around 2000 services out of around 4,400 licenced services. Those services will be able to use this new money for activities that improve opportunities for children at risk of under-achievement. This could include hiring more teachers, providing transport to and from services, more professional learning and development for staff, supporting the service to be part of a Community of Learning, increasing the time staff can spend talking to parents about their children’s progress or reducing fees for low-income families.
In total the increases will bring spending on early childhood education subsidies to around $2 billion per year in 2020/21.
Increased funding for schools
Moving along the education pathway to schools.
Budget 2017 responds to growing school rolls with $170.6 million to meet growing demand for primary education and $227.8 million to meet the growing demand for secondary education.
I am very pleased to confirm that all state and state-integrated schools will receive a universal increase in their operations grant funding this year. All schools will receive a 1.3% increase to help address cost pressures.
And, I have more good news. On top of the universal increase to operations grant funding, we are also continuing to target additional funding for schools with students at greater risk of not achieving due to disadvantage. We are increasing the funding rate for the Targeted At Risk Grant component by an additional 2.67% bringing the total increase for this component of the operational grant to 4 per cent.
Overall we are adding an extra $60.5 million over four years to operations grant funding.
All this builds on the spending on operational grants in 2016 which saw around $1.42 billion distributed to schools across the country.
Intervening earlier and more effectively
Learning Support is another area of funding where we’re introducing a social investment approach - identifying and responding to learning needs earlier. Put simply, if you do poorly in school in your first years, you are very likely to do poorly later on. We want to intervene earlier to deal with issues – such as behaviour problems - that can make it difficult to learn, so that all children have the best chance of success.
Through Budget 2017, we are taking steps to shift our efforts earlier in children’s lives, so that we can have a better chance of putting them onto positive and sustainable achievement paths:We will be investing $4.2 million to introduce a specialised Incredible Years programme for parents and teachers of children aged 2-5 who are autistic. These children often have behaviours such as hyperactivity, inattention, obsessive-compulsive symptoms, sleep disturbances, aggression, and self-injury. Incredible Years is a well-established and evidence-based programme which helps to prevent, reduce, and treat behavioural and emotional issues in young children. As already announced we will be spending $6 million to introduce the international ABC and Beyond programme in a selection of early learning services, to identify and resolve speech language difficulties in pre-schoolers. Speech language problems early in life make it harder for children to learn. ABC and Beyond brings speech language therapists together with early childhood teachers, to train them to recognise speech language issues and use teaching practices to respond. The speech language therapists will also be able to provide specialist help, where this is required. We will be expanding the Ministry of Education’s early intervention and severe behaviour services at the cost of $34.7 million over four years, to provide assistance to an additional 1,000 children a year, primarily aged 3 to 8.
Because the Government believes strongly in effectiveness and evidence-based policy, funding for all of these programmes has been made conditional on having robust evaluations in place, so that we can know that we are getting value for your money.
It’s important that I point out that as we start to move our efforts to earlier in children’s lives, we need to continue to provide support for those later in life with additional learning needs. In Budget 17, we are providing:$15.5 million over four years to increase the number of students receiving five hours a week of in-class teacher aide support to 4,000 from 2018/19 and $2.9 million over four years to maintain the delivery of specialist services, including cochlear implant habilitation, early intervention services accessible format materials and increase the specialist teaching outreach service.
$18.3 million is also being provided to meet increasing demand for existing learning support services.
Investing in school property
This Government has spent the largest amount ever on school property, with more than $5 billion going into building brand new state of the art schools, school expansions, new learning spaces and roll growth classrooms, and fixing the poor state that our school buildings were in when we took office in 2008.
Overall average utilization of schools in New Zealand has dropped since 2008 despite an increase in the overall population.
We are not only investing in today’s growing communities but in future growth as well across New Zealand. In particular in Auckland we are looking 10 to 30 years ahead to ensure we’re ready and prepared for that future growth. This means the Government is getting ahead of growth, delivering 21,000 extra student places in Auckland from 2014-2021.
We are also making significant investments in other growing areas. In Budget 2016 this included around $35 million in the Waikato, $40 million in Southland and Otago, and $23 million in Tauranga and the Coromandel. These investments are funding a new school for each region, along with the expansions, redevelopments and roll growth classrooms needed to ensure our property network will meet the needs of a growing population.
Budget 2016 was a record breaking amount for capital investment under this Government. In that Budget we provided $128 million for Canterbury schools to continue the extensive rebuild and repair work following the Christchurch earthquake. It also covered the 25-year investment in five schools being built as part of a Public Private Partnership – an approach that we are not taking for the new schools being funded in this Budget.
Budget 2017 is focused on preparing for fast-growing communities and growing student numbers with significant investments in new schools and classrooms. This is particularly the case in Auckland, where much of the country’s population growth has been concentrated. The Government is also committed to modernising our school network, replacing older assets with newer, more flexible and fit-for-purpose buildings.
Budget 2017 provides $392.4 million in capital funding over the coming four years. This will fund new teaching spaces to benefit over 7,000 children, including:6 new schools 2 school expansions 305 classrooms 11 special education satellite units 2 special education school relocations onto a new site, and land purchases.
Supporting quality teaching and learning
So far I have talked a lot about the funding for student numbers, investing earlier to make a difference and property, but we know from the evidence that the quality of teaching and learning resources is critical for achievement. The Government has put in place policies to strengthen quality teaching and learning over successive years.
In this Budget, we are providing $5.2 million over four years to support the continuation and expansion of the innovative, employment-based Teach First New Zealand initial teacher education programme. Teach First New Zealand has been particularly effective in providing graduates with high-demand skills in subjects such as maths and chemistry, and placing them in schools with some of the biggest achievement challenges.
The Teach First New Zealand expansion builds off other steps we are taking to ensure a sufficient supply of qualified teachers. These include:lifting the moratorium on new teacher education programmes from January 2018, $2 million over two years for the Education Council to create an induction and mentoring programme for eligible provisionally certified teachers, to convert up to 700 teachers to gain full certification, and $9 million over four years announced in September 2016 to boost the number of teachers in high-demand subjects and locations.
Strengthening Māori education and improving Te Reo resources
I am also pleased to announce that, through Budget 2017, the Government is also investing $7.6 million over four years to provide more curriculum resources for Māori-medium education.
Around 180,000 young New Zealanders are participating in Maori-medium or Maori language education, and it is important that students and teachers have the resources to give them choices and support their achievement.
Supporting our official languages is incredibly important, and it’s been promising to see the increasing numbers of students taking the opportunity to learn te reo Maori, or even to study in full immersion.
Budget 2017 also provides $1.7 million over four years to maintain the provision of support to Boards of Trustees of Kura Kaupapa Māori by Te Rūnanga Nui o Ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori and Ngā Kura ā Iwi o Aotearoa.
English for Speakers of Other Languages
We also have a growing and diverse school population with a whole host of languages and dialects being spoken in classrooms up and down the country.
We recognise the extra support that students who don’t have English as their first language need to succeed in New Zealand, to prosper and contribute to society.
Budget 2017 provides $9.4 million over two years to support schools to receive English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) funding.
Strengthening the system
Finally, as student numbers and our education system grows, it is important that the Government has policies and institutions in place to assure quality and value for money.
Through Budget 2017, we are putting extra resources in to underpin the performance of the system, including:$5.5 million over four years to allow the Education Review Office to keep pace with a rapidly growing and evolving system $8 million over three years to improve the Ministry of Education’s ability to plan for future school investments, and $9.8 million over two years to allow the Ministry to provide further support to schools and greater oversight of the early learning sector.
That $8 million to increase the Ministry’s planning is important. Whilst we have invested $5 billion in school property, we do need to continue to improve the Ministry’s planning for growth.
This is a Budget that provides significant investment in education, both for the growing number of children and young people and the diverse nature of the population.
The change in our approach to funding reflects the changes not only in society as a whole, but within education too. We have seen huge changes to the education landscape in the past nine years.
We now have 197 Communities of Learning across the country with schools, early childhood education services and tertiary providers all working together to lift achievement. To provide a personalised pathway for the children and young people in their Community, so they transition smoothly from one part of the education system to another. So they can benefit from the best teaching practices and methods available. Communities of Learning are also changing the career pathways for teachers, offering new opportunities for those wanting to climb the ladder but stay in the classroom.
We have just seen the biggest reform to education in thirty years pass into law with the Education (Update) Amendment Act. This opens up new possibilities for schools through cohort entry and Communities of Online Learning. There will be further consultation before Communities of Online Learning come into operation, but the idea that a child in rural Bluff could learn Mandarin, or a teenager in Waverley, Taranaki learning coding as part of an online class is fantastic.
And it’s important that our education system does keep changing, preparing young people for the future workplace. I’m really concerned that in just a couple of decades a number of jobs that exist now simply won’t be there anymore. Young New Zealanders need to be prepared for a modern, digitally-rich economy.
So we need to make sure that our education system is preparing students for those jobs, that it is future-focussed and that our curriculum, practices and learning spaces are all fit for the 21st Century.
We will achieve this in a number of ways, including the recent passing of the Education (Update) Amendment Act, the Funding Review, the integration of digital technology into the curriculum, the modernisation of learning spaces, new pathways for teachers, the new Better Public Service challenge focusing on maths and writing, better use of data and taking a social investment approach to education.
I’m pleased that with this Budget we have been able to develop our social investment approach to make a real difference to children’s lives at a much earlier stage. To have that impact before it’s too late and to give them and their families a better future, a future of opportunity.
This Government wants the best for every child. Our continued increase in funding for education demonstrates our commitment to every young New Zealander, no matter who they are or where they are.
Education is a key driver to success, and ensuring that every child has the best opportunity to achieve, no matter their background, is very important.
Budget 2017 is about continuing to deliver for a growing and diverse nation. We are also delivering more than ever for disadvantage through investments in behavioural services, increasing oral language skills and targeted funding for schools and early learning.
Thank you very much for attending today’s forum and lock up. I really appreciate the work that you do and I look forward to working with you in the coming months.