Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe has today celebrated the first sod being turned for the relocation and rebuild of Avonside Girls’ and Shirley Boys’ High Schools at their new co-located site at QEII park in Christchurch.
Mr Macindoe attended a sod turning ceremony at the new site earlier today to mark this significant milestone.
“This multimillion dollar project will provide modern, innovative learning environments which have been co-designed with each school to meet their individual needs and support their vision for their students. Each school will continue to operate independently, maintaining their original character and focus,” says Mr Macindoe.
The co-located site will also include:
- a Performing Arts Centre with a 750-seat theatre and a second smaller 100-seat theatre,
- four full-sized sportsfields with a 400-metre running track,
- three full-sized indoor gymnasiums, two of which can be joined to host events,
- a café and fully-equipped commercial teaching kitchen,
- a new centrally located, satellite facility for students with special needs, operated by Ferndale School.
“This project is complex in that the two schools are working with the Ministry of Education to plan for their relocation and design their new facilities while also continuing to deliver excellent education from their existing sites. I would like to acknowledge and thank both schools for the way that they have managed this,” says Mr Macindoe.
The relocation and rebuild of these two schools continue the government’s $1.137 billion investment in renewing, repairing and rebuilding 115 schools in greater Christchurch by 2022.
“All over Christchurch, there are projects underway, with a very high standard of new schools and buildings coming out of the rebuild programme. We are on track to have all 115 school projects completed on time,” says Mr Macindoe.
This project will be delivered through the $220 million Public Private Partnership (PPP) with ShapEd, the Ministry of Education’s third PPP.
“This is one of the largest projects in the Christchurch Schools Rebuild programme and I am confident that the PPP model being used will deliver world class design, construction and facilities management, as well as overall value for money,” says Mr Macindoe.
“Overall, including the Christchurch Schools Rebuild programme, this government has committed over $5 billion in school property expenditure, more than any other government.”
The construction work at Queen Elizabeth II Park (QEII) is expected to be complete by Term Two of 2019.
Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe has today welcomed the commencement of the $26 million redevelopment of Hornby High School and the completion of a $3.5 million project at Hornby Primary School.
Mr Macindoe visited both schools today respectively to turn the first sod and plant a tree to mark the completion.
“The $26 million redevelopment of Hornby High School is a significant undertaking with 90 per cent of the existing school buildings being demolished and replaced with modern facilities,” says Mr Macindoe.
The redevelopment will include:45 new teaching spaces a new administration area a new gym a new site for technology provision, as well as refurbishment of the existing auditorium and music suites extensive landscaping an integrated whare within the central courtyard.
Construction at Hornby High School is due for completion in mid-2019.
“Just down the road, Hornby Primary School now has a new administration building with an integrated library facility, staff room and a new hall. Landscaping at the school will take place over the next three months,” says Mr Macindoe.
“Hornby Primary School has an impressive track record in providing inclusive and positive learning opportunities for its pupils I know the school and contractors have worked hard to phase the project to minimise disruption to learning.”
This school is also in the process of receiving two teaching blocks, which are to be relocated from Hornby High School. These will be available to Hornby Primary School in 2019.
“Hornby High and Hornby Primary Schools are part of the $1.137 billion Christchurch Schools Rebuild (CSR) programme, which will rebuild or renew 115 schools by 2022. In total 85 of the 115 projects in the CSR programme have either been finished, or are underway, and we are on track to have all projects completed on time,” says Mr Macindoe.
“This investment in Hornby schools forms part of the government’s unprecedented $5 million investment in school infrastructure since 2008.”
Around $12 million will be invested to redevelop Wainuiomata High School, Education Minister Nikki Kaye and Associate Minister of Education Tim Macindoe announced today.
“This investment recognises that Wainuiomata High School’s buildings are ageing with many of them in poor condition and affected by issues such as weathertightness,” says Ms Kaye.
“In 2015 a Limited Statutory Manager was appointed to assist the Board and school with their day-to-day functions and to help raise student achievement.
“This redevelopment is a further example of our commitment to the school and its students, by providing learning spaces and a physical environment that supports improved learning outcomes.”
The redevelopment will include:Weathertightness remediation Modernisation of existing teaching spaces Building new flexible learning spaces.
Ms Kaye says now that funding and the broad scope of this project has been approved, the Ministry will work with the school on the specific details of the redevelopment, and ensuring that the new teaching spaces are designed to support the school’s vision for learning.
“There is already work underway at the school to upgrade electrical infrastructure and fire protection systems. Work will also be undertaken on the student bathrooms and canteen to ensure they are comfortable and suitable to use while the redevelopment progresses.”
“This project is part of ongoing work across New Zealand to upgrade and expand our schools,” says Mr Macindoe.
“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 $139 million has been committed in the greater Wellington region since November 2015 as part of the government’s drive to optimise the school network, provide safe and healthy places to learn, improve asset performance, and ensure that teaching spaces support learning.
“The Wainuiomata High School 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, Brooklyn School and Wairarapa College.
“The Government is committed to ensuring that students all over New Zealand can learn in an environment that inspires and supports them to achieve to the best of their potential,” says Mr Macindoe.
The redevelopment is expected to start in 2019 and is anticipated to take approximately 18 months to complete.
Both Berhampore School and Maungaraki School in Wellington will receive funding to build new classrooms as part of Budget 2017, Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe announced today.
Mr Macindoe visited Maungaraki School today to share the news with the school.
The funding of $1 million will provide both schools with one new classroom each.
“This investment will enable the schools to accommodate recent roll growth and reinforces our commitment to invest in areas of growth across the country,” says Mr Macindoe.
“Maungaraki School is known for their rich, stimulating learning environments, impressive student achievement and positive student engagement. This new classroom will enable them to cater for more students in the area as well as provide them with a modern learning space for the school to continue their outstanding performance.”
Around sixty per cent of Berhampore School’s roll is made up of students for whom English is not their first language and their students come from over twenty different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The school also hosts students from a wide range of socio-economic circumstances and provides an intensive programme for those students who require additional learning support.
Mr Macindoe says the school is diverse in every sense and has been extremely successful at integrating their students and using the diversity to inspire learning. As a result, the school’s roll has been increasing and they now require an additional learning space to cater for this growth. The Ministry of Education will work with the school to ensure that their new classroom is not only fit-for-purpose but encompasses and embraces the diverse nature of the school and the outcomes they set out to achieve.
“With this investment, we have now committed over $9 million dollars of roll growth funding to the Wellington region over the past two years, and around $139 million in redevelopments at twelve Wellington schools since November 2015.”
Today’s announcement is the first of the second round of infrastructure investments being delivered as part of this year’s Budget.
Through Budget 2017 the Government is investing a total of $456.5 million in education infrastructure, meaning over $5 billion has been invested in expanding and improving the condition of our schools.
It is expected that the new classrooms will be operational for the full duration of the 2019 school year.
Associate Transport Minister Tim Macindoe today joined the Mayor of Auckland, Phil Goff, and Māngere-Otahuhu Local Board Chair, Lemauga Lydia Sosene, in cutting the ribbon to mark the completion of the Te Ara Mua – Future Streets project in Māngere, Auckland.
The Te Ara Mua – Future Streets project is a collaboration between the Government, Auckland Transport and the Māngere-Otāhuhu Local Board. The Government has contributed $5.2 million to the project, which is delivering safer streets for Māngere, with the aim of creating a healthier community and transport environment.
Residents and visitors of Māngere will now be able to experience shared and wider pathways for cyclists and pedestrians, planting, improved bus stops, a community trail, improved access to the town centre and local schools and safer crossings.
“When compared with other Auckland communities, between 2009 and 2013, Māngere Central had a disturbing record for the number of fatal and serious crashes in the area. Statistics show that twenty-six per cent of all crashes in the centre of Māngere involved pedestrians, which is why this project is so critical. These new and improved facilities will make it safer and easier to walk and cycle in this community,” says Mr Macindoe.
“By encouraging young people, in particular, to get around on foot or by bike we’re making a positive difference to the people of this neighbourhood. We know people want safe, accessible routes to get them to shops, schools and services, and that this increasingly open, welcoming environment is going to deliver great benefits for this community.”
The Te Ara Mua – Future Streets project is a Safer Journeys Signature Programme project under the government’s second Safer Journeys Action Plan.
Mr Macindoe says this project was identified as a Signature Programme project due to the ambitious and innovative nature of it. The project also applies the Safe System principles and approach with the aim of reducing deaths and serious injuries.
“As part of the project a research team is evaluating the wider benefits of creating a better transport environment. The research findings will be used to inform future design approaches, planning processes and policy,” says Mr Macindoe.
The project has also benefitted from community involvement to incorporate cultural elements reflecting the identity of the Māngere people in the design.
Attached: Artist’s impressions of Te Ara Mua – Future Streets, Mangere.
Customs Minister Tim Macindoe warmly congratulates Customs on its win at the Institute of Public Administration New Zealand excellence awards last night.
Customs won the Excellence in Regulatory Systems category for its Joint Electronic Verification System (JEVS), a technology solution which transformed the border clearance system for New Zealand exports in China.
Mr Macindoe says the system has not only improved our border and trading relationship with China, but it has also provided increased assurance to New Zealand exporters.
“Goods exported to China increased substantially after the 2008 NZ–China Free Trade Agreement leading to an increase of shipments being processed in China, and with border clearance processes being largely manual it could take three to five days,” says Mr Macindoe
“With most NZ exports to China being perishable goods, trade barriers have a significant effect on their access to market.
"Since the introduction of JEVS in 2016, processing times have reduced from three to five days to two hours. It has also provided certainty for clearance times for New Zealand exporters and minimised reputational risk to New Zealand from the former paper system.
“This is a great example of the two countries working together on an innovative way to improve our trading relationship and at the same time contribute to New Zealand being a more productive and competitive economy. This can only get better as other countries can also join up to the system.
“Customs should be proud to have won the excellence award as well as being a finalist in the Excellence in Improving Public Value through Business Transformation category of the awards.”
Around $5.5 million will be invested under Budget 2017 to provide more new classrooms for schools in Northland, Education Minister Nikki Kaye and Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe announced today.
Minister Macindoe visited Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Kaikohe today to make the announcement.
“This first round of school infrastructure investment under Budget 2017 will provide a total of eleven new classrooms at three schools and kura in the region,” says Ms Kaye.
“This is about building extra capacity into the Northland school network to accommodate roll growth, as well as upgrading existing school infrastructure.”
The schools receiving new classrooms are:Ruakaka School - three roll growth classrooms Ngunguru School - six classrooms (two roll growth and four replacement) Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Kaikohe - two roll growth classrooms.
“The new roll growth classrooms will provide an extra 140 student places,” says Ms Kaye.
“We’re making sure that Northland’s school network is meeting the needs of local communities, and that children are learning in modern, inspiring environments.
“I was fortunate to be in Waitangi on Saturday evening where I met some amazing young people who are part of a mentoring programme being delivered by the Moko Foundation.
“The Government has contributed to this programme, which encourages local young people to transcend social and economic barriers and develop the skills and confidence they need to succeed in life.
“We believe in the Northland region and the potential of its young people, and we’re committed to supporting their pathways to success by investing in local initiatives and local schools.”
At Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Kaikohe, Mr Macindoe said the kura has benefited from strong leadership in recent years and as a result has seen an increase in their roll and in student achievement.
“These new, modern classrooms will further help these students, and students from the other two schools, reach their full potential,” says Mr Macindoe.
“The Ministry of Education will work with all the schools and kura to ensure their new classrooms meet the current and future needs of students, and provide the best possible learning environments.”
Today’s announcement is part of the first round of infrastructure investments being announced as part of this year’s Budget.
“Since 2008, we have committed over $75 million to upgrade schools and add capacity in Northland. This further investment from Budget 2017 shows our continued commitment to the region and to Māori medium learning” says Mr Macindoe.
“Today’s announcement builds on the almost $20 million investment from Budget 2016, which provided for a new site and buildings for Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Tonga o Hokianga and 16 roll growth classrooms across the region.”
This investment in Northland schools is part of a $456.5 million investment in education infrastructure and associated operating costs as part of Budget 2017.
Mr Macindoe says with this new investment, we have now committed well over $5 billion towards school infrastructure.
Customs Minister Tim Macindoe welcomes the signing of a Customs Cooperation Agreement with the European Union in Brussels overnight.
The Agreement will strengthen cooperation with the European Union in such areas as Customs procedures and supply chain security and risk management.
Mr Macindoe says this Agreement signifies our joint ongoing commitment to close cooperation.
For New Zealand, the Agreement will:allow for closer cooperation on the delivery of technical assistance and capacity building activities we provide to other countries, particularly in the Pacific enable us to learn from each other particularly in terms of research and development in customs technology provide the opportunity to develop agreements with the European Union covering other facets of the customs relationship.
“The Agreement also represents a necessary first step towards agreeing a mutually recognised secure trade scheme, which will ultimately allow accredited companies faster clearance of exports into the European Union and New Zealand,” Mr Macindoe says.
Budget 2017 has already provided for around $30 million to increase capacity in Bay of Plenty and today Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe announced a further $3 million will be invested in schools in the region.
Minister Macindoe visited Taupo-nui-a-Tia College in Taupo today to make the announcement.
“On top of the new school in Papamoa, the expansion of Golden Sands School and nine new roll-growth classrooms at Pillans Point Primary School announced last month, the first round of school infrastructure investment in Budget 2017 will also provide six new classrooms to three schools in the region,” says Mr Macindoe.
The schools receiving new classrooms are:Taupo-nui-a-Tia College - two new classrooms Te Puke Primary - one new classroom Taupo Intermediate -three new classrooms.
“Taupo-nui-a-Tia College is popular both locally and with international students and is widely known for being well-rounded. As a result, this school has seen its roll continue to grow since 2016. Te Puke Primary and Taupo Intermediate Schools have also seen their rolls grow in recent times.
“The Ministry of Education will work with the schools to ensure that their new classrooms meet the current and future needs of their students and provide the best possible learning environments to enable their students to reach their potential.”
“Today’s announcement also builds on the $23.2 million invested through Budget 2016 for a new school in Pyes Pa and 14 roll-growth classrooms at six schools, taking the total over the past two Budgets to over $55 million,” says Mr Macindoe.
“Overall, Budget 2017 is investing $456.5 million in education infrastructure which takes our overall commitment to school property to over $5 billion in recent years.”
It is expected that the new classrooms will be operational before the end of the 2018 school year.
Associate Transport Minister Tim Macindoe has launched the first product of the Transport Outlook project, the Transport Outlook: Current State report. The Transport Outlook project aims to provide information, data, and analysis on New Zealand’s current and future transport system.
“Understanding transport demand and emerging trends in our transport system is crucial to ensure that we can provide the right information for the general public and transport planners, investors, and policy-makers,” Mr Macindoe says.
“The report combines information from all transport modes for the first time. It provides invaluable information on what is currently happening in the New Zealand transport sector and analysis of what it means.”
Information included in the report ranges from public transport patronage in the main urban centres, freight volumes through ports, passenger numbers through airports, transport deaths and injuries, composition of the vehicle fleet, through to the use of different travel modes for work, education, and personal business.
Some of the key statistics highlighted in the report include:More than 36,000 aircraft arrived in New Zealand in 2016, just over double the number in 1998 Over the last ten years our exports have increased by 74% in volume New Zealanders spend on average just under one hour a day travelling Two car households are now more common than single car households In 2000/2001 there were 86 million public transport boardings by June 2016 this had increased to 148 million boardings The use of ferries to cross the Cook Strait has increased 95 per cent since 2000/2001 About 38 million passengers used our airports in 2016 Our vehicle fleet has grown 44% since 2000 Train patronage in Auckland has grown by 67% in five years Queenstown is our fastest growing airport in percentage terms Only one third of young people have a driver licence, compared with nearly half in 1989 Only 3 per cent of 5-12 years olds use cycling as a mode of transport Between 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 cruise ship passenger numbers increased by 26% to reach a total of 254,409 There were 138 cruise ship voyages, spending a combined 703 days stationed at a port in 2015/2016 The largest container vessels coming in to New Zealand ports at the end of 2016 had double the capacity of the largest vessel arriving earlier the same year.
“Later this year the report will be published which will project transport demand over the next 25 years. It will examine future regional travel patterns, including the impact of new and emerging technologies,” Mr Macindoe says.
‘Transport underpins our economy and society. The information provided through the Transport Outlook project will enable us to make informed decisions about transport services and infrastructure. We will be better placed to respond to our growing population and economy and increasing tourist numbers.”
More information on the Transport Outlook project, including the full report and underlying data, can be found here.