Around $18 million will be invested to build more new classrooms in Auckland, say Education Minister Nikki Kaye and Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe.
Ms Kaye made the announcement this afternoon during a visit to Torbay School.
“The focus of this investment is building additional classrooms to accommodate roll growth, but it includes some replacement classrooms to continue our ongoing modernisation of existing school infrastructure,” says Ms Kaye.
“The investment will see 30 classrooms constructed at four schools across the city, and builds on the $21 million we announced in June for 41 new classrooms in Auckland.”
The schools benefiting from the latest investment are:Torbay School – 12-classroom block (comprising 8 additional and 4 replacement classrooms) Owairaka District School – 8 classrooms (5 additional and 3 replacement) Kereru Park Campus – 4 additional classrooms Clendon Park School – 6 additional classrooms.
“Today’s investment will provide around 460 extra student places, adding to the 680 additional places announced in June,” says Ms Kaye.
“In total, we plan to deliver 4,000 extra student places for the Auckland region as part of Budget 2017.
“Combined with 17,000 student places previously announced, we’re on-track to deliver a total of 21,000 new student places for Auckland by 2021.
“Auckland is one of our fastest-growing areas, and the Government is committed to ensuring the city’s school network can accommodate this.
“To help plan for growth, the Ministry of Education is working more closely with local authorities and infrastructure providers and taking a longer-term view to identify where land may be needed for new schools.
“This year’s Budget provided an additional $8 million to support the Ministry to better forecast and plan for future growth in the school network.”
Mr Macindoe says that the building of extra classrooms is often combined with replacement classroom projects, as this makes both financial and practical sense.
“We want to achieve the best result for taxpayers and also minimise disruption to schools,” says Mr Macindoe.
“When new schools or classrooms are built, this also offers the opportunity to build flexible learning spaces that support an innovative learning environment.
“A school’s physical environment plays a part in supporting and inspiring students’ success, and the new classrooms announced today will be able to support a range of teaching approaches, from one-on-one to group learning. They will also feature high-quality lighting, acoustics and ventilation, as well as the latest digital infrastructure to support digital learning.”
Mr Macindoe says today’s investment is part of $240 million allocated for Auckland school infrastructure under Budget 2017, with $87 million provided for roll growth classrooms across the city.
“As well as new classrooms, the $240 million investment will deliver four new schools, one major school expansion, the relocation of two special education schools to co-locate on one site, and additional special education satellite units,” says Mr Macindoe.
“This follows more than $160 million announced under Budget 2016 for five new schools, four of which will be delivered through public private partnerships, as well as a school expansion and new roll growth classrooms in Auckland.”
Budget 17 is investing $456.5 million in education infrastructure nationally, taking this Government’s investment in extending and upgrading schools to well over $5 billion.
The Government is investing $7 million in a major safety upgrade project to help reduce serious and fatal crashes on the Taupo Bypass section of State Highway One, Associate Minister of Transport Tim Macindoe says.
Ten kilometres of the East Taupo Arterial Road, between the Wairakei roundabout and the SH5 Napier-Taupo Road roundabout, will be widened and a median flexible safety barrier will be installed. Rumble strips will also be added and minor improvements will be made to the two roundabouts.
“These safety improvements are part of the Government’s Safe System approach, which acknowledges that drivers can and do make mistakes,” says Mr Macindoe.
“These improvements place greater emphasis on reducing the consequences of mistakes happening.
“The upgrade will mean the road is more forgiving and crashes are less likely to result in deaths and serious injuries.”
Between 2009, when the road was completed, and December 2016, two people have died and there have been eight serious crashes on the road.
Loss of control and fatigue have been factors in a number of these crashes, with vehicles crossing the centreline and/or running off the road.
Mr Macindoe says road safety is the responsibility of everybody. The Government is investing significantly in improving the safety of our roads and roadsides but drivers also need to ensure that they drive to the conditions, avoid speeding, take rest breaks, drive free of inhibitive substances, wear seatbelts at all times, and are respectful of other road users.
Construction on the safety improvements to East Taupo Arterial Road is expected to begin in October and be completed in mid-2018.
The improvements will be delivered by the NZ Transport Agency.
Associate Minister of Education Tim Macindoe today turned the first sod to mark the beginning of construction projects at both Wigram Primary and Addington Schools, as part of the Christchurch Schools Rebuild programme.
Mr Macindoe attended two individual sod turning ceremonies at the respective schools this morning.
The $6.8 million investment in Addington School will see:five new learning spaces being built to replace three older teaching blocks construction of a new library replacement of the conductive education unit (sized for 16 students) the refurbishment of the school hall and administration buildings
“These new facilities will assist the school in their continued focus on their pupils’ sense of belonging, progress and achievement. A notable feature of the project will be the brand new Conductive Education space which will help children with motor disorders to reach their full potential,” says Mr Macindoe.
“Addington has developed a fine tradition in educational and cultural activities, and maintains a proud place in the community providing quality teaching and learning for its students.”
As part of the Christchurch Schools Rebuild programme, Sockburn School is relocating to Wigram in 2019 to align with population migration.
“The $9m new Wigram Primary School will have two learning hubs and a multipurpose space,” says Mr Macindoe.
“Sockburn School currently has around 200 pupils. The new school will be built for 300, with provision to expand to cater for up to 500 children at a later date.”
It is intended that all children enrolled at Sockburn School at the time of the move will continue at Wigram Primary School.
“The rebuild of Sockburn School in to Wigram Primary School will provide the school with modern, innovative learning environments which will help them with their focus on increasing collaboration and continued student achievement,” says Mr Macindoe.
“I would like to acknowledge the Principal and staff of the current Sockburn School for working with the Ministry to design the new Wigram Primary School while also maintaining their focus on educational outcomes for their pupils.”
The construction work at both schools, which gets into full swing shortly, is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
The $1.137b Christchurch Schools Rebuild programme is a huge undertaking with the rebuild and repair of 115 schools in greater Christchurch over ten years.
Mr Macindoe says that the Christchurch Schools Rebuild programme has considerable momentum, with 85 of the 115 projects already underway or completed. All 115 projects are on schedule to be completed by 2022.
Associate Minister of Education Tim Macindoe today visited Wharenui School to celebrate the completion of their $2 million redevelopment and to announce that Budget 2017 will provide the school with an additional $1.5 million of funding for three new classrooms.
The $2 million redevelopment of Wharenui School has provided:eight refurbished teaching spaces an additional teaching space a refurbished administration block, toilet block and school hall.
“The government is committed to rebuilding greater Christchurch and its education network. The redevelopment of Wharenui School forms part of the $1.137 billion Christchurch School Rebuild programme, which is on track to be completed by 2022,” says Mr Macindoe.
“Wharenui School has continued to grow throughout its rebuild process meaning it requires additional capacity to accommodate current and future growth. That is why this government is investing, through Budget 2017, an additional $1.5 million to build three new classrooms.
“The new classrooms will be an excellent addition to this newly refurbished school and will enable students to achieve to the best of their potential.”
The Wharenui investment is part of a $456.5 million investment in education infrastructure and associated operating costs as part of this year’s Budget.
“This announcement builds on the $5.5 million previously announced for the Canterbury region as part of the first round of roll growth announcements, as well as the $278 million invested in the region through Budget 2016,” says Mr Macindoe.
“This brings the government’s total investment in the region over the past two Budgets to around $285 million.”
Further announcements about Budget 2017 school property investments will be made over the next few weeks.
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.”