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.
Around $21 million will be invested for more roll growth classrooms in Auckland as part of Budget 2017, say Education Minister Nikki Kaye and Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe.
Ms Kaye made the announcement during a visit to Rowandale School in Manurewa this afternoon.
“This first round of investments in roll growth classrooms under Budget 2017 will provide a total of 41 new classrooms at eight schools across Auckland,” says Ms Kaye.
The schools receiving new classrooms are:Beachlands School – 10 classrooms Dominion Road School – 4 classrooms Meadowbank School – 4 classrooms St Thomas School, stage 2 – 9 classrooms Bairds Mainfreight Primary School – 2 classrooms Rowandale School – 6 classrooms Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Kotuku – 2 classrooms Onehunga Primary School – 4 classrooms
“Auckland is our fastest growing city, and the Government is committed to creating extra capacity in schools to support this,” says Ms Kaye.
“These new roll growth classrooms will provide around 680 additional student places to help schools with growing rolls.
“The additional places are part of a total 4,000 new student places being delivered through Budget 17 for the Auckland region.
“Combined with 17,000 places already announced, we’re on-track to deliver a total of 21,000 new student places for Auckland by 2021.”
Mr Macindoe says this investment is part of the $240 million investment allocated for Auckland school infrastructure under Budget 2017, which provides $87 million for roll growth classrooms across the city.
“As well as the roll growth classrooms, the total $240 million investment will provide Auckland with four new schools, one major school expansion, the relocations of two special education schools and additional special education satellite units,” says Mr Macindoe.
“Today’s announcement builds on the $162 million invested through Budget 16 for education infrastructure in the Auckland region. This will deliver five new schools, four of which will be delivered through public private partnerships, as well as a school expansion and 92 roll growth classrooms.”
“We have now announced all nine of the new schools that the Government pledged in 2014, with the four schools announced this year as part of Budget 17 adding to five new schools announced under Budget 16,” says Ms Kaye.
“Budget 17 is investing $456.5 million in education infrastructure nationally.
“This takes the Government’s overall commitment to extending and upgrading schools in recent years to over $5 billion.”
Further announcements about Budget 17 school property investments will be made over the next few weeks.
Associate Minister of Transport Tim Macindoe has seen first-hand today how innovative weather technology is being used to help keep our roads safe.
“New Zealand’s mountainous terrain means roads serving many towns and tourist destinations have the potential to be seriously impacted every winter by the effects of snow, ice and heavy rain,” says Mr Macindoe.
As a state-owned enterprise whose commercial activities help fund and develop New Zealand’s weather forecasting, MetService is leading the world in the use of disruptive technology to change the way value is created from weather.
“I visited MetService this morning to see the positive impact that technology is having on our ability to keep roads open and safe year-round,” says Mr Macindoe.
“Investments in new weather-observing technology on key roads such as the Lindis Pass, the Desert Road and the Kaimai Range are being supplemented with data from mobile sensors, mounted on Fulton Hogan and Downer vehicles, to enhance MetService’s road-weather modelling system.”
This award-winning system, developed in 2010 in collaboration with the NZ Transport Agency, was relaunched recently with new high-resolution road weather forecasts based on MetService’s forecasting services and a host of additional weather and road information.
Mr Macindoe says that by identifying potentially treacherous areas in the road network, particularly along major routes through alpine areas, the system enables road maintenance contractors to work more efficiently and effectively – resulting in safer roads for all road users.
The system also employs visibility and rain sensors along SH29 in the Kaimai Range to notify Transport Agency operations staff when to alter variable message signs and 22 high-tech variable speed signs, warning road users to slow down when road conditions fall below agreed criteria.
One of MetService’s longest-standing road safety collaborations, dating back to 1983, is also benefiting from recently-expanded weather services. The Milford Road Alliance is a partnership between the NZ Transport Agency and Downer to manage the safety of State Highway 94 between Te Anau and Milford Sound, one of New Zealand’s most visited tourist destinations.
For the 2017 winter season, new and enhanced forecast services for the Alliance’s avalanche control programme include severe weather threat matrices and animated rainfall, snow and cloud ceiling forecast maps. Site-specific rainfall and temperature probability forecasts complete the picture, along with significant improvements to the distribution and communication of data and forecasts.
“These initiatives are all at the leading-edge of road safety management internationally. They are proof of New Zealand’s ability to deliver a safer transport system through the combination of expertise, collaborative innovation and utilising technological advancements,” Mr Macindoe says.
Budget 2017 has already provided for around $19 million to increase capacity in Wanaka and today Education Minister Nikki Kaye and Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe announced a further $5 million will be invested in schools in the Otago region.
Minister Macindoe visited Cromwell Primary School today to make the announcement.
“On top of the new school and six new roll-growth classrooms announced last month in Wanaka, the first round of school infrastructure investment in Budget 2017 will also provide ten new classrooms to three schools in the region,” says Ms Kaye.
The schools receiving new classrooms are:Cromwell Primary School in Cromwell (around $2 million for four new classrooms) Goldfields School in Cromwell (around $1 million for two new classrooms) Shotover Primary School in Queenstown-Lakes (around $2 million for four new classrooms).
“These schools have all been experiencing growth over recent years. This new investment will provide space to accommodate both current and future growth,” says Ms Kaye.
“We’re committed to ensuring that children learn in environments that support them to achieve to the best of their abilities.”
“Budget 2016 invested close to $29 million in school infrastructure in the Otago and Southland regions, including around $25 million for the relocation of Wakatipu High School and over $3.5 million for ten new classrooms at five schools,” says Mr Macindoe.
“In addition to the investment through Budget 2016, in June last year we announced up to $11 million would be invested in the redevelopment and expansion of Arrowtown Primary School.
“The funding we have provided over the past two Budgets for school infrastructure shows our continuing commitment to providing infrastructure to schools in high growth areas.”
This investment in Otago/Southland schools is part of a $456.5 million investment in education infrastructure and associated operating costs as part of this year’s Budget.
“With this new investment, the Government has now committed well over $5 billion towards school infrastructure, more than any other previous government,” says Mr Macindoe.
Further announcements will be made about investments in school property under Budget 2017 in the coming weeks.
Associate Minister of Education Tim Macindoe has today announced that around $5 million will be invested in Budget 2017 to expand the capacity of schools in the Nelson and Marlborough area.
Minister Macindoe visited Waimea College in Nelson today to make the announcement.
“This first round of school infrastructure investment in Budget 2017 will provide a total of ten new classrooms to two schools in the area,” says Mr Macindoe.
The schools receiving new classrooms are:Waimea College in Nelson (around $4 million for eight new classrooms) Renwick School, Omaka Satellite in Marlborough (around $1 million for two new classrooms).
“Waimea College services the Richmond area which has seen substantial growth in recent times and also has a number of residential developments underway. This investment will help provide space to accommodate this growth and prepare for the College’s future.
“Waimea College also caters for a number of children who benefit from additional learning support to help them achieve educational success. The eight additional classrooms will provide safe, modern and inclusive learning environments which will help raise student achievement for all Waimea College students.
“The two new classrooms for Renwick school will be delivered as a satellite bilingual unit at the Omaka Marae. This is a great opportunity to provide Te Reo provision for the Marlborough region.
“Today’s announcement builds on the $2.6 million invested through Budget 2016 for 8 new roll growth classrooms in the Nelson/Marlborough region,” says Mr Macindoe.
“Budget 2017 is investing $456.5 million in education infrastructure, taking our overall commitment to extending and improving our schools to over $5 billion since 2008.”
It is expected that the new classrooms will be operational before the end of the 2018 school year.
Further announcements about Budget 2017 school property investments will be made over the next few weeks.
Associate Minister of Transport Tim Macindoe has today announced that a new high tech warning system, which will help to improve road safety, has been installed on State Highway 1 in the Waitaki District.
The new Rural Intersection Active Warning System at the turnoff to Moeraki Boulders, off State Highway 1, is now operational and the variable speed limit is now legally enforceable.
“The new warning system is able to detect vehicles approaching the right turning bay at Moeraki Boulders Road and vehicles waiting to turn back on to the highway, and automatically adjusts the speed limit in the area to 70km/h to allow the approaching car to merge safely with oncoming traffic,” says Mr Macindoe.
The 70km/h variable speed limit will apply 170 metres either side of the SH1/Moeraki Boulders Road.
“The variable speed limit will help to reduce the severity of crashes at the Moeraki Boulders turnoff by lowering the speed of highway traffic when necessary for the safety of other road users, while maintaining the current 100km/h speed limits when the intersection is not in use. This high tech system is a great alternative for all drivers in the region when compared with permanently reducing the speed limit in the area,” says Mr Macindoe.
“The speed limit change was consulted on in April and more than two-thirds of those who provided feedback supported a variable speed limit.”
The New Zealand Transport Agency is also working with the Waitaki District Council to review advertising signage in the Moeraki area. The Moeraki business community will also be involved in this process.
These advance works at Moeraki – the electronic variable speed signs and the signage review - are all part of a wider programme of safety improvements being proposed along SH1 between the Waitaki River Bridge, north of Oamaru, and Dunedin.
“Between 2006 and 2015 there were 21 deaths and 114 serious injuries on this stretch of the road. While road safety is everybody’s responsibility, the government is committed to making these roads and roadsides safer to help prevent further tragedies.”
Engagement with key stakeholder groups, including community representatives, is underway in regards to the wider safety programme, which involves looking at a range of proven safety measures and determining how targeted measures will reduce the number of serious injury and fatality crashes on this highway.
“This project, worth between $3 million and $5 million, is part of the government’s nationwide $600 million safer road and roadsides programme to create safer journeys by reducing the numbers of deaths and serious injuries on our roads through the Safe System approach,” says Mr Macindoe.
See an example of how a Rural Intersection Active Warning System intersection works in Southland here.
Border sector Ministers have welcomed a new report by the Office of the Auditor-General published today on the use of information at New Zealand’s ports, and say their agencies will continue to work closely to protect our borders.
“This is a positive report which recognises good collaboration between the three border agencies. It finds there are strong relationships and effective processing of passengers,” says Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse.
“The agencies are already working on the report’s recommendations, including briefings for new staff on the different agencies’ roles and for an updated Border Sector strategy.”
Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says the report shows staff are working effectively and recently updated training programmes are a particular strength.
“Biosecurity is my number one priority as Minister so it is pleasing to see another good report card. This follows a positive Office of the Auditor General report in 2015 showing the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has made very good progress in biosecurity responses and preparedness.
“In this year’s Budget we boosted biosecurity funding to nearly a quarter of a billion dollars. This has helped MPI employ 50 new biosecurity staff and 20 extra biosecurity detector dog teams, along with new x-ray machines, a border clearance levy and the Biosecurity 2025 Direction Statement.”
Customs Minister Tim Macindoe says it is pleasing to see Customs and MPI staff are working together effectively.
“The report acknowledges the recently updated frontline training programmes as a particular strength, and notes improved collaboration between Border Sector Agencies in recent years.
“Initial scoping is underway between Customs and MPI to look at opportunities for joint Border Sector training and recruitment. This will help to improve awareness of and understanding between frontline staff at the two agencies.”
Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe is today, on World Refugee Day, welcoming the opening of new education facilities at the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre in Auckland.
“This $6.9 million project has delivered 12 new flexible learning spaces to replace classrooms which date back to World War II and were no longer fit for purpose,” says Mr Macindoe.
“Since 2013 the school has been operating from temporary buildings. The new learning facilities being opened today provide a permanent and modern learning environment which will help to raise educational and social outcomes for refugees of all ages in our country.
The school provides six-week courses ranging from early childhood education right through to adult education.
“The courses available at the school provide valuable skills for people of all ages to be successful in New Zealand. The skills taught range from acquisition of the English language, life skills, through to an introduction to New Zealand society and mainstream school curriculum.
“It is important that refugees are given the very best start in their new life in New Zealand, which is why we have ensured that the learning spaces at the centre are safe, inspiring and stimulating and that the courses provided are targeted and practical.
“The Government’s Refugee Resettlement Strategy includes objectives to both increase the number of refugees in paid employment and to improve the educational achievement of school leavers. Providing these new modern learning spaces will help to achieve that,” says Mr Macindoe.
The brand new buildings form the second stage of the rebuild of the refugee centre.
Houghton Valley School in Wellington will receive funding to build a new classroom as part of Budget 2017, Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe announced today.
Mr Macindoe visited Houghton Valley School today to share the news with the school.
“Houghton Valley School’s roll has been increasing steadily. This new classroom will extend the school’s capacity and continue our commitment to expand the network in areas of ongoing population growth,” says Mr Macindoe.
“This additional classroom will complement work already underway at the school to remediate weather-tightness issues and provide students with modern, innovative classrooms that support students to learn and achieve.”
Today’s announcement is part of the first round of infrastructure investments being announced as part of this year’s Budget.
“Through Budget 2017 this Government is investing $456.5 million in education infrastructure, taking our overall commitment to extending and improving our schools in recent years to over $5 billion,” says Mr Macindoe.
“Last year, as part of Budget 2016, we committed around $8 million dollars of roll growth funding to the Wellington region to grow the network and directly support schools experiencing growth.”
It is expected that the new classroom will be operational in time for the 2019 school year.
Further announcements about Budget 2017 school property investments will be made over the next few weeks.