Te Kauwhata Primary, Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Bernard Ferguson and Te Wharekura o Rakaumangamanga to gain 10 teaching spaces to assist with roll growth.

Tired classrooms will be replaced and new modern learning spaces built for students in Waikato, Hawkes Bay and Bay of Plenty, the Government has announced.

Around $73 million is to be invested in two major redevelopments and 39 new roll growth classrooms at 15 schools in the three regions.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister of Education Chris Hipkins announced the package during a visit to Otumoetai College in Tauranga on Wednesday. Around $47 million will be used to repair Otumoetai's buildings, which have suffered weather-tightness problems and are in poor condition.

"This Government is focussed on rebuilding education and in the case of these big school redevelopments we are taking that literally, fixing leaky buildings and creating modern and safe spaces for kids to learn in," Ardern said in a statement.

The redevelopment will replace 57 teaching spaces, the library, and provide a new entrance for the college.

"It will also meet the school's capacity needs in the short to medium term and improve the layout of the school site to make further expansion possible.

"Every child deserves decent facilities to learn and achieve their potential."

Chris Hipkins said more announcements are in the pipeline.

"Earlier today I had the opportunity to inform Tauranga Girls College that the Government will be investing $6 million to redevelop a three-storey block with significant weather-tightness defects.

"The problem has been known since 2011, so it's well-overdue news for the school."

Funding for roll growth 

Ardern and Hipkins also announced an additional $20 million for 39 new roll growth teaching spaces to be built at schools across the Waikato, Hawkes Bay and the Bay of Plenty.

About $9m will be spent on 18 teaching spaces in Waikato schools, including:

·         Te Kauwhata Primary – four teaching spaces

·         Fairfield Primary – four teaching spaces

·         Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Bernard Fergusson – two teaching spaces

·         Nawton School – two teaching spaces

·         Te Wharekura o Te Kaokaoroa o Patetere – two teaching spaces

·         Te Wharekura o Rakaumangamanga – four teaching spaces

A further $5.5m will be spent on 11 teaching spaces in Bay of Plenty schools, including:

·         Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Whakarewa | Te Reo Ki Tuwharetoa – two teaching spaces

·         Tauranga Boys College – three teaching spaces

·         Oropi School – four teaching spaces

·         Taupo-nui-a-Tia College - two teaching spaces

Another $5.5m will be spent on 10 teaching spaces at Hawkes' Bay schools, including:

·         Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngāti Kahungunu o Te Wairoa – three teaching spaces

·         Mahora School – two teaching spaces

·         Eskdale School – two teaching spaces

·         Frimley School – two teaching spaces

·         Kaiti School - one teaching space

The Ministry of Education will work with the boards at each school to get planning underway on these projects as fast as possible, Chris Hipkins said. 

- Stuff


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