Government Announce billion dollar education investment

News 05/07/2019

Education Minister Chris Hipkins made the announcement on Friday alongside Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern during a visit to Hingaia Peninsula School, in southwest Auckland. 

"Our [National Education Growth Plan] includes individualised growth plans for regions with the highest forecast student population growth," Hipkins said.

"We are already experiencing unprecedented growth in the number of school-aged children in parts of the country." Hipkins said.

This is expected to continue and even increase in some areas over the next decade.

"We know this puts a strain on school space and resources. We are committed to not just delivering more student places, but ensuring we deliver those places where they are most needed."

"Our investment in schools is yet another way the Government's making progress to make sure that New Zealand is the best place in the world to be a child," added Ardern.

Further announcements about investment in school property, including the release of growth plans for other regions, will be made in the coming weeks. 

The latest funding boost follows the Government's announcement last year it would invest $49 million in Auckland schools, including building a new primary school and expanding others.