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Govt to build four new Auckland schools

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 1/06/2017

The government says it's going to use $240 million allocated in last week's budget to construct four new schools in Auckland and expand others.

Education Minister Nikki Kaye on Thursday outlined the government's plan for money set aside for investment in Auckland school property.

"The $240m will deliver four new schools, one major school expansion, the relocation of two special education schools, new roll growth and replacement classrooms and additional special education satellite units," she said.

The new projects include:

* Three new primary schools in the Pukekohe-Belmont, Orewa and Drury areas - catering to a total of about 1100 students

* A new kura in Manurewa to house Te Kura Kaupapa Maoro o Manurewa

* The relocation of both Carlson and Sunnydene special education schools to a new joint site

* An expansion of Stonefields School to about 450 students

The package would also put up about $87m to build 170 new classrooms across the city and $9m for new special education satellite units.

"This latest package will provide a further 4000 student places on top of the 17,000 already announced, which means we're now on-track to deliver an extra 21,000 student places in Auckland by 2021," Ms Kaye said.

Further announcements about school property investments would be made in further weeks, she said.

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