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Six schools to be built under $220m PPP

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 2/03/2017

The government is in final negotiations with a consortium to build six schools under a $220 million public-private partnership agreement.

Education Minister Hekia Parata says the consortium, ShapeEd, will design, finance and construct the schools, as well as maintain them for 25 years.

Three new primary schools will be built in Auckland, at Flat Bush, Kumeu and Scott Point.

A fourth new primary school will be built in Hamilton and two schools - Shirley Boys' High and Avonside Girls' High - will be rebuilt and relocated in Christchurch.

PPPs were an excellent alternative to the traditional method of building and maintaining schools, Ms Parata said.

"They take the burden of school property management off teachers and boards of trustees, allowing them to focus on students' learning."

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