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Wanaka to get new primary school

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/05/2017
Sun setting over the mountains in Lake Wanaka. © NCHANT/Getty Images Sun setting over the mountains in Lake Wanaka.

The government is to stump up $16 million to build a second big primary school in the growing Central Otago town of Wanaka.

Education Minister Nikki Kaye says the school, the first stage of which will open in 2019, will initially have capacity for 400 students but could be expanded to cater for 800.

The Ministry of Education and Wanaka schools had developed a long-term plan to meet growth and the money was part of Thursday's budget.

The population of Wanaka, a popular tourist destination, grew 28 per cent to 6471 between the 2006 and 2013 censuses.

The main Wanaka Primary School has 600 pupils and Mt Aspiring College has around 800.

"The advice has been that the best option is to establish a new primary school," Ms Kaye said.

The Wanaka community will be consulted over the new primary school in the coming months.

Thursday's budget also allocated $3m for six new classrooms at Mt Aspiring College and earlier this year $1.4m was set aside for four new classrooms at Wanaka Primary.

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