It is always great getting out and about in our community. I am so privileged to meet and discuss our city with such a wide range of people.
I was lucky to get to Pillans Point School recently for the announcement that the school was getting $5 million to fund nine new classrooms, this includes five extra and four replacement classrooms.
Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller and I joined and Education Minister Nicki Kaye when she made the announcement. At the school we were greeted with a rousing haka and waiata from the students, which made us feel very welcome.
Nicki also announced that $21 million was going towards a new school being built in Papamoa, to accommodate a roll of 400, plus $4 million to expand Golden Sands School to accommodate 150 students.
This is great news for families in our community. The Bay has been identified as one of the fastest growing regions and this funding is helping to meet the needs of our growing community.
Since 2016, new classrooms have also been announced for Oropi School, Welcome Bay School, Maungatapu School, Katikati Primary School and Matua Primary School.
I was also able to attend a breakfast at Te Tuinga Whanau Support Services Trust, at which Associate Social Housing Minister Alfred Ngaro officially opened the newest transitional houses to be run by the trust.
Alfred also announced that almost 220 new social and transitional places were on the way for Tauranga and Papamoa.
We're set to have 68 short term transitional housing places available in Tauranga and Papamoa by the end of the year, which will support up to 272 families while long term solutions are found. Of those 68 places, 21 places are already open.
Across the wider Bay of Plenty region, we will be providing a total of 146 transitional housing places meaning we'll be able to help 584 families every year.
These houses are in addition to the 290 social houses we're planning to secure in the Bay of Plenty. These new properties will be a welcome addition to the region.
Both of these funding announcements will be wide-reaching in Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty and will benefit so many of our residents.
I look forward to seeing more of you when I am out and about.