$6 million investment in Bay schools

Tauranga Boys’ College will receive 9 extra classrooms as part of a $6 million investment. Photo: Tauranga Boys' College/Facebook.

Around $6 million will be invested to build more new classrooms at Tauranga Boys' College and Te Kura o Matapihi.

Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe visited Tauranga Boys' College yesterday to make the announcement that Tauranga Boys' College will receive 9 extra classrooms and Te Kura o Matapihi 3 extra classrooms.

This extra investment will go on top of the $33 million already announced through Budget 2017 in the Bay of Plenty region.

Tim says they are focusing heavily on schools across the Bay of Plenty to keep up with the rapidly growing area and to accommodate their growing rolls, both now and in the future.

"A school's physical environment can support and inspire students' success, and enable them to achieve,” says Tim

The new classrooms will feature high-quality lighting, acoustics and ventilation, as well as the latest digital infrastructure to support digital learning.

"This significant investment in the Bay of Plenty region is keeping true to our commitment to invest in areas of New Zealand experiencing high growth."

The Budget 2017 has provided the Bay of Plenty region with a new school and a school expansion in Papamoa and 27 new and replacement classrooms at six other schools.

This investment also builds on the $23.2 million provided for through Budget 2016 for 14 roll-growth classrooms and a brand new school, taking the total Bay of Plenty investment over the past two Budgets to over $60 million.

“Overall, Budget 2017 is investing $456.5 million in education infrastructure which takes our total commitment to school property nationwide to over $5 billion in recent years," says Tim.



7 Comments

eh Thank you.

Posted on 20-08-2017 09:14 | By Cynical Me

Long past having school children. Lived here for more than most of your type have been alive and seen and predicted the balls up that is our roading versus places people need to go. A new high School is required out Te Puna/Omokoroa and another out Pyes Pa. Its been the stupidity of growing great big useless schools that cause these issues but the teachers (who are not renowned for that much intelligence about these things), and the Education Department, ( which is a proxy for teachers), seem to think that big schools are better. Its simply not true.So build more and better schools and yes its a cost I would happily see added to our tax bill. Probably be paid fro by removing all the garbage jobs at high salaries that big schools have.

Thank you..........

Posted on 19-08-2017 21:18 | By groutby

.....mutley, for the party political broadcast on behalf of the "anyone but National" party...but for Cynical Me, maybe a couple of questions:..such as..1) where would you like a new school(s) to go?..2) would you enjoy paying for new schools to be built just down the road from you for your convenience?..and..3) which "idiots" would god and you like to NOT need to be saved by?..My take on this is that we are a growing city and MANY do not like it. Word up: it is happening folks and I do not necessarily like it myself, but it "is what it is" my friends, so let's make the best of it and find a way to make it fit...we can, make and importantly, MAKE it work.!...

NORMAL WORK REQUIRED AT THESE SCHOOL

Posted on 19-08-2017 20:57 | By The Caveman

Suddenly, its ELECTION YEAR and all this work is SUDDENLY approved !!! Does simple SImon and his mates really think that the voting population cannot see that its NOTHING more than a election BRIBE !!!

Is it

Posted on 19-08-2017 15:31 | By Tikety boo

Is it already programmed money rolling out announcements before the election to make them look good and as vote catcher.It is strange the amount of money being rolled out lately for this and that.Just like the 10 bridges for the Northland by election of which only 2 are in the pipeline since the last election.So transparent this stuff.I think the government might be a gone burger.Too little to late.just look at the problems in housing,health,environment, homelessness etc after 9 years.

Who dreamed this up?

Posted on 19-08-2017 13:21 | By Cynical Me

Just had a person ringing doing a survey about buses. When you cram more people into a small space how do they think the traffic will cope. 9 schools (and getting bigger) and 2 hospitals in the space between Pyes Pa and Boys College and no roading that is properly designed to service them. Build another High School out of town. God save us from idiots and public servants. Seem to be the same people.

Cynical play

Posted on 19-08-2017 12:38 | By mutley

If these politicians were in a rugby match they would be red carded for cynical play. This Government has been in office for so long but still have to rush through the last minute election bribes. Just to name a few we have seen the big roading announcements, boot camps, extra funding for mental health and now this. I am normally a National Party sympathiser, but this obscene bribery late in the game is simply a disgusting display of cheap shot politics. It is an admission that they have not been on their game in the recent past. How dumb do they think we are ? I want to see long term thinking for the holistic benefit of the country and unfortunately the available talent is either lacking, or being poorly communicated.

Once again look behind...

Posted on 19-08-2017 12:34 | By penguin

...the political rhetoric. Nothing that has been promised is a gift. The government is simply paying for normal expansion requirements due to natural roll growth. MacIndoe actually acknowledges this in his presentation. The government is dressing it up to seem like a gift. Time for some transparency. Beware the suck-you-in concept.

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