6 Apr 2011

Schools to be built under public-private partnership

3:10 pm on 6 April 2011

The Government is to commission the first schools built in New Zealand under a public-private partnership.

Formal expressions of interest are being called for the primary and secondary schools at Hobsonville Point, north-west of Auckland.

They will be designed, built, financed and maintained under a public-private partnership.

Official documents released earlier this year showed the model will save the Government $800,000 over 30 years.

Finance Minister Bill English says while the financial savings are expected to be relatively small, overseas experience shows that appropriate use of public-private partnerships introduce new techniques to the wider public sector.

The primary school is scheduled to open at the start of 2013 and the secondary school at the start of 2014.