18 Dec 2016

Govt spends up for school upgrades

6:59 am on 18 December 2016

Hamilton will get a new primary school, and there will be major redevelopment programmes at schools in Wellington and Auckland, the government has announced.

Hekia Parata. 6 December 2016.

Hekia Parata Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

Education Minister Hekia Parata said Hamilton's new school would open in 2019 in the northern suburb of Sylvester.

She also announced this week that $17.5 million would be spent replacing old or leaky buildings at three Wellington primary schools.

In Auckland, the government would spend $14.5m to redevelop and expand Grey Lynn School, she said, and an extra $20m to extend work already planned for Macleans College.

She said the expansion of Wakatipu High School in Queenstown could also be brought forward next year, to cope with rapid population growth there.

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