13 Aug 2014

$350m pledge for Auckland schools

6:01 am on 13 August 2014

The National Party is promising, if elected, to invest $350 million into new schools and classrooms in Auckland over the next four years.

Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye made the announcement during a visit to Ponsonby Primary School on Tuesday afternoon.

Nikki Kaye.

Nikki Kaye. Photo: SUPPLIED

National says nine new schools would be built across the region, with four likely in the north, three in South Auckland and two in West Auckland. An additional 130 new classrooms will also be built on existing school sites.

Ms Kaye says the Government wants to expand and redevelop schools before serious capacity problems arise and the funding would come from the Government's partial privatisation programme and existing budgets.

The minister rejected the notion that the rest of the country is missing out.

"We will be investing a significant amount in those other high growth areas. We've also had a programme ... which we announced last year which was about $300 million, which is major redevelopments right across New Zealand, and we may end up announcing some of those in the future."