12 Dec 2015

Govt pledges $280m to rebuild schools

6:33 am on 12 December 2015

The announcement of a school rebuild in Wellington has taken the value of major school building works announced in the past two months to more than $280 million.

Earthquake strengthening is underway at Wellington East Girls' College

Earthquake strengthening is underway at Wellington East Girls' College Photo: RNZ/John Gerritsen

The government has been under pressure to approve major works at several schools and since late October it's been making a steady stream of announcements.

The latest allocation is $8.5 million for Kelburn Normal School in Wellington. The school's main block will be demolished and replaced, with building starting at the end of 2016.

Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye said the project would address a range of building and site issues.

"The school's main teaching block, which is past its use-by date, will be demolished and replaced with a new two-storey building.

"The new block will be repositioned on the school site to free up space for hard courts and fields. Other buildings will be structurally strengthened and upgraded."

Last week an extra $12 million was announced for redevelopments at Auckland's Waterview and Freeman's Bay primary schools following new calculations on roll growth.

Other recent property announcements covered Aotea College in Porirua, Wellington East Girls' College, Te Wharekura o Maniapoto in Te Kuiti, Marlborough Boys' and Girls' Colleges, Western Springs College, Takapuna Grammar School and Balmoral School in Auckland.

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