The Gardens School in the Papakura electorate will undergo one of the largest redevelopments of a school in New Zealand, with up to $22 million set to be spent addressing weather tightness and structural issues, Papakura MP Judith Collins says.
“In effect, the school is being rebuilt taking account the population growth we’re experiencing as well as fitting into the Government’s plan to create modern learning environments,” Ms Collins says.
“It’s also important our learning spaces are safe, connected and fit for purpose. At the moment the school is operating out of a number of temporary classrooms so it’s vital the school is upgraded.
“We all want our children to receive the best education and ensuring our local schools have facilities that are up to standard is a major part of providing top quality education,” Ms Collins says.
The Gardens School has been identified as one of 30 schools around the country with the most complex structural issues. The Government is investing approximately $300 million in major redevelopments at schools across the country with the most complex structural issues.
Construction at The Gardens School is expected to begin next year and be completed in 2017.
A further three Special Housing Areas (SHAs) have been announced for the Papakura electorate, taking the total number of SHA homes to be built in the electorate to over 5,200.
Housing Minister Nick Smith and Auckland Mayor Len Brown today announced the fourth tranche of SHAs which includes three sites in the Papakura electorate – Bellfield Road, Papakura; Hingaia Road, Hingaia and Bunnythorpe Road, Papakura.
“This is fantastic news for first home buyers and families. It’s important we make it more affordable for people to become home owners,” Ms Collins says.
“This complements the $435 million total package the Prime Minister announced to help first home buyers save for a deposit and enter the market.
“I’m pleased we’ll be seeing significant housing built in the electorate as the Special Housing Areas get off the ground.”
The Bellfield Road site will yield approximately 265-365 homes; the Hingaia site will yield 200-300 homes and there will be 10-12 homes at the Bunnythorpe Road site.
Papakura already has SHAs in Addison, Hingaia and Takanini.
The roll out of the Flagship Programme to reduce crime and re-offending in Papakura, Hamilton and the East Coast is making excellent progress, Justice Minister Judith Collins announced today.
Ms Collins visited both the Papakura and Hamilton projects recently to see first-hand the progress being made and to meet the frontline staff involved.
“The key to the Flagship Programme is increased collaboration between Police, Justice, Corrections and other frontline providers tailored to the specific needs of communities and vulnerable families,” Ms Collins says.
“The Programme is bringing agencies together to identify local solutions to local problems, such as alcohol in Papakura, reintegration of youth offenders in Hamilton and family violence on the East Coast.”
The Flagship Programme began in the three regions in January following the successful trial of the Hutt Valley Innovation Project, which ran between September 2012 and December 2013 in the Hutt Valley.
“The Programme’s potential to reduce crime and reoffending has been proven in the Hutt Valley where crime has fallen 23 percent,” Ms Collins says.
“I know further collaboration between Police, Justice, Corrections and other frontline service providers in Papakura, Hamilton and East Coast will make a positive difference to vulnerable families and young people in these communities.”
The Flagships have developed initiatives to respond to local issues, including joint case management, better service delivery, drivers licencing, youth violence, addressing local causes of crime and prisoner re-integration.
Ms Collins acknowledges the outstanding efforts of all Justice sector and support agency staff, particularly those on the frontline, as the Flagship Programme roll out continues.