Government continues to invest in school property in Canterbury

Posted 30 May 2016 by GovtMOE Popular
Posted in Rebuild , Education
More than $276 million dollars will be invested in Canterbury school infrastructure as part of Budget 2016, Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced today.


“This will see a significant injection of more than $268 million towards the Christchurch schools rebuild programme,” says Ms Parata.


“There will also be an investment of around $8 million to fund an additional 21 classrooms across Canterbury, so that the region can meet the needs of current and future students as rolls grow.


“These additional classrooms are among the 480 new classrooms announced as part of Budget 2016 to meet roll growth.”


The total investment package is made up of:

  • around $168 million towards the Christchurch schools rebuild programme
  • at least $100 million to build two new schools and deliver two relocated and rebuilt schools under public private partnerships (PPPs) – also as part of the Christchurch rebuild
  • around $8 million for new roll growth classrooms.


“The $1.14 billion Christchurch schools rebuild, which is a 10-year programme, is now in its third year,” says Ms Parata.


“The $268 million investment announced today, together with baseline funding and insurance proceeds, means we’ve now committed close to two thirds of the overall funding for this programme, which is on-track to rebuild and renew 115 schools.


“To date, seven schools have been completed, 10 are in construction, 21 are in design and nine are in the planning stage.


“Today’s announcement is great news for Canterbury’s new education network as it continues to rise from the rubble of the 2011 earthquake. In particular, the two new schools will be a welcome addition to the region.”


Ms Kaye says the $8 million funding for 21 new classrooms is for schools across Canterbury, reaching communities such as Methven.


“We can see significant growth in parts of Canterbury and these new classrooms will complement the Christchurch schools rebuild programme.


“Over the last six months we’ve been in discussion with these schools, and I’m pleased to confirm that Budget 2016 has enabled us to give final approval for the following projects:

  • 9 new classrooms at Lincoln Primary School (this is in addition to funding already approved for five new classrooms)
  • 6 new classrooms at Lincoln High School
  • 2 new classrooms at Methven School (this is in addition to funding already approved for three new classrooms)
  • 2 new classrooms at Amuri Area School
  • 1 new classroom at Carew Peel Forest School
  • 1 new classroom at Swannanoa School (this is in addition to funding already approved for two new classrooms).

“The two new schools being delivered as part of PPPs are Haeata Community Campus and Rolleston College, and the two relocated and rebuilt schools are Shirley Boys’ High School and Avonside Girls’ High School,” says Ms Kaye.


“The two new schools will be provided as part of our second PPP, and the relocated schools will be delivered under the third school PPP, which I announced last December.


“We’re committed to increasing the earthquake resilience of local schools, so this year’s Budget also provides $6 million to help state-integrated schools in Christchurch carry out seismic strengthening work,” says Ms Kaye.


“Overall, this huge investment in Canterbury is about ensuring that students across the region can get the best education they can in modern, innovative and safe school environments,” says Ms Parata.


The latest update on progress on the Christchurch schools rebuild programme can be found here.

Media contacts:

Glenn Donovan (Hon Nikki Kaye) 021 405 289

Nick Venter (Hon Hekia Parata) 021 803 519


  • This spending is part of an $882.5 million investment in education infrastructure announced as part of this year’s Budget
  • Budget 2016 more than doubles the education infrastructure spend of last year’s Budget
  • This Government has committed around $5 billion to school property, significantly more than any previous government
  • The cost to build a new school classroom is typically in the range of $300,000 to $400,000
  • To ensure we get better value for money, the Government has considered different procurement methods to deliver schools, which is why some schools will be built under a PPP
  • More announcements about education infrastructure investments as part of Budget 2016 will be made in the coming weeks


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