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Local MP Barbara Kuriger today welcomes the announcement by Education Minister Hekia Parata of extra classrooms for three local schools.

“I am thrilled by the announcement of additional classrooms to be built for three local schools,” said Barbara Kuriger.

As a result of the Government’s second round of investments in school property under Budget 2016, local schools Whatawhata, Kaipaki, and Raglan Area will all receive a funding boost for new classrooms.

“I had the opportunity today to visit the students and teachers at Whatawhata School that will directly benefit from this announcement, and they are very excited about the developments.

“Principal Matt Stockton and I discussed the benefits that the additional classrooms will bring to Whatawhata School, which includes easing roll growth pressures and the creation of innovative learning environments that will benefit both students and teachers.

“The right learning environment is critical to the success of our students, and the provision of additional classrooms means our students will be able to operate in an inspiring environment with better access to their teachers and peers,” said Kuriger.

An extra $882.5 million was allocated as part of Budget 2016 for school property nationwide, which includes the provisions of 480 new classrooms to meet expanding growth in school rolls.

In addition to the 2 new classrooms allocated to Whatawhata School, 1 new classroom will be built at Kaipaki School, and 2 new classrooms at Raglan Area School.

 “The commitment by the Government to education in our rural communities can be seen through this investment, as we recognise the growth of our rural communities means an increase in students attending local schools.

“Late last year Associate Minister of Education Hon Nikki Kaye announced the redevelopment of Te Wharekura o Maniapoto in the King Country, with $6 million allocated to the rebuild programme,” said Kuriger.  

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Image: Whatawhata School students performing kapa haka

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