New buildings, classrooms announced for Northland

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Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye today announced that a $19 million investment. Photo / Dean Purcell
Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye today announced that a $19 million investment. Photo / Dean Purcell

Northland will get a new site and buildings for a Hokianga school and 16 new classrooms at three others as part of a $19 million building spend up announced by the Government today.

Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye today announced that a $19 million investment under Budget 2016 will provide Northland schools with 16 new classrooms and a new site and buildings for Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Tonga o Hokianga.

Ms Kaye made the announcement at Whangarei Girls' High School this afternoon.

"The Government is committed to investing in the potential of Northland's young people and this investment will provide safe and innovative environments for students to learn and thrive in," Ms Parata said.

Around $12 million will go towards the new wharekura, and around $7 million towards the sixteen additional classrooms which will comprise:

• 10 new classrooms at Whangarei Girls' High School
• Four new classrooms at Parua Bay School
• Two new classrooms at Bay of Islands International Academy.

"This comes after last year's announcement of a $14 million redevelopment of Northland College, and around $6 million to increase capacity at Hora Hora School," Ms Parata said.

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