Tauranga and the Western Bay continue to grow in popularity as desirable places to live, attracting young families with school-aged children. As areas such as Pāpāmoa and The Lakes boom, schools across the city are almost bursting at the seams. In the past five years, the number of new children entering the district's schools have increased by thousands. Education reporter Caroline Fleming spoke to some local principals to find out how this is affecting the Bay's schools.

More than 700 new students a year have been filling up Tauranga schools, leaving some classrooms bursting at the seams.

The number of

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