Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller is thrilled to see a $30 million investment in school property for the Bay of Plenty as part of Budget 2017.

“To see a $21 million investment to build a new school in Papamoa is a significant win for our growing community and will accommodate a roll of 400 local schoolchildren” Mr Muller said.

“This is what our local families have been asking for, so I’m really pleased to be able to get the result our community needed”.

“400 is such an abstract figure. It’s important that we keep in mind that this is 400 local school children who will be being dropped off at the front gate of a brand new school to learn in a fresh, modern and warm learning environment” he added.

“$4 million to expand Golden Sands School will also go a long way in adding to our school capacity and will help accommodate 150 more students”.

“I’m really proud to be a part of the government that is investing in our region’s education network, building capacity and ultimately delivering the educational results that our community expects” Mr Muller said.

“Our community is one of the fastest growing in the country, so it is absolutely vital that we invest in the infrastructure that is needed for Bay residents to maintain the high quality of life, and level of service, that we are accustomed to”.

“This National Government has undertaken the largest ever investment in school infrastructure by any New Zealand government in our history, and the Bay has really reaped the rewards”.

“In April we saw the announcement of a $1.2 million investment to build three new classrooms at Omokoroa Point School, which has been so well received by the families on the peninsula”

“This is on the back of 2016’s investment which saw new classrooms for Oropi School, Welcome Bay School, Maungatapu School, Katikati Primary and Matua Primary” he concluded.

The investment announced today is part of a $456.5 million investment in education infrastructure and associated operating costs as part of this year’s Budget.

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