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Information for Infrastructure suppliers on school property planning, project management, design standards, ICT infrastructure and school transport.
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About the school property portfolio
New Zealand’s school property portfolio is a significant Crown asset. The Ministry of Education is responsible for managing the $28.7 billion (replacement value as at 30 June 2018) property estate of around 2,100 state schools, more than 15,000 school buildings and 8,000 hectares of land.
The 10 Year Property Plan (10YPP) is the main planning tool for school property. It sets a 10 year schedule of property work and ensures that school buildings are maintained and can support twenty-first century teaching and learning. A 10YPP must be prepared by a Ministry-trained 10YPP Consultant.
Approximately 70% of property projects are led by the Ministry, who is the client and buyer of services. The remaining projects are led by schools, where services are engaged by a Board of Trustees and managed by a Project Manager appointed by the school.
We have a Design Review Panel (DRP) which undertakes independent, high-level quality assurance reviews of school development projects at various design stages. The DRP assist the Ministry in the process of ensuring that designs meet the national standards and guidelines for school property design.
The review process is undertaken for all new schools and school redevelopments costing more than $3 million.
All school building projects must comply with legal and Ministry design standards and should follow best practice standards.
The Design Guidance documents set out the Ministry’s requirements and guidelines for designing infrastructure on school sites. Using these documents will ensure that our schools are fit for purpose and flexible enough to be adapted to meet future needs.
The Designing Schools in New Zealand Requirements and Guidelines (DSNZ) document sets out the broader design requirements for the school environment.
This programme addresses state school buildings that have been subject to destructive testing reports as part of the Ministry’s national survey of buildings with weathertightness issues, but are yet to have remedial work completed.
All schools have had their ICT infrastructure upgraded through the School Network Upgrade Project (SNUP), allowing them to make the most of ultrafast broadband. Schools are responsible for keeping their ICT network maintained to the current Ministry standard.
All maintenance of an ICT network, including installing and supplying structured cabling and integrating wireless services, must be done by an approved ICT Contractor.
The Ministry has established a range of supplier panels to make the tender process faster and easier, and to reward high performing suppliers with more opportunities.
View contract templates and guidance for school-led and Ministry-led construction projects, and school-led maintenance projects:
About school transport assistance
While the responsibility of getting students to and from school sits with caregivers, the Ministry offers assistance for students where distance is a barrier to education.
The Ministry works with various organisations, businesses and individuals to provide school transport services. The following pages provide information to support these service providers.
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