Classroom upgrades a boost for regional economies

Classrooms at hundreds of state schools and kura that are small or remote will be upgraded as part of a $160 million property improvement programme, Education Minister Chris Hipkins has announced.

  • Classrooms at 600 remote or small schools to be upgraded
  • 250 projects restarting, including new schools, expansions and redevelopments
  • Additional projects valued at over $100 million underway in the coming months
  • First round of school sustainability fund projects confirmed
  • Projects at 149 schools underway from Schools Investment Package funding.

The Minister’s announcement also includes updates on the first round of the Sustainability Contestable Fund, in which nearly $2.5 million has been allocated to support projects at 53 schools around New Zealand.

Minister Hipkins also noted that of the $400 million School Investment Package announced in December, projects at 149 schools, worth $23.67 million, have now got the go-ahead.

Construction projects at over 250 schools around New Zealand are now restarting, along with several projects which will begin construction for the first time.

Full announcement from Minister Hipkins(external link)
More information about the Sustainability Contestable Fund
Read more about the Small or Remote Schools programme
More information about the School Investment Package programme

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