Government gives schools $400 million to upgrade infrastructure

The Government has announced some schools will receive a cash injection of up to $400,000 to help improve their facilities. 

It is estimated each eligible school will receive at least $50,000 regardless of the number of students.

But the amount a school can receive will be determined by their roll size. 

Around 2050 state schools opened before 2015 are eligible, while integrated schools built through a Public-Private Partnership, or institutions in leased accommodation will not be included.

The total value of the package is $396 million.

The Government says the investment can be spent on

  • Classroom upgrades 
  • Replacing roofing and guttering
  • Upgrading stormwater drainage systems
  • Installing energy-efficient heating and lightin
  • Resurfacing outdoor courts and paved areas.

"Nearly every school and community in New Zealand will benefit from this windfall investment," said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

"I'm proud that students and teachers will be the first to benefit from our infrastructure upgrade." 

Ardern said the donation is the biggest capital injection for school maintenance funding in at least 25 years.

By the capital injection, the Government hopes to give tradies the opportunity to work at a 'local level'. 

The money will need to be spent within the next 24 months. 

It's a well-deserved early Christmas present for school communities," Education Minister Chris Hipkins said.