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MP for Tamaki Simon O’Connor is delighted two local schools will receive new classrooms as part of Budget 2017.

St Thomas’s School is to receive nine new roll growth classrooms (stage 2) while four are planned for Meadowbank School.

Around $21 million will be invested for 41 more roll growth classrooms across Auckland with St Thomas’s and Meadowbank being two of eight schools to benefit in the first round of investments.

"Having spoken frequently to Ministers about a pressing need for more classrooms in Tamaki schools with their fast growing rolls, this will be welcome news for staff and pupils,” says Mr O’Connor.

“We recognise that Auckland is one of our fastest growing cities, and we’re committed to creating extra capacity in schools to support this. The new roll growth classrooms will provide around 680 additional student places across Auckland to help schools with growing rolls.

This investment is part of the $240 million investment allocated for Auckland school infrastructure under Budget 2017, which provides $87 million for new classrooms across the city.

“This exciting announcement builds on further funding allocated to Tamaki of around $20 million to carry out a phased expansion of Stonefields School to eventually provide 450 additional student places.

The additional places are part of a total 4,000 new student places being delivered through Budget 2017 for the Auckland region.

"Combined with 17,000 places already announced, we’re on-track to deliver a total of 21,000 new student places for Auckland by 2021.

“Budget 2017 is investing $456.5 million in education infrastructure nationally.

“This takes the Government’s overall commitment to extending and upgrading schools in recent years to over $5 billion.”

Further announcements about Budget 2017 school property investments will be made over the next few weeks.

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