Building a stronger education system

By: Jan Tinetti

Jan Tinetti
Labour MP

Our Government is working hard to build an education system that gives every student in Tauranga, and across the country, the best chance to succeed. As part of this work, our School Investment Package has supported around 4500 school upgrade projects around New Zealand.

We believe that all Kiwi kids deserve classrooms that are fit-for-purpose, vibrant spaces to learn and play in, and decent sports facilities. To make this a reality, in 2019 our Government announced the biggest capital injection for school maintenance funding in more than two decades – and thanks to this, almost every single state school in New Zealand has been able to make much-needed property improvements.

Here in Tauranga we’ve provided funding for new outdoor learning areas so students have great places to learn in, playground and classroom upgrades, and more. All of these improvements are helping to make our local schools, such as Greerton Village School, places where young people want to be. Greerton Village School has benefitted with upgrades to its classrooms and landscaping with the addition of canopies and covered walkways.

In addition to delivering upgrades to almost every state school, our Government is building hundreds of new classrooms around the country. We’re also making school funding fairer by scrapping the outdated decile system, and we’re boosting investment to give schools the teachers and equipment they need.

All of this builds on the work we’ve done since 2017, to make sure every Kiwi child gets a great education, including making schooling more affordable for families, better supporting teachers and more.

We know there’s still more work to do, but our Government is committed to making New Zealand the best place in the world to be a young person, and building a stronger education system is a vital part of that.