Newstalk ZB reports:
Two new schools are to be built in north east Hamilton, but the plans are not without controversy.
Minister of Education Hekia Parata has announced a primary school will be built in Flagstaff by 2015, and a secondary school by 2016.
Labour MP Sue Moroney says locals have been calling for a secondary school for five years, but the primary is not seen as such a priority.
“The proposal for a new primary school? Well that’s come out of left field, or right field as it might be.
“It’s not the priority. The community is very clear about its priorities, they want the secondary school in place.”
Hekia Parata says the evidence shows the primary school will be needed first in the area, which is growing rapidly.
Just because you are in opposition doesn’t mean you need to oppose everything the Government announces. Criticising the Government for spending $10 million on a new primary school for Hamilton is not likely to help you win the seat.
There are projected to be an extra 600 primary age students in North-East Hamilton by 2016.
The new secondary school will be the first new one in 40 years I believe. It reflects how strong the population growth there is.