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Full re-build of Wainui High School promised, at cost of up to $20million

News from NZ Labour Party
Labour will deliver a better future for education in Hutt South with the allocation of up to $20 million for a full rebuild of Wainuiomata High School, says Leader of the Opposition Leader Jacinda Ardern.

“Wainuiomata High School is redeveloping its curriculum to better serve the needs of its students and the rapidly changing future of work. Labour’s investment will help the school create a 21st century learning environment and community hub.

“The Government has announced it would spend $12 million on school repairs and upgrades, but I agree with our Hutt South candidate Ginny Andersen that this is little more than a facelift and anything less than a total rebuild would not be enough.

“Performance and art run deep in the Wainuiomata community but the school is unable to offer a fully provisioned environment to help students unlock their talents and reach their potential. The current arts block is still in the same condition it was back in 1972.

“Our schools infrastructure has been left to deteriorate for too long. School by school, student by student, Labour will improve the opportunities for New Zealand children to learn and to fully participate in our rapidly changing future.

“A Labour Government will put the emphasis back on public education and give our communities the resources they deserve,” says Jacinda Ardern.


A full rebuild of the school would consider the following buildings:

Wharekai & Hospitality Centre
· Allowing the school to perform as a community hub and offering manaakitanga to guests.
· Meeting the needs of our diverse community and bilingual whanau unit
· Providing a commercial grade kitchen for use by hospitality and home economics classes, and well as the wider community.

Technology HUB
· Giving students the opportunity to engage with modern design and prototyping technology by developing modern entrepreneurial skills in an integrated curriculum.
· A hub for teams of students to develop concepts and products using maker technology and skills.

High Performance Sports Academy
· A redevelopment of the school gyms, with modern learning technology and environments connected to training rooms and equipment to develop students’ interests in health, sport, training, and management.
· Providing a key community asset for Wainuiomata’s hauora.

Arts and Performance Academy
· A purpose built space for development, rehearsal, and performance of kapa haka, theatrical and musical pieces, with state-of-the-art photography, art and design suites attached.