Auckland’s population growth has also meant an increase of students enrolled in schools, causing overcrowding. Such an example is Rowandale School in Manurewa which has seen a 30% increase of students since 2014 – an increase of 144 students to its total roll. In order to make space for more students, the school has had to convert their library into classrooms. As many as 60 schools in Auckland require more room for students.
In response, the Ministry of Education has announced that 230 new classrooms, as well as 50 replacement classrooms, will be built by early next year across Auckland schools. These new classrooms will service 6,000 more students. Along with the new classrooms, six new schools are currently being built so that there is enough capacity for another 17,000 students by 2019.
This is significant for the construction industry as the government has set aside $882.5 million for school infrastructure this year, of which $153 million is reserved for investment into schools in the greater Auckland region. Many schools in the Auckland region will see redevelopment in the coming years.