School rebuild project great news for community, MP says

Waimakariri news
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey has welcomed news that Kaiapoi High School has been included under the next phase of the Christchurch Schools Rebuild programme for a substantial rebuild and repair.

The project includes a significant redevelopment with a potential new teaching block and reconfiguration of the school site, and a major refurbishment of remaining facilities. Work is scheduled to start in February next year.

“This is great news for our community,” Doocey said. “I’ve said all along that 2015 is going to be a great year and this wonderful news confirms where we’re headed as a community.

“We started the year with the opening of the Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre, with its state-of-the-art engineering features and community spaces – and now Kaiapoi will boast a modern and re-developed high school that will be a drawcard for families into the town,” Doocey said.

“Government is investing in Waimakariri. Our communities are benefitting by a $7 million grant towards the restoration of our earthquake-damaged facilities that has seen contributions towards our new Rangiora and Oxford town halls, and the Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre, and now we can celebrate investment in our schools.”

The works are part of a $138 million expenditure approved by Government for Kaiapoi High School, Hornby High School, Banks Avenue School, Linwood College and Cashmere High School.