Transport agreement a great result for RHS students affected by amended zone, Waimakariri MP says

Waimakariri news
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey has welcomed news that the Ministry of Education will continue to fund bus transport for students affected by the amended zone until the end of the school year after he sought urgent intervention in the matter.

“I was contacted by parents near the end of the term and held an emergency residents’ meeting with affected parents at Pegasus Town on Friday evening, March 13. That Monday I met with the school to gather further information before bringing the issue to the urgent attention of Minister Nikki Kaye.”

Doocey said he had received a flood of emails from constituents living in Waikuku township and Pegasus Town who were worried they had no way of getting their children to and from school.

“Having students trying to cross the motorway was just not an option,” Doocey said. “Parents did not know what to do or how their children would get to school in the new term.”

Today’s announcement had come as a tremendous relief to parents, Doocey added.

“I have been keeping residents updated every step of the way and I am delighted with the agreement that has been reached.”