Infrastructure issues hold up school opening

Posted at 10:06am Thursday 19 Nov, 2020

The opening of a new Primary school in Ōrewa, which was to have taken place next year, has been deferred by two years.

Growth in the area is putting pressure on local schools' rolls, and the new Primary is part of the plan to address this.

The school, Ōrewa North West Primary, will initially provide for 420 students and eventually up to 700.
In response to Hibiscus Matters' questions, the Ministry of Education's head of education infrastructure services, Kim Shannon, said the delay in opening the school is not due to Covid-19, but has come about because of traffic concerns raised by Auckland Transport (AT).

The new school is to be accessed from Crozier Place and a proposed road connecting Crozier Place and Sunnyheights Road.

AT spokesperson Mark Hannan says AT is committed to the safety of children, caregivers, staff and visitors arriving and departing from a school.

“Auckland Transport and Auckland Council are concerned about the level of transport infrastructure needed for this new school in Ōrewa,” Mr Hannan says. “We are working on the safety of the site in relation to the provision of adequate parking, cycling and walking facilities and continue to work with the Ministry of Education and AC to resolve the situation.”


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