Future options for Wanaka Schools being explored

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said the Ministry of Education was currently exploring future options for the provision of schooling in the Wanaka area.

“School roll numbers in Wanaka are growing and there’s a need to be prepared to meet that demand.

“The 2013 census showed 5037 people lived in Wanaka, an increase of 1707 people, or 51.3 percent, since the 2001 Census.

“The Government is aware of population growth in the Upper Clutha with the Ministry of Education currently exploring options for the provision of schooling in the area.

“Last year extensive consultation and workshops with the Wanaka and Hawea community were held in a move to ensure the community’s views are heard, with 326 people attending workshops, and 837 completing online surveys. 

“From that consultation, 81 percent of survey respondents expressed a preference for at least one new primary education provider.

“The Ministry’s first priority will be to ensure there is enough capacity for primary provision in the area.

“And to ensure that we get it right, it will be useful to tap into the rich source of information about the community aspirations and preferences which have been gleaned from the local population.”

 

Authorised by Jacqui Dean MP, 127 Thames Street, Oamaru