One hundred new, warm, dry classrooms will soon be built right here in Tauranga Moana, thanks to this Government recently announcing 300 new modern learning spaces, right across the country.

Golden Sands and Maungatapu School get new classrooms – making a game-changing difference in terms of these kura being able to handle future roll growth and guide our tamariki to discover their full potential.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has also unveiled free support for rangatahi receiving the Youth Payment, Young Parent Payment or those in Oranga Tamariki care, to get their driver licences from July 1.

This is a step towards this Government’s offer of free driver training to all secondary students, and a small investment that goes a long way towards supporting our young people with the tools needed to find a job.

More than that, this initiative will see cover test fees, professional driving lessons and more, easing living costs for struggling families.

Finally, good news for all whānau excited by this Government’s commitment to integrate te reo Māori within our education system by 2025.

Stage one of this goal - Te Ahu o te Reo Māori  has been launched. It is designed to grow the correct  use of te reo Māori by our teachers and their  support staff, from kohanga reo through to  secondary school.

With four regions part of the initial launch of this kura reo-style learning programme, getting these services available to teaching staff in the Waiariki will be key in the coming months.

Tamati Coffey
Labour MP