Commitment to West Auckland continues

Bala (Venu) Beeram

West Auckland is a vital part of Auckland’s economy and National is investing heavily in infrastructure to continue growth.

Better connectivity will underpin Auckland’s ongoing success, and that is why we are investing $424 million in rolling out Ultra-Fast Broadband to more businesses and homes across the region, including West Auckland.

Our investment in education reflects our commitment to the region’s future.

Our efforts, alongside local schools and teachers, have seen higher attendance and better results, motivating young people to share in their city’s success.

Following facts illustrate National’s impeccable record.

39.9% economic growth since National was elected.

62,000 new jobs created in the region over the past year.

$11,792 increase in average annual wages since 2008, almost double the rate of inflation.

73 more Police for Waitemata Police District. Helensville will also now have Police presence 24/7.

Broadband increase

As a part of our $503 million ‘Safer Communities’ package, 2389 persons in Auckland were helped to own their first home in the first two years of HomeStart; 40,061 businesses and homes in West Auckland are now able to connect to Ultra-Fast Broadband as part of our $2 billion investment to roll out faster internet across New Zealand.

Thirteen more more towns in the Auckland region will get Ultra-Fast Broadband, benefitting additional 36,000 people across the region in places like Piha, Helensville/Parakai and Waiatarua.

Infrastructure boost

Our infrastructure investment includes $2.4 billion for the Western Ring Route, a 48 km-long alternative to SH1 around Auckland.

$225 million for SH18 Hobsonville Deviation and SH16 Brigham Creek Extension, providing a four-lane motorway from the end of the North- Western Motorway.

Education achievement

National’s progress report in the education sector account for an initiative of $359 million, benefiting 169,498 children in 319 schools. This initiative kept the best teachers in the classroom to share their expertise and leadership.

About 96% of young children in Auckland are now participating in Early Childhood Education, enabling them to get the best start in life, while about 86% of 18-year-olds have obtained NCEA Level 2 in Auckland, an increase of 7.7 percentage points since 2011; additional 1218 youngsters who are 18 years of age.

Approximately 266,700 children in 497 schools in Auckland now have access to faster internet with uncapped data thanks to our $211 million investment in the N4L Managed Network.

We have committed $316 million to building 17 new schools in Auckland since we were elected, including $50 million for the new Hobsonsville Point Primary and Secondary Schools.

Healthier New Zealand

About 99,800 children in the Waitemata DHB area are benefitting from our policy of free GP visits and prescriptions for all children aged under 13. Further, 8145 more patients in the Waitemata DHB area are receiving elective operations a year; 78,660 people in the 60 to 74 years age group in the Waitemata DHB area will be eligible for our Bowel Screening programme, which is being rolled out across the country to help prevent some of the around 1200 deaths caused each year.

We have invested $9.8 million in a new Emergency Department at Waitakere Hospital.

Bala Beeram is National Party’s candidate at Kelston in West Auckland.

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Photo Caption: The Waterview Tunnel, which opened to traffic last month, is yet another example of National’s commitment to developing Auckland’s infrastructure.

(Photo by Auckland Transport)

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