Terisa Ngobi, Labour’s candidate for Otaki in the 2020 election, says the National Party’s promise to build a new school at Waikanae Beach is dated and redundant.
She was referring to the new National candidate for Otaki, Wing Commander Tim Costley, who made the promise to our reporter in Waikanae this week.
But Terisa Ngobi says: “The Government is already on track to build a new school in Waikanae Beach in five years’ time.
“National is merely announcing something this Government is already doing and trying to take credit for it.
“But I am glad the National candidate supports the Government’s intention to have a new school in Waikanae,” said Terisa Ngobi.
Former promise not honoured
“National promised the same thing in 2010. It didn’t happen. This Government is getting on with the job,” says Terisa.
“The Government has a National Education Growth Plan. It’s publicly available on the Ministry of Education website.
“The Northern Kapiti section of the Plan projects population growth in and around Waikanae to 2030 and beyond and makes it clear why a new school will be needed in the near future,” she says.
“There are rigorous criteria when it comes to identifying the need for new schools. It’s about statistics, not electioneering,” said Terisa Ngobi.