‘‘It looks to the fu­ture’’

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plan­ning and progress achieved to date and what will hap­pen over the next 12-18 months. Wes­ley Col­lege Trust Board and Grafton Downs Limited spokesper­son Chris John­ston said Wes­ley had been a decade in the plan­ning.

‘‘Our pri­or­ity in build­ing this new town, is to have suf­fi­cient funds to main­tain Wes­ley Col­lege and pro­vide for its stu­dents in per­pe­tu­ity.’’

John­ston said Wes­ley would be a unique com­mu­nity in 21st cen­tury New Zealand.

‘‘It looks to the fu­ture - Wes­ley will be a well-con­nected town with high-speed broad­band and it will have a rail sta­tion.’’

The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion had al­ready con­firmed a new pub­lic pri­mary school for the town, John­ston said.

‘‘In busi­ness terms, we don’t in­tend to repli­cate what al­ready ex­ists in Pukekohe. We will be com­ple­men­tary not com­pet­i­tive.’’

John­ston said a ground­break­ing cer­e­mony would take place on Oc­to­ber 1 with a dawn karakia to bless the site. In­fra­struc­ture con­struc­tion would fol­low with the first sec­tion of 300 homes due to be­gin in 2017.

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