Atiamuri bridge will enhance local economy
The past fortnight has been busy, both in Wellington and back in the electorate. Last weekend I attended the celebration of construction of the new Atiamuri Bridge, a $24.3 million project on State Highway 1 in South Waikato. What a great celebration of something that will really benefit South Waikato.
It’s important to improve the flow of New Zealand’s key freight routes because the freight task is forecast to increase by 70 to 75 percent over the next 25 years. The bulk of this increase will be carried on our roads.
The regional and national benefits of well-performing transport corridors and projects such as this will stimulate economic growth here in South Waikato.
Some more great news is the announcement of the faster broadband for many more schools across New Zealand, including here in South Waikato.
In addition to the ultra-fast broadband roll-out for schools, National is also committing $300 million to our Rural Broadband Initiative, so rural communities won’t miss out either. Two schools in South Waikato which will benefit and be connected to high speed internet as part of the Rural Broadband Initiative are Lichfield School and Te Waotu School.
Faster broadband means that schools will be able to share scarce resources like physics and IT teachers, and students will be able to take part in virtual classrooms and courses that might not be available at their own schools, and connect with the world and prepare for living and working in the 21st century.
By July next year, more than 410,000 students at nearly 1500 schools around the country will be connected. Our commitment means no school will miss out once the rollout is complete.
Ultra-fast broadband is a vital part of National’s plan to build a more competitive and productive economy – one of National’s four key priorities for our second term.
For more details, if you would like to request more information, or need assistance with an issue, please phone the electorate office on 07 886 5554 or email Upston.sthwaikato@ parliament.govt.nz.