Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller is annoyed at the lack of urgency and delays in acquiring land and building a new school in Omokoroa.
A petition for a new school in Omokoroa was tabled in Parliament back in December 2018 by Todd.
The original petition was supported by more than 2000 locals who showed their support for the new secondary school to be built west of the Wairoa River.
Back in February 2019, Todd said the Education select committee would be working it into their 2019 schedule but no date had been set.
Now, Todd says the lack of infrastructure for the growing community has reached critical levels.
He also acknowledges the hard work and persistence from Jo Linthwaite, who led the petition.
In a recent report to the Education and Workforce Committee, the Ministry of Education acknowledged the high population growth in the region but says it could take five to six years to complete a new school after land has been acquired.
Todd says this is just not good enough.
“The land hasn’t even been secured. It’s obvious the report said that this school needs to be built urgently.
“The government needs to support our growing community – not turn their back on us and ignore us.”
Todd says the government has no plan to improve transport links and fix the ongoing problems with State Highway 2.
“Speed management and a few safety barriers just don’t cut it.
“Children need to be able to get to school safely and on time.
“We can’t wait, the Ministry needs to have another look at this and fast-track building the school.
“We need that school now,” says Todd.