BOP to benefit from $12b NZ Upgrade Programme

The investment will help with improving infastructure on SH5. Image: Google Maps.

The Government has announced a $12 billion NZ Upgrade Programme to modernise infastructure, prepare for climate change and help grow the economy.

The latest investments through the Government’s infrastructure upgrade programme are great news for the people of Bay of Plenty, says Waiariki Labour MP Tamati Coffey.

“It’s great that this Government’s investing in safety improvements along State Highway 5, one of the Bay of Plenty’s most important roads.

“Safety is our top transport priority, and these investments will mean a safer journey between Tarukenga and Ngongotaha, where too many people have been hurt in recent years."

These investments are part of the Government’s New Zealand Upgrade Programme, which is the largest investment in infrastructure in a generation. It is helping future-proof our country by delivering new and upgraded roads, rail, schools and hospitals across the country.

As part of the $12 billion NZ Upgrade Programme announced by the Government last month, $300 million was allocated for capital projects in regional New Zealand.

The first package of regional projects – worth about $190 million – has been announced by Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones at an infrastructure seminar today.

Tamati says the Government’s careful management of the economy by running surpluses and keeping debt under control, means they are in a good position to make progress on the things that matter to New Zealanders.

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