This week Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin and Minister for Regional Economic Development Shane Jones have announced a funding boost of over $50 million for rebuilds and upgrades for fire stations.

This additional funding for property projects comes after our successful bid to the Government’s Provincial Growth Fund and the Crown Infrastructure Partners project funding. We put this bid in response to the Government’s recent call for ‘shovel ready’ projects. We saw this as an opportunity to accelerate our work under our national Capital Works Programme, which is focussed on making sure that our facilities are fit for purpose.

We welcome today’s announcement and are working through the details of the stations that will receive this funding.  However, Minister Martin has confirmed this morning $12 million will be allocated for the new Christchurch City Station.

Additionally, Minister Jones announced yesterday just under $3 million to upgrade facilities at Okaihau Volunteer Station and to build a new station for the Cavalli Volunteer Fire Brigade.

The remaining funding will allow us to rebuild or upgrade a number of our other fire stations throughout the country that are ready for that work to start immediately. This work ranges from the total replacement of several stations that have reached the end of their life or have significant seismic issues, through to partial refurbishments and improvements to obsolete facilities.

This will allow us to deliver new and improved facilities for our people earlier than we had anticipated and reinforce our commitment to ensuring we have the right resources in the right places to continue to keep the New Zealand public safe.

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