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Govt signs first public private partnership school contract

As expected, the government signed its first school property public private partnership (PPP) contract with the Learning Infrastructure Partners (LIP) consortium - but has refused to reveal the value of the 25-year deal.

The LIP consortium will design, construct, finance and maintain Hobsonville Point Primary School and Hobsonville Point Secondary School for the next 25 years.

The primary school is scheduled to open in 2013 and the secondary school will open in early 2014.

ASC Architects and Perumal Pedavoli Architects did the design work, Hawkins Construction will build the schools and Programmed Facility Management will manage them.

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So, Mr Key, what have World Bank promised you for selling out New Zealand kids?

Search: "Agenda 21" and "Public Private Partnerships" and wake up people.

And NBR - what else can you tell us about it. That is in the absence of any useful information coming from the minister Craig Foss?

Where's the TRANSPARENCY?

Any untoward 'conflicts of interest' between those who awarded this PPP contract and this Learning Infrastructure Partners (LIP) consortium?

Who signed this contract and where's the publicly available 'Register of Interests'?

This is PUBLIC money - we have a right to know.

NZ - 'perceived' to be the 'least corrupt country in the world' - yeah right.

Penny Bright
'Anti-corruption campaigner'

If Penny doesn't like it, it MUST be OK

Great news - always good to have some quality competition for the public system - why not have some alternatives to keep the industry constntly looking for value improvements for the tax payers?