waikanae-schoolIn fact, according to this Kapiti Independent News article, that’s the case throughout Kapiti.

KIN’s Peter Corlett reports that, “An excited crowd of more than 500 students, teachers and parents has gathered for the official opening of a new classroom block at Waikanae School.

“This permanent classroom is based on the Ministry of Education’s latest ‘Modern Innovative Flexible Learning Environment’ (MIFL) design; and it features two classrooms, several ‘break-out’ spaces, toilet blocks and shared office space.

“But, like several other local primary schools, Waikanae School is said to be ‘bursting at the seams,’ meaning all Ministry classroom spaces in the school are now full.”

Such are the problems associated with population growth: along with it comes the need for more support infrastructure: not just utilities like power and communications, stormwater drainage and sewerage treatment, but buildings for social services.

Waikanae’s population is relatively old by the national average, but there has been an increasing number of young families over the last 15-20 years, and the massive new subdivisions planned by developers mean the infrastructure problem is going to get much worse.