Sourced from the Whanganui Chronicle

Ruapehu College will get a share of up to $4.8 million to replace coal boilers used for heating at eight schools this year, with biomass boilers.

As part of the $7 billion in projects announced on Wednesday as part of the Government’s $12 billion New Zealand Upgrade Programme.

Principal Kim Basse was “delighted”.

“Living in the Ruapehu it’s important to us to contribute to the environment,” she said.

“Anything that is good for the environment we are happy with. Also gets very cold here, so we need the heating.”

Meanwhile, $817 million will go towards a four-lane highway from Otaki to north of Levin.

Whanganui Mayor Hamish McDouall said it would also make it easier for Whanganui to use Wellington and Hutt Valley suppliers. “We are getting close to being regularly under two hours from here to Wellington. When it’s an hour forty, it will improve Whanganui’s commercial offering. “

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