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School Property

Each board of trustees, in partnership with the Ministry of Education (the Ministry), shares responsibility for the management of school property. This relationship is recorded in the Property Occupancy Document (POD) which applies to all state schools. It is essentially a notification to schools recording who is responsible for what.

The Ministry website has extensive information available to support boards on property and information on housing matters. General advice is also available from the Governance Advisory and Support Centre.

New Education Housing Policy

In November 2003 the Ministry of Education released its new education housing policy. Outlined below are the main points of the policy of interest to boards.

Core housing

Non-core housing

Rental levels

Network reviews and school housing

New housing

Provision of new housing will be at the Ministry's cost where needed, this will either be:


NZSTA opinion

By the Ministry's own admission, the state of school housing around the country is variable.

The NZSTA is concerned that future capital costs will have to be met from board funds. This is a particular problem where boards have not had the opportunity to accumulate significant income from the rental and have to meet the shortfall by taking funds from supporting education needs.

In determining whether you want to "sell" existing stock you need to ensure that you have considered all the options available. Whilst you may provide an "expression of interest" this does not obligate you to proceed with the sale.

We urge you to check that the condition of the house(s) is in a good state of repair by working through the criteria provided by the Ministry. In addition it may be appropriate to obtain an independent assessment of the condition of the housing.

Health and Safety legislation provisions may also place the potential liability on Boards if accidents occur.


School Housing section links to the Ministry of Education website. It outlines the Ministry's purpose and main points of the policy.

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