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Whangārei gets infrastructure spend splash

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A proposed showcase for Tai Tokerau Māori arts, culture and heritage has got a boost as part of a $26 million injection into Whangārei from the Government's COVID-19 economic recovery fund.

The Hihiaua Cultural Centre will receive $3m towards construction costs.

Whangārei District Council will get 16m for its transport construction programme, including a contribution to upgrading Port Nikau bridge and roundabout.

There's $1 million for a purpose-built engineering training facility at Whangārei Boys High School, and pūtea for Northland Rugby Union to complete its clubrooms on Pohe Island, putting the club on track to help host the Women's Rugby World Cup in September 2021.

Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says the funding is an investment in the wellbeing infrastructure of Whangārei, covering a group of projects identified by the region as priorities.

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