The National Party has promised to spend $4.8 billion extra on school buildings over the next 10 years.
The party has signalled a looser approach to school zoning and would let schools grow to accommodate demand.
It also proposes an “alliance” with national infrastructure and construction firms to build new schools and upgrades more cheaply than under the current system of putting each project out to tender.
Party leader Judith Collins and education spokeswoman Nicola Willis chose New Plymouth Boys’ School to make the announcement, following a storm of outrage from Taranaki schools against an $11.7 million grant for a private Green School near New Plymouth approved by the Labour-led Government last week.
Willis said the Labour-led Government “has funded less than half of the forecast 100,000 school places required over the next 10 years”.