Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Mayoral statement regarding Dunedin Hospital announcement

Mayoral statement regarding Dunedin Hospital announcement

Dunedin (Saturday, 19 August 2017) – Mayor of Dunedin Dave Cull has welcomed the Government’s commitment to spend up to $1.4 billion on building a new hospital for the city and wider Otago/Southland regions, and is encouraged that it has listened to the community’s preference on the location of the rebuild.

Mr Cull was reacting to the Prime Minister’s announcement in Dunedin today. The Government has indicated its preference is for a central city rebuild, but hasn’t yet ruled out rebuilding at the Wakari site in Dunedin’s hill suburbs.

“I am pleased that the Government has committed to rebuilding Dunedin Hospital. An investment of up to $1.4 billion is a far greater level of investment than had first been indicated, so this gives me reassurance that a top flight teaching hospital will be retained in the city.

“I do still have reservations about the fact that the option of rebuilding on the current Wakari Hospital site remains on the table. But I am encouraged that the Government has reached the same conclusions as the majority of our community in that a central city rebuild is the clear preference,” Mr Cull says.

The Dunedin City Council has led the ‘Dunedin Hospital SOS’ campaign since March, which calls on the Government to commit to redevelop the hospital as a top flight teaching hospital in the central city.

Mr Cull says that over 6000 people, numerous organisations and businesses, and mayors from throughout Otago/Southland had backed the DCC-led SOS campaign.

“A central city hospital location is vital for the health, economic and educational wellbeing of Dunedin and the wider Otago/Southland regions,” he says.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Another Reason To Loathe HR Departments (And On The Teachers Strike)

This morning’s news item about Police emergency call centre staff turning up for work while they’re sick – because they’re afraid their sick leave statistics will be used against them, and their jobs put in jeopardy – is not an isolated case...

Obviously, sick people shouldn’t be being treated by doctors and nurses who are themselves sick and potentially infectious. Similarly, Police emergency calls also need to be fielded by people who’re feeling alert, and on top of their game. More>>


MPs' Computers To Be Searched: Inquiry Into Leak On Simon Bridges' Expenses

An inquiry has been launched to find out who leaked the National Party's expenses to the media... Parliament's speaker, Trevor Mallard, said a Queen's Counsel would lead the inquiry with the help of an employment lawyer and also someone with forensic IT skills. More>>


Teachers Strike: Nationwide Rallies And Marches

Teachers and principals voted for a full day strike to be held on 15 August to send a strong message to the Government that the current collective agreement offers from the Ministry of Education would not fix the crisis in teaching. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: City Council Ends Its Support For Jackson’s Movie Museum

The Wellington City Council and the Movie Museum Limited have today announced a mutually-agreed parting of the ways for a joint project between the Council’s Convention Centre and TMML’s Movie Museum... Both parties remain optimistic for the future of their respective projects. More>>

Pay Equity: Historic Settlement For Education Support Workers

The New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) and the Ministry of Education today signed Terms of Settlement to address a pay equity claim for 329 support workers who work with very young children in early childhood and primary schools. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Stereotypes About Jacinda Ardern

Routinely, female politicians get depicted as either show ponies or battle axes, with little room for anything else in between. .. More>>

Weekend Interviews: "Discriminatory And Racist" Aussie Deportations

The former president of Australia’s Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs says deportations have risen dramatically in Australia since 2014 when ministers and ministerial delegates were given the power to cancel visas - and half of those being deported are New Zealanders. "These are massive numbers, actually escalating dramatically."... More>>


Legal Challenge: Prisoner Has 9 Boxes Of Documents Seized

Human rights organisation People Against Prisons Aotearoa says a prisoner they advocate for has had 9 boxes of legal documents seized from him just days before his case against the Department of Corrections was to be heard. More>>

Single-Use Plastic Bags: Govt To Phase Them Out

Single-use plastic shopping bags will be phased out over the next year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage announced today. More>>





Featured InfoPages