News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Kaikoura IFHC site blessed

MEDIA RELEASE

May 23, 2014

Kaikoura IFHC site blessed

Kaikoura’s long awaited Integrated Family Health Centre’s site was given a traditional Maori blessing this morning to prepare it for the construction that’s about to start.

Members from the community and representatives from Te Runanga o Kaikoura, the Kaikoura District Council, the Kaikoura Health Facility Charitable Trust, Canterbury District Health Board, Arrow International, and Kaikoura MP Colin King gathered at dawn with for the official ceremony.

The ceremony marks a farewell of the old Kaikoura Hospital s in preparation for the new Kaikoura Integrated Family Health Centre and was a welcome to Arrow International as the construction contractor.

Sir Mark Solomon acknowledged the sadness of losing the old buildings but says the new building will give the community hope for the future.

“As a family this hospital has been here for us for everything from births, and deaths to cut thumbs. We are sad to see it go, but at the same time we know that what replaces it will be a great benefit to the community,” Sir Mark said.

David Meates, Canterbury DHB chief executive, says the ceremony highlights new beginnings.

“Thanks for making the journey to mark the event. Enabling works start soon which signal the start of something really exciting for Kaikoura. It’s been a long road to get here but thanks to lots of hard work by the community we are at a point where we can start construction,” Mr Meates says.

“The town is a growing international tourist destination and now we will have quality facilities to offer. We couldn’t have done it without the help and support of the people of Kaikoura as well as the district council for both their patience and enthusiasm.”
The new $13 million Kaikoura Integrated Family Health Centre will replace the old hospital and provide facilities for primary care, aged care, acute care, maternity care, radiology services and trauma stabilisation.
Today’s ceremony was particularly significant for Dr Lloyd Johnson, now retired, who served for many years as a GP in Kaikoura and Mary Gordon, wife of the late Dr Geoff Gordon who had a passion for providing excellent health care in the Kaikoura district.

Dr Gordon was instrumental in moving the practice to the existing facility and went to great lengths to keep the facility operational.

Winston Gray, Kaikoura Mayor, says the Kaikoura community has consistently shown support for their health services over the years and now for this project having already raised nearly $700,000 towards it.

“It’s gratifying to see how everyone has got behind it. We are grateful to the Canterbury DHB who stuck with the project in spite of having to deal with the fallout from the Canterbury earthquakes.”

Mark Hopwood, Arrow International CEO, says Arrow had been welcomed on to the site and into the wider Kaikoura whanau.

“We feel privileged to be tasked with the responsibility to deliver a successful project.”

Notes:
• The government has agreed to a $10 million spend to support the construction of a family healthcare centre at Kaikoura.
• The community is raising the other $3.4 million that is needed.
• The new IFHC will be on the site of the old hospital so it will be a complex, staged development.
• The Kaikoura hospital originally opened on June 3, 1912 – parts of it are over 100 years old making it the oldest health facility in use in Canterbury, and possibly New Zealand.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

EPMU: Fourth Anniversary

Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. More>>

ALSO:

'Kindara': Unusual Ginger Coloured Kiwi Chick Released To Taupo Creche

A cute little kiwi chick with an unusual ginger tinge to its feathers has just been released to Wairakei Golf & Sanctuary Kiwi Creche in Taupo after hatching at Rainbow Springs' Kiwi Encounter. More>>

Werewolf: The Complicatist : Bob Dylan Himself, And By Others

Bob Dylan is about to release a six CD version of the entire Basement Tapes sessions he recorded with the Band 40 years ago. To mark the occasion, I’ve rustled together some favourite cover versions of Dylan songs, and a few lesser-known tracks by the great man. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: Gone Girl : The Trouble With Amy

Philip Matthews: Three words to describe the David Fincher film Gone Girl: cynical, topical and ridiculous. Ridiculous isn’t a negative. More>>

ALSO:

11/11: Armistice Day Peace Vigils

On Armistice Day 2014, the second in the series of peace vigils that will take place three times each year during the World War One centenary will be held in Hokianga, Whangarei, Auckland, Tauranga, Otaki, Lower Hutt, Wellington and Takaka. More>>

ALSO:

Te Papa: Rick Ellis Appointed New Chief Executive

The Board and Chairman of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa are pleased to announce the appointment of Rick Ellis as the new Chief Executive for the museum. More>>

Couture: New All Blacks Jersey Gets Team’s Seal Of Approval

More than two years in the making, adidas has today unveiled the most technologically-advanced and blackest All Blacks jersey ever, four days before the highly anticipated match against England. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news