Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Earthquake strengthening work for Hawke’s Bay Hospital

Hon Dr David Clark

Minister of Health

30 April 2019



Health Minister Dr David Clark says seismic strengthening work at Hawke’s Bay DHB will improve the DHB’s resilience to natural disasters.

“This Government inherited a catalogue of building issues at hospitals around the country and we’re getting on with the job of fixing them – although given the scale of the task it will take many years.

“Hawke’s Bay is in a high seismic risk zone and people deserve to know their hospital will be there for them in the event of an emergency, including an earthquake.

“As our understanding of how buildings function in an earthquake continues to improve, we need to keep up-to-date and make the necessary improvements to hospital buildings.

“As part of the DHB’s detailed business case for an additional eighth theatre fit-out and acute assessment unit refurbishment, the DHB commissioned detailed seismic assessments.

“As a result, to bring the theatre block and acute assessment unit in line with the new building standards, strengthening work is required to ensure these buildings are able to function effectively after a major event.

“Work has already started on the acute assessment unit building and is expected to be completed by 2021. Work on the theatre block is due to start in 2020.

“Hospital services will continue throughout, thanks to good planning and the hard work of DHB staff,” Dr Clark says.

The Government has approved $8.8 million for the seismic strengthening of the DHB’s theatre block and acute assessment unit. This funding comes from capital contingency set aside as part of Budget 18 (and previous Budgets).


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On Reforming Parliament’s Toxic Culture

It would be nice to think Parliament was a forum where rationality ruled – and where policies are raised and evaluated in terms of their contribution to the greater good. Obviously, it isn’t like that... More>>

Historic Assualt Allegation: Parliamentary Service Staff Member Stood Down
Rt Hon Trevor Mallard said today: “I do not want to cut across any employment or possible police investigations, but I am satisfied that the Parliamentary Service has removed a threat to the safety of women working in the Parliamentary complex." More>>


Fatal 2018 Crash: Police Officer Should Not Have Engaged In Pursuit

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a Police officer should not have tried to stop or pursue a car thought to contain young people in Palmerston North on 28 May 2018. More>>


New Poverty Targets: Goals Overlook 174000 Children In Worst Poverty

Child Poverty Action Group is pleased to see the Government set ambitious 10-year targets for child poverty reduction, but we are disappointed not to see a target set for improving thousands of young lives where the worst of poverty is found. More>>


Study: Guidelines Needed To Avoid Risks In Government AI

New Zealand is a world leader in government algorithm use – but measures are needed to guard against their dangers. This is the conclusion of a New Zealand Law Foundation-funded report from the University of Otago’s Artificial Intelligence and Law in New Zealand Project. More>>


Pike River: Families Welcome Opening Of Drift

The group representing 29 of the Pike River Families - the Pike River Family Reference Group - has welcomed the unsealing of the mine at a private family event this morning... More>>


Auckland Harbour Bridge: New Design For Walking And Cycling Crossing

The NZ Transport Agency has released plans for its preferred option for a shared path over the Auckland Harbour Bridge which will transform walking and cycling not only across the harbour, but throughout the city. The Transport Agency says its preferred ... More>>



Shaw First Reading Speech: Climate Change Response Bill

Madam Speaker, today we begin the task of amending the Climate Change Response Act [2002], to fulfil the commitment that we have made, as a country, to limit global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. More>>


Housing: More Unsold Kiwibuild Houses Bought By Govt

The Crown underwrite for unsold Kiwibuild homes has been triggered for a second time. Now lack of sales in Mike Greer's development in Canterbury and Auckland means the government has had to buy back seven more homes. More>>





InfoPages News Channels