The Canterbury District Health Board (DHB) is delighted to announce construction of Kaikoura's long awaited new Integrated Family Health Centre will finally kick off this month.
Arrow International's Nelson-based team has been awarded the contract to build Kaikoura's new Integrated Family Health Centre with site clearing works, including demolition and minor alterations to the current hospital building, set to start almost immediately.
David Meates, Canterbury DHB chief executive, says it's fantastic to be finally announcing this news.
"It signals the end of what's been a long gestation period to get this facility underway and we're very thankful to the people of Kaikoura as well as the district council for both their patience and enthusiasm," Mr Meates says.
"It's a milestone worth celebrating. To reach this point where we can start construction is a great achievement and it's all thanks to the remarkable efforts of everyone involved."
Arrow won the contract because it had both the best price and proven experience in health design and construction, Mr Meates says.
"We're absolutely thrilled Arrow has been awarded this contract," he says.Murray Cleverley, Canterbury DHB chair, says the new $13 million Kaikoura Integrated Family Health Centre will replace the old hospital facilities and provide facilities for primary care, aged care, acute care, maternity care, radiology services and trauma stabilisation.
"I'm delighted we're on our way to future proofing Kaikoura's health services both for its community and as part of being an iconic tourism destination," he says.
"I would particularly like to acknowledge the significant financial commitment of $3.4 million from the Kaikoura District Council and members of the Kaikoura Community Health Facility Liaison Group who have worked tirelessly to support this development."
Mr Cleverley says Canterbury DHB is also looking at what other services could be provided from the new centre.
"This is so Kaikoura people can have services closer to their home, with fewer travelling to Christchurch for care," he says.
Joe van Rooyen, chair Kaikoura Health Facility Charitable Trust welcomes the news construction will soon begin.
"On behalf of the Kaikoura Health Facility Charitable Trust, Fundraising Committee and local community I can only add that we are absolutely delighted that construction of our new health facility is finally to get underway.
"The commitment of Canterbury District Health Board to provide excellent health care to rural communities such as Kaikoura, including a huge investment of $10 million in our new facility is very heartening.
"We are very grateful for donations and grants already received but are aware that a great deal of fundraising is still required. With construction now underway I am confident that financial support for this superb new facility will continue to grow."
Winston Gray, Kaikoura Mayor says this is very good news for the Kaikoura community.
"The planning and consultation process has taken several years, during which time the Canterbury quakes came along. We are grateful that we are still able to get a new facility considering the events around us. Now that physical works are to begin it will all become a reality.
"Many people and institutions have put their hands up to support this project. This work is ongoing as we work to raise up to $3.4 million, thus far a huge effort has been put in across the community and we have over $700,000 raised to date and an energetic band of locals and local business people are continuing this process."
Colin Kin, Kaikoura MP, congratulated Arrow International's successful bid saying it's exciting to see things finally get to the construction stage.
"I acknowledge the length the Canterbury DHB has gone to, to ensure the provision of quality health facilities for this community as well as for one of New Zealand's iconic tourist destinations. "It's been a pleasure to advocate on behalf of the people of Kaikoura and I eagerly await to see the first sod turned and the commission of services provided in the future – I look forward to seeing real momentum."
Raewyn Solomon, Environmental Coordinator, Te Rūnanga o Kaikoura acknowledges that the hospital is a critical component of the community but that its site is also part of the ancient Takahanga Pā. "Therefore a wāhi tapu/archaeological protocol has been developed to ensure any threats to these values are appropriately managed. As a neighbour, the Marae has been consulted and have allowed the use of their side road for access by trucks into the back of the hospital site for the duration of the build.
"Planning has included some cultural features which will be incorporated into the landscaping and the whānau room.
"The hospital is a critical component of our community and we will always support it and be a good neighbour."
Steve Kelso, Arrow International Nelson Manager, is delighted the company has been awarded this tender.
"We are looking forward to working with the Canterbury District Health Board to deliver an outstanding project that will be an asset to the local community. "The project has some complexities to be dealt with such as mobilising resources for what is a comparatively large project in this community, staging the project to ensure the existing facilities remain operational and the intense level of building services usual for a medical facility. "Drawing on the support of Arrow's Wellington team where required, we are completely confident that our team will meet the challenges ahead." ENDS Join us at the Kaikoura Integrated Family Health Centre site on Deal St for a dawn blessing of the site at 7.15am on Friday, 23 May. Refreshments will be served after the ceremony. RSVP to Kim Triegaardt on (03) 378 6125 or firstname.lastname@example.org Media enquiries please contact Canterbury DHB Media Advisor Amy Milne on (03) 364 4122, 027 502 7523, or email@example.com
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