Whangārei Hospital Te Kotuku Maternity Redevelopment

The Te Kotuku extension project added a state-of-the-art medical laboratory, neonatal unit, and paediatric units to the existing maternity building at Whangārei Hospital.

The works were planned and staged in such a way to enable continued use of the existing maternity unit and to minimise disruption. There was a high focus and importance on operational continuity, health and safety of staff, patients, whānau and ambulances during construction.

The project completed the fit out and expansion that was originally allowed for when the new maternity building was designed and built (2012-2015). The existing shell space at level two was completed and a new level constructed above (level three).

The expansion includes a new vertical circulation core at the east end of the building to provide public access to the upper levels, and connection with the existing hospital from Hospital Road. There is an additional lift and stair core at the western end of the building to provide staff and logistics access to the upper levels as well as stair egress for emergency situations.

The extension was officially opened by Health Minister Dr Shane Reti in April 2024.

Location: Whangārei
Client: Te Whatu Ora Health NZ