The Dunedin City Council has approved the creation in the
district plan of new ''zone'' specifically for Mercy
Hospital, that will allow it to expand without having to
apply for resource consent for every project it undertakes
over the next 10 to 15 years.
Mercy Hospital's bid for its own special zone in the district
plan is a test case for other Dunedin facilities, the private
health provider's chief executive, Richard Whitney, told the
Dunedin City Council's hearings committee yesterday.
Mercy Hospital, in Dunedin, will receive $25,000 to provide
surgical services to needy people, thanks to the efforts of
Central Otago winegrowers who will again combine to produce a
cuvee from the 2012 vintage.