Minister opens new Maniototo Hospital

The hard work of Maniototo residents was acknowledged by the Health Minister and community leaders at yesterday's opening of the new Maniototo Hospital in Ranfurly.

More than 100 residents were present as the multimillion-dollar project was officially signed off by hospital leaders and Health Minister Dr David Clark.

The $7 million development includes 29 new beds and a transformation of existing rest-home facilities into a medical centre and community services facility.

The Government granted $1 million for the project, following a pre-election funding pledge from former Labour leader Andrew Little.

Clark addresses Ranfurly residents yesterday at the opening of Maniototo's revamped medical...
Clark addresses Ranfurly residents yesterday at the opening of Maniototo's revamped medical facility. PHOTOS: ADAM BURNS
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who travelled to the Maniototo in April last year for the funding announcement, was also invited but unable to attend.

Other contributions included $2 million from the Maniototo Community Board, to be indemnified by ratepayers.

The Otago Community Trust granted the project $500,000 alongside local Lions groups, who donated $250,000.

An amount of $2.5 million was paid through hospital reserves.

Maniototo Health Services Ltd chairman Stuart Paterson (left) and Health Minister David Clark at...
Maniototo Health Services Ltd chairman Stuart Paterson (left) and Health Minister David Clark at yesterday’s opening.
Dr Clark paid tribute to the Maniototo community during his address to residents.

"It's pretty special to celebrate the efforts of a community who have come together to make real a dream of providing quality health services for their community.

"It's wonderful to see your vision come to fruition.''

Speaking to the Otago Daily Times, Health Services Ltd chairman Stuart Paterson said the new facility sets a benchmark.

"We've got a great service here now,'' he said.

"We've got a helicopter that can get here fairly quickly. We would compete with anywhere in New Zealand in terms of health facilities now.''

Central Otago mayor Tim Cadogan said the opening "meant a lot of things on a lot of levels''.

"As people age, healthcare becomes increasingly important.

"This facility is integral to the continued growth and development and livability of the Maniototo.''

adam.burns@odt.co.nz

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