The Wellbeing Budget

Investing in New Zealand

Funding confirmed for Dunedin Hospital

The single biggest building project currently being progressed in the health sector is the Dunedin Hospital rebuild.

The people of the South have been waiting too long for a replacement for their aged hospital, which has had well‑publicised issues with leaks and asbestos (which saw patient records having to be fetched by staff in hazardous materials suits).

The Coalition Government has committed to the rebuild, and purchased the central Dunedin site for the new hospital in 2018. Planning is well advanced, with the outpatient and day surgery building prioritised for construction first.

Budget 2019 sets aside funding for the Dunedin Hospital rebuild in a contingency in anticipation of a business case being completed. The funding will be allocated over the 10‑year life of the project.

These investments in our schools and hospitals are central components to the Government's infrastructure package in Budget 2019. We have chosen to bring forward infrastructure investment to close the infrastructure deficit and stimulate the economy against the backdrop of a volatile international economy.

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