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Bay of Islands Hospital – First Walls Go Up!

There was much excitement at Bay of Islands Hospital on 21 September as the first walls were lifted into place.  After years of preparation it is very exciting to finally see some progress. The 12 panels that make up the west wall and the lift shaft of the new build were gently lifted straight off the delivery truck, […]

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Blessing and Turning of the Sod Ceremonies

A pre-dawn blessing and turning of the sod ceremony signalled the start of construction at Bay of Islands Hospital on Friday 12 May 2017.

Northland DHB Chair Sally Macauley, with (Left) Sam Bartrum, GM District Hospitals, and (Right) Nick Chamberlain, Chief Executive

The humble beginnings of the Bay of Islands Hospital date back to 106 years ago in 1911 with the formation of The Bay of Islands Hospital and Charitable Aid Board and a seeding fund of £150.  Part of the rundown Bay of Islands Hospital complex has been demolished to make way for the new building.

The project has been debated for years but on Friday the site was blessed and the first sod turned by Northland DHB Chairwoman Sally Macauley.  They used a 100-year old spade from Dargaville Museum, a nod to the site’s beginnings as a 12-bed hospital in 1913.

The hospital now begins a year of construction and will emerge in 2018 with a new twenty-bed Medical Ward built above the new Accident and Medical department.  The two-storey building will have access via a lift and stairs and is for the relocation of the current General Ward.

Northland DHB is investing $9.9 million to fund the new accident and medical department and radiology services, new medical ward and refurbishment of other areas of the hospital.


Construction begins in June 2017 and is due to be completed July 2018.