Project Maunga is officially open!

Health Minister Hon Tony Ryall officially opened the Taranaki Base Hospital redevelopment (Project Maunga) on Friday 27 June at 10am .

Taranaki DHB Chief Executive, Tony Foulkes said “ This is very exciting moment for the people of Taranaki, and I am extremely grateful for the level of commitment and enthusiasm from everyone involved that has resulted in a modern fit for purpose hospital that will serve our community for many years to come.”

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Project Maunga Book published by the Taranaki Daily News

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The rock

This volcanic rock came from beneath the site where the new building now stands and was originally from our Maunga – Mount Taranaki. Project Maunga was the name given to the redevelopment. This symbolises our continuing challenge to improve the health of all who live in the province.

This is an andesitic boulder similar to many from the Egmont Volcanic Centre. Mt Taranaki is the youngest stratovolcano of this volcanic chain which includes the older and more eroded Sugar Loaf Islands, Kaitake and Pouakai Ranges.

Boulders such as these have typically been transported from their source by avalanche, debris flow or lahar events and subsequently deposited on the Taranaki ring plain.

New Plymouth city is largely built on debris avalanche deposits sourced from collapse events of the Pouakai Volcano

Check out our timelapse videos

View photos and timelapse video of the redevelopment construction and the old wards, Stainton Block, being demolished.

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