November 2022 | Update #6

Project Maunga Stage Two Update

Tēnā koutou kātoa

We have reached a major Project Maunga Stage 2 milestone with the new Renal Unit officially handed over to Te Whatu Ora – Taranaki, with a blessing on November 1.
I’d like to acknowledge Manawhenua Ngāti Te Whiti, Taumaruroa, Te Kahui Tikanga and Te Whatu Ora-Taranaki who came together to provide opportunity, Tikanga and Kawa to ensure the Renal Unit was opened with the Mana and support deserving of such an important space.
It's a meaningful and exciting moment for any project when the hard mahi has been completed and the goal is reached, but when you consider the difference this new Renal Unit (pictured left) will make to the patient experience, and the ability of our doctors and nurses to provide the best healthcare they can, this achievement is particularly special.
We are now in the process of installing equipment and furniture, stocking medical supplies and preparing everything else needed to turn the building into a treatment centre for patients. The clinical team who will be working in this new space will also complete training on the new, state-of-the-art equipment to ensure we are ready to welcome patients by the end of the month.
Before this happens, we extend an invitation to the community to join us for an open day and a tour of this wonderful new healthcare facility – full details below.
While the building is complete, there is still some landscaping work to be completed on the grounds. The Taranaki Health Foundation is looking for volunteers to help with planting the surrounding gardens, with a working bee planned for this weekend - November 12 and 13. More details below - it would be wonderful to see local people joining us in making this a true community facility.

Ngā mihi
Jesse Jardine
Programme Director

Join the gardening bee!

With the new Renal Unit nearly ready to welcome patients, it is time to create and plant the gardens that will surround it.

A working bee is being organised by the Taranaki Health Foundation (THF) and everyone is welcome to get involved and make our new healthcare facility a real community space.

Any volunteers who are willing to get stuck in and get their hands dirty are welcome to come along at the following dates and times;

Session 1: Saturday 12 November 8.30am – 12.30pm
Session 2: Saturday12 November 1.00pm– 5.00pm
Session 3: Sunday 13 November 8.30am – 12.30pm
Session 4: Sunday 13 November 1.00pm– 5.00pm

Please bring any gardening tools you may have, and a pair of gloves, and help us create a garden we can be proud of.

It would be immensely helpful if you could register your interest and intent at 

Please note: If a heavy rain watch is issued, the working bee will be postponed to another day - THF will contact you directly to confirm if this is the case.

Progress Report - Cancer Centre

The first look at the Taranaki Cancer Care Centre design has been released - with patient well-being and environmental sustainability given top priority.

The purpose-built facility on the Base Hospital campus in New Plymouth will house a new linear accelerator (LINAC) – which uses radiation to destroy cancer cells while leaving surrounding tissue undamaged - and bring all related oncology outpatient services under one roof.

When commissioned in late 2024, the facility will not only be a 5-star Green Star certified building but will have the latest in modern cancer treatment technologies and user design.

The design for the new Taranaki Cancer Centre includes;
  • LINAC Radiotherapy Unit
  • Ten chairs and two single isolation rooms for chemotherapy
  • Eight outpatient consult rooms with video conferencing capability
  • Restful and appropriate décor wait spaces
  • Whānau facilities
  • Accessible facilities with carer assisted change and toilet rooms
  • Staff offices and amenities
To be considered for the 5-star Green Star rating, a building needs to have strong sustainability principles ingrained into the design and construction.

This includes reduced energy and water consumption, improved indoor environments (natural light, thermal comfort, and air quality), the use of sustainable materials and reduced impact on the surrounding environment. Not only will this mean that the building will help reduce the Te Whatu Ora - Taranaki carbon and energy footprint, it is also expected to have a significant benefit to staff, patient and whānau wellbeing.

The integration of cancer treatment services means that Taranaki patients will no longer have to attend their appointments at multiple locations and facilities.

This will particularly benefit the more than 300 Taranaki people each year who require radiation treatment having to make what is often a difficult journey to Palmerston North and endure what can be a lengthy stay away from friends, whānau and other support networks. Around 80% of cancer patients that require radiation treatment will be able to have treatment locally after their initial planning appointment.

“This centre will directly enhance the patient pathway, experience and overall outcome for Taranaki people diagnosed with cancer,” says Gillian Campbell, Te Whatu Ora -Taranaki interim district director.
“The benefits that being able to access radiation treatment in Taranaki will bring to those who need it should not be under-estimated, along with having our specialists and other oncology services under one roof."

“This project is an exciting addition to the Project Maunga Stage 2 facility development work already underway to ensure that people living in the region have access to modern secondary healthcare for years to come.”

Preparation work on the site for the centre, the old and now unused laundry building in the Base Hospital carpark, has already begun. Construction work is expected to start early 2023, with a targeted construction completion date of late 2024.

Progress Report - NEWB

NEWB steel arrives on site

Programme director Jesse Jardine was thrilled when the first delivery of structural steel arrived on the NEWB site - it's another milestone ticked off for the team.

The picture at top left shows the basement floor slab being poured, which will contain more than 1000m3 of concrete once finished. Including the ground beams, the team has poured 1488.1m3 of concrete to date. Top right shows one of the mounting jigs which are temporarily attached to concrete plinths (which are positioned on top of the screw piles we saw going in earlier this year). A base isolator (which gives NEWB its seismic superpowers) is positioned on top, then a steel cruciform on top again (bottom right). Everything is carefully adjusted using the jigs before the steel is fixed in place. The jig is then removed and reused on the next one. 

Bottom left is a few of the structural steel columns which sit on top of the cruciform. These will extend up the full six-storeys of the building - once they are all installed it will give us a better sense of just how big NEWB is going to be.

You can watch everything happening on site via our timelapse camera -  Project Maunga - Timelapse (
Lofty the Crane arrived in September and will be on site for the next 15 months or so helping to build the New East Wing Building.

With a reach of around 71m and the ability to lift 20 tonnes, the 45m tower crane is already proving to be a huge help to the building team.

Lofty arrived in 15 separate sections plus counterweights and was erected with the help of another 350-tonne crane brought from Auckland.

He now towers (ha,ha) over the other hospital buildings, and if you look right at the top, you will see his name!

Progress Report - Renal Unit

The blessing of the new Renal Unit on David Street took place before equipment and supplies were moved in ready for the first patients.

“This was a significant and meaningful moment for Project Maunga Stage 2, as the Renal Unit is the first element to be completed and commissioned,” says Gillian Campbell, Te Whatu Ora – Taranaki interim district director.

“It is a beautiful space which is going to contribute so much to a positive patient experience, as well as being a wonderful workplace for our renal staff.”
Images clockwise from top left: Main entrance, Patient treatment area, Pedestrian link to the Taranaki Base Hospital campus, Reception area. 

Now the building has been handed over from the construction team, our project team are busy unpacking and placing all the furniture, equipment and supplies that help turn a building into a space to care for our community. Southern Furniture Movers provided the brawn this week  - unloading three truckloads of items including chairs, tables and shelving - thanks guys!
Images: (left) Steven Tanualilo and Shannon Stoddart from Southern Furniture Movers were a great help bringing in chairs, tables and other equipment (right)

Progress Report - Energy Centre

Over in the Energy Centre, the two 1.8MVa generators which provide emergency power for the whole hospital in case of a power cut or natural disaster are being installed.

Both generators are connected to sound attenuation equipment which helps to reduce the sound emissions as much as possible.

The design of the system and the building itself has been carefully considered to minimise noise levels in consideration of staff, patients and, of course, those residents who live close by.

News Update

Raising awareness of prostate cancer

The Project Maunga team received a visit from the Te Whatu Ora -Taranaki Occupational Health and Health and Safety teams during Blue September.

This national campaign raises awareness about prostate cancer to help improve health outcomes for kiwi men.

One in eight will get prostate cancer in their lifetime. Men are more likely to develop prostate cancer as they get older. It is also more common in men who have a father or brother with prostate cancer, and in families who carry certain genes such as the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes.

Wendy Pine (H&S), Lauren Piercy (Occ Health), Anton Gall (H&S) and Briar Rauputu (Occ Health) (pictured) spoke to the blokes from Leigh's Construction, explaining why is was so important to get checked and how to do so.

Students enjoy 'electrifying' visit to Project Maunga

Electrical students from WITT/Te Pukenga gained a valuable insight into what is required for a large-scale construction project when they visited Project Maunga.

The group of Level 3 students were particularly interested in the electrical transformer set-up and the high voltage provision, seen while touring the purpose-built Energy Centre with its new generators.
Electrical tutor Gabriel Saade said: “We are very grateful to the Project Maunga team for taking the time to make these visits possible.”

“The students get a great deal out of them as it can be very over-whelming to come on to a huge project like this. Jim Stuart from Wells was wonderful, giving us very clear explanations of what we were seeing and answering questions.”

Nathan Hawkins, project manager for Leighs Construction, the lead contractors for Project Maunga Stage 2, said: “We are always happy to welcome students onto the site whenever possible to help them get a practical perspective to what they learn in the classroom.”

Taranaki Health Foundation

The Taranaki Health Foundation supports Te Whatu Ora-Taranaki in providing the best healthcare possible, through sponsorship and fundraising initiatives. All funds raised are spent purely on equipment and services in the Taranaki region, for the benefit of Taranaki people. To find out more, or to donate, please visit
Image (l-r): Luca Coleman, Aiden Chen, Linkyn Edmonds, Thomas Cole, Grant Carter (Donor Relationship Manager, Taranaki Health Foundation), Koby Chadwick, Cejay Cave, Kean Esterhuizen, Niwa Cation-Velvin

School boys give Something 4 Nothing

Fundraising comes in many different forms and isn’t always about digging into your pockets as giving time and skills can be just as valuable.
Boys from New Plymouth Boys’ High School recently discovered this as part of their Something 4 Nothing initiative. The students used their skills to bake some delicious treats, to be sold in New Plymouth’s CBD in aid of a worthy cause.
It was a successful cake sale, raising $339, which the budding bakers chose to donate to the Taranaki Health Foundation, to help provide enhancements to the Taranaki Cancer Care Centre.
The boys wanted to give to something that will help a wide variety of people and understood that cancer affects everyone - not just the patient but whānau and beyond.
The Something 4 Nothing initiative has run for several years and is all about allowing New Plymouth Boys' High pupils to connect with serving the local community. Their gift will not only help provide the best cancer care, but also help support  those who care for and about the patient.
If you would like to follow in these boys’ footsteps and help bring the best healthcare to Taranaki, contact Simon Velk on 022 496 8004  to talk about how THF can support your fundraising opportunity. Or visit to donate directly.

Sign up for the Project Maunga Newsletter

Get the latest news on the redevelopment of Taranaki Base Hospital by signing up for the Project Maunga Newsletter here. The newsletter comes out four times a year and contains some great photos of the work being done on-site, access to design concepts and important updates. 
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