May 2023 | Update #7

Project Maunga Stage Two Update

A bird's eye view of the NEWB site
Tēnā koutou kātoa

It was fantastic to have the Minister of Health Hon. Dr Ayesha Verrall in Taranaki to officiate the opening of the new renal unit in March. At the ceremony, Wharehoka Wano, Tumu Whakarito Te Kāhui o Taranaki, on behalf of Ngā Iwi o Taranaki and Taumaruroa gifted us the unit’s name, Te Huhi Raupō.

The event allowed us to take a moment to celebrate Te Huhi Raupō and acknowledge the culmination of people, along with the huge amount of mahi that it took to bring it to life. 
Since my last update, the Project Maunga team have continued to work hard and have made some fantastic progress. While we still have a long way to go, with every milestone we are seeing exciting visual progress. 

The New East Wing Building (NEWB) is a perfect example. The pouring of floor concrete for levels 0-2 is well underway and the steel beam installation for levels 4-5 has commenced, creating a skeleton that provides a taste of just how large this 20,000m2 building is going to be.

The demolition of the old laundry building to make way for the Taranaki Cancer Centre provided some excitement on campus over recent weeks and brings us another step closer to breaking ground.

I would like to thank everyone for their patience with the ongoing disruptions and noise. We understand that being surrounded by construction of this scale is challenging; we appreciate your support as we work toward delivering these critical new facilities for our community.

Ngā mihi
Jesse Jardine
Programme Director

Progress Report - NEWB

Check out the progress on NEWB

Headway is being made every day on the NEWB site. You can get an idea of the smaller types of milestones that the team onsite get to celebrate below.

Approximately 40,000m3 of soil has been excavated from the site and approximately 13,000m3 of this has been reused as a base for the new roads that will go around the building.
To date 320 screw piles have been installed – measuring a total of 8kms. Screw piles are a ground anchoring system for buildings with deep foundations. Screw piles are wound into the ground much like a screw into wood.
Roughly 450 bored piles have also been completed. Bored piles are a type of reinforced-concrete foundation that supports structures with heavy vertical loads. 
Now that the NEWB foundations have been completed, our attention is being placed on the floor structures which are being built with concrete floor pours on levels 0, 1 and 2. So far, the team have completed eight suspended floor pours with around thirty more to go. In total, there will be approximately 1000 tonnes of reinforcing steel going into the project along with 8,500 m3 of concrete – which equates to around 1700 truck deliveries! Some 4,500 m3 of concrete has currently been poured.
Framing around completed floors is due to start late this month, followed by the installation of services in June. Once the framing is up, the façade to enclose the building will begin in the next couple of months which will mean lots of new trades on site.

You can watch the progress unfold yourself via the onsite Project Maunga timelapse camera. 

Renal Unit Officially Opened

Te Huhi Raupō is gifted name

On 21 March Te Huhi Raupō, was officially opened by the Minister of Health Hon. Dr Ayesha Verrall.  
The name Te Huhi Raupō was gifted to the building by Ngā Iwi o Taranaki and Taumaruroa (made up of mana whenua Ngāti Te Whiti and the eight Iwi of Taranaki), and was chosen for its meaning.

Raupō (also known as bullrush) is a resilient plant whose stalks grow tightly together. It bends in storms and windy conditions, but once the storm has passed, it stands again. In the same way, Te Huhi Raupō is providing support and shelter for the Renal Unit patients, helping them to weather the storms of their illness and rise again after treatment.
Click here to watch opening highlights

Te Huhi Raupō nominated for numerous awards

We're proud to report that Te Huhi Raupō  has been named as one of the nominees in both the Civic, Health & Arts and Green Building categories for the New Zealand Property Awards

The Property Industry Awards is the most prestigious property awards programme in New Zealand. It recognises design and innovation. Award winners and nominees are the best of the best; projects that provide an outstanding return or delivery of service potential on investment of funds, creating value for owners, tenants and the wider community.

Te Huhi Raupō has also been nominated for the Infrastructure NZ Building Nations awards in the Decarbonisation Category, and named as a finalist at the NZ Institute of Architects 2023 Western Architecture Awards.

Progress Report - Cancer Centre

Demolition of old laundry building almost complete

Once the site at Taranaki Base Hospital is cleared and prepped, then construction of the state-of-the-art Taranaki Cancer Centre is set to get underway in July.

The demolition work means that there have been alterations made to the road layout on the hospital campus to ensure the safety of staff, patients and visitors. 

If you are planning to visit Taranaki Base Hospital over the next month or so, it’s worth noting that there may be stop-go signs in place for traffic and possible delays if entering via Tukapa Street while this work is ongoing.

All you need to know about the Taranaki Cancer Centre can be found here.

News Update

Mick Kelly spends his working day 50 metres above ground driving “Lofty” the hammer head power crane helping. Credit: Vanessa Laurie/ Stuff

Meet the man with the highest office and best views in Taranaki

Read the article written by Helen Harvey and published in The Taranaki Daily News about Mick Kelly, the man operating Lofty the crane on the NEWB site. There aren't many people that have to climb eight ladders to get to their office each morning. 

Read the full article
Students from WITT get to experience the NEWB site for first-hand.
Workforce development at Project Maunga
A large-scale construction project like Project Maunga provides a fantastic learning opportunity.

Students from WITT / Te Pukenga recently took advantage of this opportunity with a tour of the NEWB site with Nathan Hawkins, Project Manager Leighs Construction.

These students are working towards a Diploma in Architectural Technology L6 or completing a Trades Assistant L3 course. More site visits are planned for other WITT classes and schools over the year.
Project Maunga contractors gather under the shelter of NEWB for the first of the toolbox sessions facilitated by first Building Wellness Taranaki.

Wellbeing toolbox workshops start on Taranaki hospital rebuild site

More than 60 contractors and tradies gathered on the NEWB construction site for the first of many Toolbox Talks facilitated by Building Wellness Taranaki on 2 May.

Building Wellness Taranaki and Project Maunga are partnering together to support the construction sector to lift the lid on mental health and wellbeing by providing contractors with practical tools and resources to enable them to support friends and colleagues who may need help.

Te Whatu Ora and Project Maunga are proud to support and work alongside this kaupapa.

Not only is the wellbeing of our staff and the project team our highest priority, but as Taranaki’s major healthcare facility we understand and see firsthand the impacts of mental health and distress. We want to help lead the change in an industry that urgently needs it and to reduce the flow-on effect it has in our communities. 

Learn about Building Wellness Taranaki
Lauren Piercy and Phoebe Bishop from the Te Whatu Ora Taranaki with some of the Leighs Construction team.

 Flu vaccine campaign stretches to site

More than 30 people working on the Project Maunga site took the time to protect themselves and others around by getting a flu vaccination this month. Construction staff spend a great deal of time at the Taranaki Base Hospital campus and their vaccinations will help us to protect vulnerable patients from the flu as they pass through the hospital.

Taranaki Health Foundation

Donate to enhance Project Maunga

Project Maunga is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to secure the best health facilities and services possible for the 120,000 people of our region.

The Taranaki Health Foundation wants to maximise this opportunity by creating a regional hospital that boasts near big-city healthcare – one that punches above its weight and provides the best services and facilities to this generation and many generations to come.

To do this, we rely on the support of businesses and communities across the region, like Methanex, Energyworks and Pipetech; like Lions Clubs International, Rotary, Inner Wheel and Women’s Institute; and many others who give their services in kind. But it needs more. It needs people like you, who care about health and who believe that Taranaki deserves the best services possible.

By donating to Taranaki Health Foundation, you can join a group of special people who believe the best healthcare should be available to all. 
Click here to donate now

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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