Health Infrastructure Unit

The Ministry of Health established its Health Infrastructure Unit in late 2019 to support and oversee DHB capital projects.

Budget 2019 provides funding to lift the capacity and capability within the Ministry's health infrastructure team.

The Health Infrastructure Unit is designed to:

  • Enhance the Ministry’s stewardship role (leading health investment through the planning, prioritising, monitoring of projects)
  • Standardise the way projects are designed and delivered

This involves developing and implementing a comprehensive framework for health investment management including:

  • consistent tools, data and frameworks for asset management across the health sector
  • stewardship, leadership and national planning assumptions
  • investment system and portfolio governance and support
  • standards to support investment decision making and project delivery
  • project delivery (for example, the new Dunedin Hospital). 

The Ministry is delivering the $1 billion plus New Dunedin Hospital project, which will be the largest hospital building project in New Zealand. 

We’re also close to completing the Acute Services Building (Christchurch Hospital Hagley), and working towards completion of Greymouth Hospital.

To date, the Government has invested a record $3.5 billion into DHB capital projects. Budget 2020 provided $750 million, building on last year’s $1.7 billion investment. There is also an additional $300 million as part of the New Zealand Upgrade Programme. 

There will be a number of projects in the pipeline across the country over the next decade. This is the start of a long term programme to restore New Zealand’s health infrastructure in our DHBs. 

National Asset Management Programme (NAMP)

The Health Infrastructure Unit is also developing a work programme to improve infrastructure delivery and asset management in the sector.

The National Asset Management Programme (NAMP) is part of a government-wide focus to improve capital funding decisions, capital investment plans and asset management, and to ensure investments deliver the best value for New Zealanders.

The current state assessment of DHB assets provides a good foundation for understanding the pressure points.

Budget funding

Budget funding has been confirmed for projects up and down New Zealand including:

Budget 2019

  • $30m to upgrade MidCentral’s acute mental health facility
  • $100m for a new acute mental health facility for Waikato DHB
  • $300m redevelopment of Taranaki Base Hospital, building a new East Wing to house a range of critical and acute services
  • $15-20m for a new in-patient mental health and addiction unit at Hauora Tairâwhiti 

Budget 2018

  • $275m for Auckland DHB to address significant infrastructure challenges at Auckland City Hospital and Greenlane Clinical Centre 
  • $200m (plus $42.1m from the DHB) for a new elective surgery unit at North Shore p
  • $80m for four projects at Counties Manukau DHB including recladding of the Kidz First Building and establishing a radiology hub at the Manukau SuperClinic
  • $79m for specialist mental health facilities at Canterbury DHB’s Hillmorton campus
  • $45.6m for the new Wellington Children’s Hospital
  • $30m for a new integrated stroke unit at Auckland DHB
  • $24m for new endoscopy and cardiac care capacity at Whangarei Hospital Hospital
  • $20m for new Buller Hospital Integrated Family Unit
  • $8.4m for Individualised Service Units at Capital and Coast DHB for our most high needs intellectual disability and mental health patients 
  • $7.1m for the Phase 2 redevelopment at Bay of Islands Hospital
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