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Government announces $759m funding for Whangārei Hospital

Whangārei Hospital

Whangārei Hospital.
Photo: RNZ/ Samantha Olley

The government has upped funding for a Whangārei Hospital redevelopment, announcing $759 million for Stage 1.

It said Stage 2 would likely cost another $200m but that money would be finalised closer to the time.

This is up from $572m ring-fenced earlier this year.

The hospital has had a litany of problems including raw sewage leaking down the inside of walls last year and lifts breaking down leaving patients needing urgent care stuck inside.

The redevelopment plans include an acute services building with 10 theatres in Stage 1 and a new 158-bed tower in Stage 2.

More to come…

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