Upgrading Hawke's Bay Hospital


National believes that everyone should have the opportunity to access world class healthcare regardless of income, background or postcode.

The current state of the buildings at Hawke’s Bay Hospital does not meet this goal. The average age of the facilities at Hawke’s Bay Hospital is 50 years, and the hospital infrastructure is cramped, ageing and outdated, causing significant issues for patients and staff.

National will restore confidence in New Zealand’s public health system and deliver care for you, your children and your whānau.

The Hawke’s Bay District Health Board is in the middle of planning processes to determine future infrastructure requirements. At present this is estimated to cost $800 million, which they will advance over 10-15 years. National will bring forward and fund the largest part of the plan.

A National Government will urgently upgrade the Hawke’s Bay Hospital so it can deliver the care that New Zealanders deserve.

You can read National's Hawke's Bay Hospital Policy Factsheet here.

National will:

  • Rebuild the Hawke’s Bay Hospital main block. Design and development work will begin in 2021, and we would aim to have the diggers on site in 2025.

  • Expand the emergency department to cater for growing need.

  • Immediately begin the installation of air conditioning at Hawke’s Bay Hospital.

$400-500 million has been budgeted for the rebuild of Hawke’s Bay Hospital. This is based off calculations using the Ministry of Health National Asset Management Plan, and covers the cost of the main block, emergency department expansion and air conditioning.

National is the party of infrastructure. Today’s announcement follows on from our plan to invest a record $31 billion in new transport projects over the next ten years and our 30 year growth plan to improve our schools and classrooms.

National’s investment in Hawke’s Bay Hospital and our $300 million roading investment is the largest ever investment in the Hawke’s Bay region.

Hawke’s Bay is a rapidly growing part of New Zealand, and the hospital needs to grow to match this growth.

National’s wider Health policy will be released shortly.

You can read National's Hawke's Bay Hospital Policy Factsheet here.