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Health Board planning to sell properties in Newtown and Porirua

Press Release – Capital and Coast District Health Board
Capital & Coast DHB is seeking feedback on potential plans to sell properties in Porirua and Newtown.

The properties are 201 Warspite Avenue in Porirua and 2/2A Coromandel Street in Newtown, Wellington (images attached).

The Warspite Ave land and building have housed the Waitangirua Medical Centre since the 1970s – leased to GPs and a pharmacy for most of this time, and, more recently, to the Ora Toa primary health organisation (PHO) run by Te Runanga Toa Rangatira Incorporated.

The Newtown property consists of two buildings built during the 1970s and leased to a crèche and a charitable organisation, the Ewart building – also built in the 1970s – that is currently occupied by DHB staff and a small community welfare operation, and a vacant former nurses’ home built around 1910 that is subject to a heritage designation.

“As a provider of hospital and healthcare services, maintaining and leasing properties is not core business for us,” said corporate services general manager Thomas Davis.

“As such, these buildings and associated lands are not part of our future investment plans and we are considering disposal of them.”

Anyone wishing to provide feedback on the intention to sell these properties should do so in writing and send it to Philip.butter@ccdhb.org.nz or Philip Butter, level 4, Ward Support Block, Wellington Regional Hospital, Private Bag 7902, Wellington 6242. Feedback must be submitted and received by 5pm Friday 1 June.

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  1. greenwelly, 17. May 2018, 12:28

    The “property” being proposed for sale in Newtown was originally part of the Town Belt; presumably it was alienated by the government from the town belt for use as part of the Hospital.
    Has the Council been approached about returning this land to the Town Belt? Or are the DHB going to simply try to flog it to the highest bidder?

  2. Louise, 18. May 2018, 7:13

    It took a long time and a fair amount of pressure for the previous health board and the City Council to accept that the Chest Hospital land had been taken from the Town Belt, and that it could not be flogged off.