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Hokianga Hospital Upgrades Completed


Hokianga Hospital Upgrades Completed

Hokianga Health Enterprise Trust has celebrated the completion of renovation improvements at Hokianga Hospital in Rawene by holding a powhiri and luncheon on hospital grounds.

The official opening event, held on Friday 2 August, marked the completion of a 25-year project to upgrade the hospital building to meet the New Zealand Government’s healthcare facility standards as well as the community’s aspirations for a high-quality, local hospital service.

In 1994, one year after Hokianga Health Enterprise Trust formed, the not-for-profit community health service received a letter from the Ministry of Health’s Hospital Licensing Division which stated the hospital required more than 50 upgrades to its structure and patient facilities to continue to hold a license to operate.

The final stage of the upgrade project, undertaken over the last year, has raised the 90-year-old hospital building to modern healthcare standards at a cost of $2.3million. Changes include renovations to the 10-bed inpatient care facility, upgrading the hospital’s two infection control rooms, four aged-related continuing care rooms and the ward office. The Pou Kara Ariki Marae onsite was also refurbished, as was the hospital’s whanau room.

Hokianga Health Enterprise Trust CEO John Wigglesworth said since 1994 each stage of the upgrade project had been funded entirely by the community through Hokianga Health Enterprise Trust with assistance from sponsors.

“We thank the late Sheila Wilson for her generous bequest, Hokianga Hospital Auxiliary for their relentless support and our sponsorship partner Comvita’s Kiwi Bee apiary business,” Mr Wigglesworth said.

More than 300 people turned up to Friday’s celebration at 163 Parnell Street, including Health Minister Hon Dr David Clark, Far North Mayor Hon John Carter QSO, Northland District Health Board Chair Sally Macauley and Comvita General Manager Apiaries Trevor Clarke.

In June 2019, Hokianga Health Enterprise Trust entered year two of its three-year sponsorship agreement with Kiwi Bee Medical Limited, the apiary arm of NZX-listed Manuka honey exporter Comvita. To date, Kiwi Bee Medical Limited funding has been used for making improvements to Rawene Hospital’s emergency department, building a new x-ray room and upgrading some wards.

Comvita General Manager Apiaries Trevor Clarke said the intention behind establishing the sponsorship partnership was to support the trust in extending the quality of services it offers to Hokianga residents into the future.

“We are extremely impressed by the level of care Hokianga Health has provided the local community since its establishment in 1992. The trust’s focus on hauora (holistic wellbeing) aligns closely to our values at Comvita, and we see benefit in partnering with like-minded organisations in the areas we operate in.

“We’re pleased to be able to support the trust in improving patient services at Hokianga Hospital. Congratulations to the team who’ve worked extremely hard to deliver the final stages of a high-quality facility that’s been 25 years in the making,” said Mr Clarke. 


1. Guests gather for official opening of the newly-upgraded Hokianga Hospital.

2. Hokianga Health CEO John Wigglesworth and Comvita General Manager Apiaries Trevor Clarke.



As well as overseeing operations at Hokianga Hospital, Hokianga Health Enterprise Trust has 10 general practice clinics which provide healthcare with no charge at the point of need to households throughout the district. The trust also runs a maternity service and healthy living programmes.

Manuka honey producer Comvita has operated its apiary business, Kiwi Bee Medical Limited, in Northland since 2008. In the formal sponsorship agreement, Kiwi Bee Medical Limited is committed to providing Hokianga Health Enterprise Trust with funding for special projects for three years, through to 2020. 

For more information, please contact:

Hokianga Health CEO, John Wigglesworth: 09 405 7709 or john.wigglesworth@hokiangahealth.org.nz

Comvita Corporate Communications Advisor, Emma Schuler: 027 404 2343 or emma.schuler@comvita.com