Stage One

Stage One of the Taranaki Base Hospital Redevelopment opened in September 2013, with the construction of the Acute Services Building (ASB)

Stage one was delivered on time and within budget, providing acute medical and surgical care in a purpose-built facility. It included a theatre suite, day surgery, endoscopy and day procedure services, five 30-bed wards, a 22-bed paediatric ward, and a sterile services department.

Stage Two

Project Maunga Stage Two is the continuation of the Taranaki Base Hospital Redevelopment, initiated in August 2007 through the Health Services Improvement Project Business Case.

Stage Two is well underway and will see the construction of the New East Wing Building (NEWB), a new Renal Building, an Energy Centre, as well as site wide infrastructure upgrades to improve the resilience of the hospital campus.

NEWB will enable the relocation of the following core clinical services: Emergency Department, Radiology, Laboratory, Maternity services, Neonatal, and Intensive Care Unit, incorporating High Dependency Unit and Coronary Care Unit.

Separate to Stage 2, the construction of a new purpose-built and designed Taranaki Cancer Centre, which will house a new linear accelerator (LINAC) and bring all related oncology outpatient services under one roof is also underway.

Mana whenua

Taumaruroa (Ngāti Te Whiti - mana whenua and the eight iwi of Taranaki) is part of the Project Maunga Project Steering Group (PSG), and is the Tiriti partner for the project. Taumaruroa, led by chair Te Pahunga (Marty) Davis, guides us to ensure Taranaki tikanga and toi are considered throughout all aspects of the project.

Taranaki Base Hospital campus lies within the mana whenua region of Ngāti Te Whiti. While the design and kōrero of the new hospital facilities and buildings will be inclusive of all iwi and diverse identities of the region, the prominence of Ngāti Te Whiti will be a key feature.

To ensure Project Maunga receives cultural and community guidance from Māori stakeholders, two advisory bodies were formed: Te Kāhui Tikanga (cultural advisory) and Te Kāhui Toi (creative design advisory).

A cultural campus-wide narrative document was developed by Te Kahui Tikanga. This was articulated into a design brief in partnership with Taranaki-owned Tihei Limited to ensure the design principals, interpretations and colour palette are expressed in various building elements such as flooring, facade elements, carved joinery and glazing manifestations.

Building Wellness Taranaki

Building Wellness Taranaki and Project Maunga are partnering together to support the construction sector to lift the lid on mental health and wellbeing by providing contractors with practical tools and resources to enable them to support friends and colleagues who may need help.

Te Whatu Ora and Project Maunga are proud to support and work alongside this Kaupapa. Not only is the wellbeing of our staff and the project team our highest priority, but as Taranaki’s major healthcare facility we understand and see firsthand the impacts of mental health and distress. We want to help lead the change in an industry that urgently needs it and to reduce the flow-on effect it has in our communities. 

To join Building Wellness Taranaki or find out more, please visit www.buildingwellness.co.nz

Taranaki Health Foundation

The Taranaki Health Foundation (THF) is a non-profit organisation that helps provide the best healthcare possible. THF raises funds to purchase specialist equipment and enhance the patient environment. The target for Project Maunga is $25 million – THF’s largest to date – which will be used across the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, Neonatal, Maternity and Radiology departments to make a patient’s clinical journey the best it can be. THF is also fundraising for the new Taranaki Cancer Care Centre. 100% of donations to THF are used in Taranaki, for the benefit of Taranaki people.

If you would like to support their mahi and help the future of healthcare in the region, please visit thf.org.nz or contact info@thf.org.nz

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One of the exciting aspects of these projects is the commitment to sustainable development shown by Te Whatu Ora – Taranaki, and the Ministry of Health. Reduced energy and water consumption, improved indoor environments (natural light, thermal comfort and air quality), sustainable materials and reduced impact on the surrounding environments are key parts of the designs. Not only will this mean that the buildings will reduce the Te Whatu Ora - Taranaki carbon and energy footprint and align with Carbon Free 2050, it is also expected to have a significant benefit to staff, patient and whānau wellbeing.

The project team have achieved five-star Green Star certification for Design and As-Built for the New East Wing Building (NEWB), the first healthcare facility, public or private to do so. Te Huhi Raupō is targeting Net Zero Energy Certification and Zero Carbon Certification through the Living Building Challenge, meaning that the total energy use over a year will be neutral, by reducing its energy consumption and utilising roof-mounted solar panels to generate energy.

The Project Maunga team are also targeting five-star Green Star certification for Interiors on NEWB and both five-star Green Star for Design & As-Built and Interiors certification on the Taranaki Cancer Centre.

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Taranaki Cancer Centre

A purpose-built facility on the Taranaki Base Hospital campus in New Plymouth will house a new linear accelerator (LINAC).

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The New East Wing Building (NEWB) will enable the relocation of the following core clinical services: Emergency Department, Radiology, Laboratory, Maternity services, Neonatal, and Intensive Care Unit, incorporating High Dependency Unit and Coronary Care Unit. In addition to these existing departments, NEWB will also house an Acute Assessment Unit, Primary Birthing Unit, Integrated Operations Centre, Tupapaku Viewing Room, and a rooftop helipad.

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Te Huhi Raupō Renal Unit

A key part of the Seismic Risk Management Plan (SRMP) is the demolition of the Block C building which currently houses the old Renal department. To enable this, a new, purpose-built Renal facility has been constructed on David Street.

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Energy Centre and Computer Room 4

To improve the overall resilience of the campus-wide infrastructure at Taranaki Base Hospital a new Energy Centre will be constructed as part of the SRMP. The Energy Centre will house critical electrical infrastructure and provide 72 hours of back-up power to the campus. The roof is designed to withstand ash-fall from a 1 in 2,500-year volcanic event. The Energy Centre will also house Computer Room 4, a dedicated facility for key Information and Computer Technology (ICT) infrastructure.

In addition, site-wide infrastructure upgrades will improve the resilience of the hospital campus with the addition of a second emergency power generator, increased water storage, replacement of the oxygen storage facility, provision of a new services routes for critical building services and the replacement of the secondary computer server room.

Meet the team

Meet the team behind Project Maunga...

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Project Maunga Stage One


Artist impressions and detailed designs completed


Site preparation
Mouri Stone burial
Construction commenced


Public open day
Demolition of the old Stainton Block
First patients move into the new hospital


Entrance link and building completed
Official opening

Project Maunga Stage Two


Assessment of Taranaki DHB buildings commenced


Minister of Health announces $300m funding to build a new hospital building


Artist impressions and detailed designs underway for NEWB
Government announces it will locate a LINAC unit in New Plymouth
House removals and site clearance on David Street for construction of the Renal Unit
Chimney demolished to enable the new Energy Centre to be built


Business case developed and approved to construct an integrated cancer facility
NEWB enabling works commenced
Construction of the Renal Building commences
Construction of the Energy Centre commences


Design commenced to provide a radiotherapy, chemotherapy, and haematology outpatient facility
Enabling and early works commences on the NEWB site
Construction of Te Huhi Raupō Renal Building completed

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