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Last modified: 17 May 2022 1:30pm

Ngāi Te Ruahikihiki ki Taumutu representative Corban Te Aika holds up a staff while speaking leading a line of people through the inside of the health hub

Key services will be opening soon at the Toka Hāpai Selwyn Health Hub.

The Canterbury District Health Board held a blessing last week as it begins the final steps to opening its services at the hub to the public in early June.

The karakia whakatau whare (karakia to settle the house) blessed the DHB’s Oromairaki Maternity Unit, along with its Community Dental Service, Child Adolescent and Family (CAF) Mental Health Service and Public Health Nursing spaces.

The blessing was led by representatives of Ngāi Te Ruahikihiki ki Taumutu, Puamiria Parata-Goodall and Corban Te Aika. The purpose of the karakia whakatau whare is to acknowledge those who have worked to create, build and ‘dress’ the facilities.

The Canterbury District Health Board says this is the next step as it finalises opening the units to the public. The Oromairaki Maternity Unit is due to open on 31 May followed by the Child and Adolescent Family Health and Public Health Nursing spaces in early June. Community Dental will move into the new facilities during the July school holidays.

The Toka Hāpai Selwyn Health Hub was built by the Council to provide increased capacity for health services as the district grows. Spaces are leased to the health service providers. It was completed in May 2021, ready for tenants to begin fit outs of their areas. Other tenants include Pacific Radiology and Evexias physiotherapy. The hub is also currently hosting a community RAT distribution centre.