Health centre a '20-year dream' come true

Last updated 08:56 02/07/2014
Foxton medical centre

ON TRACK: Te Waiora, the integrated family health service in Foxton, will be officially opened on Saturday.

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With the GPs moving in this week, everything is set for the opening of the long-awaited Foxton integrated family health centre.

Te Waiora Health medical centre, which will house Foxton Family Health Centre and Foxton Medical Centre, will be opened on Saturday.

Foxton Medical Trust chairman Neville Gimblett said the project had gone "exceedingly well" with all time frames met, particularly with the building, car park and road changes.

"I think there's a lot of excitement in the community," he said.

"It certainly marks a significant event in taking this community forward.

"I feel very pleased and satisfied. We're all extremely satisfied and looking forward to having all these services under one roof.

"I think it will create a more efficient system."

Te Waiora, which means water of life, is a partnership between the Central Primary Health Organisation and Maori health provider Te Runanga o Raukawa, and will service the Foxton, Shannon and Himatangi areas.

Construction began in September on the Ladys Mile site after what Gimblett described as a "20-year dream" of the community.

The health service at 10 Ladys Mile, Foxton, will be opened with a traditional Maori ceremony at 6am, and a day service at 10am where a plaque will be unveiled by Te Tai Hauauru MP Tariana Turia and Otaki MP Nathan Guy.

The centre will be open to the community for viewing from 12.15pm to 2.30pm on Saturday.

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- Manawatu Standard

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