$350,000 grant brings health hub nearer goal

A new health hub in Opunake is another step closer after a big funding boost.

The $350,000 grant from the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board means the facility could even be open by the end of the year.

Coastal Taranaki Health Trust chairman Dan Holmes said he was delighted with the additional money, which was granted by the board's community facilities committee.

"It's a wonderful gesture."

He said the final plans for the new venture had been completed and the trust hoped to be able to put the building work out for tender by the end of February.

He said work should be completed by the end of the year.

"It's a fantastic project and well supported by the people," he said.

The project, which is estimated to cost about $2.1 million, has been in the pipeline since the trust was set up in 2006.

It aims to provide a one-stop shop for healthcare in the town, with other services like a pharmacy, physiotherapist and Plunket all to be located under the same roof.

Mr Holmes said the designs for the Opunake build had been based on similar health centre set-ups around Taranaki, including in Waitara and Eltham.

"It will be a very modern facility," he said.

The proposed service, which will be located on the corner of Napier and King streets, has received funding from the TSB Community Trust in the past, along with a number of community donations and income from other fundraising initiatives.

The Fitzroy Surf Club also received $60,000 from the board's community facilities committee.


Other Taranaki recipients of New Zealand Lottery Grants for 2012/2013:

Access Radio Taranaki Trust $21,000; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Taranaki $25,000; Bishop's Action Foundation $25,000; Cancer Society of NZ Taranaki Centre Inc $20,000; E-TOWN Youth Health and Development Services Eltham $10,000; Friends Plus - Nga Hoa Apiti $20,120; Hawera Budget Advisory Service Inc $20,000; Holy Trinity Anglican Church $10,000; Inglewood Community Trust $1776; Ironside Vehicle Society Inc $20,000; Lifeline Taranaki Inc $20,500; Mainly Music NZ Trust $5219; Marfell Combined Culture Trust $10,000; Meremere Pa and Hapu Charitable Trust $3300; Move it or Lose it Taranaki $4300; New Plymouth 50 Forwards Social Club $600; New Plymouth Budget Advisory Service Inc $24,200; New Plymouth Community Foodbank Trust $12,300; New Plymouth Emergency Shelter Trust Board $10,000; New Plymouth Group, Riding for the Disabled Association Inc $6674; Northpoint Community Trust $20,000; Patea Paepae in the Park $10,000; Pregnancy Help Inc Taranaki Branch $26,620; Rock of Life $25,000; South Taranaki Women's Centre $30,000; St Chad's West New Plymouth $25,800; St John's Juniors After School Care $4000; St Mary's After School Care Programme $10,000; Stratford Community House Trust $20,000; Taranaki Branch of The NZ Railway Superannuitants Assn Inc $880; Taranaki Dragons Inc $6090; Taranaki Employment Support Foundation $2500; Taranaki Multi Ethnic Council $15,200; Taranaki Post Polio Support Group $5789; Taranaki SAFER Family Centre $30,000; Taranaki Women's Refuge Charitable Trust $37,000; Taranaki Youth Health Trust $30,000; Te Puna Trust $10,000; Te Roopu Pukaaka Kapahaka Roopu $7000; The Te Wera Outdoor Recreational Trust Society Inc $19,500; Village Health $5000; Waitara Presbyterian Community Services Committee $25,000, Zipper Cardiac Support Club Taranaki $2000.

Taranaki recipients of national community committee New Zealand Lottery Grants 2012/2013:

Age Concern Taranaki Inc $20,000; Alzheimers Taranaki Inc $8000; Amputee Society of Taranaki Inc $12,100; Autism New Zealand Inc - Taranaki Branch $6935; Barnardos Taranaki/Whanganui $23,750; CCS Disability Action North Taranaki Inc $27,500; CCS Disability South and Central Taranaki Inc $21,750; Diabetes NZ North Taranaki Inc $6800; English Language Partners Taranaki Inc $17,000; Epilepsy Association of New Zealand Inc Taranaki Branch $13,777; Hospice Taranaki Inc $7500; IHC South Taranaki $5000; START Taranaki $15,000; Supporting Families In Mental Illness Taranaki $17,200; Taranaki Multiple Sclerosis Society Inc $15,700.

Taranaki Daily News