News  •  24 June 2021

New beginnings for Te Whare Oranga ō Parakai

A well utilised Parakai facility is to remain in community hands thanks to the combined efforts of the Helensville District Health Trust, Ngā Maunga Whakahii ō Kaipara Development Trust, Auckland Council and the entity co-governing the adjacent Kaipātiki Reserve, Te Poari ō Kaipātiki ki Kaipara.

Plans for the former Te Whare Oranga ō Parakai property will see it further developed and managed by Te Poari ō Kaipātiki, a co-governance entity comprising of representatives of Ngāti Whātua ō Kaipara and the Auckland Council.

Chair of the Helensville District Health Trust, Rory MacGillycuddy, says the transfer of the Parakai property from the Trust to Te Poari ō Kaipātiki ki Kaipara, will see many benefits for the local community. 

“Because Te Poari ō Kaipātiki ki Kaipara already manages the adjacent Kaipātiki Reserve, the former Parakai health facility can now reconnect and be managed in an integrated manner with the Reserve to achieve better well-being outcomes for the local community and Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara,” he says.

The Helensville District Health Trust closed the Parakai health facility in August 2019 when faced with the reality, after exhausting all avenues of possible funding, that it could not afford to continue subsidising the facility.

Mr MacGillycuddy says the Trust is presently focussing on greater investment in its health campus on Commercial Road in Helensville.

“This focus will optimally meet the Trust’s strategic vision of providing facilities which best serve the health and well-being needs of the growing South Kaipara population,” he says.

Since then, the Health Trust has renovated the property and has also supported various well-being and health-related initiatives onsite.

Chair of Ngā Maunga Whakahii ō Kaipara Development Trust, Jane Sherard, says she is excited about the new plans for Te Whare Oranga ō Parakai.

New beginnings for Te Whare Oranga ō Parakai