Scrapping plans for a Ronald McDonald House at Middlemore Hospital over concerns about promoting fast food would be a misguided move, the charity's chief executive says.
The DHB said it had considered Ronald McDonald House's offer carefully and made the decision based on advice from its public health team.
Ronald McDonald House chief executive Wayne Howett said the charity had only been in discussions over the hospital's needs and had not made an offer.
"There's already two programmes actually funded by Ronald McDonald House - charities - in Counties Manukau.
He said Ronald McDonald House had funded the set-up of two family rooms inside the hospital and supported a dental care unit.
"So, to reject a proposal that hasn't been made is a little interesting."
He said the charity was focused on providing care to families.