8 May 2024

Property investment company seeking fast-track approval for Wanaka hospital

8:18 pm on 8 May 2024
The proposed $300 million privately funded hospital in Wanaka.

The proposed $300 million privately funded hospital in Wanaka. Photo: Supplied / Roa

Property investment company Roa is seeking fast-track approval for a $300 million privately funded hospital in Wanaka.

The project includes a five-level hospital with four operating theatres, imaging services, a 24-hour emergency department and more than 70 inpatient, emergency, and post anaesthetic care beds.

Private healthcare operators from New Zealand, Australia and the United States have all shown interest in managing the hospital, the company said in a statement.

Roa has made a submission to Parliament's Environment Committee in support of the Fast-track Approvals Bill and has applied to the Ministry for the Environment to be included as a named project in Schedule 2.

The company has begun the process of applying for resource consent by said it expected this to take three years or more.

"Construction of the hospital could commence within 15 months of consent being received, with a target opening date of 18-24 months after that. Delay in consenting translates directly through to delay in the doors opening on this much needed beneficial community health asset," Roa chief exectuive Mike Saegers said.

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