Te Whatu Ora is a new organisation established to lead the day-to-day running of the health system across New Zealand, with functions delivered at local, district, regional and national levels.

Health Infrastructure Unit 

The Ministry of Health established its Health Infrastructure Unit in late 2019 to support and oversee DHB capital projects. The Health Infrastructure Unit is designed to:

  • Enhance the Ministry’s stewardship role (leading health investment through the planning, prioritising, monitoring of projects)
  • Standardise the way projects are designed and delivered

This involves developing and implementing a comprehensive framework for health investment management including:

  • consistent tools, data and frameworks for asset management across the health sector
  • stewardship, leadership and national planning assumptions
  • investment system and portfolio governance and support
  • standards to support investment decision making and project delivery
  • project delivery (for example, the new Dunedin Hospital).

Te Whatu Ora is delivering the New Dunedin Hospital project, which will be the largest hospital building project in New Zealand.

There are a number of projects in the pipeline across the country over the next decade as part of the long term programme to restore New Zealand’s health infrastructure.