CDHB kaumatua Reverend Maurice Gray, centre in white, leads the blessing

Outpatient building blessed

by Mike Isle

It was an emotional experience for the 100 invited dignitaries, staff and Canterbury DHB members who gathered at Christchurch Hospital last Friday for the official blessing of the hospital’s new outpatient building in Oxford Terrace.

The blessing ceremony of the $72 million facility started with the sounding the putatara (horn).
The carving in the entry lobby, Kotuku, was blessed, and then the various groups — including an interdenominational group of clergy — dispersed to bless each floor of the facility and pray for those who will work in and receive care in the new building.

Waiata, prayer and hymns completed the ceremony.

The blessing was conducted by Canterbury DHB kaumatua, Reverend Maurice Gray.

Canterbury DHB chief executive, David Meates, said the blessing marked the culmination of years of planning by DHB staff, health planners and others who he said, can be proud of the way the building has come together.

“It is a beautiful facility, and I hope that staff and patients enjoy the light, open design.

“Every detail has been well-thought through, including the waiting areas and how patients find their way through the building to the custom-designed area for their specific clinic. As a bonus, the views from the building are stunning, with the Port Hills, Hagley Park and the Southern Alps from various aspects,” Mr Meates said.

The first groups of staff will be moving into the new building from October 26, and the first outpatients’ clinics will be held on October 30.