Waiora Waikato Mental Health Facility

Waiora Waikato Mental Health Facility

A new acute mental health facility will be built in Waikato to provide better care and support to people with mental health and addiction issues. The new facility will replace the ageing Henry Rongomau Bennett Centre.

The facility is expected to have a 64-bed capacity, which is an increase of 11 beds compared to the existing facility. It will also have eight internal courtyards. 

The new facility is being built on the current site of the Waikato Regional Renal Centre. The scope of works includes the demolition of the existing renal centre.

The project will begin construction after the $40 million relocation of services to a new renal centre is complete, which is expected to occur December 2024. Some New Zealand Government project estimates include the new renal centre in the total cost of the project, which brings these estimates to NZ $155 million. This project page does not include the relocation of the new renal centre in the scope of works and therefore total cost estimates sit at $115 million. 

Key Dates

Jul 2022 Development Approval
Dec 2023 Contract Award
Jun 2024 Expected Construction Commencement
Jun 2026 Expected Construction Completion

Funding contributions

NZ Government


Procuring Agency: Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand
Successful Tenderer: Naylor Love


Oct 2019 New Zealand Government announced funding of NZ$100 million for the project, pending business case approval.
Jul 2022 The NZ Government approved the project's business case and confirmed the scope includes a new 64-bed mental health facility and the demolition and construction of a new renal centre. The NZ Government also confirmed the total estimated cost for the mental health facility increased from NZ$100 million to NZ$115 million, while the main works for the renal centre has an estimated total cost of NZ$40 million, bringing the project's total cost to NZ$155 million. An expected construction commencement date of mid-2023 was also announced.
Oct 2022 Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand Waikato District open Registrations of Interest for the project, closing 1 November 2022.
Apr 2023 Construction of $40 million Waikato Regional Renal Centre begins.
Jun 2023 Enabling works have commenced on the project.
Dec 2023 Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand announced that it awarded the project's construction contract to Naylor Love.
Estimated Total Cost
Procurement approach
Unconfirmed |
New Zealand |
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