Welcome to CoastalCare
It has been dubbed the medical centre but, the new health and social services facility building in Opunake is much more than that. As well as a GP practice, CoastalCare houses numerous different health and social service providers, everything from a pharmacy and Plunket services to Maori health organisations and St John ambulance.
Counselling provision and district health board services are also available. For Coastal Taranaki, it represents a true hub or one-stop shop of health and wellbeing.
Inside the welcoming reception area is the medical centre, which has its own consulting rooms for doctors, nurse’s stations and a minor surgery space. Connected to the reception area is the Opunake Pharmacy, where the staff (and customers) has one of the best views in town of the mountain.
Only a third of the building is used by the medical centre. At the community services end, an open foyer area welcomes visitors and has tea and coffee making facilities amid relaxed surroundings.
A secure play area is provided for little ones beside the Plunket nurse’s spacious, family-friendly room, while a north-facing fenced courtyard outside is just awaiting some outdoor furniture to complete the picture.
There is a choice of rooms – one suitable for one on-one interviews, a larger boardroom-style space with a central table, and a well-appoint.
But there’s more –past the DHB rooms and around the corner, and there is a spacious staffroom where everybody can get together, which was one of the aims behind the facility’s development.
Towards the rear of the building are the District Councils new public toilets and the state of the art ambulance station with a duty room, store room, sleep over and ensuite.
The project cost about $2.25 million, and is debt free. It has been supported by grants from the TSB Community Trust and the Lotteries Community Facilities Fund, and numerous donations from the community, including the late Mavis Hepworth (nee Corkill) who donated $250,000 at the first fundraising auction and topped up the shortfall between the fundraising and the cost of the build. A plaque which tells of her generosity is on display in the reception area.
The Trust remains now as the landlord, although the other groups using the facility, particularly Plunket, the medical centre, pharmacy, St John and the DHB, are considered partners, not tenants.
The Trust is confident that creating a facility that encourages a holistic, collaborative and integrated approach to service delivery is a winning solution particularly for isolated communities in need and will continue overseeing the running of the building and planning for future development, with members work not over yet.
Translation of our building name
The Coastal Taranaki Health Trust believed that it was important to have an appropriate bi-lingual name for our new building. Mitchell Ritai of Te Reo O Taranaki Charitable Trust, Ruakere Hand, Te Inga and Johnathan Murray of Orimupiko Marae gave us their expertise and help to come up with both a name and a statement that reflects the purpose of the centre, its location, is acceptable to our local hapu/iwi, and is not too long or difficult to pronounce.
You will see this signage is now on the outside of the building and is part of our logo.
Haumaru ki Tai, the name for CoastalCare, translates as:
Haumaru = to protect, to keep safe
ki = at
Tai = Coast, sea, tide
The statement "Haumaia ki runga, Hauora ki raro, Haumaru ki Tai" refers to:
"the strong will of the mind, the wellbeing of the body, kept safe/protected on the Coast".