Wakari Hospital

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Wakari Hospital
Opened 1915
Current Status Preserved
Building Style Cottage Plan
Alternate Names
  • Wakari Psychiatric Hospital


The Wakari Hospital opened in 1915 as a hospital for infectious diseases, and later a sanatorium.

"Wakari Hospital is a psychiatric hospital located in Dunedin, New Zealand. It is situated in the suburb of Wakari, about three kilometres north-west of the city centre. The hospital is operated by the Southern District Health Board (formerly Otago District Health Board) and is closely associated with Dunedin Public Hospital. It contains specialised psychiatric services but also cares for people with intellectual disability and people undergoing physical rehabilitation. It has units for forensic psychiatry, psychiatric emergency services, long- and short-term secure psychiatric units, MÄori mental health, physical rehabilitation and increasingly community out-reach services such as public health and district nursing.

From 1915 the site was initially an infectious diseases centre, and later a sanatorium. In 1957 it was redeveloped as a general hospital, serving as the main Otago hospital while the Dunedin Hospital was being redeveloped in the 1970s. In the early 1980s, the Nurses' home was leased to the University for use as a student hostel, this being taken back with the closure of the Cherry Farm Hospital in the mid-eighties.

Wakari continued as a geriatric and psychiatric care facility, the geriatric wards gradually being wound down through the nineties with government reforms to privatise long-term care. The care of the elderly assessment and rehabilitation wards were transferred back to Dunedin Hospital. Attempts were made to sell the main block of the hospital, which found occasional use as a facility for live-in drug trials and even a temporary accommodation during important rugby tests." [1]

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  1. Open Buildings, Zakout, A., Malloy, T., http://openbuildings.com/buildings/wakari-hospital-profile-35640, Accessed Dec 09 2014.