The Helensville District Health Trust has announced it is closing its facility, Te Whare Oranga ō Parakai.
The old Parakai Tavern was gifted to the Health Trust and after extensive renovations opened in 2015 as Te Whare Oranga ō Parakai, a community hub with rooms for hire and a commercial kitchen.
The Health Trust has considered this decision at great length but after exhausting all other avenues is faced with the reality that it simply can’t afford to keep subsidising the Te Whare business.
Instead, the Trust will refocus its energies and investment on its Health Campus on Commercial Road to ensure it meets its strategic vision of providing health facilities which best serve the health needs of the growing South Kaipara population.
Among the priorities will be asbestos removal, earthquake strengthening and roof replacement of the building tenanted by the Waitematā District Health Board.
The redevelopment of Alison McKenzie House is another major project that will require substantial investment to meet Council’s heritage requirements.
As well, the highly-successful Helensville Birthing Centre, owned by the Health Trust, is ready to double in size.
The Health Trust Campus in central Helensville.
Te Whare Oranga ō Parakai will close as a facility for hire on Friday 30 August with a tenant now being sought to lease the building.
As a result of this decision and some other staff changes within the Trust, nine positions are being made redundant.
The catering team based at Te Whare Oranga ō Parakai also operates the Kaipara College Tuck Shop and it’s hoped some staff will be able to stay on to fulfil that contract until the end of the school year.
The Trust wishes to thank everyone who has supported Te Whare Oranga ō Parakai over the last four years, whether it be as a South Kaipara Harvest & Artisan Market visitor or stallholder; a parent of a child who has picked up a passion for healthy food at one of the Kids’ Kitchen Cooking Classes or as a guest at events like the Pink Ribbon Breakfast.