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Waitematā is the largest and one of the most rapidly growing districts serving a population of around 650,000 - the largest population of all Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand's districts. Waitematā offers a balanced lifestyle that combines the convenience of city living with the natural beauty and community spirit of suburban life.
Te Whatu Ora | Waitematā
As the largest employer in the district, we employ 8,600 people across more than 80 locations. We serve the areas of the North Shore (North Auckland), Waitākere (West Auckland), and Rodney extending to Wellsford in the north and as far south as the Auckland Harbour Bridge, incorporating Whangaparāoa in the east and the west coast beaches of Muriwai, Piha and Karekare in the west.
We also serve the population across Auckland to Manukau in our CADS, Forensic, and Dental Services.
The Auckland Region
Auckland offers a diverse range of experiences in one accessible location. Whether you're interested in culture, nature, adventure, or relaxation, you can find it all in Auckland.
The Waitematā district is in the Auckland region of Aotearoa, New Zealand. It is located on the North Island. The district includes the city's northern and western suburbs. Waitematā has an ethnically diverse population with 10% Māori, 7 % Pacific, 19% Asian and the remainder being European or Other descent which includes Middle Eastern, Latin American and African.
North Shore and Waitakere Hospital
North Shore Hospital and Waitakere Hospital are two major hospitals located in the Auckland region.
We are also undertaking major capital works at our rapidly-expanding campuses to help meet unprecedented population growth in the northern region of New Zealand. A cornerstone of this expansion programme is the construction of the four-storey Tōtara Haumaru (Shade of the Tree) hospital building on Auckland’s North Shore. This new state-of-the-art facility is being built on our North Shore Hospital campus - overlooking the incredible, volcanically formed Lake Pupuke - just a stone’s throw away from our world-famous Waitematā Harbour and some of the region’s most spectacular beaches. Tōtara Haumaru is due for completion in December 2023 and will provide up to eight extra operating theatres, four new endoscopy suites and up to 150 new beds – helping us meet the needs of our vibrant, fast-growing and culturally diverse population of over 650,000 people
North Shore Hospital is a large hospital with 663 beds, providing a wide range of services including emergency care, surgical procedures, maternity care, mental health services, and more. The hospital has a modern design and features state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.
North Shore Hospital is also home to several specialist centers, including the National Poisons Centre, the Northern Regional Spinal Unit, and the Waitemata Breast Centre.
Waitakere Hospital is a smaller hospital and provides a range of services including emergency care, maternity care, medical and surgical services, and more.
Waitakere Hospital also has a focus on community health, with several specialist centers providing services such as mental health care, diabetes management, and rehabilitation services.
Waitematā’s population is generally healthier than that of New Zealand as a whole. We have the highest life expectancy in New Zealand at 83.9 years (2017-19), with an increase of 3.3 years since 2001.
We provide services in association with the other hospitals in the city for specialist services e.g. burns centre, neurosurgery, cardiovascular, transplant care. There are 1,050 beds across the 5 inpatient sites.
Here is a list of medical services and specialties offered in the Waitematā.
Services A to L
|After Hours and Emergency Departments|
|Age Related Residential Care|
|Alcohol and Drug Services (CADS)|
|Altered High Youth Services (CADS)|
|Asian Health Support Services|
|Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation (AT&R) Service|
|Auckland Regional Dental Service (ARDS)|
|Baby and Child Services:
Paediatric Outpatient Clinics, Special Care Baby Units (SCBU), Rangatira Children’s Ward
|Baby Unit - Specialist Care (SCBU)|
|Bowel Screening Waitemata|
Mammography, Ultrasound, Fine needle aspiration, Breast biopsy,
Breast cancer surgery and reconstruction
|BreastScreen Waitemata Northland|
|Community Alcohol and Drug Services (CADS)|
|Child and Family Services|
|Community Child Health|
|Child Disability Service|
|Child Rehabilitation Service|
|Child, Women and Family Services|
|Children's Community Nurses Service|
|Cultural support - Asian Health, Māori Health - He Kamaka Waiora, Pacific Support|
|Dental and Oral Health|
|Dietetics - Community|
|Dietitians - Adult Outpatients|
|District Mental Health Services|
|District Nursing Service|
|Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI) Service|
|Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) - Otorhinolaryngology (ORL)|
|Elective Surgery Centre (ESC)|
|Emergency Department (ED) - North Shore and Waitakere Hospitals|
|Gerontology Nurse Specialist (GNS) Service - Nga Kaitiaki Kaumatua|
|Gynaecology (Hine Ora)|
|Helensville District Health Trust|
|He Puna Waiora (Mental Health)|
|Hibiscus Coast Community Health Centre|
|Hine Ora (Gynaecology)|
|Hyperbaric Unit (SLARK)|
|Infectious Diseases Service|
|Intensive Care & High Dependency Units|
|Isa Lei - Pacific Island Community Mental Health Services|
Services M to Z
|Māori Health - He Kamaka Waiora, Whanau Ora Cancer Care, Whitiki Maurea - Mental Health & Addictions|
|Maternity services - North Shore and Waitakere Hospitals|
|Needs Assessment & Service Co-ordination (NASC)|
|Obstetric and Gynaecology Services|
|Occupational Therapy - Community & Inpatients|
|Older Adults & Home Health (OA&HH)|
|Pacific Health: Pacific Island Mental Health & Addictions Service, Malaga a le Pasifika, Alcohol, Other Drug and Gambling Service (Tupu)|
|Paediatrics and Newborn Services|
|Pain Management Unit|
|Palliative Care Services|
|Physiotherapy - Community, Inpatient and Outpatient|
|Physiotherapy - Pelvic Floor / Continence|
|Primary Health Care (GPs, PHOs)|
|Regional Forensic Psychiatric Services|
|Residential Care - Age Related|
|Specialty Medicine & Health of Older People Division|
|Slark Hyperbaric Unit|
|Smoke Free Service|
|Social Work - Community & Inpatients|
|Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU)|
|Speech Language Therapy - Community & Inpatients|
|Taharoto Road - District Mental Health - Adult Mental Health|
|Te Whanau O Waipareira|
|Tupu - Pacific Alcohol & Other Drug and Gambling Service|
|Takanga A Fohe - Pacific Mental Health & Addictions Services|
|Upper GastrointestinaI (UGI) & HepatoPancreatoBiliary (HPB) Service|
|Waimarino - Mental Health Services, Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI), Pacific Island & Maori Mental Health Support Services|
|Warkworth Community Services - District Nursing Service, Occupational Therapy - Community, Older Adults & Home Health (OA&HH) and Community Physiotherapy|
|Whanau Ora - Cancer Care Service|
|Whitiki Maurea - Maori Mental Health and Addictions Service|
|Wilson Centre - Child Rehabilitation and Respite Centre|
For short-term stays
- Auckland Transport operates the public bus service in Waitemata. AT HOP cards are required to travel on buses in and around Auckland.
- Use the Smales Farm Bus Route in Takapuna, near the North Shore Hospital.
- The western line train route will come in handy when traveling in Waitakere.
- Taxis and ridesharing services as Ola, Zoomy and Uber are plentiful.
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