The New Zealand Blood Service is to partner with Ngāi Tahu Property to develop a
major new facility on Christchurch's old Addington Railway Workshops site.
The layout and size of the new Christchurch facility will enable the Blood Service to keep
pace with collection and manufacturing demands, technology changes and increasing
The new facility will have space for additional donor beds, which are needed to meet the
increasing demand for plasma. It will provide a more comfortable environment for the very
loyal group of donors in Christchurch and will enable them to donate more often. It will also
allow space for new donors when they are needed to meet demand.
NZBS Chief Executive Fiona Ritsma says: "The new facility is very important to the long term
future of NZBS and to ensure the ongoing safety and security of the blood supply to the
healthcare system throughout New Zealand.
"Inclusion of manufacturing and testing at the new facility means that the NZBS regional hubsite
model for ensuring continuity of supply is maintained. This model was proven after the
Christchurch earthquakes when the blood centre in Auckland was able to temporarily handle
processing, testing and distribution of blood donations for the South Island".
Mrs Ritsma is also very pleased with the partnership with Ngāi Tahu Property.
"The selection of the partner for this project is of particular importance to NZBS," she says.
"The Blood Service identified Ngāi Tahu Property as an ideal long-term partner and landlord
because they have a clearly stated purpose other than the motivation to drive profit. Ngāi
Tahu Property understands the importance of community spirit and are in this for the long
Ngāi Tahu Property purchased the Addington Railway Workshops land in 1999 as a strategic
asset. Development of two significant Christchurch motor vehicle dealerships has already
been undertaken on part of the site, on the opposite side of the Blenheim Rd deviation.
"The proposed facility incorporates a number of very specialised elements to meet New
Zealand Blood Service's requirements," says Tony Sewell, CE of Ngāi Tahu Property.
"Ngāi Tahu Property will bring to bear a wide range of expertise to partner with New Zealand
Blood Service to deliver a facility that meets their current and future needs," he says.
Ngāi Tahu Property is currently involved in a number of new projects that are foundational to
the recovery of Christchurch following the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011.