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St John of God Hauora Trust has appointed The Building Intelligence Group to manage its new $9 million development for residential disability care.

The Lucena development will add 24 rooms to the existing residential care facility at St John of God Halswell, and provide long-term residential places as well as transitional rehabilitation and respite care for people with disability.

St John of God Hauora Trust Chief Executive Officer Sarah Hillier said:

“Our unique model of residential care has resulted in growing demand, both from providers and people living with disability. We are excited about this new development and what it represents for the people we support.

“Our service is responding to increasing complexity in the types of care we are called on to deliver. Lucena will provide more flexibility in our services, as well as meeting increasing demand from across the South Island. Lucena is named in recognition of the house Saint John of God used as his first hospital, which opened in 1537, in the city of Granada, Spain.

“The redevelopment is facilitated with support from our parent company St John of God Health Care, and we feel incredibly fortunate to have this level of investment in our services.”

St John of God Hauora Trust Board Chair Peter Jensen said;

“Lucena is our first major capital development post-earthquake in Christchurch, and follows an extensive recent refurbishment of our Karori facility. We are delighted to be able to provide additional services for a community that has been underserved for some years. We are looking forward to open this facility in 2024.”

For more information or to arrange an interview contact George Anderson, General Manager Communications and Marketing on or 021 244 9274.

About St John of God Hauora Trust

St John of God Hauora Trust is an operating division of St John of God Health Care, that operates 27 facilities comprising more than 3,300 hospital beds in Australia and New Zealand.

St John of God Hauora Trust is a provider of health and social services in New Zealand. The organisation operates 124 rooms of residential care and rehabilitation and therapy services in Canterbury and the greater Wellington region, alongside a youth development agency in Canterbury.

The Health and Ability Services Division of the organisation operates two residential care facilities in Christchurch and Wellington, and five community living homes in those districts. The organisation’s residential Model of Care, known as My Life, supports residents to live and experience life. My Life coordinates care in a home-like environment, in which individual lifestyle planning is central to facilitating an enriching and fulfilling life. Along with comprehensive rehabilitation and therapy services, the service manages a comprehensive in-house and community activities programme.

More information is available about the organisation at and

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