Capital and Coast District Healthboard (CCDHB)

Capital & Coast District Health Board is located in Wellington the Capital City of New Zealand and surrounding region..

The organisation serves about 250,000 people living in Wellington City and its suburbs, the Porirua Basin, and the Kapiti Coast including Waikanae. With about 3,200 full time staff, CCDHB is a major employer in the Wellington region.

Specialist tertiary-level care is provided to patients from the lower North Island and upper South Island, a population of about 900,000. These tertiary services include cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery, vascular surgery, renal medicine and transplants, genetics, oncology, paediatric surgery, neonatal intensive care, obstetrics, endocrinology, orthopaedics and urology, and specialised forensic services.

CCDHB operates two hospitals – Wellington and Kenepuru and as well as the Kapiti Health Centre at Paraparaumu. There are also a number of community bases.

Wellington Hospital – in Newtown, is the largest facility operated by the DHB and is one of five major tertiary hospitals in New Zealand.

It provides a comprehensive range of specialist secondary services and regional tertiary services. These tertiary services include cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery, vascular surgery, renal medicine and transplants, genetics, oncology, paediatric surgery, neonatal intensive care, obstetrics, trauma, endocrinology, intensive care, urology, rehabilitation and specialised forensic services.

As a major teaching hospital, Wellington provides an educational environment for medical students of Otago University’s Wellington School of Medicine and post-graduate training for clinical professionals.

Wellington Hospital is also the region’s main emergency and only trauma service, with a rooftop helipad providing a link to surgical, intensive care, neonatal intensive care and emergency services.

Inpatient adult mental health services and a day hospital are provided at Te Whare O Matairangi on the Wellington campus.

Kenepuru Community Hospital  provides secondary services catering to the communities north of Wellington, including Porirua and Kapiti.

The hospital provides medical, surgical, maternity and child health services, plus services for the elderly, a specialist inpatient assessment, treatment and rehabilitation service, and outpatient clinics.

The site includes an adult psychiatric day hospital and the 13 bed inpatient unit for young people, the Rangatahi (Adolescent) Mental Health Service.

Multi-disciplinary services for children and adolescents with emotional, behavioural, or developmental concerns are provided at the Puketiro Centre adjacent to the hospital. The Centre also provides audiology services for people of all ages in the Porirua area.


Energetic and creative, Wellington has been called the world’s ‘coolest little capital’ and residents enjoy an outdoor lifestyle, thanks to its harbour side setting and 425 hectares of bush-clad town belt (Park area).

With reportedly more cafés, bars and restaurants per capita than New York, Wellington is known for its lively nightlife and world-class culinary scene. Already proud of its internationally – recognised coffee culture, Wellington has become the hub of New Zealand’s craft beer revolution, with experimental breweries and specialist bars popping up all over the city. Home to national museums, galleries and theatres, the city is at the heart of New Zealand’s arts and culture, and Wellington’s innovative film production and digital technology sectors have built a worldwide reputation.

The city combines the sophistication, cosmopolitan outlook and global reach of a capital city, along with the warmth and personality of a village.

Across the city there’s more than 100 parks, playgrounds and reserves. The city council can tell you where they all are, or, if you’d rather have a recommendation, check out our Top 10  Wellington playgrounds.

The most popular outdoor space in the city is undoubtedly the Wellington waterfront. Every day you’ll see people walking or jogging along the frontage, relaxing on the grass in its parks, or sitting in the harbourside bars and cafes. It’s the perfect place for lunch in the sun.

The sparkling harbour is popular and there are a surprising number of golden sand beaches close to the city. In summer residents go to Scorching Bay, Island Bay, Days Bay and Oriental Bay (just a short walk from the waterfront), but there are many other smaller, secluded beaches dotted around the coastline.

Watersports of all kinds, from surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing to kayaking, scuba diving and more are all easily accessible. Boat lovers can enjoy sailing, fishing or cruising from one of the four marinas on the harbour, or tour around the harbour and southern coast.

Wellington was rated the most affordable city in Australiasia in the 2014 Mercer cost of Living Survey.  They have over 2100 hours of sunshine each year and have some of the lowest air pollution in the world.