Waitemata District Health Board

Waitemata District Health Board (WDHB) has the largest – and second fastest growing – population among all district health boards in New Zealand., with more than 525,000 people living in the district,

Waitemata DHB employ around 5,500 people in more than 30 different locations in the northern and western parts of Auckland.

Their main sites include North Shore Hospital on the shores of Lake Pupuke in Takapuna and Waitakere Hospital in West Auckland.

They offer a wide range of services including:



Acute Orthopaedics

Intensive Care

High Dependency


Coronary Care


Mental Health

Community and Disability Services.

They are also a teaching facility, with a well-established and highly-respected research programme. This will be built upon with Health Campus, an exciting project to create an education and research network in the district.

North Shore Hospital – is a large public hospital in Takapuna, North Shore City, serving the northern part of the Auckland area. Located on Shakespeare Road near Lake Pupuke, it is administered by the Waitemata District Health Board, which provides health services to approximately 560,000 residents of the North Shore, Waitakere and Rodney districts of Auckland.

Emergency Department staff at North Shore see more than 60,000 cases each year.

The hospital provides up to 600 surgical and general medical treatment beds. It has nine operating theatres (one specialised in obstetric care), an emergency department, a 50 bed Assessment and Diagnostic Unit, an intensive care centre, an Elective Surgery Centre and a coronary care, as well as a maternity and special care baby unit.

The hospital provides endoscopy, radiology, pathology, anaesthetics, gynecological, general surgery, a cardiac catheter lab and mental health services through the onsite Marinoto and Taharoto units.

Visiting specialists cover a number of further medical sub-disciplines.

Two of the wards specialise in assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of older patients over 65 years of age.

Waitakere Hospital – is a general hospital located in the Henderson/Lincoln suburb area of Waitakere City, part of the Auckland area of New Zealand and provides health services to approximately 560,000 residents throughout North Shore, Waitakere and Rodney districts of Auckland.

It has 76 medical beds and 6 coronary care beds, a maternity unit and a surgical unit with 2 operating theatres. The hospital’s Emergency Department is open to both adult and paediatric patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


The North Shore is well known for its beautiful beaches and warm climate. You can finish work and five minutes later be walking along a golden, sandy beach

Waitakere in the western part of Auckland is renowned for the magnificent lush Waitakere ranges, beauty of its beaches which are a magnet to surfers

the world over the black-sand surf beaches of Piha, Karekare and Bethells are popular but notoriously dangerous.  The region also encompasses the well-established and sought-after Hibiscus Coast with its family-friendly beaches, the largest marina in the southern hemisphere and an outstanding golf course.

The walking tracks and sights of the Waitakere Ranges attract thousands from the Auckland region in suitable weather.

The city has a football club playing in the New Zealand Football Championship, Waitakere United, as well several clubs competing in the regional Northern League competition.

There was extensive work by the council in the 2000s to pave and improve pathways around the streams in Henderson and there are now several miles of excellent walking / cycling tracks in the centre of Henderson and running north and south. Together with major restoration works along the streams it is known as the Project Twin Streams.