An artist’s impression of the University of Otago Faculty of Dentistry – Auckland Facility, which will open in Manukau later this year.
Later this year, the Faculty of Dentistry will open a brand-new, state-of-the-art dental facility next to the Manukau Super Clinic on Great South Road, Manukau, South Auckland.
Staff and students at the facility will provide dental services to patients from Manukau and surrounding areas.
The NZ$28.2 million, two-storey, 32-chair building will be built upon land owned by the Counties Manukau District Health Board (DHB).
The Counties Manukau dental teaching facility and patient treatment clinic will follow the long-standing social contract model operated successfully in Dunedin, where patients receive treatment provided by students under supervision at a highly-accessible cost, he says.
Up to 48 final-year dental students will be assigned to the Counties Manukau facility at any one time.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne says by making a real difference to people’s lives and a community’s health and wellbeing, the University will be living its strategic commitment to providing for the national good and improving lives.
Other benefits of the project include strengthening relationships and partnerships with Māori and Pacific communities based on mutually beneficial goals incorporating patient care, research and education, and providing increased opportunities for North Island based oral healthcare professionals to to access continuing education.
This webpage will be updated with more details about the facility, closer to the opening date.
We look forward to seeing you there!
A history-making donation
The University of Otago is grateful to internationally-renowned businessman and philanthropist Graeme Hart and his wife Robyn for their generous donation of $10 million which will help develop our new dental teaching facility in South Auckland.
The donation is the most significant in the University’s history and University of Otago Foundation Trust Chair John Ward says the University is indebted to Mr and Mrs Hart.
“We are immensely grateful to Graeme and the Hart family for their generosity,” Mr Ward says.
“We are delighted to be able to assist our University in providing a Dental School that will meet the needs of lower socio-economic groups.”
“This funding will make a significant contribution to the development of a new dental teaching facility which will not only provide students with diverse practical learning opportunities, but will also provide dental care for the local diverse communities at a highly accessible cost.”
Mr Hart, who lives in Auckland, is considered one of the most successful and generous businessmen to operate both within New Zealand and on a global scale. In 2017, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Commerce degree by the University, in recognition of his contribution to the business sector and philanthropy by supporting education and children’s health.
Mr Hart is pleased the donation will help support both the University and the South Auckland community.
“We are delighted to be able to assist our University in providing a Dental School that will meet the needs of lower socio-economic groups. We are very pleased that the youth and young children of this region will benefit from this facility,” Mr Hart says.