The six medical practices of Hurunui and Kaikoura have a long history of working cooperatively together and so the Rural Canterbury Primary Health Organisation has been formed around them. This rural PHO is entirely focussed on resolving the unique issues and problems associated with delivering essential health care services to the communities of Hurunui and Kaikoura.
The Hurunui Kaikoura PHO was established in January 2004 as a Registered Charitable Trust and now manages primary health care services in the Hurunui and Kaikoura districts for almost 12,500 people.
The Hurunui District is serviced by five Medical-Centres.
Three of these, at Cheviot, Rotherham and Waikari are owned by the Council, as well as the medical practitioners' residences at Cheviot, Rotherham and Hanmer Springs.
Council has a practice of providing up to $150,000 for the provision of medical buildings funded from the district rate with the balance funded from the ward(s) for the community served.