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About this project -

A rooftop terrace with potential

In the heart of the new Waipapa Christchurch Hospital building, nestled on top of the podium between the ward towers, is a rooftop terrace area set aside for use as an outdoor green space. It has been fitted out with plain grey tiles and at the Hagley Park end, glass panels that provide an uninterrupted vista into the treetops of the Botanic Gardens.

Spending time in nature is good for your health

Many of us are aware that living close to nature and spending time outside has significant and wide-ranging health benefits. What you might not know is that in a hospital environment research indicates that green spaces not only encourage relaxation and reduce stress levels but can also help with recovery and improve clinical outcomes.

Our vision is to transform the terrace into a beautiful green space: Te Marino on the Terrace

Peace, serenity, calmness, tranquility. Tony Milne from Rough and Milne Landscape Architects has generously donated his time and expertise to create a plan that transforms the terrace into Te Marino, a beautiful green space to enable our patients, their whānau, and our staff to enjoy the healing power of nature.

A combination of hard and soft landscaping brings colour, texture, and life to Te Marino which includes a raised mound for children to play on, and a range of seating and table options to support people spending time together. Planting provides privacy for the wards that border the terrace, and a view of nature for those receiving care or working in the areas that surround and look down on it. The plan also allows for patients in beds or wheelchairs to be brought out into the space to experience the garden and the view out into the Botanic Gardens.


Please help our garden grow

We need the help of the wider Canterbury community to grow our garden into a reality. Together, we have the opportunity to create a small slice of paradise in the heart of a big busy hospital building dedicated to regeneration, healing, well-being, comfort and calm.

The cost to bring Te Marino to life is around $500,000. We have taken our first steps towards this with donations from many generous individuals and local companies who have donated their time to help with design, and pledged support to help bring the garden to life. We have raised enough to complete stage one of the garden, which includes the planters and plants to help protect the privacy of patients in the bedrooms bordering the garden. We are continuing to fund-raise, aiming to raise enough money to bring the whole garden to life with construction starting in October 2021.

Donations can be made here. Select Terrace Garden from the drop down menu. 

If you would like more information on how you could help, please contact

A big thank you to those who have donated their time to support the design process, and who have pledged their support to help our garden grow: Tony Milne Landscape Architect; Rough and Milne Landscape Architects; Warren and Mahoney; RLB; Holmes Consulting; Canterbury DHB; Smith Cranes, Fulton Hogan, and Dormer Construction. 

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