The doors were officially unlocked and the plaque unveiled by Minister of Health Nandi Glassie and representatives of the landowners, Ruta Hosking Tane and Maria Tuoro.
The warehouse will be used to store medicine and pharmaceuticals, replacing the former storage site behind the Tupapa Health Clinic.
Many government staff showed up to celebrate the opening, including Deputy Prime Minister Teariki Heather, Minister of Agriculture Kiriau Turepu and New Zealand High Commissioner Nick Hurley.
Representatives from the health sector including director of hospital services, Henry Tikaka and CITC pharmacy manager, Shannon Saunders also attended. Hospital nurses and doctors also came to witness the historic moment, and for a quick bite to eat before returning to their shifts.
The move from Tupapa to the hospital grounds comes amidst concerns that the old storage grounds were unsafe in extreme weather, and not accessible enough.
Health Minister Nandi Glassie says the new warehouse is another milestone for the Ministry of Health, and the country.
The warehouse, named Are Vairakau, is a fully funded initiative of the government.
See the full story and pictures in tomorrow’s edition of CI News.