Story: Waikato region

Tokanui Hospital

Tokanui Hospital

An aerial photograph from 1990 shows the extent of Tokanui Hospital, near Te Awamutu, which by the 1960s was one of the largest psychiatric institutions in New Zealand. It opened in 1912 with a few patients transferred from Porirua Hospital near Wellington, and closed in 1997.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Waikato region - Education and health', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 December 2023)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, updated 1 Jul 2015