Mason Clinic Te Aka Unit

The new forensic Mental Health Inpatient Unit adds an additional 15 beds to the existing Mason Clinic campus and is a stand alone building which will function as an acute admission facility for the existing Maori Rehabilitation Unit, Tane Whakapiripiri.

The 1770m2 unit provides flexible and adaptable accommodation for users that have a mental illness and who have committed a criminal offence or who are at high risk in the community. It is a modern facility that supports healing and recovery by meeting both the physical and psychosocial needs of its users whilst also providing a safe and positive environment for staff.

The unit includes:

  • 15 inpatient beds (11 for male service users and 4 for female service users)
  • 2 de-escalation/high care rooms with a lounge adjacent a dedicated secure entry
  • A whare that creates the spiritual heart of the building and acts as the admissions room as well as a multi-functional therapy and meeting space
  • A variety of shared social and therapy spaces including a gym, an occupational therapy room, dining and lounge spaces and a multi-sensory modulation room
  • Staff facilities

A courtyard model was applied to the design of the facility to provide an abundance of natural light, good passive staff observation as well as a connection to nature with secure access to outside spaces for service users to engage in.