Hubs offering a range of health services are being planned around Canterbury as a response to the spread of the population since the earthquakes.
Health Minister Tony Ryall has given approval for the first hub in North Canterbury, which is due to be completed in June next year.
Canterbury District Health Board says four or five hubs are planned, including the central city and Burwood.
Planning general manager Carolyn Gullery says the demographics of the area will dictate what kind of services each hub will offer.
Funding will come from the Ministry of Health and the board.