A charity hospital in Christchurch has doubled in size following the opening of a new wing providing surgery, mental health and dental services for people who can't afford medical care.
The hospital is funded by private donations and has more than 70 volunteer surgeons and dentists on call.
About 100 people attended the opening of the wing on Saturday, which provides space for a dental surgery, two counselling rooms, a colonoscopy room and teaching spaces for medical students.
Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae opened the west wing, saying the hospital is world-class and it is special to see so many professionals gifting their time to it.
Canterbury Charity Hospital Trust chairperson Phil Bagshaw says thousands of people are treated at the hospital every year and there is an increased need for counselling services following the recent damaging earthquakes.
Mr Bagshaw says the hospital caters for people who would not otherwise get treatment because it is too expensive for them.