A new blood donor and laboratory centre is to be built in Christchurch in conjunction with the property arm of Ngai Tahu, a move the tribe says is its latest effort to help rebuild the city.
The centre will be constructed on land owned by Ngai Tahu Property.
It will be purpose-built to house a blood donation centre, manufacturing and testing laboratories, and a warehouse and support offices.
The chief executive of Ngai Tahu Property, Tony Sewell, says the public private partnership is contributing to the rebuild.
He says the Government constantly says there is a shortage of capital in New Zealand to put up new buildings, and the joint Crown-iwi approach is helping speed up development.