$10m gift for den­tistry

Nelson Mail - - National News - Health

New Zealand’s rich­est man has given Otago Univer­sity $10 mil­lion to build a new den­tal school in South Auck­land. It is the most sig­nif­i­cant do­na­tion in the univer­sity’s near 150-year his­tory. Hart, from Auck­land, has a net worth of about $9 bil­lion. He was awarded an hon­orary doc­tor of com­merce de­gree by the univer­sity last De­cem­ber in recognition of his con­tri­bu­tion to the busi­ness sec­tor and phi­lan­thropy by sup­port­ing ed­u­ca­tion and chil­dren’s health. ‘‘We are de­lighted to be able to as­sist our univer­sity in pro­vid­ing a den­tal school that will meet the needs of lower so­cio-eco­nomic groups,’’ Hart said. Con­struc­tion is ex­pected to be­gin soon on the $28.2m, two-storey, 32-chair den­tal teach­ing fa­cil­ity and pa­tient treat­ment clinic at the Coun­ties Manukau Dis­trict Health Board’s Su­per Clinic site in Great South Rd.

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