After 10 years, Rotorua’s new Whānau Āwhina Plunket building has finally opened.

Dallas James was a builder on the project, whose six-week-old baby will be the first appointment in Plunket’s new building today.

Speaking to Breakfast this morning, James said he was “so proud” to be part of the process — especially with the birth of his newborn son.

“For this build, there was a lot more double and triple checking of everything, we are so proud of this building.

“Rotorua babies are safe, with a lovely safe place to visit. While I am waiting for the nurse, I will be sitting there in the waiting room with pride just looking at the wonderful work our building team did.

“This is a nice and safe place for Plunket, it’s such a healthy building for our whānau and I’m proud to bring my baby here. I’m so proud of my building team and all our babies are coming through here,” he said.

Also speaking to Breakfast this morning, Plunket kaiāwhina Cindy Te Rehu said the new building will greatly benefit local families.

“The new build for this Rotorua Plunket has taken 10 years and a lot of fundraising, as well as a lot of services who’ve come and supported Plunket Rotorua.

“It’s a brand new that can provide a place for families to come and visit and ask questions, it is also a space for playgroups and for breastfeeding clinics for example.

“Before this beautiful building, we were visiting whānau in homes, as well as using other community centres.

“This building will be very helpful for families in out of town, when they come into the city they can now visit Plunket. It is also great for families in the community to know there is a space they can drop in and ask any questions they have.”

There was a dawn blessing for the new facility this morning and a pōwhiri took place at 10am.