Lake Alice Hospital

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Lake Alice Psychiatric Hospital
Lake Alice aerial view.jpg
Aerial view of the hospital estate.
Location Lake Alice, Rangitikei, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
Coordinates 40°07′33″S 175°20′13″E / 40.1258°S 175.3369°E / -40.1258; 175.3369Coordinates: 40°07′33″S 175°20′13″E / 40.1258°S 175.3369°E / -40.1258; 175.3369
Care system Public
Hospital type Psychiatric
Emergency department No
Beds 960
Founded August 1950
Closed October 1999
Website Unofficial
Lists Hospitals in New Zealand

Lake Alice Hospital was a rural psychiatric facility in Lake Alice, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand. It was opened in August 1950, and had a Maximum Security unit. Like many New Zealand psychiatric hospitals, Lake Alice was self-sufficient, with its own farm, workshop, bakery, laundry, and fire station. It also had swimming pools, glasshouses, and vegetable gardens.

The facility slowly shut down during the mid-1990s, finally shutting its doors in October 1999.

The buildings and 56-hectare grounds were purchased in July 2006 by Auckland accountant and property developer group Lake Hicks Ltd.[1]

Plans to develop the former psychiatric hospital were scrapped after the owners fell into financial difficulties. The property was sold again in December 2008. The new owners intend to demolish most of the buildings including the infamous maximum security unit. A few buildings such as the Admin block will remain and the land will be used for farming.[2][3]

Former patients of the hospital's child and adolescent unit made allegations that abuse took place there during the 1970s, including the use of electroconvulsive therapy and paraldehyde injections as punishment.[4] The New Zealand government issued a written apology in 2001, and has paid out a total of NZ$10.7 million in compensation to 183 former patients.[5][6]

The former head of the unit gave up the practice of medicine in 2006 to forestall a disciplinary hearing by the Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria.[6]


  1. ^ Miller, Grant (July 27, 2006). "Buyer and Price of Lake Alice a Mystery". Manawatu Standard. Retrieved 2007-04-01. 
  2. ^ "New vision for Lake Alice". 
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  4. ^ Murphy, Padraic (July 11, 2003). "Probe on Shock Doctor Claims". The Age. Retrieved 2007-04-01. 
  5. ^ Johnson, Martin (August 29, 2006). "Psychiatrist Must Pay $55,000 After Sex Abuse Case". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2007-04-01. 
  6. ^ a b Johnson, Martin (July 21, 2006). "Lake Alice Doctor Pre-empts Tribunal". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2007-04-01. 

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