Transition to Bio Merieux Blood Culture System

We are pleased to announce that Awanui Laboratory Nelson / Marlborough is now prepared to fully transition to the Bio Merieux blood culture system. This transition will involve the utilisation of differently shaped blood culture bottles, along with a modified adaptor. Please note that the new adaptor allows for the continued use of blood tubes. […]


Our collection centres will be closed on Thursday 25 April for the ANZAC day public holiday.

Easter Weekend

Please note that all Awanui Labs collection centres are closed on Good Friday (29 March) and Easter Monday (1 April). Collection centres that normally open on Saturdays will be open on the weekend.

Waitangi Day

All of our collection centres will be closed on Tuesday 6 February for Waitangi day. (Photo credit: Aaron Mickan, Unsplash)

Strike action – Monday February 5

On Monday February 5 there will be a complete withdrawal of labour by Awanui Labs APEX union members. Laboratory service changes are outlined as below: To help the laboratory teams manage the workload during the strike period we ask that any non-urgent microbiology testing work from Nelson and Marlborough is deferred from Saturday 3 February […]

Infection prevention & control webinar

We invite you to watch the recording of the Annual Awanui Infection Prevention and Control Webinar held on 8 December, 2023 with guest speakers – Dr Juliet Elvy and Dr Aaron Keene, Clinical Microbiologists. It features presentations on: View the recording here.

Festive season opening hours

Our collection centres are closed on all the public holidays, but are open the other working days during the festive season, with the below exceptions. Home visit services will be operating as normal, but not on the public holidays. Note:

Labour day

All of our collection centres will be closed on Labour day (Monday 23 October), and they will reopen with normal operating hours on Tuesday 24 October. Enjoy your long weekend and travel safely if you are heading away.

Changes to Health Connect South results

From Monday 2 October 2023, interim results from Awanui laboratories will display in Health Connect South (HCS) for both hospital and community testing. This change will see: This is a significant change to what is currently shown so please communicate this to all clinicians. Please see below how results will be displayed in HCS.

Enteric pathogen testing changing to PCR

From Monday 2nd October 2023 we will be replacing routine faecal culture and Giardia/Cryptosporidium EIA testing with a single multiplex faecal PCR test. PCR is more sensitive than culture and EIA testing, and this new method will improve detection of enteric pathogens with a similar or superior turnaround time. This is in keeping with best […]