DHB Boards have a critical leadership role in the health system and play a crucial role in the health sector’s work to improve the health status of all New Zealanders.
One of the most important ways you can take part in the decisions that shape the health outcomes for the greater Auckland region is to get involved in the 2019 District Health Board elections, either by voting for the people who will make those decisions or by standing for election as a representative.
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In general, anyone who is a New Zealand citizen and is on the parliamentary electoral roll can stand for election as a DHB member. You do not have to live in the DHB’s district to stand for election to its board but you cannot stand for election in more than one DHB.
DHB employees who meet the eligibility criteria are also able to stand for election.
Each DHB board consists of up to 11 members. Seven of these are elected members. After each election, the Minister of Health can appoint up to four more members to ensure the board encompasses a range of perspectives, skills and knowledge. For example, the Minister may wish to appoint people with financial or other large entity governance experience, or people from groups not represented among the elected members.
The chair and deputy chair are appointed by the Minister of Health from among the board’s elected and appointed members.