In 2019 voting takes place to elect members to district health boards (DHBs), the governing bodies responsible for overseeing the delivery of health and disability services in their districts. DHB elections are part of the local authority elections held in October 2019.
DHB boards have a critical leadership role in our health system and they play a crucial role in the health sector’s work to improve the health and wellbeing of all New Zealanders.
They are accountable to the Minister of Health for their performance in planning, funding and delivery of health services to their communities.
Being a DHB board member is an opportunity to contribute to your community and make your voice heard.
DHB boards need committed people with a wide range of skills, backgrounds and experiences. Most importantly, DHB boards need people who have a strong understanding of their communities.
Generic skills for a board member will usually include:
In general, anyone who is a New Zealand citizen and is on the parliamentary electoral roll can stand for election as a DHB board member.
You do not have to live in the DHB’s district to stand for election to its board, but you can’t stand for election in more than one DHB.
DHB employees who meet the eligibility criteria are also able to stand for election.
The DHB election uses the Single Transferable Voting (STV) system where voters rank their preferred candidates in order of preference – ie, 1 for the candidate they most prefer, 2 for their next preferred candidate and so on.
They can rank as many or as few of the candidates on the voting paper as they wish. For your vote to count, there should be only one candidate with the figure 1 beside their name.
Up to four other members may be appointed by the Minister of Health to fill any potential gaps in the expertise needed for the DHB to best achieve its functions and objectives.
This process takes place after election day and in time for the appointed members to take office, at the same time as newly elected Board members, on 9 December 2019.