Board and committees

The board is responsible for setting Auckland DHB-wide policy and strategy and evaluating progress. This includes funding health and disability support services, reducing health disparities, and improving health outcomes for Māori. The board also has a responsibility for planning across a range of health and non-health sectors in order to influence the broader determinants of health.

District Health Boards (DHBs) have 11 members, seven of which are elected during the three-yearly local body elections. The Ministry of Health appoints four additional members, plus the board's chair. Boards are required to have two Māori representatives and in general should reflect the diversity of people and interests within the district health board area. The board is supported by three advisory committees and the chief executive.

As an elected body, the board’s decision-making is highly transparent. Members of the public are welcome to attend the meetings – the agendas and minutes are published on our website

Board members

Read our Board Members' profiles

Advisory committees

Under the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act, a DHB has three statutory advisory committees which typically consist of both appointed members and elected board members of the DHB. These committees provide a key means for community voices to be heard. The advisory committees bring recommendations to the board for consideration and final approval or rejection.

The Community and Public Health Advisory Committee, Disability Support Advisory Committee, and Māori Health Gain Advisory Committee share common membership and meetings with Waitemata DHB.

Community and Public Health Advisory Committee

Advises on the mix and range of services that will best meet the health needs and improvements of the resident population, the priorities for the use of health funding, and the development of funding strategies and policies. This committee shares common membership and meetings with Waitemata DHBs Community and Public Health Advisory Committee.

Committee members:

Auckland DHB

  • Sharon Shea (Chair)
  • Judith Bassett
  • Zoe Brownlie
  • Lee Mathias
  • Robyn Northey

Waitemata DHB

  • Max Abbott
  • Edward Benson-Cooper
  • Sandra Coney
  • Warren Flaunty (Deputy Chair)
  • Matire Harwood
  • Allison Roe

Two external appointees to be appointed.

Disability Support Advisory Committee

Advises on disability support needs and how these can best be managed within the Auckland DHB district, as well as advocating on disability issues for the district. This committee shares common membership and meetings with Waitemata DHBs Disability Support Advisory Committee.

Committee members:

Auckland DHB

  • Jo Agnew (Chair)
  • Michelle Atkinson
  • Robyn Northey

Waitemata DHB

  • Edward Benson-Cooper
  • Matire Harwood (Deputy Chair)
  • Allison Roe

Two external appointees to be appointed.

Hospital Advisory Committee

Advises on the performance of Auckland City Hospital, Greenlane Clinical Centre and related services. 

Committee members:

  • Judith Basset (Chair)
  • Jo Agnew
  • Michelle Atkinson
  • Doug Armstrong
  • James Le Fevre (Deputy Chair)
  • Lee Mathias
  • Gwen Tepania-Palmer

The Māori Health Gain Advisory Committee 

Advises on all issues relating to Māori health and development. This committee shares common membership and meetings with Waitemata DHBs Disability Support Advisory Committee.

Committee members:

Auckland DHB

  • Gwen Tepania-Palmer (Chair)
  • Zoe Brownlie
  • Robyn Northey

Waitemata DHB

  • Max Abbott
  • Matire Harwood
  • Morris Pita (Deputy Chair)

Five external appointees to be appointed.

The Finance, Risk and Assurance Committee

This committee meets every six weeks. Meetings are not open to the general public.

Committee members:

  • Dame Paula Rebstock (Appointed Chair)
  • Norman Wong (Appointed Deputy Chair)
  • Jo Agnew
  • Doug Armstrong
  • Lester Levy
  • Lee Mathias
  • Sharon Shea