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.
Why should I stand?
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.
What experience do I need?
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:
- A wide perspective on social, health and strategic issues,
- Integrity and a strong sense of ethics,
- Financial literacy and critical appraisal skills,
- Strong reasoning skills and an ability to actively engage with others in making decisions,
- Knowledge of a board member’s responsibilities, including an ability to distinguish governance from management.
Who can stand?
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.
If you want to stand as a candidate for election to a local authority or DHB, you need to qualify and be nominated.
To qualify as a candidate for election to a district health board, you must be:
- enrolled as a parliamentary elector anywhere in New Zealand
- a New Zealand citizen
- nominated by two electors whose names appear on the electoral roll within the respective area that a candidate is standing for
- not disqualified by either clause 17, schedule 2 of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000 or section 30(2)(a) to (f) of the Crown Entities Act 2004.
- 19 July 2019 - Nominations open
- 16 August 2019 - Nominations close (12 noon)
- 21 August 2019 - Election date and candidates’ names publicised by electoral officers
- 20-25 September 2019 - Voting documents are issued
- 12 October 2019 - Election day - the end of the voting period
- October - November 2019 - Minister appoints up to four other members per board
- 9 December 2019 - All newly appointed and elected board members take office
Am I enrolled to vote?
If you’d like to vote for a board member you must be enrolled. Check out the Electoral Commission website for information on how to enrol to vote check your address details.
How can I get nominated?
Two people must nominate you and you can either be affiliated to a party or stand as an independent. You cannot nominate yourself. Those who nominate you must sign your nomination form. Nominators must be registered residential electors in the district.
The voting system
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.
You can find out more about STV here.
Strategic Advisor / Electoral Officer
Hutt City Council
Phone: 04 570 6839