This year, voting will take place to elect members to the Board that governs Capital & Coast DHB. The Board is responsible for overseeing the delivery of health and disability services in their CCDHB area.
DHB Board elections are held as part of local authority elections. They are held under the provisions of the Local Electoral Act 2001, Local Electoral Regulations 2001, and the New Zealand Health & Disability Act 2000.
DHB Boards have up to 11 members – seven of whom are elected every three years during local body elections. The Minister of Health appoints up to four additional members to fill any gaps in the Board’s expertise. The Minister also appoints the Board Chair and Deputy Chair.
|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|
Are you enrolled to vote?
Anyone who wishes to vote in a local authority election must first be enrolled. You can enrol to vote, or change your address details, on the Electoral Commission website.
DHB elections use the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system. STV is a proportional electoral system that allows voters to rank candidates in order of preference. You can learn more about the STV system and watch a demonstration of how it works here.
Standing for elections
Anyone seeking to stand as a candidate for election to a DHB Board must qualify and be nominated.
In general, anyone who wishes to be a DHB Board member be:
- enrolled as a Parliamentary elector anywhere in New Zealand
- a New Zealand citizen
- 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
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 able to stand for election.
A candidate can stand independently, or under a party grouping or affiliation – similar to the process political parties use in Parliamentary elections. However you cannot nominate yourself as a candidate. You must be nominated by two people (nominators), both of whom need to sign your nomination form.
Nominators of DHB candidates must be registered residential electors in the district.
District Health Board Elections 2019: Information for candidates
Conflict of Interest Guidelines for District Health Boards
2019 Candidate Handbook
More detailed information is available from the Ministry of Health website.