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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.

If you're considering standing for election or are a confirmed candidate please read our Candidate Handbook.

Confirmed Candidates for 2019

SurnameFirst nameAffiliation Email
ApanowiczJohnThe Wellington
BrownEileenNew Zealand Labour
FisoJohnAccess, Action & Accountability
GriceStephenAccess, Action & Accountability
HughesGlendaThe Wellington
MarshSimon (Swampy)

View confirmed CCDHB candidates for 2019

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Key dates

19 July 2019Nominations open
16 August 2019Nominations close (12 noon)
21 August 2019Election date and candidates’ names publicised by electoral officers
20-25 September 2019Voting documents are issued
12 October 2019Election day - the end of the voting period
October - November 2019Minister appoints up to four other members per board
9 December 2019All 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.

Electoral system

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.

Learn more about voting in local elections

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.

Being nominated

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

Nomination form

2019 Candidate Handbook

More detailed information is available from the Ministry of Health website.

Last updated 6 September 2019.