DHB board appointment process

Information for people interested in being appointed to a DHB board

Each DHB board has up to 11 members, of which four may be appointed by the Minister of Health.

In making appointments, the Minister considers a range of people who may be able to fill gaps on the board in terms of skills and experience. For example, the Minister may wish to appoint people with financial or other experience in governing large organisations, or people from groups not represented among the elected members. The appointees may also include people who stood for election but missed out on being elected.

Many appointed members have found their time on the board rewarding, both personally and professionally.

Appointed members serve a term of up to three years. They may be reappointed subject to an upper limit of nine consecutive years on the board. Members are remunerated for their time, which is expected to be around 30 days service each year.

The Ministry of Health assists the Minister in the appointment process and maintains a register of people who have expressed an interest in serving as appointed members.

Becoming an appointed member

If you wish to express an interest in being appointed to a DHB board, please email a copy of your CV to appointments@moh.govt.nz, or send a hard copy to:

Appointments Advisor
Governance & Crown Entities
Ministry of Health
PO Box 5013
Wellington 6140

A cover note indicating which DHB(s) you are interested in being appointed to and what skills and experience you can offer the board would be appreciated.

In making yourself available to be considered for appointment, please ensure that:

  • there is nothing that would preclude your appointment;
  • you have considered any conflicts of interest you may have (see DHB Conflict of Interest guidelines); and
  • you are available to serve for a full term of up to three years.

Individuals and organisations may support a candidate for a specific appointment. To do so, email or write to the above address, specifying the name of the nominee and the board for which they are being nominated. It is the nominator’s responsibility to ensure the nominee has submitted an expression of interest as described above.

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