In 2016, voting takes place to elect members to the 20 DHBs, the governing bodies responsible for overseeing the delivery of health and disability services in their districts.
Voting for the seven elected members of each of the DHB will take place in 2016.
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 one candidate, and one only, with the figure 1 beside their name.
Up to four other members may be appointed by the Minister of Health to fill any gaps in the expertise needed for the DHB to best achieve its functions and objectives.
Information on the nominations and other aspects of the DHB election process are included in the District Health Board elections 2013: Information for candidates booklet.
In general, anyone who is a New Zealand citizen and is on the parliamentary electoral roll can stand for election as a DHB member. 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 also able to stand for election.