West Coast DHB Board Elections 2019

About West Coast DHB Elections

The next West Coast District Health Board (WCDHB) election will be held in conjunction with the local authority elections, with Election Day being Saturday, 12 October 2019.

The Board consists of up to 11 members, with seven elected by the residential electors within the West Coast DHB area every three years, and up to four appointed by the Minister of Health.

The elections will be conducted under the provisions of the Local Electoral Act 2001 (with amendments passed July 2013), the Local Electoral Regulations 2001 and the New Zealand Health and Disability Act 2000.  Electionz.com Ltd will be conducting the West Coast DHB election on its behalf in 2019.

Nominations received

West Coast DHB nominations received

Downloadable Information and Nomination Form for Candidates

Candidate Handbook 2019 (PDF, 1.2MB)

MoH Information for Candidates (PDF, 1.4MB)

Nomination Form 2019 (PDF, 80KB)

Key Dates for 2019

From 17 July 2019

Elections will be advertised and nominations called

19 July 2019

Nominations open

16 August 2019

Nominations close at midday

20 September 2019

Voting documents delivered

12 October 2019

Voting closes at midday.  Progress result ASAP thereafter.

By 17 October 2019

Official result released

From 17 October 2019

Official result advertised

9 December 2019

Newly elected and appointed Board members take office

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.

Voters 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.

Thinking of Standing?

Board members are responsible for the governance of the DHB.  That means maintaining oversight of the DHB to ensure its management implements the strategic vision developed by the Board.  Members must do this in a financially responsible way and in the best interests of the health of the whole population served by the DHB.  Board members do not manage the DHB – that is the responsibility of the Chief Executive (CE), who is appointed by the Board, and the staff who report to the CE.  Other than appointing the CE, the Board plays no role in staff appointments.

Each DHB is required to have three advisory committees. They are the:

  • Community and Public Health Advisory Committee.
  • Disability Support Advisory Committee.
  • Hospital Advisory Committee.

The DHB may also establish other committees (e.g, Quality, Finance, Audit and Risk Committee), and appoints members to the committees from among the Board members.  Other committee members may be co-opted from outside the Board.

The West Coast DHB holds meetings on various days throughout the month.  Intending candidates must be able to commit to being available during the day for these meetings.

All DHB members are directly responsible and accountable to the Minister of Health.  This is because DHBs are owned and funded by the Government, using taxpayer money.  The elected members also have an important role in ensuring the community’s voice is 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.

Nomination Process

Nominations open on Friday, 19 July 2019 and close at noon on Friday, 16 August 2019.  Each candidate must be nominated on the official nomination paper, available:

Eligibility

To be eligible to stand for election, you must be:

  • enrolled as a parliamentary elector anywhere in New Zealand; and
  • a New Zealand citizen.

If you would like to stand for election, in addition to the above eligibility factors, you must not be disqualified by either, clause 17, Schedule 2 of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000, or section 30(2)(a) to (g) of the Crown Entities Act 2004. You cannot be a:

  • Candidate for more than one DHB.
  • Person who is an un-discharged bankrupt.
  • Person who is prohibited from being a director or promoter of, or being concerned or taking part in, the management of an incorporated or unincorporated body under the Companies Act 1993, or the Securities Act 1978, or the Securities Markets Act 1988, or the Takeovers Act 1993.
  • Person who is subject to a property order under the Protection of Personal and Property Rights (PPPR) Act 1988.
  • Person in respect of whom a personal order has been made under the PPPR Act that reflects adversely on the person’s competence to manage his or her own affairs in relation to his or her property, or capacity to make or communicate decisions relating to any particular aspect or aspects of his or her personal care and welfare.
  • Person who has been convicted of an offence punishable by imprisonment for a term of two years or more, or who has been sentenced to imprisonment for any other offence, unless that person has obtained a pardon, served the sentence, or otherwise suffered the penalty imposed on the person.
  • A member of Parliament.
  • Person who has been removed as a DHB member since the last DHB elections, under clause 9(c) or 9(e) of Schedule 3 to the NZ Public Health and Disability Act 2000.
  • Person who has failed to declare a material conflict of interest before accepting nomination as a candidate at the last DHB election.

Election Laws That You Should Be Aware Of

Candidates should be particularly aware of the following:

  • All nomination material must be lodged together with the electoral officer before the close of nominations (ie, the nomination paper, deposit, candidate profile statement, conflict of interest statement, photo, etc, must be all lodged at the same time and before 12 noon on Friday 16 August 2019).
  • Candidate profile statements can be published following the close of nominations.
  • Candidates cannot voluntarily retire from the election after the close of nominations, except for those who are deemed incapacitated (where withdrawal after the close of nominations, but before the close of voting, is permitted).
  • Donations regime: the size of an anonymous donation that a recipient can retain is a maximum of $1,500, with any extra over that limit being paid to the DHB. There are disclosure, reporting and recording obligations, with penalties for non-compliance.
  • All candidate election expenditure and donations returns will be made available electronically and in hard copy if requested.

Conflict of Interest

Many people in the community who have an interest in health services are already engaged in some way in health services or organisations that may do business with DHBs.  Every person who stands as a candidate for election to a DHB board is required to make a declaration as to conflicts of interest.

The conflict of interest statements are included in the material made available to electors.

All conflicts of interest declared by successful candidates will be included in the DHB board’s interest register (to which all members, elected and appointed, contribute), and members are obligated to keep this up to date.  Members cannot be involved in any DHB board decisions where they have a conflict of interest.  A member who has failed to declare an interest may be removed from office.

For more information on conflict of interest as it applies to DHBs, see Ministry of Health's Conflict of Interest Guidelines for District Health Boards (PDF, 700KB)

Page last updated: 22 July 2019

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