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2019 DHB Elections

For the latest election results please click here


Voting will take place this year to elect members to District Health Boards (DHBs), the governing bodies responsible for overseeing the delivery of health and disability services in their districts.

District Health Boards have up to 11 members, with seven elected members and up to four appointed by the Minister of Health.

Triennial elections for elected members of most local authorities throughout New Zealand are to be conducted by postal vote on Saturday 12 October 2019. 

The elections will be conducted under the provisions of the Local Electoral Act 2001, the Local Electoral Regulations 2001 and the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000.


Key dates

19 July 2019

Nominations open

16 August 2019

Nominations close (12 noon)

21 August 2019

Election date and candidates’ names publicised by electoral officers (list of candidates here)

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

Candidate information

List of candidates here

Candidate profiles here


Who can stand?

Candidates standing for election to a DHB Board need to qualify and be nominated. A copy of the nomination form is available below.



Most people quality as candidates for a DHB Board. Anyone who would like to be a DHB Board member must be:

  • enrolled as a Parliamentary elector anywhere in New Zealand
  • a New Zealand citizen
  • 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 (f) of the Crown Entities Act 2004


A candidate does not need to live in the DHB’s district to stand for election to its Board but cannot stand for election in more than one DHB.

DHB employees who meet the eligibility criteria can stand for election.


Being nominated

A candidate can stand independently or be affiliated to a party. Candidates must be nominated by two electors whose names appear on the electoral roll within the respective area that a candidate is standing for. Your nomination form must be signed by both nominators.

 A candidate cannot nominate themselves.


Voting 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, i.e 1 for your first choice, 2 for your second choice and so on. You cannot give two candidates the same ranking, such as number ‘1’, because doing this will invalidate your votes. Further information about the STV system is available here. 



Nomination form.  Download here

Triennial election timetable. Download here.

Triennial election factsheet. Download here.

Ministry of Health - Information for candidates  Download here

Ministry of Health DHB election information:  click here