Nelson Marlborough Health serves almost 160,000 people across the Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough regions.

This is an area of 22,700 square kilometres governed by three territorial authorities – the Nelson City, Tasman District and Marlborough District councils. 

Our population is dispersed over large rural topographic and geographic boundaries from Golden Bay across to Ward and inland down to Murchison.

Our health

The Nelson Marlborough population has a higher life expectancy than the New Zealand average and ranks relatively low on most risk factors. The age profile and inequity experienced in parts of our population present two significant and competing challenges – to care for our older and frail population while also reducing the inequitable outcomes experienced by our predominantly younger Māori population.

The greatest growth in our region's population has occurred in those aged 75+ years, which places significant demand on treatment and rehabilitation services.

Overall, our population experience relatively good health, with adequate access to both primary and secondary health and disability services, but the burden of health loss falls inequitably on Māori, in terms of poor health, disability and premature death. Within Nelson Marlborough, Māori make up 11 per cent of the total population; just under half are aged less than 24 years (45.7 percent) and only 5.2 percent are aged over 65 years. Māori continue to die younger than non-Māori.

The incidence of coronary heart disease is falling, but remains the single largest cause of health loss in our region for both Māori and non-Māori. There are some areas of concern, but our children are generally in comparative better health.