The most recent Nelson Marlborough District Health Board (the Board) Election Day was held in conjunction with the local authority elections on Saturday, 12 October 2019.

The Board consists of up to 11 members, with seven elected by the public living within the Nelson Marlborough area every three years, and up to four appointed by the Minister of Health.

The elections was 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. Ltd conducted the Board election on its behalf in 2019.


Successful electoral candidates

There were 14 candidates for 7 elected positions. The successful candidates came into office on 9 December 2019. They are: 

  • Black, Jenny (Nelson)
  • Forrest, Brigid
  • Hope, Gerald
  • Matheson, Paul Kenneth
  • Newport, Jacinta
  • Panting, Allan (Independent)
  • Vallance, Stephen


About the candidates

During the campaign period, candidates made brief videos of themselves talking about the reason they were standing for election.

Or you can read their profiles in the candidate profile booklet [PDF 3.5MB]


The Single Transferable Voting (STV) system

District health board (DHB) elections use the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system.

Instead of ticking the candidates you want to vote for, voters number the candidates in order of preference. You put a 1 beside the candidate you like best, then a 2 beside your second choice, 3 by your third choice, and so on. You can vote for as many or as few candidates as you like.


Candidate information

The 2019 Candidate Handbook is a comprehensive guide, covering topics such as: 

  • election issues and the Nelson Marlborough DHB
  • Nelson Marlborough Health area map
  • electoral rolls
  • candidate eligibility
  • nomination information
  • candidate profile statements
  • campaigning, resources and social media
  • election signage
  • scrutineers
  • voting and the processing of votes
  • electoral donations, expenses and returns responsibilities

Download the 2019 NMH Candidates Handbook [PDF 1.53MB]

The Ministry of Health also produces a general handbook that includes information about:

  • the nomination process
  • election campaigns
  • conflict of interest guidelines

 Ministry of Health website - DHB Elections 2019: Information for Candidates handbook