The Nelson Marlborough District Health Board (the board) was established in 2001 and serves nearly 145,000 people.

The board oversees the strategic direction of Nelson Marlborough Health (NMH).

Seven board members are publicly elected every three years during local government elections, and four members are appointed by the Minister of Health.

The current board took effect on 5 December 2016 and will be in place until late November 2019. Read the current board member profiles here.

A new board, with five re-elected members and two newly-elected members, will be in place from 9 December 2019. This board was elected in the 2019 Triennial District Health Board elections. Read the election results here.


Board responsibilities

The board is responsible for:

  • providing and funding health services in the Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough regions
  • setting the overall strategic direction for NMH
  • monitoring organisational performance
  • communicating with, and reporting to, the Minister of Health
  • ensuring the government’s expectations are recognised
  • appointing the NMH chief executive
  • acting in NMH's best interests
  • maintaining relationships with the advisory committees
  • partnering with the Iwi Health Board.