The next Nelson Marlborough District Health Board (the Board) Election Day will be 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 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. Ltd will conduct the Board election on its behalf in 2019.


Electoral candidates

14 DHB electoral candidates were announced on 19 August by They are:

  • Barlow, Aaryn (Independent)
  • Black, Jenny (Nelson)
  • Forrest, Brigid
  • Goldsmith, Bernie (Independent)
  • Hall, Deleece
  • Hope, Gerald
  • Hutton, John
  • Manson, Leigh
  • Matheson, Paul Kenneth
  • Munro, Garth
  • Newport, Jacinta
  • Panting, Allan (Independent)
  • Pirie, Ian (Independent)
  • Vallance, Stephen


Candidate videos

The 14 candidates have recorded brief videos where their talk about themselves and the reason they are standing for election.

Watch these videos on the Tasman District Council website.


Candidate meetings

People are encouraged to meet and hear from candidates at public meetings held in the lead-up to the election. 

Stoke meeting

  • Saturday 21 September, 1-4pm
  • Stoke Memorial Hall, Main St, Stoke

Key election dates 

19 July | Candidate nominations open
16 August | Candidate nominations close (12 noon)
21 August | Public notices published: Advising election date and candidates’ names
20-25 September | Voting document delivered
12 October | Election day – the end of the voting period
October to November | Minister of Health elects up to four other members
17 October | Official result declaration
9 December | All newly-appointed and elected Board members come into office


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