June 11, 2004
Summary: Press release from the New Zealand Government
encouraging participation the in elections for district health boards. This process will use proportional voting.
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Get Involved in the Health of Your Community
Press Release - New Zealand Government
June 11, 2004
If you want to play a part in the significant decisions that affect the
health of your community then now is the time to act, says Health Minister
Elections for District Health Boards (DHBs) will be held in October this
year, with nearly 150 places available for people passionate about the health of
Ms King says many people have views about how funding for health services
should be allocated in their region.
"If you want to make a difference to the health of your community, now
is the time to consider standing in the elections. We need elected members of
different ages, ethnicities and genders to reflect the diversity of our
DHBs have the responsibility of allocating funding for health and disability
services in your region. There are 21 boards in total and all are responsible
for ensuring that your district's health and disability needs are catered for.
A toll-free information line (0508 9 10 2004) has been established for people
interested in standing for their DHB or local council.
Nominations for candidates open on July 23 and close on August 20. "I
encourage prospective candidates to consider getting involved now."
This year's DHB elections will be held using the Single Transferable Vote (STV)
system where voters rank their desired candidates in order of preference.
The DHB elections will also use 'at-large' structures where voters have a say
in the election of all elected board members instead of just the ones that were
in their ward or constituency.
For further information on standing as a candidate call toll-free on 0508 9
10 2004, visit www.moh.govt.nz/dhbelections or www.lgnz.co.nz, or contact your
DHB or local authority.