District Health Boards are the governing bodies responsible for overseeing the delivery of health and disability services in their districts and therefore have a big impact on aged residential care sector.

NZACA regularly engages with DHBs, advocating on behalf of our members. There is also the opportunity for members to engage directly with their local DHB. See links to DHB public meeting dates below.

New DHB Directors

DHB Board of Directors set the overall strategic direction for the DHB and monitor its performance.

Nineteen of the country's 20* District Health Boards elected new members in the October 2016 Local Government Elections. 

Each DHB board has up to 11 members, of which seven are elected. Minister of Health Jonathan Coleman will be making appointments and appointing new DHB chairs next month.

DHB focus

The 20 DHBs have a combined budget of $13.266 billion for 2016/2017. They are responsible for implementing the Government's New Zealand Health Strategy 2016 which outlines the high level direction for the country's health system over the 10 years from 2016 to 2026.

The associated roadmap of actions identifies 27 areas for action over five years to make the strategy happen. These actions include support for older people with high and complex needs, and support for the final stages of life. 

DHB boundaries

DHB boundaries - click on your DHB to see how it’s performing against the Government’s national health targets, what funding it receives and the local population, rest home audits, and link to planning documents and contact details.


DHB meetings - get involved

North Island

Auckland DHB – www.adhb.health.nz 

Bay of Plenty District Health Board - www.bopdhb.govt.nz

Capital & Coast DHB – www.ccdhb.org.nz

Hawke’s Bay DHB – www.hawkesbay.health.nz

Hutt Valley DHB –

Lakes DHB – www.lakesdhb.govt.nz

MidCentral DHB – www.midcentraldhb.govt.nz

Northland DHB – www.northlanddhb.org.nz

Tairawhiti DHB – www.tdh.org.nz

Taranaki DHB - www.tdhb.org.nz

Waikato DHB –

Wairarapa DHB – www.wairarapadhb.org.nz

Whanganui DHB – www.wdhb.org.nz


South Island

Canterbury DHB – www.cdhb.health.nz

Nelson-Marlborough DHB – www.nmdhb.govt.nz

South Canterbury DHB – www.scdhb.health.nz
Southern DHB* - www.southerndhb.govt.nz

West Coast DHB – www.westcoastdhb.org.nz


*Elections were not held for the Southern DHB in 2016. Since June 2015 this DHB has been governed by a Government-appointed Commissioner and two Deputy Commissioners. Director elections will be held again in the 2019 Local Government Elections.