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District Health Boards New Zealand Incorporated


District Health Boards New Zealand (DHBNZ) is an incorporated society under the Incorporated Societies Act 1908. DHBNZ’s members are District Health Boards (DHBs) represented by DHB Chairs and DHB Chief Executives.

DHBs have statutory obligations under the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000 and are accountable to the Minister of Health. DHBNZ has no ability to direct DHBs.


The overall purpose of DHBNZ is to assist the DHBs to meet their objectives and accountabilities to the Crown. DHBNZ facilitates and co-ordinates strategic activity across DHBs and links with other sector agencies as appropriate. DHBNZ supports DHBs collaboration and collective activity through:

  • Support for Chairs’ Board of Governance and Chairs’ Executive Committee;
  • Support for the Chief Executive Group;
  • Activity through Portfolios and Programmes;
  • Dedicated resource where required.

DHBNZ plays a role in co-ordinating responses to many of the issues faced by DHBs and providing links with sector groups, the Minister and Ministry of Health, and other government agencies as appropriate.

DHBNZ activity is guided by the Health Sector Work Plan agreed between DHBs and endorsed by DHBs, the Minister and the Ministry of Health.


The Chief Executive Officer of DHBNZ is responsible for reporting to DHB Chairs and Chief Executives.


Records relating to all aspects of the DHBNZ’s activities are maintained in either hard-copy or electronic form and are physically located in DHBNZ’s offices.


The following is a list of DHBNZ publications (all available on DHBNZ’s website:

  • Strategic Plan
  • Annual Plan.


Level 9, Sovereign House
34 Manners St
Wellington 6011
PO Box 5535
T 04 803 3940
F 04 803 3870

Chief Executive Officer:
Julian Inch
T 04 803 3940