Please be advised that the District Health Board elections are being held across New Zealand this year.


Further election information.


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Pat Snedden – Board Chair – Appointed

Pat previously served as Chair of Auckland DHB. He has also chaired Counties Manukau DHB and is a former Director of the Ports of Auckland.

Pat is currently Chair of the Big Ideas Charitable Trust, National Science Challenge, and the Manaiakalani Education Trust, which works in the service of challenged school communities in Tāmaki and elsewhere. He has been awarded the NZ Order of Merit for services to education and to Māori.


Gwen Tepania-Palmer – Appointed

Gwen Tepania-Palmer is a graduate of psychopaedic nursing (Manawatu) and comprehensive nursing (ATI North Shore). She holds an MBA (Massey) and a Certificate in Company Direction (Institute of Directors New Zealand).
Gwen has an extensive background in the New Zealand health sector. She has held several ministerial appointments including on the National Health Committee and is chair of the Ngāti Hine Health Trust, Northland.
 Appointed Board member Sharon Shea

Sharon Shea – Appointed
MSc Comparative Social Policy, BA/LLB

Sharon Shea is an appointed board member of Auckland DHB, as well as Northland DHB. Ms Shea began her career in 1993 as a lawyer at Kensington Swan (Auckland) and then moved into the health sector where she has held a range of senior management roles in government and non-government organisations focused on Māori health improvement. Sharon runs a consulting business that works with government, non-government, iwi and pacific clients across health, education, social services, whānau ora and economic development sectors.
Sharon graduated from Oxford University at the top of her class with an MSc in Comparative Social Policy (Distinction) and also holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from Auckland University. She has tribal affiliations to Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Hauā and Ngāti Hako.