BOPDHB voting starts Friday

Voting papers for this year’s BOPDHB Board elections will start appearing in letterboxes around the region from Friday.

Seven positions will be elected at large from the Bay of Plenty District Health Board’s 9666km2 service coverage area that stretches from Waihi Beach to Whangapāraoa on the East Cape and inland as far as Te Urewera.

The current BOPDHB Board: (back row from left) Marion Guy, Matua Parkinson, Gail McIntosh, David Stewart, Geoff Esterman, Judy Turner; (front row from left) Vervies Punohu McCausland, Mark Arundel, Sally Webb, Ron Scott, Yvonne Boyes. Supplied Photo.

Once the election is done and dusted, Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman will then appoint a further four members which will take the total to 11.

The board is the governing body responsible for overseeing the delivery of health and disability services in their districts and elections are held every three years.

A BOPDHB spokesperson says to be counted, all completed voting documents must be in the hands of each respective city/district council electoral officer or electoral official by 12pm on Saturday, October 8.

“Electors may post their completed voting documents back to the city/district council electoral officer using a pre-paid envelope sent with the voting documents. Ballot boxes will also be available at the front receptions of both Tauranga and Whakatāne Hospitals.”

Polling places for the issuing of special voting documents and for the receiving of completed voting documents will also be available from each respective city/district council office from this Friday until 12pm on October 8.

Preliminary results are expected to be released by 12pm on Sunday, October 9, with results posted to the BOPDHB website at:

The Bay of Plenty District Health Board’s 9666km2 service coverage area. Map: BOPDHB



Posted on 16-09-2016 10:11 | By Kaimai

Fluoride in the water? I’d be more worried about giardia, or E.coli, as was in the Havelock water.

Suggestion for Sunlive

Posted on 15-09-2016 19:23 | By Mackka

Please enquire from all the candidates whether or not they will vote for fluoride in our water - or not. .... and let your readers know. How can we vote for candidates if we don’t know which side of the fence they are on in this very important matter. Thanks


Posted on 15-09-2016 18:10 | By Capt_Kaveman

can one be allowed to be on this board and be a tcc councilor as well?


Posted on 15-09-2016 16:01 | By Me again

me too. Hopefully over half of them, will put their hands up to say no fluoride in our water

@ JJ7

Posted on 15-09-2016 15:57 | By Crash test dummies

Agree on that one, bad news that chemical stuff


Posted on 15-09-2016 13:32 | By JJ7

Would love to know which ones will not allow fluoride to be put in our water - will only vote for them

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