WDHB announces Minister's board appointments
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2 December 2016
 
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman announced yesterday he had appointed Dot McKinnon to chair both the Whanganui and MidCentral District Health Boards for the next three years and Stuart Hylton as Whanganui DHB’s deputy chair.
 
The minister has also appointed Harete Hipango, Dame Tariana Turia and Darren Hull to serve on the WDHB board alongside Mrs McKinnon and Mr Hylton. 
 
Mrs McKinnon extended her congratulations to returning board members Ms Hipango and Mr Hylton, and new board members Dame Tariana and Mr Hull saying she had full confidence in their ability to make a valuable contribution to both the board and the communities they serve.
 
“I want to extend my sincere thanks to Barbara Ball who served on the previous board following Nancy Tuaine’s resignation,” Mrs McKinnon said. “It’s never easy coming in part-way through a term but Barbara agreed to do so, and for that we were very grateful.
 
“With regards to my chairing the two boards – I have accepted this task cognisant of the fact that while it will be a big undertaking, I’m sure I will benefit from the always steady and wise leadership which former MidCentral chair Phil Sutherland brought to the MidCentral board.”
 
Mrs McKinnon said while her joint chairmanship might surprise some, it’s not unusual to have one chair across two or more boards. “We have seen this working well for Capital and Coast and Hutt Valley DHBs (chair Dr Virginia Hope), Auckland and Waitemata DHBs (chair Dr Lester Levy) and Canterbury and South Canterbury DHBs (chair Murray Cleverley) so it makes good sense for Whanganui and MidCentral to follow their example.
 
“In addition to being an integral part of building the close working relationship the two boards have under the centralAlliance banner, I hope my role as DHB chair representative on the Health Sector Relationship Agreement Steering Group (a tripartite group which includes the Government, district health boards and unions) gives me a broad view of health which will benefit both boards.
 
“I certainly feel a strong loyalty to the wider Manawatu-Whanganui region. Besides having done most of my study at Massey University, I’ve been a long-time resident of Whanganui and held a variety of roles in public life including deputy Mayor of Whanganui District Council, chair of the Powerco Community Trust, committee member of Manawatu-Whanganui Lotteries and trustee of the Whanganui Community Foundation.”
 
The new Board takes office on 5 December 2016 with their first meeting on 16 December. Members include: chair Dot McKinnon, deputy chair Stuart Hylton, Annette Main, Charlie Anderson, Darren Hull, Graham Adams, Harete Hipango, Jenny Duncan, Judith McDonald, Philippa Baker-Hogan, and Dame Tariana Turia.