Health board a 'strong mix'
Marlborough was the winner in the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board election, says ousted representative Fleur Hansby of Rarangi.
Mrs Hansby said she was disappointed to be voted off the board but pleased Marlborough people made their votes count.
"I'm being replaced by some good new people," she said.
Chairwoman Jenny Black, returned for her third term, had no problem with four of seven elected members living in Marlborough. Four health ministry appointees should balance the board across geography, gender, race and expertise, she said.
She welcomed four new faces to the board and said there would be a settling down period as they learned what the health business was all about.
"When I first stood on the board there was a good year of listening and asking questions," she said. A board member's role was to support board chief executive Chris Fleming, ensure the annual plan was met and that health ministry targets were achieved.
Gerald Hope, back for a second term on the board, said the Marlborough representatives offered a strong mix of medical experience and community interest. Jessica Bagge had made history by being elected to both the Marlborough District Council and board, he said. Having served on both, he could say with confidence she would be very busy.
The tragedy of the board election were the 3237 incorrectly filled-out informal votes and 6085 blank votes, he said.
Nelson voters might have been confused by having to tick selected council candidates but rank board candidates using the single transferable vote system.
"The whole top of the south has to be one or the other," he said.
Returning officer Warwick Lampe said he had not compared the portion of blank and invalid votes returned from Nelson and Marlborough but was prepared to look into this once vote-counting was over.
The board will advertise for community members for the hospital advisory committee and the community and public health and disability services advisory committee.
WHO'S OUT, WHO'S IN?
Marlborough's Jenny Black, who has an extensive background in health, nursing, and hospice and palliative care and has been an appointed member of the board's community and public health advisory committee;
Jessica Bagge, co-leader of the Marlborough Save Our Services group;
Marlborough doctor Brigid Forrest;
Pat Heaphy who established and ran Nelson elder care company Heaphy's Home Support.
First-term Marlborough member Fleur Hansby, a member of the disability support advisory committee and disability support services steering group;
Longest-serving member and retired Nelson GP John Moore;
Ssenior Nelson Grey Power figure Gordon Currie;
Jenny Black of Nelson for her third term;
Former Marlborough mayor Gerald Hope
Nelson member Judy Crowe entering her fourth term.
- The Marlborough Express