Hill happy to do his bit for health in the south

DEBBIE JAMIESON
Last updated 05:00 04/12/2013

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Queenstown man Tony Hill is pleased to have been appointed to the Southern District Health Board by Health Minister Tony Ryall.

A self-employed property and project manager, he is chairman of Southern Primary Health Organisation's Community Advisory Group and has been involved with primary health for 12 years.

He is also one of two community representatives on the panel appointed by the National Health Board to ensure the district health board met the requirements of a 2012 review.

Hill unsuccessfully stood for the board at the recent elections.

"I'm delighted," he said yesterday.

"At the end of the day I put my name up to see if I could get on the board. That shows my commitment."

He believed his strong governance experience and involvement in primary health would have helped.

"Half the board's budget revolves around primary care."

Ryall said each board consisted of up to 11 members. Seven were elected and up to four appointed.

Re-appointed to the Southern board were chairman Joe Butterfield and Sandra Cook.

Tuari Potiki, director of Maori Development at the University of Otago and chair of the NZ Drug Foundation and deputy chair of Te Runanga O Otakou, is also a new appointment.

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