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Public Consultations

When we formally consult with the community we aim to:

  • acknowledge the Te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi) based relationship with iwi and our relationships with Te Runanga o Ngati Whatua and Te Whanau o Waipareira
  • provide the community with a genuine opportunity to influence the outcome of decisions
  • recognise that the community is ethnically and demographically diverse and that different approaches may be needed to ensure everyone is able to participate in a way that is appropriate to them
  • provide clear, comprehensive and balanced information. Use simple language and avoid jargon
  • communicate the outcome of the consultation back to the community on how the feedback has been considered during the decision-making process

2016 Waitemata DHB Board Election

Triennial elections for elected members of all local authorities throughout New Zealand, including district health boards, was conducted, by postal vote, on Saturday 8 October 2016.

The elections were conducted under the provisions of the Local Electoral Act 2001, the Local Electoral Regulations 2001 and the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000.

Pacific Health Action Plan (Our Health in Our Hands)

The first Pacific Health Action Plan was developed in 2013 for the Pacific populations of the Auckland and Waitemata District Health Boards (DHBs). It was developed in partnership with all of our partners; from primary care, to churches and communities.

We are now in the process of updating the plan. The community were asked for feedback to help us make sure that we identify the right priorities and activities that will make the most difference to improve the health of our Pacific community.

Public consulation closed on 31 August 2016 and the feedback is now being analysed. More information will be made available over the coming months.

Waitemata DHB Primary Birthing Unit Consultation

In order to understand the needs of the community, the level of support for primary birthing units and to further understand which delivery models would be most acceptable to the community, consultation took place in Waitemata DHB between 18 January - 7 March 2016.

We received a positive response from the community to consultation, and would like to thank all those who took the time to participate.

Analysis of the feedback has now been completed to inform the DHB Board as to the communities’ views, and on 29th June this was tabled for consideration at the Waitemata DHB Board meeting.

The Board was pleased with the consultation and interested in the report findings. They have requested that a business case be developed by the DHB on all four of the options presented to the community. We look forward to bringing you more information on outcomes of this process in the future.

The findings for the Waitemata DHB Primary Birthing Consultation are available through the following links:

Community Services Plan 2016

Waitemata District Health Board (DHB) is currently considering community-based health services and what improvements could be made:

  • to respond to growth
  • improve patient experience and outcomes for our population
  • to better integrate health services between the community and hospital
  • ensure the right services are provided in the right place

To help ensure that the community’s perspective would be included in the development of the plan, an online survey was carried out in April/May 2016 which gained over 300 responses. 

Thanks to everyone who participated - access the summary feedback report.

Better health services for transgender communities

The Northern Region district health boards (DHBs), Northland, Waitemata, Auckland and Counties Manukau are working on a proposal to develop a better health service for people in the region’s transgender communities. 

Initial funding is now in place to lay the ground work and to develop a plan for a Northern Region Transgender Care Pathway based on feedback from community and online forums, clinical advice on best practice and a robust evidence base. 

Visit Auckland DHB website for information and updates and to register your interest.

Womens Health Collaboration Maternity Services Plan

Women’s Health Services in Auckland DHB and Waitemata DHB have been working collaboratively with a range of stakeholders to determine how best to deliver primary and secondary maternity services to our populations into the future. This collaboration has culminated in the launch in late 2015 of the: ‘Auckland DHB and Waitemata DHB Collaboration Maternity Plan’.

The plan details 22 strategies to strengthen services, based on the themes to improve and enhance quality of care, build confidence, support parents and practitioners, and meet future population needs; including a strategy to increase the number of primary birthing beds across the region. 

For further detail including information about how you can stay informed or get involved as this plan is implemented, visit

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