North Shore (09) 486 8900
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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.

Accessing health information online

Auckland and Waitemata District Health Boards (DHBs) have been considering the best way of providing high quality online information on common health conditions and healthy lifestyles for patients and their families. The DHBs are keen to ensure that information is also culturally appropriate and presented in a user-friendly way. This survey asked where people looked for health information, how they accessed that information and what helped them to feel that the information was reliable.

One page summary
Community report

Youth health in Kaipātiki

Children and youth within the Kaipātiki Local Board area were asked for their perspectives on health. The survey asked what health meant to them, where they found information on being healthy and what one thing would help them to be healthier. A total of 11 schools and youth groups participated including the Kaipātiki local youth board and an alternative education group. A total of 216 responses were received from students from year 6 to year 13.

Summary report

 South Kaipara Health Care

Community and stakeholder engagement took place from late August to late November 2017 to gather local community, health provider and stakeholder perspectives on current and future health services and health needs for South Kaipara that would inform facilities planning for Alison McKenzie House.

Visit for more information and to stay informed as this work is progressed.

Waitemata DHB/Auckland DHB Disability Strategy Implementation Plan 2016-2026

Waitemata DHB and Auckland DHB are developing a joint plan for the implementation of the New Zealand Disability Strategy 2016-2026. During the 2017 consultation we heard from 112 people, who shared a wealth of knowledge and experience. From this consultation work, the plan for the implementation of the NZ Disability Strategy 2016-2026 will be completed.

Consultation report
Implementation plan


Waitemata District Health Board is trying to make it easier for people to find their way around the hospital sites. In October and November 2016, members of the community were invited to help us identify where some of the problems were at North Shore and Waitakere Hospitals to help us improve walkways, signage and the accessibility of both hospitals.

The community identified a number of issues which the DHB is now exploring in detail. Some initial improvements to signage around the hospital grounds is expected to take place later this year.

Thanks to everyone who participated - access the feedback report.

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:

Newsletter (summary of findings)
Research report (detailed analysis of the findings)

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.
Visit Auckland DHB’s website for further information or contact the Project Manager.

Other health-related consultations