2019 Lakes DHB elections


Elections for Lakes District Health Board were held in October. 

Seven of the 11 Board members were elected, with the remaining four members appointed by the Minister of Health.

LAKES DHB ELECTION RESULTS -  the following are the successful elected members.

MORREAU Johan  - appointed Deputy Chair of the Board


RANKIN Christine 

BIDOIS Ngahihi-o-te-ra




The new Chair of Lakes District Health Board is Dr Jim Mather. He has served as Chief Executive Officer of three organisaitons over the last 16 years. A qualified accountant by profession, he has led Māori Television and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. Dr Mather’s current governance roles include Chair of RNZ, Director of Auckland Transport, Member of MBIE Risk and Advisory Committee, and Director of Ngati Awa Group Holdings Limited. Dr Mather has held a variety of private sector management roles and holds a PHD in Māori economic development.

The three new Ministerial appointees are Sir Michael Cullen (former Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, Minister of Tertiary Education and Attorney-General) in the Helen Clark Labour Government; Lana Ngawhika (Te Arawa/Tuhoe, who served the former Te Arawa Māori Trust Board on the treaty settlement that saw the return of 14 Rotorua lakes to Te Awara ownership, and is a business development manager with Fonterra); and Rees Tapsell (Ngāti Whakaue - Te Arawa waka). A psychiatrist, Rees sub-specialised in forensic psychiatry, working at the Mason clinic in Auckland as a consultant psychiatrist for 10 years where he worked on, and wrote about, models of forensic mental health service provision for Māori. He has worked in governance, operational, management and clinical leadership roles both in district health boards and Māori non-governmental organisations and was on the Lakes Board when it was set up in 2001. 

Board Chairman for the past nine years, Deryck Shaw has stepped down 2019 after three terms as Chair.  Other members who have stepped down are Ana Morrison, Des Epp, Warren Webber and Stuart Burns.