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0800 946 9800
(06) 946 9800

Meeting times and papersSir Paul Collins
Dr Tony Becker
Deputy Chair
Ronald KaraitianaLeanne SoutheyDr Norman Gray

Jill PettisRyan SorianoJill Stringer

Helen PocknallYvette GraceJoy Cooper


Public participation invited at board and committee meetings

The Wairarapa District Health Board (WrDHB) considers a range of issues, and your views are extremely important to us. The Board members and Executives participate in a range of community forums, speaking with many individuals and groups each month, and from time to time conducting formal public consultations.

The Public forums of the Board and Committee offers the public an opportunity to directly speak with members and staff on issues which will be discussed at that meeting. We warmly invite you to share your insights and opinions with us in this way.

How it works

The Board and Committee are able to provide a section of the meeting for members of the public who has contacted the Board secretary to request time to address members/staff.   While we will try to accommodate all requests for comment from the public, we do need to have the following information:

  • To be eligible to speak at the public meeting you must make a formal request to speak by contacting the secretary of the board, (06) 9469 858 or Email RES-BoardSecretary@wairarapa.dhb.org.nz at least one week before the meeting.
  • Your comments must relate to issues in that month's agenda. If you wish to raise an issue not on the agenda then please put your concerns in writing and send them to the secretary of the board, WrDHB, PO Box 96, Blair Street, Masterton 5840 or Email RES-BoardSecretary@wairarapa.dhb.org.nz

However the Chair does have the right to:

  • draw an individual’s comments to a close if those comments are inappropriate or do not relate to the agenda of the meeting, or
  • draw the session to a close at the Chair’s discretion.

As is normal for any Board or Committee, you will not be able to interject or speak at any other time during these meetings unless at the direct invitation of the Chair of the meeting.

Criteria for speaking

  • All requests to speak are at the discretion of the Chairman of the Board.
  • Try to keep your comments to a maximum of two (2) to three (3) minutes, to allow time for others to speak.
  • Comments may only relate to issues which are on the agenda for that meeting. The agendas for all meetings can be viewed on this website. Topics which were discussed at a previous meeting may not be raised, unless there is a fresh agenda item on that subject at the current meeting.
  • Note: reference to the topic in the minutes of the previous meeting is not of itself sufficient grounds.  Comments may not relate to an issue which is the subject of a public consultation process by the DHB. If this is the case, please submit your comments via that consultation process.

Meeting etiquette

  • We cannot allow comments to be made about the care or treatment of named or identifiable patients. For privacy reasons we would ask that you raise such issues with us outside the context of this speaking slot.
  • If a large group of people with aligned views is present at the meeting we will ask them to identify one or two people to speak on behalf of the group, as time constraints will not allow us to hear from all group members.
  • All input should be kept civil. Inappropriate behaviour (intimidation, obscenity, breaches of patient privacy) will not be permitted.
  • If you would like to speak please identify yourself to the staff coordinator who will identify themselves to the public at each meeting. They will prepare a list of those who wish to speak, and the subject on which they wish to speak. The order of speakers will be decided by the order of the topics under discussion in the agenda for that meeting. Please wait until you are called on by the Chair to speak.
  • If an issue you wish to raise DOES NOT meet the criteria outlined above we invite you to raise that issue with us in writing (address your letters to the chief executive officer), or to examine the agendas of future meetings and seek a speaking slot at a meeting when that subject is on the agenda.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Board Secretary

Email: RES-BoardSecretary@wairarapa.dhb.org.nz

Phone: (06) 946 9858