This guidance applies to District Health Boards. It is intended to support those who are responsible for preparing governance manuals for individual DHBs. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 New Zealand Licence.(See the Terms of Use section below, and view a copy of this licence at: To print or download, use the PDF version attached.

Please note that the guidance is not prescriptive. District Health Boards should ensure all the issues are covered in their own board’s documentation, while tailoring the material to their particular situation. This guidance does not cover all topics relevant to governance and boards will need to include additional material.


First published August 2010.

Updated September 2011
(with changes to chapters 2, 4 and 15 to reflect amendments to the Public Health & Disability Act that have an impact on DHB planning and reporting).

Further updated September 2014 (to reflect changes to State sector legislation enacted in 2013 and to update links to other material).





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