New Zealand Public Health and Disability (Southern DHB) Elections Bill

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New Zealand Public Health and Disability (Southern DHB) Elections Bill

Government Bill

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Explanatory note

General policy statement

The New Zealand Public Health and Disability (Southern DHB) Elections Bill exempts the Southern District Health Board (the Southern DHB) from the 2016 triennial general election. This legislation will have the effect of extending the time that the Southern DHB is governed by a commissioner until a newly elected board takes office following the 2019 triennial general election.

The Southern DHB has long-standing financial performance issues that will require time to address. Improving the DHB’s financial performance is likely to require a range of solutions, some of which could include more medium-term actions that need to be implemented after the commissioner’s current term expires on 2 December 2016. This Bill would allow the commissioner more time to undertake further work in improving the Southern DHB’s financial performance. A new board taking office in 2019 should then have a more secure financial position from which to begin its term.

This legislation impacts on only 1 election for the Southern DHB and is not expected to result in any additional costs for the Southern DHB or other agencies. It does not provide for any additional powers for the Minister of Health or the Government but it extends the application of an existing power.

Departmental disclosure statement

The Ministry of Health is required to prepare a disclosure statement to assist with the scrutiny of this Bill. The disclosure statement provides access to information about the policy development of the Bill and identifies any significant or unusual legislative features of the Bill.

Clause by clause analysis

Clause 1 is the Title clause.

Clause 2 is the commencement clause. The Bill comes into force on the day after the date on which it receives the Royal assent.

Clause 3 provides that the Bill is repealed on the day that elected members of the Southern DHB take office after the triennial general election of 2019, as provided for by clause 14 of Schedule 2 of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000, namely the 58th day after polling day.

Preliminary provisions

Clause 4 sets out the purpose of the Bill, which is to cancel the 2016 triennial general election of the Southern DHB in order to provide for the continuation of the term of office of a commissioner for the Southern DHB until the repeal date.

Clause 5 sets out the definitions of certain terms used in the Bill.

Clause 6 provides that the Bill will, when enacted, bind the Crown.

Cancellation of election

Clause 7 cancels the 2016 triennial general election for the Southern DHB and, in relation to that triennial general election for the Southern DHB, the clause disapplies certain provisions of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000 and the Local Electoral Act 2001 for the period that the Bill is in force.