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

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

Government Bill


Explanatory note

General policy statement

The New Zealand Public Health and Disability (Waikato DHB) Elections Bill exempts the Waikato District Health Board (the Waikato DHB) from the 2019 triennial general election. This legislation will have the effect of extending the time that the Waikato DHB is governed by a commissioner until a newly elected board takes office following the 2022 triennial general election.

The Waikato DHB has long-standing financial and organisational performance issues that will require time to address. Improving the DHB’s 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 9 December 2019. This Bill would allow the commissioner more time to undertake further work in improving the Waikato DHB’s performance. A new board taking office in 2022 should then have a more secure financial and organisational position from which to begin its term.

This legislation impacts on only 1 election for the Waikato DHB and is not expected to result in any additional costs for the Waikato 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.

Part 1Preliminary provisions

Clause 3 sets out the purpose of the Bill, which is to cancel the 2019 triennial general election of the Waikato DHB in order to provide for the continuation of the term of office of a commissioner for the Waikato DHB until the repeal date.

Clause 4 sets out the definitions of certain terms used in the Bill.

Clause 5 is the operative provision for Schedule 1, which contains transitional, savings, and related provisions. There are currently no provisions of this nature.

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

Part 2Cancellation of election

Clause 7 cancels the 2019 triennial general election for the Waikato DHB and, in relation to that triennial general election for the Waikato 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.

Clause 8 provides that the Bill is repealed on the day on which elected members of the Waikato DHB take office after the triennial general election of 2022, as provided for by clause 14 of Schedule 2 of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000, namely on the 58th day after polling day.