David Shand


Bringing a background of extensive governance & financial management experience.


Dear Voter

I am seeking election to the Capital and Coast District Health Board (DHB) which serves the 320,000 people living in Wellington City, Porirua City and the Kapiti Coast, as well as providing some regional services to residents of the Hutt Valley and Wairarapa - although they have their own health board. It employs some 6000 staff and has an annual operating budget of $1.2 billion.

There are 7 elected positions on the DHB and I am one of 23 (!!) candidates. You can find the full list at Four other members are appointed by the Minister of Health.

The voting system is STV - single transferable vote. Instead of putting a tick or cross by a candidate's name you rank them in order of preference starting with 1. You can vote for as many or few candidates as you wish. Please consider putting 1 beside my name. As to others, as I am a Labour supporter I will vote 2 and 3 for the two endorsed Labour candidates Eileen Brown  and Ayesha Verrall. Voting papers will be mailed out 20-25 September and must be posted back by 12 October.

In this initial launch of my website you will find

  • my official "Candidate Statement", which will be sent with the voting papers by the returning officer - along with the statement by each other candidate.
  • My first advertisement, which will appear shortly in Wellington Regional News
  • a link to an article endorsing me, in the KC news,

Shortly I will add other policy material to the website, including responses I have given to questionnaires issued by the Public Health Association and policylocal/NZ. I will also have a Facebook page up as soon as possible.

Please contact me in the meantime if you have questions or comments,

David Shand

P. 027 5357619


KC News Endorsement Article

Kapiti has struggled to get direct representation on the Capital & Coast DHB in past elections but this time round there is a high profile candidate with plenty of top level experience.

Wellington Regional News Advertisement

I am running for the DHB because of my concerns about our deteriorating public health system, particularly:

  • Underfunding, staff shortages, and overworked staff.
  • Lack of equity and access to some key health services for significant sections of our community.

Funding is in Goverment’s hands. But good DHB governance through sound planning, prioritisation, contracting with external providers, rigorous monitoring of financial and service performance, and the Board holding senior management accountable, is key to improving performance.

This will be needed in implementing the Government’s new mental health programme and national cancer strategy.

I would bring extensive governance and financial management experience to the Board. This includes:

  • seven years as financial management advisor at the World Bank.

Since my return to NZ in 2006 l have held positions of

  • Chair of the Tertiary Education Commission
  • A director of Meridian Energy, and a board member of Auckland City Mission.
  • I also chaired the Commission of Inquiry into local government rates and was a member of the Royal Commission on Auckland Governance.

I am of Māori descent and my iwi is Ngāi Tahu.
I am a Kāpiti Coast resident.

Authorised by David Shand
4 Arms Park Way, Waikanae 5036