Hawke's Bay District Health Board

The Hawke's Bay District Health Board (Hawke's Bay DHB or HBDHB) is a district health board with the focus on providing healthcare to Hawke's Bay, New Zealand.

Hawke's Bay District Health Board
Location of the Hawke's Bay DHB (green) in New Zealand
Formation1 January 2001; 20 years ago (2001-01-01)
FounderNew Zealand Government
Legal statusActive
ServicesHealth and disability services
Parent organization
Ministry of Health


The Hawke's Bay District Health Board, like most other district health boards, came into effect on 1 January 2001, established by the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000.[1]

Geographic area

The area covered by the board is defined in Schedule 1 of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000 and based on territorial authority and ward boundaries as constituted as at 1 January 2001. The area was initially Wairoa District, Hastings District, Napier City, Central Hawke's Bay District and Chatham Islands Territory.[2] The area can be adjusted through an Order in Council,[3] which happened on 30 June 2015, by clause 3 of the Health and Disability (Geographical Areas of DHBs) Order 2015, when Chatham Islands Territory was transferred to Canterbury District Health Board.[4]


The initial board was fully appointed. Since the 2001 local elections, the board has been partially elected (seven members) and in addition, up to four members are appointed by the Minister of Health. The minister also appoints the chairperson and deputy-chair from the pool of eleven board members.[5] The Board was replaced by a Commissioner, Sir John Anderson, during 2008 after criticising the government.[6]


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
Source: [7]

Hawke's Bay DHB served a population of 166,287 at the time of the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 15,195 people (10.1%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 18,648 people (12.6%) since the 2006 census. There were 60,204 households. There were 81,003 males and 85,284 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.95 males per female. Of the total population, 34,926 people (21.0%) were aged up to 15 years, 29,175 (17.5%) were 15 to 29, 71,799 (43.2%) were 30 to 64, and 30,384 (18.3%) were 65 or older. Figures may not add up to the total due to rounding.[citation needed]

Ethnicities were 75.0% European/Pākehā, 27.0% Māori, 5.6% Pacific peoples, 5.0% Asian, and 1.7% other ethnicities. People may identify with more than one ethnicity.[citation needed]

The percentage of people born overseas was 15.9, compared with 27.1% nationally.[citation needed]

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 48.5% had no religion, 37.4% were Christian, and 7.2% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 21,408 (16.3%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 27,621 (21.0%) people had no formal qualifications. The median income was $28,300. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 63,951 (48.7%) people were employed full-time, 19,596 (14.9%) were part-time, and 4,710 (3.6%) were unemployed.[7]


Public hospitals

Private hospitals