Budget surpluses a specialty

By Patrick O'Sullivan

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BIG BACKERS: Kevin Atkinson was nominated by mayors Bill Dalton and Lawrence Yule. PHOTO/FILE
BIG BACKERS: Kevin Atkinson was nominated by mayors Bill Dalton and Lawrence Yule. PHOTO/FILE

Midas-touch chairman Kevin Atkinson is running for what is expected to be his final term with the Hawke's Bay District Health Board (DHB).

Mr Atkinson, who in 2010 received the Queen's Birthday honour of MNZM for services to business and the community, was nominated by twin-city mayors Bill Dalton and Lawrence Yule.

He has chaired the board for 13 of his 16 years' service, making the DHB a Health Minister's favourite for repeated multi-million-dollar surpluses.

As Unison Networks chairman profit records continue and as Hawke's Bay Rugby Football Union chairman he delivered 17 consecutive surpluses.

His Rugby Union successor and fellow DHB candidate Dan Druzianic also delivered a surplus for the Rugby Union. Mr Druzianic heads the DHB's Finance Risk and Audit Committee.

Following the election the Minister of Health appoints a further four members. Mr Druzianic ran for a seat last election but was appointed to the board on the suggestion of board members who sought continuity of his financial expertise.

Sitting board member and Hastings District Councillor Jacoby Poulain is again running, as is IronMaori triathlon pioneer Heather Skipworth.

Former pharmacist Peter Dunkerley is running for his seat again as are Diana Kirton and Helen Francis, both trustees of the Hawke's Bay Power Consumers' Trust, which owns Unison.

Ms Kirton works at the Eastern Institute of Technology for the School of Health and Sport Science.

Ms Francis is a senior manager at The Hastings Health Centre and a PhD student.

Of the on-board people running outgoing Central Hawke's Bay Mayor Peter Butler has the highest profile.

He said the district had not had board representation since 20010.

His concerns include that people who were terminally ill were being moved from the CHB Health Centre just before they died, a shortage of doctors and one of Waipukurau's two ambulances was sent to Hastings and Napier regularly.

Hawke's Bay co-leader of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation Kerri Nuku and U-Turn Trust chief executive Ana Apatu are also running.

Also sitting are Grant Seton, Julia Wilson, Lynlee Aitcheson-Johnson, Wairoa District Councillor Hine Flood and Charles Lambert.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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