Graham Adams believes he has the skill set and knowledge base that will be vital for the Whanganui District Health Board and on that basis has put his name forward as a candidate.

Mr Adams has been on the board before at the time of the rebuild of the acute services and theatre block at Whanganui Hospital in 2004.

"I'm keen to represent the community again," he said.

Mr Adams is currently a board member of Age Concern Wanganui, treasurer of Grey Power Wanganui, treasurer of the NZ Council of Elders and for 30 years has been a trustee of the Akoranga Education Trust which will soon recommence making grants to UCOL students.

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"I'm also chair of the Ratepayers Association but I'll be relinquishing that position at the 2017 annual meeting," he said.

"But the retirement of long-serving health board members Kate Joblin and Allan Anderson significantly reduces the knowledge base on the board.

"I'm confident of being able to rapidly get to grips with present day procedures and processes and be an effective contributing member," Mr Adams said.