We have a standoff.

Hawke's Bay District Health Board member Jacoby Poulain's text to chairman Kevin Atkinson saying she had resigned "effective immediately" was a hint that months of conflict between the pair was set to end.

Instead, it's only started the beginning of a stalemate, with both now disagreeing over her status as a board member.

Poulain told Hawke's Bay Today she has decided to stay on, and won't send a formal resignation letter, but will not attend any further meetings.

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And with no formal letter Minister of Health David Clark has few legal options other than to wait

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