Author and international leadership speaker Ngahihi-o-te-ra Bidois has been elected as the only new member on the Lakes District Health Board.

Dr Johan Morreau has been re-elected alongside Merepeka Raukawa-Tait, Christine Rankin, Janine Horton, Rob Vigor-Brown and Lyall Thurston.

Bidois replaces Dr Des Epp, who did not stand. Seventeen candidates stood for seats on the board.

Lakes District Health Board serves a population of just over 100,000 and covers 9570 square kilometres.

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It stretches from Rotorua across to Kāingaroa and Mangakino, and past Taupō down to Tūrangi.

The board's boundaries take in the two main iwi groups of Te Arawa and Ngāti Tūwharetoa.

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