Here’s the announcement:

“Sir John Anderson, Hawke’s Bay District Health Board Commissioner has today announced the appointment of Napier Mayor, Barbara Arnott as deputy-commissioner.

Barbara will join deputies Ngahiwi Tomoana and Dr Ian Brown, and elected members Kevin Atkinson, David Barry, David Davidson, Peter Dunkerley, Helen Francis. Diana Kirton and David Ritchie on HBDHB’s Governance Board.

Sir John said Mrs Arnott would provide valuable input into the Governance Board and brings a wide range of skills and experience “We are looking forward to having Barbara’s perspective and input into the board’s decision-making particularly as we address the financial and service improvements needed to ensure the long term sustainability of the Hawke’s Bay health sector.”

Mrs Arnott is currently in her third term as Mayor of Napier, and has active involvement in a number of community, education and social services sector organisations.”

One can only wonder … why now? With elections only five months away, what is the skill gap on the DHB Board that Sir John is so concerned about filling? Or is it all politics?

Tom

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