Illustration of people in a Health system.The National Health Board (NHB) is a whole-of-system health planning, advice, and funding organisation made up of a Ministerial appointed Board and is supported by the National Health Board Business Unit within the Ministry of Health.

We work directly with the DHBs, clinicians, and the sector as a whole to improve health outcomes, increase access to quality care, improve financial and clinical sustainability, and to develop an even more unified health system.

NHB and its two subcommittees (the Capital Investment Committee and the IT Health Board) were established to improve the quality, safety and sustainability of health care for New Zealanders.

These committees, along with Health Workforce New Zealand, work with the Ministry to consolidate planning, funding, workforce planning and capital investment, as well as supervise public funding spent on hospitals, primary health services and important national health services.