Your Health Board

Our population

  • Waikato DHB serves a population of 391,770 people

  • 22.5% of our population identify as Maaori

  • 60% of our population live outside the main urban areas

Our services

  • We provide hospital and specialist services through Waikato, Thames, Tokoroa, Te Kuiti and Taumarunui Hospitals, and other community facilities

  • We also fund most public health and disability services in our district through agreements with providers

  • We provide tertiary hospital services (such as complex surgery) to a Midland regional population of about 854,000 living in Bay of Plenty, Waikato, Tairawhiti (Gisborne), Lakes and Taranaki DHBs

Our staff

  • We employ about 6,000 people, including about 2,000 nurses


Our funding

  • In 2015-16 we received more than $1 billion in funding from the Government's Vote Health budget of more than $16 billion

  • About 60% of this was used to provide hospital and health services and 40% was used to fund contracted public health and disability services through non-government organisations, primary health organisations, pharmacies and laboratories

  • We expect to post a surplus of about $4.5 million for 2015-16 (more than the $2.2 million forecast)

Our district

  • Waikato DHB covers an area of 21,220 sq kms

  • 10 territorial local authorities lie within its boundaries - Hamilton City, Hauraki, Matamata-Piako, Otorohanga, Ruapehu (part), South Waikato, Thames Coromandel, Waikato, Waipa, and Waitomo.

Waikato District Health Board covers the area of nearly 10 territorial local authorities