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Basic principles

Open forum – anyone can join and participate.

Maximum participation in democratic processes – NGO Council elections should enable maximum participation for health and disability NGOs.

Continuity is important – processes should not allow for a total replacement of members at any one election.

Participate in the Forums

Forum activities and initiatives are open to any government, non-government and non-profit organisation or individual involved in the health and disability sector in New Zealand.

Register to vote

Check to see if your NGO is a member of the NGO Network – it is free to join.

See how to register your NGO to vote or nominate a candidate in the NGO Council election – Read more

Take part in consultations

See our tips and advice for taking part in Government consultations.

Stand as a sector representative

Those wanting to stand to be elected to the NGO Council need to be nominated by a registered NGO.

Find out more about being a Sector Representative

How to vote

Voting takes place every 18 months, in April or October. The voting process will only be necessary if the number of nominations exceeds the number of vacancies in each sub-sector. Registered NGOs will receive a link for voting in their selected sub-sectors.

Influence our work

The NGO Council welcomes broad input and involvement in its projects.

More information on current projects.

In this section

  • Health and Disability NGOs that meet the criteria are eligible to join the NGO Health & Disability Network and register to vote. Read more
  • Those wanting to represent their sub-sector on the NGO Council need to be nominated by a registered NGO that receives Vote Health funding. Read more