Prominent Queenstowner Sir Eion Edgar wants the Government to co-opt an unsuccessful Southern District Health Board candidate onto it.
Investor/philanthropist Edgar says he’s extremely disappointed that his friend, Arrowtowner Tony Hill, narrowly missed out in last Saturday’s elections, polling fourth in a ballot to choose three southern constituency board members.
“As I understand it, the Government has got the right to appoint two extras.
“It would be logical to appoint Tony – he polled well and has the great benefit of fantastic experience in the health sector.”
Edgar notes that the three successful southern constituency candidates hail from Invercargill – “and yet the Queenstown Lakes area is increasingly important for the future of the SDHB”.
“I think it’s important, if you’re going to have a representative board, that you have representation from the fastest-growing area,” Edgar says.
Hill has 10 years’ experience in the health sector and chairs the Southern Primary Health Organisation advisory committee.
Hill is also secretary-manager of the Lakes District Air Rescue Trust.