Timaru accountant Joe Butterfield (73) has been
reappointed chairman of the Southern District Health Board for
Health Minister Tony Ryall also announced Tim Ward, of
Invercargill, would replace the retiring Paul Menzies as
Mr Ward, also an accountant, was elected in October after
serving the previous triennium as a ministerial appointee.
Mr Butterfield said Mr Ward was the ''best man for the job''
of deputy. He was happy to continue in his role, which
involved a huge amount of travel in Otago and Southland, and
to other centres.
The board had to get out of deficit to meet significant
capital demands over the next 20 years.
''It's not in the state that it wants to be in and it needs
to be in.''
The first meeting of the new triennium is next week, and
further ministerial appointees will be made in due course.