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The election results, confirmed tonight, saw emergency doctor and former SDHB member John Chambers top the poll in the Otago constituency, followed by Mr Cull, community health council member Ilka Beekhuis and oncologist Lyndell Kelly.
In the Southland constituency, former MP and current Invercargill city councillor Lesley Soper was elected to the board, alongside the poll-topping patient rights advocate Terry King and former SDH board member Kaye Crowther.
Mr Cull said he was looking forward working with a team which blended governance and clinical experience.
"So long as we are all keeping the provision of health care to all the public in mind, I'm sure it will work out well," he said.
"I think that we have got the makings of a good board."
As Dunedin mayor Mr Cull had played a role in the Dunedin hospital rebuild project, and he was pleased to have been able to maintain that association.
"The hospital affects far more than Dunedin, and I think it will be important to be very clear about what the board's role is vis a vis the Ministry of Health in developing the plans and the provisions for the new hospital."
The newly-elected SDHB is the first elected since 2013; the 2016 election was cancelled after the previous board was sacked by then Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and replaced by commissioners.