A new website journey for Northland DHB

Leonard Ross,

We are in the process of renewing the Northland DHB website as part of our strategy to provide the Northland community with a tool that holds helpful health-related resources in addition to easy to navigate information about our organisation and the services we offer. 

Why a new website

Our website is one of many tools to keep our Northland community engaged, updated and informed about their health and how we can serve them better. However, the old technology used was highlighted as a potential risk and made it very difficult for us to be responsive in updating content on the site. 

No Money

The first phase was to move our website to a new web hosting platform and provider. It took a significant effort to ensure this phase was delivered in a cost-neutral manner. In line with the All-Of-Government agreement, we have implemented SilverStripe, which is a New Zealand developed open-source website content management system.

Community involvement

The next phase will change the content focus and information structure to be consumer focussed and to ensure the information is easily accessible.

Information will be structured around how our community thinks and not how our services are offered. Language and terms will preferably not reflect our internal terminology which could be somewhat misleading at times.

We will seek feedback and involvement from the community on this next phase.

Stats

Before the transfer (Phase 1) our website boasted 455 pages and hosted 841 separate files. We aim to simplify this going forward.

Interestingly our website attracts on average 92,000 unique visitors per annum with approx. 350,000 page views.

Your views

We welcome feedback from across the region on what can be improved to ensure we have a useful tool available for our community. Send feedback to communications@northlanddhb.org.nz or comment on our social media posts. 

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