A Rotorua family doctor will take over the reins of one of the most influential groups representing doctors.
Harry Pert has been elected the next president of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners in the first ballot for the position to have been held in the past 16 years.
Three general practitioner candidates - each with their own deputy - stood for the presidency in a closely-run contest.
Whangamata GP Tony Townsend has been elected deputy president.
Four thousand New Zealand doctors are members of the college which concentrates on education, quality and standards, compared to the Medical Association's focus on political and policy issues.
Dr Pert says general practice faces many difficulties which require a team approach.