Minutes of a meeting of the Nelson City Council

Held in the Council Chamber, Civic House, 110 Trafalgar Street, Nelson

On Thursday 18 February 2016, commencing at 9.04am


Present:               Her Worship the Mayor R Reese (Chairperson), Councillors L Acland, I Barker, R Copeland, K Fulton, M Lawrey, P Matheson (Deputy Mayor), B McGurk, G Noonan, P Rainey and T Skinner

In Attendance:     Chief Executive (C Hadley), Group Manager Infrastructure (A Louverdis), Group Manager Strategy and Environment (C Barton), Group Manager Community Services (C Ward), Group Manager Corporate Services (N Harrison), Manager Communications (P Shattock), Manager Administration (P Langley), Manager Community Partnerships (S Hermsen), Administration Adviser (E-J Ruthven), and Nelson Youth Councillors (J Alison and K Phipps)

Apologies:            Councillors E Davy (leave of absence) and M Ward


Councillor Noonan gave the opening prayer.


1.       Apologies

Resolved CL/2016/001

THAT apologies be received and accepted from Councillors Davy and Ward.

Her Worship the Mayor/Noonan                                            Carried


2.       Confirmation of Order of Business

Her Worship the Mayor noted that there would be a public forum presentation.

Attendance: Councillor Skinner joined the meeting at 9.05am


3.       Interests

Her Worship the Mayor asked councillors to declare any interests as they arose over the course of the meeting.

4.       Public Forum

4.1       Lewis Stanton

            Mr Gaire Thompson addressed Council regarding Lewis Stanton, and explained his concerns about Mr Stanton’s on-going protest activity in the central business district.

            Mr Thompson asked Council to pass a bylaw limiting protests to seven days per year.  He said that this would allow for legitimate protests, but limit the potential for lengthy occupation of inner city locations for protest purposes.  

            In response to a question, Mr Thompson spoke about trespass notices issued against Mr Stanton, and asked Council to re-issue a trespass notice against Mr Stanton camping in the doorway to Civic House.

Her Worship the Mayor explained that the Chief Executive would report back to a future Council meeting on the matters raised by Mr Thompson. 

5.       Mayor's Report

Document number R5392, agenda page 4 refers.

Her Worship the Mayor noted the rain event that had occurred overnight.

Resolved CL/2016/002

THAT the Mayor's Report (R5392) be received.

Her Worship the Mayor/Matheson                                          Carried


5.       Arts Festival Transition Group Terms of Reference

Document number R5277, agenda pages 5 - 12 refer.

Manager Community Partnerships, Shanine Hermsen, presented the report. 

In response to a question, Ms Hermsen clarified that notes of Transition Group meetings would be taken by officers.

There was discussion regarding the use of a transition group to move towards delivering a new Arts Festival entity.  In response to a question, Ms Hermsen noted other examples of local authorities transitioning Arts Festivals to separate entities, although these had not used a transition group.  It was noted that Council had recently used a transition group to develop the Nelson Regional Development Agency, and that the transition group model ensured that members of the community could have input into the most appropriate form for the entity.

There was a further discussion regarding remuneration.  In response to a question, Ms Hermsen explained that Arts Festival Trust positions were generally not remunerated positions.  It was noted that the transition group would recommend an appropriate form of Arts Festival entity back to Council, and could also consider and make recommendations regarding remuneration, if appropriate.

Resolved CL/2016/003

THAT the report Arts Festival Transition Group Terms of Reference (R5277) and its attachment (A1486043) be received;

AND THAT Council approve the draft Arts Festival Transition Group Terms of Reference (A1486043);

AND THAT the Arts Festival Transition Group is established;

AND THAT the Chair and Deputy Chair of the Community Services Committee identify a shortlist of members for the  Arts Festival Transition Group to present to the Community Services Committee for approval;

AND THAT officers report back to the Community Services Committee on 14 April 2016 with the list of members for the Arts Festival Transition Group for approval.

Her Worship the Mayor/Barker                                              Carried


There being no further business the meeting ended at 9.29am.


Confirmed as a correct record of proceedings:




                                                         Chairperson                                    Date