Minutes of a meeting of the Nelson City Council

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

On Thursday 26 September 2019, commencing at 9.00a.m. - valedictory speeches


Present:               Her Worship the Mayor R Reese (Chairperson), Councillors I Barker, M Courtney, B Dahlberg, K Fulton, M Lawrey, B McGurk, G Noonan, M Rutledge, T Skinner and S Walker

In Attendance:     Chief Executive (P Dougherty), Group Manager Infrastructure (A Louverdis), Group Manager Environmental Management (C Barton), Group Manager Community Services (R Ball), Group Manager Strategy and Communications (N McDonald), Team Leader Governance (R Byrne) and Youth Councillors Cassie Hagan and Hailey Potts.

Apologies:            Councillors Acland and Matheson


Opening Prayer

Her Worship the Mayor Reese gave the opening prayer.

1.       Apologies

Resolved CL/2019/210


That the Council

1.       Receives and accepts the apologies from Councillors Acland and Matheson.

Her Worship the Mayor/Walker                                                         Carried


2.       Confirmation of Order of Business

There was no change to the order of business.


3.       Interests

There were no updates to the Interests Register, and no interests with items on the agenda were declared.

4.       Public Forum

There was no public forum.

5.       Confirmation of Minutes

5.1       19 September 2019

Document number M5489, agenda pages 7 - 29 refer.

Resolved CL/2019/211


That the Council

1.     Confirms the minutes of the meeting of the Council, held on 19 September 2019, as a true and correct record.

Her Worship the Mayor/McGurk                                                        Carried


6.       Mayor's Report

Document number R11463, agenda pages 30 - 36 refer.

Her Worship the Mayor welcomed Bishop Steve Maina, who had recently been ordained as Bishop of Nelson.

Bishop Maina thanked Mayor Reese for her welcome and provided some background on his move to Nelson with his family.  He looked forward to working alongside alongside Council.

Bishop Maina gave a prayer for the Council.

Her Worship the Mayor presented her report which highlighted Council’s  accomplishments over the triennium, she noted she was very proud to  see Nelson coming to life.  She advised that, since providing the report, further updates had been provided and an updated Mayor’s report was tabled. 

Additional accomplishments and highlights for the triennium were noted, these included: 

·        The Aging Strategy was adopted

·        The decision was made to divest Community Housing

·        The Community Partnerships team was established

·        The Sports and Recreation Committee was established

·        The Certified Emissions Measurement & Reduction Scheme (CEMARS) provided a robust benchmark to audit carbon emissions and plan for the future.

·        The Biodiversity forum was established. 

·        The Nelson Tasman Regional Pest Management Strategy was adopted

·        The Joint Land Development Manual was adopted

·        Memorandum of Understanding (A1777693) between partners in the Kotahitanga mō te Taio Alliance

·        The Regional Land Transport Plan was approved

·        The City Amenity and Freedom Camping Bylaw’s were adopted

·        A Memorandum of Understanding was signed with Lewis Stanton (Hone Heke) and a reconciliation was reached

Her Worship the Mayor Reese thanked members for their commitment over the three year term, and she thanked the Chief Executive and his staff.   

Resolved CL/2019/212


That the Council

1.     Receives the report Mayor's Report (R11463).


Her Worship the Mayor/Noonan                                                       Carried


1    A2273261 Mayor's Report Amended 26Sep2019


The meeting adjourned from 10.49a.m. until 11.00a.m.

7.       Acknowledgement of service for Councillor Stuart Walker

Her Worship the Mayor acknowledged Councillor Stuart Walker’s service to Council and noted she had thoroughly enjoyed working with him over last three years, particularly working alongside him in the community. She noted he had empathy for community issues, brought technical capability and could translate complex issues into an easily understood message.

Mayor Reese thanked Councillor Walker’s wife, Sue Walker, for her support and in thanking Councillor Walker for his service presented him with a gift and the Nelson City Council crest. She presented Mrs Walker with flowers as an acknowledgement of her support.

8.       Valedictory Speech - Councillor Stuart Walker    

Councillor Walker acknowledged his family and spoke of his time on Council. He acknowledged Councillor Matheson and a number of staff and thanked them for their support by awarding trophies. 


9.       Exclusion of the Public

Resolved CL/2019/213


That the Council

1.       Excludes the public from the following parts of the proceedings of this meeting.

2.       The general subject of each matter to be considered while the public is excluded, the reason for passing this resolution in relation to each matter and the specific grounds under section 48(1) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 for the passing of this resolution are as follows:

Noonan/Her Worship the Mayor                                                       Carried



General subject of each matter to be considered

Reason for passing this resolution in relation to each matter

Particular interests protected (where applicable)


Council Meeting - Public Excluded Minutes -  19 September 2019

Section 48(1)(a)

The public conduct of this matter would be likely to result in disclosure of information for which good reason exists under section 7.

The withholding of the information is necessary:

·    Section 7(2)(a)

     To protect the privacy of natural persons, including that of a deceased person

•    Section 7(2)(i)

     To enable the local authority to carry on, without prejudice or disadvantage, negotiations (including commercial and industrial negotiations)

The meeting went into public excluded session at 11.37a.m. and resumed in public session at 11.40a.m.


Please note that as the only business transacted in public excluded was to confirm the minutes, this business has been recorded in the public minutes. In accordance with the Local Government Official Information Meetings Act, no reason for withholding this information (i.e. the resolution) from the public exists.



10.     Confirmation of Minutes

10.1     19 September 2019

Document number M5490, agenda pages 3 - 11 refer.

Resolved CL/2019/214


That the Council

1.     Confirms the minutes of part of the meeting of the Council, held with the public excluded on 19 September 2019, as a true and correct record.

Her Worship the Mayor/Dahlberg                                                     Carried


11.     Re-admittance of the Public

Resolved CL/2019/215


That the Council

1.       Re-admits the public to the meeting.

Her Worship the Mayor/Dahlberg                                                   Carried


There being no further business the meeting ended at 11.40a.m.




                                                         Chairperson                       Date


                                                         Chief Executive                  Date