Minutes of a meeting of the Regional Transport Committee

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

On Monday 2 December 2019, commencing at 1.32p.m.


Present:              Councillor B McGurk (Chairperson), Her Worship the Mayor R Reese, Mr J Harland, Councillors J Edgar (Deputy Chairperson), and R O'Neill-Stevens

In Attendance:    Councillors Y Bowater and R Sanson, Group Manager Infrastructure (A Louverdis), and Governance Adviser (J Brandt)

Apologies :          Nil



1.       Apologies

There were no apologies.

2.       Confirmation of Order of Business

There were no changes 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

Kate Malcolm – Nelson Tasman Community Transport Trust

Ms Malcolm spoke about public transport between Richmond and Nelson and the work the Nelson Tasman Community Transport Trust had done to connect outlying areas in Tasman to the NBUS service. Upcoming trials for commuter services were highlighted. She said that the Trust would like to see the NZTA provide an express bus lane on the state highway to increase efficiency and Council provide a suitable vehicle for this express service. Ms Malcolm answered questions about current funding and data that informed the level of demand.

Professor Charles Eason – Cawthron Institute

Prof Eason spoke about the urgent need to improve the safety on SH6 between Nelson and Blenheim, in particular the corner with the turn off from SH6 to The Glen. He was concerned about action being delayed due to anticipated changes now being part of a bigger speed review by NZTA. On behalf of the Cawthron Institute, Prof Eason requested that re-design be considered and that signage be installed to reduce the danger of further accidents in the interim, with urgency.


4.       Chairperson's Report

Document number R13648, agenda pages 6 - 7 refer.

The Chairperson spoke to his report and invited Team Leader Transport Activity Management, Sue McAuley, to provide an update on Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) matters. Ms McAuley noted that a Transport Special Interest Group had been set up by the broader local government network to streamline RLTP work across the region. Opportunities noted were a shared common purpose statement and objectives, a consistent format and table of contents.

The Committee requested that an RLTP workshop be held in early 2020, ahead of the next scheduled Regional Transport Committee meeting, with attendance from Tasman District and Marlborough District Councils if possible.

Resolved RTC/2019/037


That the Regional Transport Committee

1.    Receives the report Chairperson's Report (R13648).


McGurk/Edgar                                                                               Carried


5.       SH6 Blenheim to Nelson Speed Review Submission

Document number R12546, agenda pages 8 - 18 refer.

Manager Transport and Solid Waste, Marg Parfitt, made a correction to the officer recommendation, removing the word Chair.



Resolved RTC/2019/038


That the Regional Transport Committee

1.    Receives the report SH6 Blenheim to Nelson Speed Review Submission (R12546) and its attachments (A2286347 and A2285359); and

2.    Approves retrospectively the submission from the Regional Transport Committee to the New Zealand Transport Agency (A2285359 to R12546).

O'Neill-Stevens/Her Worship the Mayor                                          Carried


6.       Nelson Future Access Update

Document number R12565, agenda pages 19 - 24 refer.

New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) representatives, Rhys Palmer and Coral Aldridge, presented the report and answered questions regarding the endorsement of the packages for consultation, the setting of community criteria through the Project Reference Group, consideration of sea level rise and the uptake of public drop in sessions.

Resolved RTC/2019/039


That the Regional Transport Committee

1.    Receives the report Nelson Future Access Update (R12565) and its attachment (A2305164).

Edgar/O'Neill-Stevens                                                                   Carried


7.       Waka Kotahi: NZ Transport Agency Update

Document number R13616, agenda pages 25 - 27 refer.

New Zealand Transport Agency Representative, Jim Harland, gave a Powerpoint presentation (A2335360) and answered questions about the reasons for the Atawhai speed review being included in the broader SH6 (Blenheim to Nelson) review, the possibility of decoupling it, timelines for anticipated speed limit changes and NZTA’s plans to communicate the delay in changing speed limits. 



Resolved RTC/2019/040


That the Regional Transport Committee

1.    Receives the report Waka Kotahi: NZ Transport Agency Update (R13616) ; and its attachment (A2304588).


O'Neill-Stevens/Edgar                                                                   Carried


1    A2335360 - NZTA Presentation


The meeting was adjourned from 2.57p.m. to 3.11p.m. 


8.       Exclusion of the Public

Resolved RTC/2019/041


That the Regional Transport Committee

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:

McGurk/O'Neill-Stevens                                                                 Carried



General subject of each matter to be considered

Reason for passing this resolution in relation to each matter

Particular interests protected (where applicable)


Public Transport: Move to a Gross Price contract


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)(b)(ii)

     To protect information where the making available of the information would be likely unreasonably to prejudice the commercial position of the person who supplied or who is the subject of the information

·   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 3.13p.m. and resumed in public session at 3.54p.m.


There being no further business the meeting ended at 3.54p.m.


Confirmed as a correct record of proceedings:



                                                       Chairperson                                     Date