Minutes of an extraordinary meeting of the Nelson City Council

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

On Thursday 5 March 2020, commencing at 1.00p.m.


Present:             Her Worship the Mayor R Reese (Chairperson), Councillors Y Bowater, T Brand, M Courtney, J Edgar, K Fulton, M Lawrey, R O'Neill-Stevens, B McGurk, G Noonan, R Sanson and T Skinner

In Attendance:    Chief Executive (P Dougherty), Group Manager Environmental Management (C Barton), Group Manager Corporate Services (N Harrison), Group Manager Strategy and Communications (N McDonald) and Team Leader Governance (R Byrne)

Apology:             Councillor Rainey


1.       Apologies

Resolved CL/2020/008


That the Council

1.       Receives and accepts an apology from Councillor Rainey.

Her Worship the Mayor/Edgar                                                     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.       Mayor's Report  

Her Worship the Mayor advised Council that, following discussions with the Danish delegation, they had decided to postpone their scheduled visit. She noted that due to the escalating concerns regarding Covid 19 they needed to focus on core responsibilities of health and care of the elderly.  There was still the opportunity to continue to work on collaboration with the signatories of the Principles of Collaboration. 

6.       Principles of Collaboration between Council, Wakatu Incorporation and Danish organisations

Document number R14859, agenda pages 4 - 19 refer.

Manager Strategy and Planning, Mark Tregurtha, presented the report and tabled an updated version of the Principles of Collaboration, which contained revised wording to extend the explanation about Nelson City Council and expand areas of cooperation.  

Mr Tregurtha answered questions on release of information, possible future costs - which he advised would be indicated in the Long Term Plan,  and confirmed that the Principles of Collaboration was an overarching document which may, in future, produce a Memorandum of Understanding or contract to progress further work. It was noted that it gave Council access to the significant intellectual knowledge of the Danish partners.

Resolved CL/2020/009


That the Council

1.    Receives the report Principles of Collaboration between Council, Wakatu Incorporation and Danish organisations and its attachment (A2351246); and

2.    Endorses Her Worship the Mayor to sign the Principles of Collaboration on behalf of Nelson City Council; and

3.    Agrees that the Mayor and Chief Executive be delegated to approve any minor amendments to the Principles of Collaboration that are required prior to the signing of the document.

The motion was put and a division was called:


Her Worship the Mayor Reese (Chairperson)

Cr Bowater

Cr Brand

Cr Courtney

Cr Edgar

Cr Fulton

Cr Lawrey

Cr O'Neill-Stevens

Cr McGurk

Cr Noonan

Cr Sanson


Cr Skinner


Cr Rainey


The motion was carried 11 - 1.


Her Worship the Mayor/Fulton                                           Carried



1    A2351246 Principles of Collaboration - Nelson City Council Wakatu Denmark (Updated).pdf


There being no further business the meeting ended at 1.52p.m.


Confirmed as a correct record of proceedings:




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