Minutes of a meeting of the Regional Transport Committee

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

On Monday 7 September 2020, commencing at 1.33p.m.


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

In Attendance:     Group Manager Infrastructure (A Louverdis) and Governance Advisers (J Brandt and E-J Ruthven)

Apology:              Nil



1.       Apologies

There were no apologies.

2.       Confirmation of Order of Business

The Chairperson changed the order for his Chairperson’s report to follow agenda item 7 (Waka Kotahi Update).

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       22 June 2020


Document number M10961, agenda pages 5 - 10 refer.

Resolved RTC/2020/055


That the Regional Transport Committee

1.     Confirms the minutes of the meeting of the Regional Transport Committee, held on 22 June 2020, as a true and correct record.

O'Neill-Stevens/Harland                                                                    Carried


6.       Waka Kotahi Update (agenda item 7)

Document number R19205, agenda pages 11 - 12 refer.

Waka Kotahi Director Regional Relationships South Island, Jim Harland spoke about Waka Kotahi’s financial position in light of COVID-19.

Mr Harland answered questions about Waka Kotahi’s ability to take on new projects, and about regional differences regarding recovery from COVID-19.

Mr Harland, supported by Waka Kotahi Lead Strategic Planner, Steve Higgs, answered questions about how the anticipated delays to upcoming key dates for the 2021-2024 National Land Transport Programme might impact the Regional Land Transport Plan process for councils, including the alignment with Long Term Plan processes.

Mr Harland answered questions about the Blenheim to Nelson speed review, noting Waka Kotahi would release its decision post-election 2020, but before Christmas 2020.

Mr Harland undertook to follow up about the surface replacement on Queen Elizabeth II Drive.

Resolved RTC/2020/056


That the Regional Transport Committee

1.       Receives the report Waka Kotahi Update (R19205) and its attachment (A2450193).

Edgar/O'Neill-Stevens                                                                       Carried


7.       Chairperson's Report (agenda item 6)

Councillor McGurk provided a verbal update. He noted his and the Deputy Chair’s recent attendance at the Regional South Island Transport Committee Chairs’ meeting, during which Tasman District Councillor Bryant was appointed as Chairperson.

Resolved RTC/2020/057


That the Regional Transport Committee

1.       Receives the Chairperson’s report.


McGurk/Edgar                                                                                   Carried


8.       Nelson Future Access Update

Document number R19206, agenda pages 16 - 20 refer.

Waka Kotahi representative, Rhys Palmer gave a Powerpoint presentation (A2460000) which summarised the responses from the Nelson Future Access public engagement.

Mr Palmer answered questions about next steps in the process.

Resolved RTC/2020/058


That the Regional Transport Committee

1.       Receives the report Nelson Future Access Update (R19206) and its attachment (A2450566).

Harland/Edgar                                                                                  Carried


1    A2460000 – Waka Kotahi Powerpoint Presentation - Nelson Future Access Update


There being no further business the meeting ended at 2.29p.m.


Confirmed as a correct record of proceedings:




                                                         Chairperson                                    Date