Minutes of a meeting of the Infrastructure Committee

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

On Thursday 8 April 2021, commencing at 9.01a.m.


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

In Attendance:    Group Manager Infrastructure (A Louverdis), Governance Adviser (E-J Ruthven and P Boutle), and Youth Councillors (T Wheatley and H Culverwell)

Apologies :          Councillor M Lawrey (for lateness)



Karakia Timatanga

A karakia timatanga was given.


1.       Apologies

An apology for lateness from Councillor Lawrey was noted.

2.       Confirmation of Order of Business

Councillor McGurk noted that the public forum presentation from Nelson South/Toi Toi Street Residents regarding road safety issues had been withdrawn, and an additional public forum presentation from Blind Citizens New Zealand Nelson Branch regarding upgraded intersections had been added.

3.       Interests

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

4.       Public Forum

4.1      Residents of The Glen

           Phil Osborne, Steve Dubieniec and Rosemary Cooke spoke about the project to rebuild the road and revetment at Seafield Terrace.  On behalf of The Glen community, they thanked Council, Council officers and all contractors involved in the process, noting challenges had been worked through and the end result of the project was much appreciated by the community.

           Attendance:  Councillor Lawrey joined the meeting at 9.11a.m.

           Mr Osborne, Mr Dubieniec and Ms Cooke answered questions regarding the project and gave suggestions for further improvements.

4.2      Blind Citizens New Zealand Nelson Branch - Barns Dance Crossings and Intersection Revamps  

           Karen Wilson and Rodger Curry spoke on behalf of the Blind Citizens New Zealand Nelson Branch.  They thanked Council and Council officers for the installation of the Barnes Dance crossing at the Trafalgar/Halifax Streets intersection and for the inclusion of tactile surfaces in the improvements to the Rutherford/Halifax Streets intersection.

           They answered questions regarding further improvements that could be made in the central city for people with low or no vision. 

5.       Confirmation of Minutes

5.1      25 February 2021

Document number M15444, agenda pages 5 - 13 refer.

Following discussion, it was agreed that the sixth paragraph under the heading ‘Chairperson’s Report’ should be amended to read:

“With the agreement of the mover and seconder clause three was amended, and it was noted that further city centre engagement would take place before any works proceeded.”

Resolved IC/2021/011


That the Infrastructure Committee

1.    Confirms the minutes, as amended, of the meeting of the Infrastructure Committee, held on 25 February 2021, as a true and correct record.

O'Neill-Stevens/Edgar                                                             Carried

6.       Chairperson's Report   

There was no Chairperson’s Report.                                                       

7.       Water Services Bill - Nelson City Council Submission

Document number R22661, agenda pages 14 - 23 refer.

Senior Activity Engineer – Water Supply, Phil Ruffell, and Manager Utilities, David Light, presented the report. 

Copies of the Water New Zealand and Local Government New Zealand submissions to the Water Services Bill were tabled (A2612142 and A2612113).

Resolved IC/2021/012


That the Infrastructure Committee

1.    Receives the report Water Services Bill - Nelson City Council Submission (R22661) and its attachment (A2574192); and

2.    Approves retrospectively the Nelson City Council submission to the Health Select Committee on the Water Services Bill (A2574192 - Attachment one of Report R22661).

Edgar/Fulton                                                                                 Carried


1    A2612142 - Tabled document - Water NZ submission on Water Services Bill

2    A2612113 - LGNZ submission on Water Services Bill

8.       Nelson Regional Sewerage Business Unit  - 2021/22 Business Plan and 2021-31 Activity Management Plan

Document number R21467, agenda pages 24 - 158 refer.

Group Manager Infrastructure, Alec Louverdis, presented the report and explained the process for making changes to the Nelson Regional Sewerage Business Unit (NRSBU) Business Plan and Activity Management Plan (AMP) following Nelson City Council’s feedback to the NRSBU Board in December 2020.

Along with Mr Louverdis, General Manager Regional Sewerage and Landfill, Nathan Clarke, and NRSBU Board Chair, Tasman District Councillor Kit Maling, answered questions regarding the rationale for the proposed changes and any associated effects, including potential adaptive mitigation steps in relation to climate change.

During discussion, Mr Clarke noted the possibility of exploring adaptive mitigation steps in relation to climate change, including climate-friendly alternatives to relying on diesel generators.

Councillor Skinner, seconded by Councillor McGurk, moved the recommendation in the officer report, with the addition of the word ‘draft’ prior to the words ‘Long Term Plan’ in clause three.

The meeting was adjourned from 10.44a.m. to 11.02a.m.

Councillor Courtney, seconded by Councillor Fulton moved a procedural motion:

               That the Infrastructure Committee

1.     Leaves the item Nelson Regional Sewerage Business Unit – 2021/22 Business Plan and 2021-31 Activity Management Plan to lie on the table and not be further discussed at this meeting.

The procedural motion was put and lost.

The substantive motion was put in parts.

Resolved IC/2021/013

That the Infrastructure Committee

1.    Receives the report Nelson Regional Sewerage Business Unit - 2021/22 Business Plan and 2021-31 Activity Management Plan  (R21467) and its attachments (A2588684 and A2588602).

Skinner/McGurk                                                                            Carried

Resolved IC/2021/014

That the Infrastructure Committee

2.  Adopts the Draft Nelson Regional Sewerage Business Unit 2021/22 Business Plan (A2588602); and

3.  Adopts the Draft 2021-31 Nelson Regional Sewerage Business Unit Activity Management Plan (A2588684) as the version to populate the draft Long Term Plan 2021-31.    

Skinner/McGurk                                                                            Carried


A division was called:


Cr McGurk (Chairperson)

Cr Brand

Cr Edgar

Cr Lawrey

Cr O'Neill-Stevens

Cr Rainey

Cr Sanson

Cr Skinner


Cr Courtney

Cr Fulton


Her Worship the Mayor Reese

Cr Bowater

Cr Noonan


The motion was carried 8 – 2, with three abstentions.



Karakia Whakamutunga

A karakia whakamutunga was given.



There being no further business the meeting ended at 11.36am.


Confirmed as a correct record of proceedings:




                                                       Chairperson                                     Date