Minutes of a meeting of the

Regional Transport Committee

Te Kōmiti Waka-ā-Rohe

Held in the Council Chamber, Floor 2A, Civic House, 110 Trafalgar Street, Nelson on Tuesday 27 September 2022, commencing at 3.32p.m.


Present:              Councillor B McGurk (Chairperson), J Edgar (Deputy Chairperson), Her Worship the Mayor R Reese and Waka Kotahi Representative Ms E Speight

In Attendance:    Group Manager Infrastructure (A Louverdis), Governance Adviser (T Kruger) and Assistant Governance Adviser (A Bryce-Neumann)

Apologies :          Councillor R O’Neill Stevens


The meeting was adjourned at 3.34p.m. and reconvened at 4.09p.m.


Karakia and Mihi Timatanga

1.        Apologies

Resolved RTC/2022/013


That the Regional Transport Committee

1.        Receives and accepts the apologies from Councillor R O’Neill Stevens for attendance.

McGurk/Her Worship the Mayor                                                     Carried

2.        Confirmation of Order of Business

           There was no change to 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

4.1      Peter Olorenshaw, representing Nelsust Inc, spoke about the response to the recent extreme rainfall event but questioned why Rocks Road was not re-opened earlier and suggested there have been political motivation for this to aid the case for the Southern Link.

The Committee expressed their extreme disappointment at this suggestion and that everyone had been working with the best interest of Nelson in mind without any political interference.

Group Manager Infrastructure, Alec Louverdis, who was the Civil Defence Group Controller for the event confirmed no decisions by him or his team  were politically motivated and there was no political influence from any political party local or national. Mr Louverdis confirmed that the road was opened as soon as it was safe to do so.

5.        Confirmation of Minutes

5.1      21 June 2022

Document number M19575, agenda pages 5 - 9 refer.

Resolved RTC/2022/014


That the Regional Transport Committee

1.    Confirms the minutes of the meeting of the Regional Transport Committee, held on 21 June 2022, as a true and correct record.

Edgar/McGurk                                                                               Carried

6.        Chairperson's report

The Chairperson took the report as read and thanked the Committee and officers for their contributions and efforts. Her Worship the Mayor R Reese acknowledge the Chairperson Committee for his leadership.




Document number R27273, agenda pages 10 - 14 refer.

Resolved RTC/2022/015


That the Regional Transport Committee

1.    Receives the report Chairperson's report (R27273).

McGurk/Edgar                                                                               Carried

7.        Public Transport Update

Transport and Solid Waste Manager, Margaret Parfitt, took the report as read and confirmed that Nelson Coachlines SBL had been awarded the Public Transport contract. Ms Parfitt answered questions on potential changes to timetables and routes.

Document number R27099, agenda pages 15 - 18 refer.

Resolved RTC/2022/016


That the Regional Transport Committee

1.    Receives the report Public Transport Update (R27099).

Her Worship the Mayor/McGurk                                                     Carried

8.        Waka Kotahi Update

Waka Kotahi Representative, Emma Speight, took the report as read and answered questions on the expansion of safety cameras in Nelson, works to be completed on the State Highway network and recently completed works.

Attendance: Councillor J Edgar left the meeting at 4.48p.m.

Document number R27200, agenda pages 19 - 34 refer.

Resolved RTC/2022/017


That the Regional Transport Committee

1.    Receives the report Waka Kotahi Update (R27200) and its attachment (768709890-25).

McGurk/Her Worship the Mayor                                                     Carried


        Karakia Whakamutanga




There being no further business the meeting ended at 4.55p.m.



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