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Extraordinary meeting of the


Nelson Regional Sewerage Business Unit



Wednesday 26 April 2023
Commencing at 1.00p.m.
via Zoom



Chairperson                     Tasman District Councillor Kit Maling

Deputy Chairperson        Nelson City Councillor Tim Skinner

        Members                                  Nelson City Councillor Kahu Paki Paki

        Tasman District Councillor Barry Dowler

                                               Independent Member Tallat Mehmood

        Industry Representative (non-voting) Philip Wilson

Quorum: 3

Nelson Regional Sewerage Business Unit

The Nelson Regional Sewerage Business Unit (NRSBU) is a joint committee of Nelson City and Tasman District Councils.  Operation of the NRSBU is governed by a Board, as established by a Memorandum of Understanding (A1983271). 

Areas of Responsibility:

·         To manage and operate the wastewater treatment facilities at Bells Island and the associated reticulation network efficiently and in accordance with resource consent conditions to meet the needs of its customers. 

Powers to Decide:

·         The Councils are agreed that the responsibility for all management and administrative matters associated with the NRSBU operation shall be with the Board, and in particular the Board shall without the need to seek any further authority from the Councils:

o      Operate a bank account for the Business Unit;

o      Comply with the Procurement Policy of the Administering Council;

o      Enter into all contracts necessary for the operation and management of the Business Unit in accordance with the approved budgets and intent of the Business Plan;

o      Authorise all payments necessary for the operation and management of the Business Unit within the approved budgets and intent of the Business Plan;

o      Do all other things, other than those things explicitly prohibited by this Memorandum of Understanding or relevant statutes, that are necessary to achieve the objectives as stated in the Strategic Plan, Asset Management Plan or Business Plan approved by the Councils;

o      Comply with the Health and Safety Policy and requirements of the administering Council

·         Contribute to the sanitary services assessment process of the Councils

·         Contribute to and comply with the waste management plans of the Councils

·         Contribute to the development of the Councils’ Development and Financial Contribution policies

·         Contribute to the Councils’ Regional Policy Statement and Regional Plan Reviews

·         Develop and keep under review an appropriate contract for the delivery of waste collection and disposal services with each of its customers

·         Follow generally accepted accounting practices

·         Follow good employment practices

Powers to Recommend to Councils:

·         Any other matters under the areas of responsibility of the Business Unit and detailed in the Memorandum of Understanding.

·         All recommendations to Council will be subject to adoption of an equivalent resolution by the other Council, unless it is a matter specific to one Council only.


·         The Memorandum of Understanding governing the NRSBU allows for either six or seven members to be appointed.  The quorum at a meeting is either three (if six members are appointed), or four (if seven members are appointed), including at least one from each local authority.


·         The Standing Orders of the Council providing administration to the committee will be applied at each meeting.

·         The Chairperson will not have a casting vote.

·         Copies of minutes of meetings of the Joint Committee will be retained by each Council for record keeping purposes



Nelson Regional Sewerage Business Unit

26 April 2023



Page No.


1.             Apologies

1.1           An apology has been received from Industry Representative Philip Wilson.

2.       Confirmation of Order of Business

3.       Interests

3.1       Updates to the Interests Register

3.2       Identify any conflicts of interest in the agenda

4.       Public Forum

Confidential Business

5.       Exclusion of the Public


That the Nelson Regional Sewerage Business Unit

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:



General subject of each matter to be considered

Reason for passing this resolution in relation to each matter

Particular interests protected (where applicable)


Nelson Regional Sewerage Business Unit Rabbit Island Land Disposal System Consent Application Report

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 48(1)(d)

     That the exclusion of the public from the whole or the relevant part of the proceedings of the meeting is necessary to enable the local authority to deliberate in private on its decision or recommendation in any proceedings to which this paragraph applies.

Section 48(2)

Paragraph (d) of subsection (1) applies to -

(a) Any proceedings before a local authority where -

(i) A right of appeal lies to any Court or tribunal against the final decision of  the local authority in those proceedings; or

(ii) The local authority is required, by any enactment, to make a recommendation in respect of the matter that is the subject of those proceedings; and

c) Any proceedings of a local authority in relation to any application or objection under the Marine Farming Act 1971.