Nelson City Council

Central General Ward
The Nelson City Council provides local services and facilities, such as public transport, rubbish and recycling, libraries, parks, and recreation facilities. It also passes local regulations and makes decisions about infrastructure, such as water supply and sewerage, and about the region’s resources, including water, soil and the coastline. The council is made up of 12 councillors and the mayor. Four councillors will be elected from the Central General ward. The other councillors will be elected from other wards or by all voters in the district. This is a single transferable vote (STV) election, so you vote by ranking the candidates on your ballot paper. Compare the candidates and their policies to decide who to vote for in the Nelson City Council election.

Climate change and resilience

Climate change poses a huge challenge for communities as more frequent extreme weather events require us to rethink how we live and where. Local authorities are at the forefront of efforts to respond, with responsibilities for environmental planning and regulation, as well as civil defence. Many councils have plans to reduce emissions in their area and are working to help their communities adapt to a warming world.

Climate change and resilience

Climate change poses a huge challenge for communities as more frequent extreme weather events require us to rethink how we live and where. Local authorities are at the forefront of efforts to respond, with responsibilities for environmental planning and regulation, as well as civil defence. Many councils have plans to reduce emissions in their area and are working to help their communities adapt to a warming world.

  • Continue to support council's climate change response, with an open mind, focussed on managed retreat, and adhering to best practice.

    Continue to support initiates that will commit council to being carbon neutral at the earliest possible stage.

  • Commit to current councils greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets.

    Prepare and mitigate against the physical impact on infrastructure and communities of a changing climate.

  • Strengthen stormwater systems to support extreme weather events and have sandbag stores ready for flood protection of homes.

  • Engage with our community to identify and remove the barriers that limit everyday Nelsonians from making sustainable decisions.

    Consider how our city will need to adapt and respond to climate change, and respond proactively.

    Improve our response to natural disasters through more collaboration and prompt activation of our community and volunteer organisations.

  • Prioritise active transport and public transport over cars to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    Set binding targets to achieve an area-wide 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions this decade.

    Require developers of greenfield subdivisions to demonstrate the project will not result in increased emissions.

  • Continue to support council's climate change response, with an open mind, focussed on managed retreat, and adhering to best practice.

    Continue to support initiates that will commit council to being carbon neutral at the earliest possible stage.

  • Commit to current councils greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets.

    Prepare and mitigate against the physical impact on infrastructure and communities of a changing climate.

  • Strengthen stormwater systems to support extreme weather events and have sandbag stores ready for flood protection of homes.

  • Engage with our community to identify and remove the barriers that limit everyday Nelsonians from making sustainable decisions.

    Consider how our city will need to adapt and respond to climate change, and respond proactively.

    Improve our response to natural disasters through more collaboration and prompt activation of our community and volunteer organisations.

  • Prioritise active transport and public transport over cars to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    Set binding targets to achieve an area-wide 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions this decade.

    Require developers of greenfield subdivisions to demonstrate the project will not result in increased emissions.