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.

Jobs and economy

Many councils help support local business and economic development. Some promote tourism in their area, or provide business support services and grants.

Jobs and economy

Many councils help support local business and economic development. Some promote tourism in their area, or provide business support services and grants.

  • Develop the CBD as a destination for all people, encouraging access by walking, driving, cycling, and taking public transport.

    Collaborate with local businesses to support capable young people into employment.

    Create safe, child-friendly environments in close proximity to local businesses, making Nelson an attractive destination for families.

  • Improve connection with the business sector ensuring input from local businesses on issues affecting local economy.

    Reinstate a youth hub to support youth outcomes.

  • Allow faster, more accessible business and economic development through more results-focused, long term planning and Resource Management Act reform.

    Encourage development of policies that increase positive people activity in the CBD. More activity, more people, more business.

    Development of an entertainment zoning overlay committing a focus on creating vibrant, energetic business areas with central Nelson.

  • Prioritise the construction of apartments in the city centre to increase the number of people, thereby supporting local businesses.

    Revitalise the central city to attract and retain the talent needed for local businesses to succeed.

    Contribute to the success of the planned Science and Technology Precinct as a major driver of employment in Nelson.

  • Work hard to sort traffic congestion to free up businesses, and allow easy transport of goods and services in and out of our city.

    Continue to support the NRDA, and work hard to achieve a regional approach to planning with innovation as a development cornerstone.

    Support and cherish our local businesses, with particular support for those that give Nelson its uniqueness especially in the CBD.

  • Develop the CBD as a destination for all people, encouraging access by walking, driving, cycling, and taking public transport.

    Collaborate with local businesses to support capable young people into employment.

    Create safe, child-friendly environments in close proximity to local businesses, making Nelson an attractive destination for families.

  • Improve connection with the business sector ensuring input from local businesses on issues affecting local economy.

    Reinstate a youth hub to support youth outcomes.

  • Allow faster, more accessible business and economic development through more results-focused, long term planning and Resource Management Act reform.

    Encourage development of policies that increase positive people activity in the CBD. More activity, more people, more business.

    Development of an entertainment zoning overlay committing a focus on creating vibrant, energetic business areas with central Nelson.

  • Prioritise the construction of apartments in the city centre to increase the number of people, thereby supporting local businesses.

    Revitalise the central city to attract and retain the talent needed for local businesses to succeed.

    Contribute to the success of the planned Science and Technology Precinct as a major driver of employment in Nelson.

  • Work hard to sort traffic congestion to free up businesses, and allow easy transport of goods and services in and out of our city.

    Continue to support the NRDA, and work hard to achieve a regional approach to planning with innovation as a development cornerstone.

    Support and cherish our local businesses, with particular support for those that give Nelson its uniqueness especially in the CBD.