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.

Local democracy

Local government is a foundational part of our democracy. But local democracy isn’t just about holding elections every three years – it’s about the day-to-day ways people have their say in the decisions that affect us all.

Local democracy

Local government is a foundational part of our democracy. But local democracy isn’t just about holding elections every three years – it’s about the day-to-day ways people have their say in the decisions that affect us all.

  • Review council communications to ensure community engagement is substantive, accessible to all and wide reaching.

    Ensure ease of access for community feedback and incorporate ratepayer responses in decision making.

    Make council records and meetings easily available to the public to ensure transparency and informed engagement.

  • Adopt the recommendations of the upcoming Review into the Future For Local Government.

    Invest in building the capacity and skills of iwi to participate in local governance.

    Create a less formal and more welcoming environment at council so members of the public feel comfortable participating in local democracy.

  • Support reorganisation of council buildings enabling a more people friendly council chamber. Demystify public engagement with council.

    Continue to support Māori representation and engagement, and reinforce the value of the Māori perspective on all of councils activity.

    Support good staff/elected member relationships, encouraging collaboration and collegiality between councillors and with staff.

  • Treat council staff with dignity and respect, fostering a safe, healthy, empowered working environment.

    Advocate for the concerns of families, students, and those living on low incomes, bringing their voice to council decisions.

    Ensure that under-represented communities are engaged with creatively and effectively, above and beyond minimum legislated requirements.

  • Improve internal communication between departments within council using a common sense approach and looking for goals in common.

    Support the addition of the Māori ward on Nelson City Council and the opportunity to create direct lines of communication to key parties in city development,

    Support the adoption of technology including social media to improve lines of communication between council and the community at large.

  • Review council communications to ensure community engagement is substantive, accessible to all and wide reaching.

    Ensure ease of access for community feedback and incorporate ratepayer responses in decision making.

    Make council records and meetings easily available to the public to ensure transparency and informed engagement.

  • Adopt the recommendations of the upcoming Review into the Future For Local Government.

    Invest in building the capacity and skills of iwi to participate in local governance.

    Create a less formal and more welcoming environment at council so members of the public feel comfortable participating in local democracy.

  • Support reorganisation of council buildings enabling a more people friendly council chamber. Demystify public engagement with council.

    Continue to support Māori representation and engagement, and reinforce the value of the Māori perspective on all of councils activity.

    Support good staff/elected member relationships, encouraging collaboration and collegiality between councillors and with staff.

  • Treat council staff with dignity and respect, fostering a safe, healthy, empowered working environment.

    Advocate for the concerns of families, students, and those living on low incomes, bringing their voice to council decisions.

    Ensure that under-represented communities are engaged with creatively and effectively, above and beyond minimum legislated requirements.

  • Improve internal communication between departments within council using a common sense approach and looking for goals in common.

    Support the addition of the Māori ward on Nelson City Council and the opportunity to create direct lines of communication to key parties in city development,

    Support the adoption of technology including social media to improve lines of communication between council and the community at large.