Mayor of Nelson

The mayor is the leader of the council. Their job is to promote a vision for the city and lead the development of the council’s plans, policies and budget. The mayor appoints the deputy mayor, establishes committees for particular topics, and appoints chairs for those committees. 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 mayoral 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.

  • Use our recovery from Nelson's recent floods and slips as an opportunity to build back stronger and smarter.

    Implement Nelson City Council's Climate Action Plan, which contains a long list of climate projects, eg improving energy efficiency and use of renewables.

    Double down on efforts to improve public and active transport. Make the NBus free for kids, students and Community Services card holders.

  • Re-invest and prioritise flood protection and stormwater infrastructure.

    Protect existing and re-establish our native forests on our city backdrops, such as the Grampians Reserve, Maitai, Brook and Marsden Valley.

    Utilise solar energy, and land for solar arrays on more of our council assets. Such as sewerage treatment plant, airport, golf course, etc.

  • Support council rules that require the replacement of coal fire boilers with renewables like the hospital that is burning 500 tonne a year.

    Encourage the investment in solar energy and electric vehicles by households and businesses like that proposed by Nelson Airport.

    Ensure through strong advocacy and efficient consenting that the $1 billion Nelson Hospital's upgrade for earthquake strengthening is done by 2028.

  • Develop a comprehensive climate strategy for our city, including bold targets for becoming a carbon neutral city.

    Partner with the Nelson Tasman Climate Forum and Businesses for Climate Action to lead transformational changes to rapidly reduce emissions.

    Co-design with residents a resiliency and adaptation plan to respond to flooding and coastal inundation.

  • Open wide-ranging discussions with community on our concerns, ambitions, goals and limitations considering all the options available today.

    Consider the implications of a money-free, volunteer based societal model. Examine new possibilities from this unprecedented opportunity.

    Reevaluate our situation with a new, fresh and bold perspective. What are we capable of? Why not challenge our traditions and brainwashing?

  • Use our recovery from Nelson's recent floods and slips as an opportunity to build back stronger and smarter.

    Implement Nelson City Council's Climate Action Plan, which contains a long list of climate projects, eg improving energy efficiency and use of renewables.

    Double down on efforts to improve public and active transport. Make the NBus free for kids, students and Community Services card holders.

  • Re-invest and prioritise flood protection and stormwater infrastructure.

    Protect existing and re-establish our native forests on our city backdrops, such as the Grampians Reserve, Maitai, Brook and Marsden Valley.

    Utilise solar energy, and land for solar arrays on more of our council assets. Such as sewerage treatment plant, airport, golf course, etc.

  • Support council rules that require the replacement of coal fire boilers with renewables like the hospital that is burning 500 tonne a year.

    Encourage the investment in solar energy and electric vehicles by households and businesses like that proposed by Nelson Airport.

    Ensure through strong advocacy and efficient consenting that the $1 billion Nelson Hospital's upgrade for earthquake strengthening is done by 2028.

  • Develop a comprehensive climate strategy for our city, including bold targets for becoming a carbon neutral city.

    Partner with the Nelson Tasman Climate Forum and Businesses for Climate Action to lead transformational changes to rapidly reduce emissions.

    Co-design with residents a resiliency and adaptation plan to respond to flooding and coastal inundation.

  • Open wide-ranging discussions with community on our concerns, ambitions, goals and limitations considering all the options available today.

    Consider the implications of a money-free, volunteer based societal model. Examine new possibilities from this unprecedented opportunity.

    Reevaluate our situation with a new, fresh and bold perspective. What are we capable of? Why not challenge our traditions and brainwashing?