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MY VISION

RESULTS AND INITIATIVES

Nelson is on a roll, brimming with energy, enthusiasm and momentum. Lots is being done, but there is more to do.

In my campaign launch speech I set out what council has delivered under my leadership over the last six years, why I love being mayor of our city, my priorities for the next term, and my vision for a progressive city that continues to forge ahead economically, culturally and environmentally.

Please see below for a summary of my key priorities and click on “Learn More” to view my videos.



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Investing in Walking, Cycling and Bus - Learn More
•  Completed 6 new cycle and walkways, more in 2020
•  Doubled footpath renewals
•  Cross town links getting kids to school safely  
•  New bus routes, free wifi, electronic ticketing
•  New $2.4m bus terminal for city, more routes in 2020

Building a City of Learning and Creativity - Learn More
•  $14.5M Library – learning + innovation centre underway
•  Backed 2 cultural icon rebuilds - Nelson Centre of
Musical Arts and Suter Art Gallery 
•  Supporting Theatre Royal, Museum, Make/Shift Spaces

Leading Climate Change Action - Learn More
•  Climate Ready – Climate Friendly Action Plan
•  Innovative + Resilient Infrastructure.  
•  Working with the community, $750K funding committed
•  Waste and energy reduction action

Community Wellbeing Matters - Learn More
•  $350K+ annually to community organisations for social
wellbeing partnerships
•  $150K to Nelson Hospice + $100K pa to Warmer Homes
•  Launched City for all Ages

Taking Housing Affordability Seriously - Learn More
•  Secured Housing First for Nelson
•  Growing Social housing with partners
•  Creating $8.3m reserve for affordable housing
•  New planning rules coming to cut costs

City Centre Development - Learn More
•  New city development team up to the challenge and
getting investment results, 6 key moves underway
•  Commercial rates cut to be fairer
•  Incentives for CBD apartment building – results achieved
•  City Centre Urban Park

5 Major Event Firsts + so much more - Learn More
•  All Black Test, Baydreams, Silver Ferns Netball Test,
England v Black Caps, Aorere Enduro Mountain Biking
•  18 arts, culture and heritage events delivered by Council
in 2019 

NZTA Funding secured for Nelson Future Access - Learn More
•  Accessible and vibrant CBD, a healthy environment,
world-class waterfront – options ready in 2020
•  Efficient reliable transport network vital to export-led
economy. Safe, accessible, resilient, lower emissions.

Environment and Sustainability Leader
•  Nelson Nature – 10 yr initiative to protect and enhance
our natural environment from mountains to sea
•  Healthy Streams Projects – water quality matters
•  Eco Building Advisor, LED streetlights, electric vehicles

Progress through Partnership 
•  Strong partnership with iwi
•  Proven Leadership with TDC – joint decisions and assets
•  Leading Te Tauihu Intergenerational Strategy 
•  Biodiversity, Climate, Top of South Impact Forums 

Financial Promise Delivered for 6 years running - Learn More
•  Rates and Debt kept under caps 
•  Top AA credit rating maintained – independent proof of
sound financial management
•  Wise investment to leverage extra Government funding 
•  Money being spent on what you told us matters

Essential Services - Protecting You + Environment
•  $68M infrastructure upgrade + maintenance last 3 years.
•  Safe drinking water, stormwater, flood protection,
wastewater pump and pipe upgrades.
•  Leading Emergency Management jointly with Tasman

Stoke and Tahunanui - Thriving Communities 
•  Greenmeadows Community Centre up and running
•  Spotlight on Stoke continues with Youth projects 
•  Support economic and social value of Tahunanui  
•  Tahunanui Village Plan will start 2020, led by community 

Healthy people - supporting sport and recreation - Learn More
•  Continued enhancements and additions to Saxton Field
•  Trafalgar Park, Marina + Water Sports upgrades
•  Mountain bike tracks + facilities, Nelson Adventure Park
•  Artificial Turf, Outstanding Parks and Reserves, Pools 

Strong Economy
•  Growth over last 3 years above NZ average for
productivity, business unit and mean income 
•  Mahitahi Colab + Innovation Neighbourhood attracting
talent and clever business development
•  High growth in professional, science + technical jobs