Nelson City Council

Nelson City Council is a unitary local authority. It has its headquarters in Nelson.[1]

Nelson City Council's area shown in orange


Nelson City Council was created in 1992.

Local governance of Nelson began with Nelson Province in 1853, which covered the entire upper South Island. Provinces were abolished in 1876 and replaced with smaller counties and boroughs, including a Nelson Borough. In the 1989 local government reforms, Nelson was made part of the Nelson-Marlborough Regional Council, then in 1992 that regional council was split into multiple parts, including today's Nelson City Council.


Nelson City Council building

Nelson City Council's area covers the entire region of Nelson, covering 424 km2. Its population was 53,082 in 2018. It borders the Tasman and Marlborough Districts.

Councillors are elected for three year terms through local elections.

Current councillorsEdit

The current mayor of Nelson is Rachel Reese.

Nelson City Councillors for the 2019-2022 term are:[citation needed]

  • Yvonne Bowater
  • Trudie Brand
  • Mel Courtney
  • Judene Edgar
  • Kate Fulton
  • Matt Lawrey
  • Brian McGurk
  • Gaile Noonan
  • Rohan O'Neill-Stevens
  • Pete Rainey
  • Rachel Sanson
  • Tim Skinner


Environmental programmes undertaken by the council include Nelson Nature and Project Maitai. In 2019, the Council declared climate change an emergency situation.[2]


  1. ^ "Nelson City Council". Local Government New Zealand. Archived from the original on 3 July 2013. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  2. ^ Bohny, Skara (16 May 2019). "Nelson declares climate emergency". Stuff. Retrieved 2019-10-03.

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