NCC 2019 Candidate Questionnaire

Posted by Brent Goddard on September 24, 2019 at 9:56:53 AM

We have submitted five multiple-choice questions and one paragraph style question to the Nelson City Council Candidates. 

Please Note:

  • Question five: We did not stipulate whether this funding was for mountain biking infrastructure or maintenance, therefore the councillors have answered without the full understanding of the question.  Current funding from NCC has been for trail building and maintenance.
  • 16 out of 32 candidates chose to participate in the survey. 

Questionnaire Summary (Click to see full size)

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REESE Rachel Mayor 

Rachel Reese

Q. Mountain biking in Nelson is a drawcard for local businesses/commerce
A. Strongly agree
Q. Current mountain biking infrastructure in Nelson is insufficient to support the growing industry and participation.
A. Strongly agree
 
Q. Nelson Mountain Bike Club should pay to have events on NCC land
A. No
 
Q. On a scale of 1-10 (1 = Extremely Low, 10 = Extremely High) How do you view mountain biking participation in Nelson compared to other popular sporting codes?
A.10 
 
Q. Over 3 years what level of funding would you support for mountain biking in the Long Term Plan from 2021?
A. >$1,200,000
 
Q.What is your vision for mountain biking in Nelson in 100 words or less?
A. The Nelson Tasman is recognised as a world-class mountain biking destination and mountain biking is locked in as a USP for Nelson City that attracts talent, visitors and investment. Our partnership with NMTBC continues to strengthen and we use this to leverage investment from the private sector for events and facility development. We think at scale for the Maitai Recreation Park and Gondola and ensure security of land tenure for future trail development with Council support. We build on mountain biking success to transition more people to zero emissions cycle transport, and to support biodiversity gains and pest management.

 

 

LAWREY Matt Councillor

Matt Lawrey

Q. Mountain biking in Nelson is a drawcard for local businesses/commerce
A. Strongly agree
Q. Current mountain biking infrastructure in Nelson is insufficient to support the growing industry and participation.
A. Strongly agree
 
Q. Nelson Mountain Bike Club should pay to have events on NCC land
A. No
 
Q. On a scale of 1-10 (1 = Extremely Low, 10 = Extremely High) How do you view mountain biking participation in Nelson compared to other popular sporting codes?
A.10 
 
Q. Over 3 years what level of funding would you support for mountain biking in the Long Term Plan from 2021?
A. >$1,200,000
 
Q.What is your vision for mountain biking in Nelson in 100 words or less?
A. I want Nelson to become internationally recognised as one of the best places in the world for mountain bikers to live and visit. I want it to be the place people of all ages come to experience mountain biking at all levels. I want to see the gondola up and running and I want to foster a greater understanding across the city of the benefits that mountain biking brings to the place so that we can get greater Council buy-in as the sport and industry continue to grow here. I also want every Nelson child to have the opportunity to take up the sport and receive coaching and I want mountain biking to be recognised nationwide as an intrinsic part of both Nelson's economy and its culture.

SANSON Rachel Councillor

Rachel Sanson

Q. Mountain biking in Nelson is a drawcard for local businesses/commerce
A. Strongly agree
Q. Current mountain biking infrastructure in Nelson is insufficient to support the growing industry and participation.
A. Strongly agree
 
Q. Nelson Mountain Bike Club should pay to have events on NCC land
A. No
 
Q. On a scale of 1-10 (1 = Extremely Low, 10 = Extremely High) How do you view mountain biking participation in Nelson compared to other popular sporting codes?
A.10 
 
Q. Over 3 years what level of funding would you support for mountain biking in the Long Term Plan from 2021?
A. $1,200,000
 
Q.What is your vision for mountain biking in Nelson in 100 words or less?
A. NMTBC member. Keen mountain biker since 1991! Nelson's topography, with steep hills surrounding the city, its existing network of trails, climate and environment, means Nelson is positioned to become the mountain biking capital of NZ. I support continued investment in trail building and facilities, particularly grade 2-3 tracks and the Maitai hub. This will entice more Kiwis to holiday in Nelson, contributing meaningfully to our local economy. According to Sport NZ, more adults participate in mountain biking than soccer, rugby, cricket and athletics combined!

RUTLEDGE Mike Councillor

Mike Rutledge

Q. Mountain biking in Nelson is a drawcard for local businesses/commerce
A. Strongly agree
Q. Current mountain biking infrastructure in Nelson is insufficient to support the growing industry and participation.
A. Strongly agree
 
Q. Nelson Mountain Bike Club should pay to have events on NCC land
A. Yes
 
Q. On a scale of 1-10 (1 = Extremely Low, 10 = Extremely High) How do you view mountain biking participation in Nelson compared to other popular sporting codes?
A.10 
 
Q. Over 3 years what level of funding would you support for mountain biking in the Long Term Plan from 2021?
A. $1,200,000
 
Q.What is your vision for mountain biking in Nelson in 100 words or less?
A. Mountain biking is a key part of Nelson's competitive advantage. It is part of our tourist offering, helps attract talent to the region for Nelson's business community, promotes healthy and fit residents and gives our young people active, positive things to do. I want to see Nelson continue to enhance its reputation as a world-class MTB destination. Council should assist in funding infrastructure and trail development but I believe this should be club led as people who know mountain biking build better trails than Council engineers. I am proud of the work I have done to build a positive relationship between the club and Council over the last 3 years.

 

COURTNEY Mel Councillor2 

 

Mel Courtney

Q. Mountain biking in Nelson is a drawcard for local businesses/commerce
A. Strongly agree
Q. Current mountain biking infrastructure in Nelson is insufficient to support the growing industry and participation.
A. Strongly agree
 
Q. Nelson Mountain Bike Club should pay to have events on NCC land
A. No
 
Q. On a scale of 1-10 (1 = Extremely Low, 10 = Extremely High) How do you view mountain biking participation in Nelson compared to other popular sporting codes?
A.10 
 
Q. Over 3 years what level of funding would you support for mountain biking in the Long Term Plan from 2021?
A. $900,000
 
Q.What is your vision for mountain biking in Nelson in 100 words or less?
A. The recent Nelson Mountain Biking BERL Eco Study set out the current and future economic return, the inherent potential and value of mountain biking to Nelson. It detailed the strong growth in popularity with residents and tourists alike. The next Council must take on board the report and fund and support mountain biking. The MOU between Council and the Nelson Mountain Biking Club provides the launching pad for strengthening the relationship through communication and collaboration as strategic partners for the further development of mountain biking and mountain biking assets in Nelson together. These are exciting times!

RAINEY Pete Councillor

Pete Rainey 

Q. Mountain biking in Nelson is a drawcard for local businesses/commerce
A. Strongly agree
Q. Current mountain biking infrastructure in Nelson is insufficient to support the growing industry and participation.
A. Agree
 
Q. Nelson Mountain Bike Club should pay to have events on NCC land
A. No
 
Q. On a scale of 1-10 (1 = Extremely Low, 10 = Extremely High) How do you view mountain biking participation in Nelson compared to other popular sporting codes?
A.10 
 
Q. Over 3 years what level of funding would you support for mountain biking in the Long Term Plan from 2021?
A. $900,000
 
Q.What is your vision for mountain biking in Nelson in 100 words or less?
A. That NCC continues to support mountainbiking, helps grow the participation, supports a wide range of track levels, and aggressively pursues high level MTB events.

GOLDSMITH Bernie Councillor

Bernie Goldsmith

Q. Mountain biking in Nelson is a drawcard for local businesses/commerce
A. Strongly agree
Q. Current mountain biking infrastructure in Nelson is insufficient to support the growing industry and participation.
A. Agree
 
Q. Nelson Mountain Bike Club should pay to have events on NCC land
A. No
 
Q. On a scale of 1-10 (1 = Extremely Low, 10 = Extremely High) How do you view mountain biking participation in Nelson compared to other popular sporting codes?
A.10 
 
Q. Over 3 years what level of funding would you support for mountain biking in the Long Term Plan from 2021?
A. $900,000
 
Q.What is your vision for mountain biking in Nelson in 100 words or less?
A. I am a mountain biker...more tracks. Don't think you need help from council...you have over 3000 members and heaps of support.. maybe subsidised ambulance services would be more appropriate

FULTON Kate Councillor

Kate Fulton

Q. Mountain biking in Nelson is a drawcard for local businesses/commerce
A. Strongly agree
Q. Current mountain biking infrastructure in Nelson is insufficient to support the growing industry and participation.
A. Strongly Agree
 
Q. Nelson Mountain Bike Club should pay to have events on NCC land
A. No
 
Q. On a scale of 1-10 (1 = Extremely Low, 10 = Extremely High) How do you view mountain biking participation in Nelson compared to other popular sporting codes?
A.10 
 
Q. Over 3 years what level of funding would you support for mountain biking in the Long Term Plan from 2021?
A. $600,000
 
Q.What is your vision for mountain biking in Nelson in 100 words or less?
A. Mountain biking is one of many outdoor adventure sports which makes the Nelson Tasman Region extraordinary. From the mountains to the sea, climbing, biking, tramping and swimming, we have it all. People choose to live in and visit our region because of its close proximity to outstanding tracks for all abilities. Family mystery adventure days and women’s only events promote healthy physical and mental health outcomes. An active community commits many volunteer hours to provide ecologically sensitive tracks, alongside working with other volunteer groups to achieve increased biodiversity restoration, through pest and weed management and replanting degraded environments with natives.

 

VIJ Virat Councillor 

Virat Vij

Q. Mountain biking in Nelson is a drawcard for local businesses/commerce
A. Strongly agree
Q. Current mountain biking infrastructure in Nelson is insufficient to support the growing industry and participation.
A. Strongly Agree
 
Q. Nelson Mountain Bike Club should pay to have events on NCC land
A. No
 
Q. On a scale of 1-10 (1 = Extremely Low, 10 = Extremely High) How do you view mountain biking participation in Nelson compared to other popular sporting codes?
A. 6
 
Q. Over 3 years what level of funding would you support for mountain biking in the Long Term Plan from 2021?
A. $1,200,000
 
Q.What is your vision for mountain biking in Nelson in 100 words or less?
A. Make Nelson a vibrant mountain biking destination - learn from cities such as Rotorua and other areas doing great for mountain biking and expand our area and facilities to accommodate more mountain biking enthusiast.

 

SHARMA Anjela Councillor 

Anjela Sharma

Q. Mountain biking in Nelson is a drawcard for local businesses/commerce
A. Strongly agree
Q. Current mountain biking infrastructure in Nelson is insufficient to support the growing industry and participation.
A. Neither agree or Disagree
 
Q. Nelson Mountain Bike Club should pay to have events on NCC land
A. No
 
Q. On a scale of 1-10 (1 = Extremely Low, 10 = Extremely High) How do you view mountain biking participation in Nelson compared to other popular sporting codes?
A. 9
 
Q. Over 3 years what level of funding would you support for mountain biking in the Long Term Plan from 2021?
A. $900,000
 
Q.What is your vision for mountain biking in Nelson in 100 words or less?
A. Nelson is a great attraction for international and national Mountain biking enthusiasts, in turn creating economic benefits for the region. Nelson has the capability to be a world class operator in offering exceptional mountain biking experiences, to entice mountain biking enthusiasts. It is a great way to encourage visitors to the region, to enjoy all that it offers in mountain biking, and more. Better still, it is a fun and healthy sport that is family inclusive, contributes toward educational outdoor challenges, and embraces fitness. Nelson has spectacular views to be admired from biking trails which creates a point of difference.

 

KING Luke Councillor

Luke King

Q. Mountain biking in Nelson is a drawcard for local businesses/commerce
A. Strongly agree
Q. Current mountain biking infrastructure in Nelson is insufficient to support the growing industry and participation.
A. Strongly Agree
 
Q. Nelson Mountain Bike Club should pay to have events on NCC land
A. Yes
 
Q. On a scale of 1-10 (1 = Extremely Low, 10 = Extremely High) How do you view mountain biking participation in Nelson compared to other popular sporting codes?
A. 6
 
Q. Over 3 years what level of funding would you support for mountain biking in the Long Term Plan from 2021?
A. $>1,200,000
 
Q.What is your vision for mountain biking in Nelson in 100 words or less?
A. The current trend of growth in mountain biking should sustain itself as long as the industry has support and opportunities to grow. Better strategies need to be put in place for future growth to allow for more tracks, better facilities and keeping other sectors of the community happy and un effected. If mountain bikers are expected to pay city council for use of the tracks on NCC land then the tracks need to have a maintenance schedule and either way possibly the development of satellite locations for small businesses to set up and further develop the sport. There is no point doing anything unless it's done right and keeping the big picture in mind.
Not just a random track in the bush but a top of the hill zone like a skifield in some places where multiple runs can be accessed and monitored in safety. The safe access point or helicopter access location should be part of the design of all tracks. Mandatory requirement of personal insurance to use council land. I feel this is important for two reasons, Mountian Biking as a sport is generally adrenalin based extreme sport that comes with its own inherent risks. Insurance needs to be compulsory as not to risk cosing the country a fortune in emergency retrieval costs and medical care while guaranteeing the very best of personal care and medical treatment.

 

WARD Mike Councillor

Mike Ward

Q. Mountain biking in Nelson is a drawcard for local businesses/commerce
A. Strongly agree
Q. Current mountain biking infrastructure in Nelson is insufficient to support the growing industry and participation.
A. Agree
 
Q. Nelson Mountain Bike Club should pay to have events on NCC land
A. No
 
Q. On a scale of 1-10 (1 = Extremely Low, 10 = Extremely High) How do you view mountain biking participation in Nelson compared to other popular sporting codes?
A. 8
 
Q. Over 3 years what level of funding would you support for mountain biking in the Long Term Plan from 2021?
A. $900,000
 
Q.What is your vision for mountain biking in Nelson in 100 words or less?
A. Mountain biking is a key component of a second to none total active, lifestyle experience that makes Nelson’s such a great outdoors Mecca for adventurers of all ages and abilities, home grown and visitors. The extent, easy accessibility and variety of rides make it a drawcard for extended stays and return visits but it is also key to keeping Nelsonians in Nelson and attracting people with the kind of values and attitudes and skills most likely to contribute to Our reputation as an affordable, gorgeous, lifestyle and sustainability role model.

 

SKINNER Tim Councillor 

Tim Skinner

Q. Mountain biking in Nelson is a drawcard for local businesses/commerce
A. Strongly agree
Q. Current mountain biking infrastructure in Nelson is insufficient to support the growing industry and participation.
A. Agree
 
Q. Nelson Mountain Bike Club should pay to have events on NCC land
A. Yes
 
Q. On a scale of 1-10 (1 = Extremely Low, 10 = Extremely High) How do you view mountain biking participation in Nelson compared to other popular sporting codes?
A. 7
 
Q. Over 3 years what level of funding would you support for mountain biking in the Long Term Plan from 2021?
A. $900,000
 
Q.What is your vision for mountain biking in Nelson in 100 words or less?
A. My Vision for all sports in Nelson is to get more people more active more often. For Mountain biking, with providing high quality facilities and tracks for all grades of rider, there is some real leverage in attracting some great events here, to make Nelson a must visit location, from both regional and international visitors. Thus creating additional economic gain and vitality to the region. Tokoroa Mountain Bike Park and Rotoroa destinations are some examples of what can be achieved. As Chair of Sport & Rec committee I ensured a Memorandum of Understanding between NCC and Nelson MTB Club to work collabratively together. Have put some major funding in our recent long term plan for track construction and facilities. Have built a bike and recreational hub at Brook Valley, and still working hard to progress the more major mountain biking and recreational users hub and parking to be consented and built up the Maitai.

MORRIS Howard Councillor

Harry (Howard) Morris

Q. Mountain biking in Nelson is a drawcard for local businesses/commerce
A. Strongly agree
Q. Current mountain biking infrastructure in Nelson is insufficient to support the growing industry and participation.
A. Agree
 
Q. Nelson Mountain Bike Club should pay to have events on NCC land
A. No
 
Q. On a scale of 1-10 (1 = Extremely Low, 10 = Extremely High) How do you view mountain biking participation in Nelson compared to other popular sporting codes?
A. 8
 
Q. Over 3 years what level of funding would you support for mountain biking in the Long Term Plan from 2021?
A. $600,000
 
Q.What is your vision for mountain biking in Nelson in 100 words or less?
A. I think that any cost for staging events on NCC land should be covered by NMBC. Funding should be on participation numbers but some extra for infrastructure to grow the sport so possibly more than $600,000. I see the sport being more of a drawcard for the area as facilities become better. I would like to see council engage with NMBC and have a proper vision for where the sport can grow to. I am sure that mountain biking can become a bigger drawcard for the region and add some good economic growth.

ROLLO Campbell Councillor

Campbell Rollo

Q. Mountain biking in Nelson is a drawcard for local businesses/commerce
A. Strongly agree
Q. Current mountain biking infrastructure in Nelson is insufficient to support the growing industry and participation.
A. Neither agree nor disagree
 
Q. Nelson Mountain Bike Club should pay to have events on NCC land
A. Yes
 
Q. On a scale of 1-10 (1 = Extremely Low, 10 = Extremely High) How do you view mountain biking participation in Nelson compared to other popular sporting codes?
A. 7
 
Q. Over 3 years what level of funding would you support for mountain biking in the Long Term Plan from 2021?
A. $900,000
 
Q.What is your vision for mountain biking in Nelson in 100 words or less?
A. I have a passion for biking in Nelson I am committed to working with the club and Council to make sure we lure the big events and grow the sport #VoteRollo

 

DAHLBERG Bill Mayor 

Bill Dahlberg

Q. Mountain biking in Nelson is a drawcard for local businesses/commerce
A. Agree
Q. Current mountain biking infrastructure in Nelson is insufficient to support the growing industry and participation.
A. Agree
 
Q. Nelson Mountain Bike Club should pay to have events on NCC land
A. Yes
 
Q. On a scale of 1-10 (1 = Extremely Low, 10 = Extremely High) How do you view mountain biking participation in Nelson compared to other popular sporting codes?
A. 7
 
Q. Over 3 years what level of funding would you support for mountain biking in the Long Term Plan from 2021?
A. $900,000
 
Q.What is your vision for mountain biking in Nelson in 100 words or less?
A. I have already been a big supporter of NMBC, with the Brook hub and a contributor in trying to establish a hub up at the Maitai. Also the new trails and the funding over the last three years. Check in with Ben Pointer who does a fabulous job for the NMBC cheers Bill

DALY KEENAN Sunny Councillor 

Sunny Daly-Keenan

Q. Mountain biking in Nelson is a drawcard for local businesses/commerce
A. Strongly Agree
Q. Current mountain biking infrastructure in Nelson is insufficient to support the growing industry and participation.
A. Agree
 
Q. Nelson Mountain Bike Club should pay to have events on NCC land
A. No
 
Q. On a scale of 1-10 (1 = Extremely Low, 10 = Extremely High) How do you view mountain biking participation in Nelson compared to other popular sporting codes?
A. 5
 
Q. Over 3 years what level of funding would you support for mountain biking in the Long Term Plan from 2021?
A. $900,000
 
Q.What is your vision for mountain biking in Nelson in 100 words or less?
A. Too have more international & national events happening in the Nelson region

BOWATER Yvonne Councillor 

Yvonne Bowater

Q. Mountain biking in Nelson is a drawcard for local businesses/commerce
A. Agree
Q. Current mountain biking infrastructure in Nelson is insufficient to support the growing industry and participation.
A. Neither agree nor disagreee
 
Q. Nelson Mountain Bike Club should pay to have events on NCC land
A. No
 
Q. On a scale of 1-10 (1 = Extremely Low, 10 = Extremely High) How do you view mountain biking participation in Nelson compared to other popular sporting codes?
A. 7
 
Q. Over 3 years what level of funding would you support for mountain biking in the Long Term Plan from 2021?
A. $600,000
 
Q.What is your vision for mountain biking in Nelson in 100 words or less?
A. My understanding is the NMBC has the potential to have a world class event here, this is exciting for the region, and I'd be keen to know how NCC could help. I need to know more about the funding needed to make an informed decision on level of support to help a growing sport in the region. I'd like to see all the different agencies come together to help NMBC with their endeavours

NAHMIAS Avner Mayor 

Avner Nahmias

Q. Mountain biking in Nelson is a drawcard for local businesses/commerce
A. Strongly Agree
Q. Current mountain biking infrastructure in Nelson is insufficient to support the growing industry and participation.
A. Strongly Agree
 
Q. Nelson Mountain Bike Club should pay to have events on NCC land
A. No
 
Q. On a scale of 1-10 (1 = Extremely Low, 10 = Extremely High) How do you view mountain biking participation in Nelson compared to other popular sporting codes?
A. 6
 
Q. Over 3 years what level of funding would you support for mountain biking in the Long Term Plan from 2021?
A. $600,000
 
Q.What is your vision for mountain biking in Nelson in 100 words or less?
A. I don't have info for q.5, but monkey needs one. MTB is Nelson's opportunity to get "on the map" as a sports/outdoors destination, attracting world-class events and tourists, and of course engaging locals year-round. It deserves all the help and attention possible from Council and business to enable this. I strongly support it and hats off to the enthusiasts who have initiated the uphill struggle to make it happen. When considering international events, please think winter or shoulder seasons as Nelson tourism tends to be mainly summer. Thanks.

LINDUP Stephen Councillor

Stephen Lindup

Q. Mountain biking in Nelson is a drawcard for local businesses/commerce
A. Agree
Q. Current mountain biking infrastructure in Nelson is insufficient to support the growing industry and participation.
A. Strongly Agree
 
Q. Nelson Mountain Bike Club should pay to have events on NCC land
A. Yes
 
Q. On a scale of 1-10 (1 = Extremely Low, 10 = Extremely High) How do you view mountain biking participation in Nelson compared to other popular sporting codes?
A. 7
 
Q. Over 3 years what level of funding would you support for mountain biking in the Long Term Plan from 2021?
A. $600,000
 
Q.What is your vision for mountain biking in Nelson in 100 words or less?
A. Respondent skipped this question

MITCHELL Dai Councillor

Dai Mitchell

"Hi Nelson MTB club team,
thanks for the opportunity to fill out the monkey survey.
Unfortunately due to the yes/no type of questions and the limited response answer options I was unable to complete the form.
Just to be clear I do support the Mt biking club in Nelson, and enjoy a good downhill ride myself, and am actively pushing to re-open the Maungatapu historic coach road, which is well known and proven historically in NZ's highest courts to be a Queens highway - this was done through court battles in the approx 1920's between Nelsonians Frederick Gibbs and Ms Richardson of the Maitai estate.  Victory went to Gibbs, who successfully challenged Ms Richardson who was trying to block the Queens highway that goes through to Pelorus bridge with stock fencing in the Maitai Valley.  Apparently he cut it down and threw it in the river. Another time he had police support in removing fencing. 
I'm also going to be pressuring the council to properly maintain the full Dun MT trail that goes from the old codgers track entrance up through the Brook Valley(the historic tramway) to Coppermine saddle and back through the Maitai to Tantragee saddle - as the Nelson council has a fiduciary duty to maintain this track, this includes the overgrown section from Smiths Ford to Tantragee Saddle - this is from the Cawthron Park trust and covenants.  I have done LGOIMA's on this topic to NCC and have considerable information on this topic.
I'm also actively involved in ensuring the Nelson council removes all locked gates and artificial obstructions such as earth mounds on all public roads going onto public land and doc reserves in the Nelson Area, as per their obligations as a local govt body to ensure the safe and efficient roading network in the area, as per provable NZroading caselaw. 
I also think MT biking is great for Nelsons economy and the well being of the Nelson publics health and fitness. 
I'm also interested in ensuring forestry in the Nelson area owned by local Iwi through the Whakatu incorporation, be opened for the public to travel over, ensuring more access for MTB's and other recreational groups in Nelson, using historic common-law such as the Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest and also the 1835 declaration of independence which infers that the English subjects/settlers and their descendants keep their traditional rights to hunt and fish and roam on the NZ whenua - it's not an ownership challenge. 
In regards to funding and paying to use public land, I believe in fairness for all when using public assets and that it is not in the publics interests to have to pay for things they already own, and also that the council be consistent in regards to financially sponsoring some groups and not others , as primarily the councils role is to ensure that important infrastructure is maintained and subsequent costs are constrained, so as to keep rates low, so we can actually afford to live here."

 

 

 

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