An Overview of the Nelson Regional Development Agency
The Nelson Regional Development Agency (NRDA) was established by the Nelson City Council on 1 July 2016. This new Agency was formed from the merger of Nelson Regional Economic Development Agency and Nelson Tasman Tourism. The new agency is a Council Controlled Organisation is 100% owned company with Nelson City Council as the sole shareholder.
Nelson City Council and Tasman District Council are joint funders of NRDA and have a formal agreement of expectations.
Directors are appointed by Nelson City Council and the new board have terms of 1-3 years, to ensure a sensible rotation of directors is established. The board was selected to provide a range of business skills and experiences that will provide the widest possible perspective on regional opportunities.
The Key objective of NRDA is to provide effective facilitation of regional development by ‘making a measurable difference” to areas it gets involved in. The new board expects to have a tighter focus on key sectors – particularly tourism, education and research, food and innovation – with initial emphasis on developing a unique and enduring regional identity.
The Agency is required to plan its activities taking into account the principal objective of a council-controlled organisation as described in the Local Government Act 2002 (s59) and purposes of the Agency as laid out in the organisation’s Deed of Trust.
The Board of Trustees employs a chief executive who currently employs 21 staff. The Agency engages a number of contractors to carry out project-funded work which is assigned in accordance with a robust procurement policy ensuring projects are transparent and goal driven.