Mel Courtney

cr courtney Councillor Courtney's contact information

Mobile: 022 079 6250
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Mel is a fourth term Nelson City Councillor serving as Chair, Deputy Chair and as a committee member on a wide range of council committees - including Chair of the Council Finance committee under Mayor Peter Malone.


What's important to Mel on council:

  • To maintain a resident and ratepayer focus - while building trust.
  • To ensure value for every dollar of rates money spent.
  • A shared vision and purpose.
  • Collegiality around the council table.

Mel is a businessman having owned and operated five supermarkets and other businesses in the Nelson Tasman Region.

He has represented Nelson as its Member of Parliament for two terms and served on the Foreign Affairs, Education and Agriculture/Fisheries parliamentary select committees. Mel was Opposition spokesman for Horticulture and Fisheries.

Mel says "Nelson is a special place" and he wants to see that it stays that way "this will mean maintaining a balance between growth and development on the one hand and our way of life and environment on the other".