The NRSBU is managed by a Joint Committee. The Joint Committee comprises two representatives from each of the Councils, one of whom has to be a Councillor, and one independent Director who is appointed by the Councils. The Joint Committee also has a member who represents the three major industrial customers; this member does not have voting privileges.
A General Manager is appointed and is responsible for all activities of the NRSBU. Nelson City Council currently operates the engineering service for the scheme and Tasman District Council and Nelson City Council jointly provide administration and treasury services.
The Joint Committee meets quarterly and special meetings are called as the need arises. The General Manager makes a quarterly operational report to the Joint Committee.
The Joint Committee holds triennial workshops after each local body election to formulate the NRSBU three-year business plan that sets direction for the Business Unit for the following three years.
The business plan is reviewed each year, however, and once adopted by the Joint Committee is presented to the NCC and TDC Combined Shareholders Group for approval (refer to figure below). The Combined Shareholders Group is comprised of the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Chair of Finance, Chief Executive and Corporate Services Manager of each of the participating Councils and is a body set up to govern the activities of joint ventures between the two Councils.
At the end of each financial year an annual report covering compliance with levels of service, including resource consents and feedback on financial and non-financial performance measures, is presented by the Joint Committee to the Combined Shareholders Group.
An Asset Management Plan (AMP) guides long-term management of the Scheme and the Business Unit. Read more about the Asset Management Plan.