Author(s): North, Michael, Friends of Nelson Haven
On the evening of 9 July 1973, over 400 people crowded to over-spilling into the Nelson School of Music to hear about the opposition to the City Council’s plans to infill a large part of the beautiful Nelson Haven for industrial and residential development. By the end of the evening the now emotional and galvanised gathering was amazed to hear the Nelson City Council Mayor, Roy McLennan, declare that - the development as proposed would not proceed as long as he was mayor, and for a long time after. Flushed with such apparent success, Friends of Nelson haven was born. This might well be described as Nelson’s defining moment in environmental politics - the first local issue that captured the public imagination on such a scale, catapulting environmental issues firmly into Nelson’s political arena.