Newsletter for newcomers to Nelson
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Welcome to new members and their partners/families:
George, Yin-Yin, Leonie, Dave, Leigh, Jane, Claudia, Karsten, Laongdao, Lauren and Thomas
Nelson Arts Festival

The  Nelson Arts Festival is one of the biggest events of the year and is packed with entertainment. Between the 16th and 27th of October, you have the option to cry with laughter at a comedy show, be wowed by a circus performance, be inspired by poetry or groove the night away. Last year tickets sold out fast so don't wait till the last minute. Find the full details on their website or pick up a brochure around town.

Who is keen to attend some arts festival activities together? 

See the right hand column for details on events to enjoy with other newcomers.

Here is another good looking example you might like to check out:

White Cloud: A unique show written by Tim Finn and Ken Duncum touching on themes of cultural dislocation, relocation and reconnection, White Cloud is a reflection on the life of Tim's Anglo-Saxon family growing up in New Zealand, missing the UK, being immersed in Māori culture and how that shaped his family.

25th and 26th October, 7:30 pm at the Theatre Royal

Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) 

Settlement Information Service
9am - 5pm Mon to Fri
Ph: 03 548 2117
9 Paru Paru Road
Nelson 7010
If you are new to NELSON and have any questions – come and ask us!
Topic examples:
  • Employment
  • Daily life in New Zealand
  • English language support
  • Immigration
  • Financial assistance
  • Social connection
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Housing


Our service is about helping people to know and understand their rights and obligations, how to use this information to get the best outcomes, providing people with the confidence and support they need to take action, and working for positive social change within our community and wider society.
  • we provide free access to information and advice
  • we are a confidential service
  • we research your options
  • we provide pathways to resolve your issues
  • we act on your behalf, if appropriate
The nature of our free information service puts CAB in the centre of the networks of social services in our community.
These factors enable us to do so:
  • The comprehensive and constantly updated information database we hold on other services
  • The knowledge our people have of our local community
  • The strong working relationships we have with other organisations
  • The provision of a range of specialist or targeted services at our bureau, such as Migrant Info Seminars to complement the core CAB service 
Come and see us, we are here to help you
Hours of Operation: 9am - 5pm Mon to Fri
Phone number: 03 548 2117
Email address:
Mailing Address: 9 Paru Paru Road
Nelson 7010
Physical Address: 9 Paru Paru Road
Nelson 7010
Follow us on Facebook
Facebook is back up and running. It's easy. 
  1. Check out our Facebook site : Nelson Newcomers Network
  2. Press "like"
  3. Keep updated on latest activities and updates 
Feature Location:
Founders Park
Nelson's Founder's Park is a must visit. If you have not already, no doubt you will come across this unique park. The park hosts a number of events throughout the year and is the place to learn more about Nelson's heritage. Local character buildings line the old streets, giving you a glimpse into the past. Take a picnic to enjoy on site or enjoy a beer at the award winning Founders Brewery Cafe & Bar.


Locals can enter this park for free (with ID)

It is open daily from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm (except Good Friday and Christmas Day).

Founders Heritage Park is located at 87 Atawhai Drive in Nelson.

History of Founders Heritage Park

Founders Heritage Park, just north of central Nelson on five hectares on Atawhai Drive, close to Miyazu Gardens and Whakatū Marae, was the brain-child of a number of Nelson citizens who set up Founders (Inc.) in 1977.

This historic village is the result of community spirit. It was made possible with initial support from Nelson's business community. A number of major firms assisted in the construction of historic replica buildings and the donation of original buildings. An extensive historic collection of up to 20,000 items was also donated by Nelson residents, leading to the opening of Founders Heritage Park to the public in 1986.

Nelson City Council took over ownership and management of the park on 1 April 1995. Founders Heritage Park Subcommittee oversees the implementation of the Strategic Plan, advising the City Council on Founders Park way forward.

Success Story: Mike and Milly
This month Mike and Milli Greenawalt have kindly shared their stories. Mike and Milli facilitate the Newcomers coffee mornings in Richmond. If you would like to know more about the Richmond coffee mornings, please contact them at 5447906.


Mike and Milli Greenawalt came from California to live in Richmond in 2006 after retiring. Mike was born and raised in Texas, and spent his whole working life in the US, the last 26 years in the software industry in Silicon Valley, California. Milli was born in Dunedin, and raised in South Otago. She did nursing training in Dunedin, and worked in the elder care and retirement industries in California before retiring herself. She returned to NZ after 43 years in the US. Mike became a New Zealand citizen in 2013.

In 2006 we arrived at our home and “camped out” in the house until the container came with all our goods. The last couple of months of 2006 were a blur of unpacking, stowing, and organizing. Finally there was time to breathe, and we noticed an article in the Leader about the Newcomers Network. We had no friends in the area, and thought Newcomers might be a big help to us meeting more people. 4 Jan 2007 was our first Newcomer meeting, and we have been attending ever since. Newcomers has given us the opportunity to meet many new people, and all our social circle of friends is based on people met at Newcomers. A couple of years ago some of us decided to form a team for the Quiz Night at the Suburban Club. Since we had all met through Newcomers, we named our team “The Newcomers”, and so it remains. When the former “host” had to step down, Milli and  I decided to host the Newcomers meetings in Richmond. It’s a little something we can do for an organization that has done so much for us, and we hope we can help someone else along to comfortably settle in. We have also picked up the leadership of the NelsonUSA Club, which helps keep some American traditions alive for American families in the Nelson area. We love to travel, and spend some time each year going to interesting places. This year we went on an Australian cruise with our Newcomer friends. Four couples enjoyed the trip. 

Keen to join a quiz night team?
Any one keen to join Debbie and Martin to form a team for the Vic's Quiz night on Tuesday nights? Contact Debbie on 027 306 3004. 

Do you have a notice?
Email if you would like to put out a call (for example to find people play chess with, go bike riding, or share another hobby). Or maybe you are looking for advice on a specific resettlement issue. Just send me an email and I will add it to next month's notice board. 
Newcomers Events
Masked Parade & Carnivale

Friday the 17th of October
Meet: 5:20pm Nelson Public Library, Elma Turner Library

Party time! Lets check out this fun parade and carnival together. The Masked Parade and Carnivale is a huge event in Nelson and fun for everyone.


Music, color and Nelsonians will line the streets. It is one big street party. The masked parade starts at 5:30 and the carnivale an hour later with stage performances, street performance, food stalls and a Ferris Wheel.

Keen to go but don't want to go alone? Or just keen to share this fun event with others? Nelson Newcomers will meet at the Nelson Library  entrance (by carpark) at 5:20pm. Everyone welcome, children included.

Keen to go? It would  be great to find out who will join us so we know to wait for you. Contact: Wet weather day for parade is Saturday 18th, same time.
Art Walk

21st or 22nd October

Join Kim and other Nelson Newcomers on one of Nelson's Arts Festival activities: Free Guided Art Walks.


"Enjoy art and conversation on an easy hour long tour. Join a friendly guide to discuss contemporary and classical artworks discovered at the selected historic locations" (art festival booklet)

Kim welcomes other newcomers to join her for either the 'Walls with Impact' walk on Tuesday the 21st of October or the "Tell me a Story" walk on Wednesday the 22nd of October. 
For more details check out the Art's Festival Website 
If you would like to meet up with Kim, contact her on
Newcomers Dinner: Creating Ties over Thai

A great opportunity to meet others in Nelson.  The theme is "Ties over Thai", (making new connections). You are of course also welcome to wear your favorite tie.

Thursday the 9th of Oct, 7pm
Chokdee Thai Restaurant
89 Hardy St 

RSVP by Oct. 4th
Everyone welcome
Coffee Groups 

Nelson Coffee Morning
Every Wednesday 10.30-11.30am
Deville, New St, Nelson 

Contact Clive
Ph: 547 2725

Richmond Coffee Morning
Every 1st & 3rd Thursday of month, 10am
Alchemy Cafe, Bateup Road, Richmond

Contact Mike or Milly  
Ph: 544 7906
Activities & events planning get-together

Join me for a drink or nibbles and discuss activity ideas for late spring and summer. Everyone welcome.

Wednesday 8th October 6:30pm
Rhythm and Brown
19 New St. 
Please let me know if you plan to join me, email
Drinks Night
Drinks Night at Rhythm and Brown
19 New St. Every 2nd Wednesday of the month. Next: 8th October, 7pm onwards.

This is a great way to meet others. Join us for a drink or nibble in this stylish Nelson bar.
Tuesday Walking Group: 10am -12noon

7 October
New Maitai Walkway – Marina Walk. Meet at Elma Turner Library car park, walk along new walkway to boat harbour, return same way. Coffee at River Kitchen


14 October
Marsden Valley. Meet at the cemetery, walk up Marsden Valley Rd, include Marsden Valley Reserve loop, alternatively walk to end of Marsden Valley Rd and incl. Marsden Village development. Coffee at Squires

21 October

Brook Valley. Meet on Brook St corner Hockey Place, walk through holiday camp and do Brook Stream Walk (walk no 28, p 68-69 – Walk Nelson booklet). Coffee at Suters (TBC)

28 October

Washington Valley - Toi Toi. Meet at Anzac Park, walk a loop Washington Valley, Abrahams Heights, Toi Toi, Quebec Rd, Pioneer Park. Coffee at RED Gallery (Bridge St). 
Local Community Events
Family Fun Night
October 31st, 5-7pm

This great alternative to Halloween offers a night of entertainment for the whole family.


Entry and activities are free. Activities include: bouncy castle, magic show, fancy dress parade, BBQ, arts&crafts and face painting. 
The Nelson Cathedral
Download poster here (829KB)
Nelson Communities Football Tournament
October 18-19, 9:30am start

Enter a team or support your favorite ethnic team at the Nelson's Communities Football Tournament. 

Neale Park, 25 North Rd, Nelson

More details: email

Victory Social Dancing
Thursday, 29th OCT to 3rd DEC; 8 - 9 pm 
Age: 16+ Victory Community Centre


Come and learn a variety of social dances, including Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha Cha and Tango. Sessions led by dance enthusiasts Roger & Shirley Grey in a fun informal way where you get to know other participants of the course, also dance etiquette. Great way to meet others.

$4 per person per class 

Key Contacts
Jettie, Coordinator
539 0565

Clive, Nelson coffee
547 2725

Mike and Milly, Richmond Coffee 544 7906

Heather, Motueka Coordinator
(03) 528 4332

Karin, Walking Group
547 4461

Lynne, Walking Group
539 1006
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