Newsletter for newcomers to Nelson
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APRIL 2015
Welcome to new members and their partners/families:
Claire (Australia), Helen (NZ), Lesley (US) and Alice (NZ)
Autumn has arrived and the colours and the weather are starting to change all around us. Don't start your hibernation, you would miss too much beauty. Autumn is a great time to meet others and enjoy the outdoors. Why not join the walking group on a Tuesday, or organise a bike trip along the Great Taste Trail. If you are looking for others to join you, just  contact me and I will put you in touch with others. For now, here are a few stories and upcoming activities. Happy reading - Jettie Zeestraten - Nelson Newcomers Network Coordinator
Nelson Newcomers Book Club
Book clubs are a great way to meet people. Newcomer Brigitte  has decided to kick off  a new book club and would like to invite other Nelson Newcomers. The first meeting is Tuesday the 31st of March with monthly meetings to follow. If you are keen to join this group of young ladies then contact Brigitte on or ph: 0204 1010104

Happy reading ladies
Hugh McGuinness

Sadly, last month a good friend to many Nelson Newcomers attending the coffee group passed away. Claude, another Nelson Newcomer, shared some words at the funeral which we would like to share with you. 

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Hello, my name is Claude, and I am expressing the thanks, heartfelt thanks, for the good memories the members of the Nelson Newcomers Network have, of times spent with Hugh.

The seating arrangements for our weekly Wednesday coffee session are quite random, with the early birds getting the choice of seats around the long table. Those lucky enough to be seated next to Hugh were assured of an interesting and informative “conversatione”, as he might have called it.

Hugh and Gwyneth, with their contagious smiles, and cheeky disposition, quickly became friends to so many of us. Hugh's loyal and steadfast nature was so clearly reflected in his close-to-50-year love affair with his sweetheart, Gwyneth.

Most of us are familiar with the expression “a gentleman and a scholar”.This is a most fitting description of our Hugh. I have a tremendous respect for someone who, finding time after retirement to expand his horizons by further studies, was rewarded by achieving a university degree. His passion for learning languages was to continue to the very last.

Like everyone here today, we will miss Hugh's cheerful bonhomie, and his determination not to let health issues dominate his enjoyment of life. In a very short time Hugh found a place in our hearts, which is now a void. His sudden death has many of our members, particularly the ladies, trying to walk a while in your shoes, Gwyneth.

Even though you have now moved away from your many long-standing friends, be assured that there is a great deal of support here in Nelson, when you have the need. Don't hesitate to ask.

To you, to Wendy and your family, we extend our thanks for sharing Hugh with us, and acknowledge and share your grief.

R.I.P. Hugh, kia kaha Gwyneth, kia ora.

Useful Tips for Migrants
If you are new to Nelson, there is a great free resource for you on the Nelson Multicultural Council's website. The "Useful Tips for Migrants" booklet covers all sorts of topics including: 

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  • Getting Info
  • Getting tax number
  • Opening a bank account
  • Find a place to live
  • Enrolling to vote
  • Improving your English
  • Choosing a school
  • Find work
  • Getting around
  • Health
  • Shopping
  • Conservation
Girls Night
Last month 8 Nelson Newcomers came together for a girls night. It was a great evening to meet some new people who were also very new or not so new to Nelson. Many of us went home with some new clothes or other items. Clothing / item swaps are so much fun. 
Success Story: Cathy
I had a chance to chat to Cathy at the Nelson Newcomers Picnic at the end of February about her experience as a newcomer to Nelson
Cathy is originally from Lincolnshire in the UK and moved to Nelson with her 13 and 20year old. Cathy started work only 1 week after arrival and found it hard to meet people. She believes that having older kids makes it more challenging to meet new people in a new town.
"Friendship does not come to you, you have to make an effort"

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Cathy had known about the Nelson Newcomers Network for a while but her plan was to have the kids settle first, then it was her turn. When Cathy saw the article about the Nelson Newcomers pot-luck picnic in the paper she decided it was time to be brave and get to an event. A reminder from another newcomer made her take up the courage and join the picnic.
Cathy said she really enjoyed the picnic and meeting new people with lots in common. There was a welcoming atmosphere with lovely food to share. She swapped phone numbers with another newcomer and her daughter spent the full 2 hours chatting away to another girl the same age. Both the Kathy and her new friend as well as the two daughters have stayed in touch and have enjoyed other activities together. 
Cathy's hot tip to other newcomers: Register with the Nelson Newcomers Network as soon as possible. Cathy felt that she should have joint ages ago.
"Friendship really doesn't just come to you, you have to go out of your comfort zone and make just a little bit of effort, I am pleased that I did that and look forward to many more NN opportunities".
Volunteer - Coordinate Monthly Drinks Night
Who is keen to be the point of contact for Drinks Night? it's easy, just turn up at drinks night every second Wednesday of the month and be there to welcome new people while you enjoy connecting with others over a glass of wine, beer or tea. You might also receive 1 or 2 emails a month from new people keen to join. If you are able  to help out, please email

Scottish Country Dancing Club
The Scottish Country Dancing Club would like to extend an invitation to any new comers in the area to join their Club. They meet on Thursday evenings at 7.30pm at the YMCA hall in Toi Toi Street. No experience is needed, just come along and have some fun. Learners classes start March 26th. Wear soft shoes.
Contact Kelly Walker, 5475721,

Crafts and Walking 
Newcomer Alice is keen to meet up with other young (20's to early 40's) women to go walking with or start a craft group. If you are keen, contact and I will put you in touch with Alice. 

Rainbow Praise
Nelson Multicultural Council invites you to join
Worship Service Nelson Cathedral
Sunday 3rd May 2015 at 2pm
This unique event brings together people of different ethnicities and cultures to enjoy and share their Christian Songs of Praise.
Although we are starting our event at 2pm, choirs will be seated in the church by 1.30pm. There will be refreshments in the Cathedral grounds afterwards. Please note that this year there will be no amplification facilities, performances must be completely acoustical. For more info contact Bridget Thompson
Co-ordinator Nelson Multicultural Council 03 539 0030
4 Bridge St, PO Box 264 Nelson, 9am-3pm

Ruby Coast Newcomers Social Group
If you live in the Ruby Coast area and are keen to connect with others, contact Richard and Vivian on (03) 526 6707. They meet at least once a month. 
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

Brigitte, Book Club 0204 1010104
Newcomers Events/Activities
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
Drinks Night
Drinks Night at Rhythm and Brown
19 New St. Every 2nd Wednesday of the month. Next: 8th April 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 April
Pipers Track (new cycle & walking track)
Meet at Victory Square (Toi Toi St),
walk Emano St to Princess Drive, return same way
Coffee at Styx


14 April
Richmond – Great Taste Trail
Meet at car park end of Beach Rd, walk along Estuary, return same way. Coffee at Café on Oxford or Lower Queen St (by Med Centre)

21 April
Marsden Valley

Meet at the cemetery, walk up to end of Marsden Valley Road, include new development Marsden Village. Coffee at Squires
or Honest Lawyer.

28 April
Nelson Central
meet at Miller Acre Centre car park, walk Grove St, Milton St, Cleveland Tce to Manuka St,  back through Tasman St and along the river. Coffee at River Kitchen
Local Community Events
Heritage Week
April 11th-19th

A week full of events. The theme of Heritage Week 2015 is "Medicine and Health".

Click here for more information

Mapua Easter Fair
April 5th 9am- 4pm

A  large fair offering a great day of fun, crafts, food and entertainment. Stall holders come from throughout NZ selling handmade crafts, furniture, artwork, food items and more. 

Click here for more information
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