Newsletter for newcomers to Nelson
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Welcome to new members and their partners/families:
John, Pam, Wynne, Helen, Vicky and Leanne
Get involved: It's Springtime

Kia ora koutou

The first signs of spring are already evident. Little flower buds are starting to unfold into beautiful blossoms. I love this time of the year, watching so much change, including ourselves, waking up from our hibernation.  

Lets get our heads together and plan some fun activities for the coming spring and summer. I would like to help you connect with others, and the best way to do this is for you to welcome others to join you at activities such as potluck dinners, movie night, bike ride, craft evening, or something completely different that interests you. 

Join me (Jettie) for a coffe / hot chocolate to plan activities and events for Spring. Everyone welcome. 
Thursday 18th September 10:30-11:30am
Zumo Coffee House, 42 Rutherford St, Nelson

Cherry Blossom Festival
Miyazu Gardens, Atawhai Drive, 
Sunday 21 September 11:30am – 2:00pm

The Annual Cherry Blossom Festival is a celebration of Japanese culture, music, food and the 38 year-old relationship between Nelson & our sister city Miyazu.  


Bring a picnic, enjoy the on-site food stalls or simply relax under the beautiful sakura (cherry blossom) trees.

This free event runs from 11.30am - 2pm and is proudly supported by the Nelson Miyazu Sister City Association & The Nelson Japanese Society.

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Feature Location: Cable Bay
Cable Bay is only a short 20 minute drive north of Nelson city. It's a beautiful spot for walking, snorkeling (in summer), paddling, camping or just visit for a picnic. There is a cute cafe which reopens for the 2014/15 season on Wednesday 23rd September. 

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The complete walk takes about 3½ hours one way, and requires transport arrangements to be made. From the Cable Bay end a shorter return trip is to the top of the first hill (1 hr return) or to the forest edge (2 hr return). Information on the Cable Way Walkway can be found on DOC's Website.

Cable Bay was originally known as Schroeders Mistake and the general locality is known as Wakapuaka.

The bay takes its modern name from New Zealand's first overseas cable link, to Australia, which was opened on 21 February 1876. The international telegraph cable established a connection with the world-wide telegraph network via Sydney.

Do you know of a little gem in the Nelson area? Share your special location in the next newsletter. Just email me what you love about it and a photo is very welcome too.

Success Story: David Squires
Happy to be here
We moved to Nelson from Bainham, Golden Bay, in February this year, and have really been pleased that we made the right decision, at the right time. After 15 years of living in the country on an acre of land which provided most of our needs: fruit and veges, eggs, firewood, etc. it is really nice to spend my time doing things I ‘want to do’, not ‘have to do’. Self-sufficiency is a great way to live when you are younger and have lots of energy.


We left England in 1965, migrating to Australia like many others of our generation. I worked mostly as a design draughtsman and industrial engineer, in a variety of companies including Nestles in Warrnambool, Black & Decker in Melbourne, Mount Isa Mines in Queensland, and Golden Circle in Brisbane, before coming to New Zealand in 1976. During this time our family expanded to 3 boys and 2 girls. Since our arrival in N.Z., I have worked in senior positions in the health and local government fields as well as operating as a self-employed training consultant, and later in Golden Bay as a home handyman/cleaner. Out of all the different jobs I’ve done, I enjoyed the last one most of all!
We joined Nelson Newcomers group about a month ago and were overwhelmed with the welcome we received. It has helped us to feel accepted, and to be part of the community here. Now I have time to revive my passion for art and invention, as well as going places, seeing things, and being in walking distance to the Brook Sanctuary, and the town. Nelson has greatly exceeded my expectations. I have initiated an inventors group which currently has 6 members and would be pleased to hear from anyone else who would like to join.
My sincere thanks to you and the Nelson Newcomers Group for making us so welcome. 
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 starting in September? They will test the waters on Wednesday the 3rd September at the Alzheimers Society Quiz night. Contact Debbie on 027 306 3004. 

Inventors and Innovators
David Squires, from this month's feature success story,  would like to hear from people interested in joining the ideas, inventors, innovators group. To join the group or find out more, contact David via email on
Newcomers Events
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 (Jettie) for a coffe / hot chocolate to plan activities and events for Spring. Everyone welcome. 

Thursday 18th September 10:30-11:30am
Zumo Coffee House, 
42 Rutherford St, Nelson
Drinks Night
Drinks Night at Rhythm and Brown
19 New St. Every 2nd Wednesday of the month. Next: 10th Sept 7pm onwards
Tuesday Walking Group
02 Sep Great Taste Trail, Richmond
Meet at end Beach Rd car park, walk Great Taste Trail along estuary
Coffee in Richmond
09 Sep Maitai Valley
Meet at bridge Nile Street/Clouston Tce, walk to Handby Park and along the river
Coffee at Sprig & Fern or Suters
16 Sep Orphanage Creek
Meet at Saxton Sportfields, walk along Orphanage Creek to Montebello
Coffee at Coffee Factory
23 Sep Airport Perimeter Walk
Meet at carpark near airport, start of the Great Tast Trail,
Coffee at WOW
30 Sep Walk Centre of NZ
Meet at Sprig & Fern Milton St
Coffee at Sprig & Fern
Social Dancing at Victory

Wednesday, 3 & 10 September
Learn to dance.

Victory Community Centre, Totara St. $4 a session

Alzheimers Society Quiz Night 

Wednesday 3rd Sept 7pm
The Boathouse, Nelson

Newcomers Debbie and Martin would like to invite other newcomers to join them for a team at the Alzheimers Nelson’s annual quiz night. $10.00 per person maximum of 8 people per table. Contact Debbie on 
Cell: 027 306 3004.

Local Community Events
Ecovie Movie Night
September 2, 16, 30. 7pm

Environmental documentaries and speakers. (Koha entry with drink purchase from bar)

Free House Yurt, Collingwood St, Nelson. 

Blokes in Sheds: Tour 
September 21 

Join a tour around the community to check out some well kept secrets in Nelson sheds.
Tickets $15, children under 12 free. Tickets from I-site, Richmond Mall and Theatre Royal.

Story Time
September 3, 17, 24. 10:30am

Storytime for 2-4 year olds and their parents.

Stoke Library, 35 Putaitai Street.

NZ Mountain Film Festival Tour
September 5. 7:30pm, Doors Open 7pm

The Suter Art Gallery & Theatre
208 Bridge Street, Nelson, $15
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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