Newsletter for newcomers to Nelson
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December 2015
January 2016
Welcome to new members and their partners/families:
Lianne (NZ) Jobi (India) Sinja, Gaylene (NZ), Frances (Canada)
2015 is nearly over and before you know it the Puhutakwa - The New Zealand Christmas Tree- will be in full Bloom. It has been a great year at the Nelson Newcomers Network. Thank you to all the amazing volunteers who have organised and run activities for people new to Nelson. Thanks to you, newcomers, for joining in the activities, that's what makes our network successful and meaningful.  A big thanks also to the Nelson Multicultural Council, Settling In and the Tasman District Council for their support.

I am taking a break from mid December to mid January  to recharge and to get married. I will be back next year as Mrs Skerten. Have a wonderful festive summer season Nelson Newcomers.

Jettie Zeestraten - Nelson Newcomers Network Coordinator
The Importance of Social Connections
Making new friends adds to our quality of life but it is also important for our physical and mental health. Nutrition, exercise, careers and success are often at the top of our list when thinking about our health, wellbeing and survival, but in actual fact, social connections are just as important


Loneliness is often mistaken for depression. Instead of connecting with others, we consume a pill. We don’t even see Loneliness as a problem. Dr. Nancy Donovan, a geriatric psychiatrist in Boston, found that loneliness and depression are linked to an increased risk of mental decline in the elderly and that loneliness can be associated with worse cognitive function.
Also, being part of a group, or building social ties, means that you have people to share things with. That day you receive a promotion at work or you become a grandma for the first time; it's great to share these things with friends. At the same time, if you are going through a rough time, maybe you can't find a job , having friends to talk to is important.
The 2005 Settling In Nelson Tasman report showed that one of the most challenging things of moving to a new community were making new friends. To address this problem the first Settling In supported Newcomer Network was set up in 2006 in Nelson.
I encourage you to get involved and build new friendships. How about a new years resolution? Join a new group or club where you can meet new people. The Nelson Newcomers Activities are a great start, but there are many other opportunities out there for you to meet new people. 
For You Music Lovers
Family Swimming: Can you Help?
December will be the last session Jasmine is able to lead the Family Swimming Group. Are there any other families out there who would be keen to help out next year? It's easy, you pick a day and time, let me (the coordinator know) and just turn up to the pool with your family. 
Do you want to start a new group?
If you have an idea for a new newcomers activity, then let Jettie, the Nelson Newcomers Network Coordinator, know and she can help you to make this happen. email

Walking Group Coordinator
We are still keen to start up our second walking group. If you can help please email
Key Contacts
Jettie, Nelson Coordinator 
539 0030

Jo and Medwin, Motueka Coordinators Jo 528 6214 and Medwin 528 6286

Richard and Vivian, Ruby Coast Newcomers Social Group
(03) 526 6707 
Welcome Newcomers

We are an informal social network which supports people in the Nelson and surrounding areas. ‘Newcomers’ can help you get in touch with others, meet local people, find out about clubs and organisations. We hope to help you feel at home in your new environment. Please feel free to come along to our activities or contact us. 

Nelson 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 & Brown
19 New St. Every 2nd Wednesday of the month. Next: 9th December and 13th January 7pm onwards.

This is a great way to meet others. Join us for a drink or nibble in this stylish Nelson bar. For more info contact Bruno, Drinks Night Coordinator 0204-1010102
Family Swimming
When: 6th December, 2pm-4pm
at ASB Aquatic Centre, 141 Salisbury Rd, Richmond
Meeting point: Poolside Cafe front entrance

contact; Jasmine 0211625299

You can just turn up, or contact Jasmine prior.  This is an informal social group, it's all about having fun and meeting other families. Each person is responsible for themselves and their own families 
Luncheon Club
Every second Friday of the month
Join other newcomers for lunch at a different venue each time. If you are interested please email for dates and locations. Next Lunch: Due to other shared lunches, this group will resume early 2016  
Book Club
Book clubs are a great way socialise with others. The current Nelson Newcomers Network BookClub  is at it's capacity, but if you are keen to be involved in a bookclub contact to find out more and we can start a second group if enough interest or put you on the waiting list. 
Tuesday Walking Group: 10am -12noon

Contact: Karin 547-4461

1 December
Tahuna Beach & Back Beach
Meet near Beach Café, pot-luck picnic after the walk (from 11 am). Picnic spot by sculpture near Beach Café


8 December
Nelson South - Central

Meet Fairfield Park corner Melrose Tce, walk via Hampden St, Locking St, Examiner St to Cathedral, Shelbourne St to Brook St, back on Brougham St. Coffee at Melrose House or Suter Café

15 December 
Marsden Valley
Meet at the cemetery, walk Marsden Valley Rd, Marsden Village development. Coffee at Honest Lawyer

12 January 
Nelson Central

Meet at Miller Acre Centre car park, walk along the river, Clouston Tce to Nile St, up Cleveland Tce, back Mayroyd Tce, Tasman St, Riverside. Coffee at River Kitchen

19 January 

Meet at Stoke library, walk along Railway Reserve towards Nelson, Bedisloe Ave, cross Main Rd., Marsden Valley Rd., Suter St., back through Isel Park. Coffee at Honest Lawyer

26 January 

Meet at Washbourne Gardens, walk towards the hills, Jimmy Lee Creek walkway. Coffee at Café on Oxford
Local Community Events/Activities
Tiny Tots, Toys and Teddies Christmas Party
6th December 2pm - 4pm
Washbourn Gardens
Oxford Street, Richmond

Performances, activities and games for families with little ones. Meet other parents and enjoy the beautiful gardens  More info 

Richmond Community Christmas Dinner
25th December 12 noon onwards
Richmond Primary School Hall
14 Cambridge st, Richmond

This family friendly event is open to all including those who would otherwise be on their own, visitors passing through, those struggling to make ends meet, as well as those who would just like to be a part of a larger event at this time of year. For more info check out it's on

It's On Your guide to events in Nelson

Volunteer Nelson They will help you find the right volunteering opportunity for you

Meet Up's Nelson   Neighbours getting together to learn something, do something, share something

Active Nelson   People new to Nelson wanting to meet other people

Found Directory  Community groups and organisations throughout the Top of the South Island.

Citizens Advice Bureau  9 Paru Paru Road, Nelson, 7010
03-548 2117

New Zealand Now  Immigration info, guide to living and working in New Zealand. 

Nelson Multicultural Council Supports migrants, former refugees and people from minority ethnicities in the Nelson/Tasman region with their settlement process.

The New Zealand Newcomers Network has over 30 newcomers networks around the country. Check out the website for a multitude of activities in various regions. 
Copyright © 2015 Nelson Newcomers Network, All rights reserved.

Editor: Jettie Zeestraten


4 Bridge St 
P.O. Box 264

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The Nelson Newcomers Network is one of many Newcomers Networks in the Country. In Nelson, the Newcomers Network sits proudly under the Nelson Multicultural Council umbrella.