Newsletter for newcomers to Nelson
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September 2015
Welcome to new members and their partners/families:
Sue (NZ), Jules (NZ), Lenny (NZ), Mariko, Jackjack (Korea)
Happy Spring everyone. It is warming up, the daffodils are in full bloom and it's time to get out and about. I encourage you to step out of the comfort of your own home, explore new places and meet new people. The Nelson Newcomers Network is an informal social network to help you connect with other newcomers and make new friends. Have  look at our variety of activities and enjoy the journey of making new friends. 
Ladies from the Nelson Newcomers Network Bookclub meet and read a new book each month. In August they enjoyed: All the Light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr. 

Second Books Club
Clive has heard there is interest in a second Book Club and would like to start a Nelson Newcomers Network Book Club for both men and women. He would like to hear expression of interest for a second Nelson Newcomers Network Book Club.  If you would like to find out more or are keen to join this group, email Clive on
Nelson City Brass

Bayleys Last Night of the Proms is an iconic Nelson event. A fun night out full of all the tradition of the English Proms. Newcomer Judy is hosting a group on the Saturday 5th September 7.30pm at the Theatre Royal. Tickets are $35 each.

Please contact Judy if you would like to organise your ticket. 021812 371 or

Nelson Newcomers Network
Family Swimming
A quick reminder that this exciting new group starts on the 6th of September. 

When: Every 1st Sunday of the Month
Time: 2pm-4pm
Location: ASB Aquatic Centre, 141 Salisbury Rd, Richmond
Meeting point: Pool side Cafe front entrance

contact; Jasmine 0211625299

You can just turn up, or contact Jasmine prior. Please note that 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 

Happy swimming!
Multicultural Pot-Luck Dinner
Keep Saturday the 31st of October free in your diaries. The Nelson Newcomers Network and the Nelson Multicultural Council are inviting you to join them for a Multicultural Potluck dinner. Keep an eye out for more details in next months Newsletter.
Above All, keep in mind the Traveller's First Commandment: "Thou shalt not expect to find things as thou has left home to find things different".  The most essential thing you can pack is an open mind. - Bill Peach
NZ Tax System Workshop
U3A Nelson
You are never too old to learn! Connecting with people over interesting topics might just be what you are after. At U3A (University for the third age), people over 50 years of age facilitate opportunities for study in small groups. Topics range from the sciences, personal development, history the arts ... You can join a small study group, or attend lectures. They are all about everyone participating, everyone contributing. Check out their website to find out more.
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
Key Contacts
Jettie, Nelson Coordinator 
539 0565

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

Richard and Vivian, Ruby Coast Newcomers Social Group
(03) 526 6707 
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: 9th September 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 Howard, Drinks Night Coordinator 021 2090486
Family Swimming
When: Every 1st Sunday of the Month, 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
Twice a month on Fridays
Join other newcomers for lunch at a different venue each time. If you are interested please email for dates and locations
Book Club
Book clubs are a great way to meet people. Newcomer Brigitte  decided to kick off  a women's book club  in March and has had a great response. For more info contact Brigitte on
Tuesday Walking Group: 10am -12noon

Contact: Karin 547-4461

1 September
Nelson Central
Meet at library car park, walk along the river towards Botanical Reserve, Cleveland Tce, back along the river. Coffee at River Kitchen or Suter.


8 September

Meet at Washbourne Garden, walk towards the hills, a loop on the other side of Hill St, back through Hunter Ave, Washbourne Drive, Wensley Rd. Coffee at Cafe on Oxford.

15 September

Meet at Victory Square, walk up Toi Toi St, Bob’s Track to Princes Drive, Observatory Tce, back down Pipers Track. Coffee at Suter Cafe.

22 September
Maitai Valley

Meet at bridge Nile Street/Clouston Tce, walk to Handby Park and along the river. Coffee at Sprig & Fern or Founders Park. 

29 September

Meet at Fairfield Park (end of Trafalgar St), walk along the slope of the hills, return same way. Coffee at Panama House.
Local Community Events/Activities
Various activities Headingly Centre

Grace Church at the Headingly Centre in Richmond offers many cool activities during term time. They have a café hub where anyone is welcome to come, have a coffee, kids can play with toys, and they also have  seminars or craft sessions on offer. They have a table of free clothes and a resource library of parenting resources. 

Contact Sandy for more information, or pop by to find out more. 03 544 7071, 2 Headingly Lane, Richmond
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.
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