Newsletter for newcomers to Nelson
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February 2016
Welcome to new members and their partners/families:
Assa (Sweden), Allan (NZ), Rena (NZ), Nikki (Australia), Hannah (NZ), Sally (South Africa), Jindra (Switzerland), Lesley (Canada), John & Gaye (NZ)
My Newcomers Love Story
I was a newcomer when I met my 'now' husband. Little did I know at the time, I was only 13 years old when I met Paul on the Tennis Court. I had been in New Zealand for less than a year and with no mixed double partner I was drafted to play with Paul Skerten in the Canterbury Secondary School Champs. We walked away as champions, and did not see each other for 19 years. Fait brought us together again and we remembered the Tennis Match.
On the 8th of January 2016 we married at the Wanaka Lavender Farm. My father gave me away. This was a strange concept for him as a Dutch father. Being asked by Paul for my hand in marriage was the first surprise, and again a little unusual for him. Not what he was used to in Holland. He glowed as he walked me up the isle.
So as you can see I have had a beautiful and fun month away and have come back as Jettie Skerten. A slightly easier name than Jettie Zeestraten.
I hope you have had a marvellous summer break as well and have had the chance to meet some new people.  There are plenty of opportunities out there, get amongst it and be courageous.

Jettie Skerten - Nelson Newcomers Network Coordinator
Nelson Newcomers Picnic
Nelson Newcomers is making the most of summer. Join the summer Picnic at Rabbit Island and meet a variety of people. Everyone is welcome, wether you are new in town and want to meet other newcomers or if you have been in Nelson for many years. 

When: 12th February from 12 noon.

Bring: Food and drinks, picnic style to cater for yourselves (not potluck style this time). Also, don't forget a chair / rug and plates & cutlery
Directions once at Rabit Island:
Turn left at the intersection (one way roads) and then take the 2nd turn right at the sign Harakeke Picnic Area coming around the bend look out for the flag! 
Map and picture of flag below
Free Newcomers Lunch 
1st of April
Anyone keen to meet new people while being treated to a free lunch? The Nelson Training Institute would like to practice their hospitality skills and Newcomer Sue has booked us a spot to help them out (well it is questionable who is helping who out, a great deal both ways I think). This is an amazing offer and a great way to meet new people here in Nelson. 

Sue has booked Friday 1st April (this is not an April's fool joke), 12 noon, for members of the Newcomers to Nelson Group.  If you are interested in participating please  contact Sue direct.  This is a free event, i.e. lunch provided. Sue will need to know numbers, there are 20 places. Don't miss out, contact Sue now. or text Sue on 021 034 9232



 Please click on the following link for information about the Nelson Training Centre.
Let the music treat your soul
Dog Walkers / Yoga enthusiasts
One of our latest Newcomers would like meet another dog owner ( female) and go for a walk. She is a yoga teacher and  would like to share this incredible good feeling with other people. Contact and I will forward your contact details to her.
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

The Nelson Multicultural Council has moved
The Nelson Multicultural Council has moved premises. They are now on 2 Bridge street. Upstairs in the same building as English Language Partners. 
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: 10th February 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
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 11th March.  
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

February 2
Nelson Central 
Meet at Fairfield Park, walk Melrose Gardens, Willow Walk, Queens Gardens, Cathedral, South St, Trafalgar St. Coffee at 
Melrose House or Suter Café


February 9 

Meet at Mc Cashins Brewery (Main Road Stoke), walk Orchard Stream to Suffolks Rd, back via Saxton Fields and Railway Reserve. Coffee at Mc Cashins.

February 16
meet at car park near airport (start of Great Taste Trail), walk Monaco peninsula. Coffee at WOW

February 23
Brook Valley

meet on Brook St corner Hockey Place, walk through holiday camp and do Brook Stream Walk. Coffee at Panama House?
Local Community Events/Activities
FREE contradance at the Victory Community Centre
6th February 7.30-10.30pm
Victory Community Centre
1 Totara Street, Nelson South, Nelson

Fun for the whole family at this free dance event. No experience necessary. Go along and have a good laugh and dance. More info 

Chinese New Year Celebration and Kai Festival
8th February 10:30 -3:30
Founders Park

A festival to celebrate foods from around the world and a special joint celebration with the Chinese New Year all at one event. Don't miss the powhiri at 10:30 am  More info Kai Festival or
Chinese New Year Celebration
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 Skerten


Nelson Multicultural Council
2 Bridge St 
P.O. Box 264

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