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Nelson-Tasman (Whakatū)

Nelson CitySettlement Support Coordinator

Sonny Alesana
Nelson City Council
Civic House
110 Trafalgar St
phone: 03 546 0305
Visit the Nelson Tasman Settlement Support website
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Protected from prevailing winds by spectacular mountains, nourished by fertile river plains, bounded by the marine playground of Tasman Bay and the Marlborough Sounds, the Nelson –Tasman district is undoubtedly one of most attractive regions in New Zealand.

Nelson Tasman is one of the fastest growing regions in the country – partly due to its popularity as a retirement and sustainable lifestyle destination.

Key industries include tourism, wineries, horticulture, forestry and seafood processing.  There are also a number of unique features in the region, including Te Waikoropupu (‘Pupu’) Springs which produces the clearest fresh water in the world, and the deepest known cave system in the Southern Hemisphere.

Recreational opportunities abound, from kayaking in the Abel Tasman National Park to walking the Heaphy Track, and an expanding range of wine and food options being produced from the region’s superb natural produce.

At the far end of the road, over the Takaka ‘Hill’ is the aptly named Golden Bay,  renowned with holidaymakers for its unspoilt sandy beaches, and desired by alternative lifestyle advocates for its verdant farmland and distance from mainstream society.

The main city of Nelson is geographically at ‘the centre of New Zealand’. It is the birthplace of one of our most famous Kiwis, Lord Rutherford, who became the first person to split the atom in 1917.

Nelson is always near the top of the annual list of most sunshine hours for a region.  To put it simply, the weather is great, and the surroundings even better!

The government also provides support for newcomers to create their own local networks.
To find out more, visit the Nelson / Tasman Newcomers Network.

The Newcomers Network is supported by Settling In, an initiative of Family and Community Services (Ministry of Social Development).

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Useful Links

  • New Kiwis –an online service connecting potential employers with new migrants in New Zealand.
  • Help in your language– if you’re not comfortable speaking English, settlement information is available in other languages. CAB Language Link is free, independent and confidential. Phone 0800 788 877. You can also contact this service through SSNZ.
  • Other Settlement services

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