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Are you new to New Zealand? New to the region?
No network of relatives and friends to support you?  Do you want to meet new friends?
Do you need some help settling in?  Are you interested in local fun activities?
If so, why not become a part of our newcomers group.

Motueka Newcomers meets every Wednesday at Motueka RSA, 49 High Street (Near the police station), at 10.30am for coffee and cake. We also meet on Fridays at 10.30am at Motueka RSA for coffee and chat.

This is a great way to meet others who are new to the area and we are very welcoming. We often go on to have lunch at a local cafe afterwards.

The Newcomers members are involved in many different groups in town, such as 50+ Walking, tramping, scrabble, and ukulele, and we encourage you to join us where your interest lies. Below you will see some photos taken at some of our recent activities.

Contact:  If you have any queries please ring Jo on 528 6214 or Medwin on 528 6286, or email We look forward to having you join us.

Nelson Newcomers Network

As a new immigrant, or as a newcomer from another part of New Zealand, you are welcome to join your local Newcomers Network. We would like you to feel at home and to settle well into your new environment.

New Zealand Newcomers Network can offer you friendship and support through various activities. You may also get support with settlement issues. You are welcome, regardless of your age, your nationality or the language you speak.

Nelson Newcomers Network is a non-profit organisation run by unpaid volunteers. It has been set up under the auspices of the Nelson Multicultural Council. Most of us have at some point been new to the Nelson/Tasman region so understand the difficulties faced when moving here.

We are not tied to any church, mosque, temple, synagogue or any other religious group (but we welcome all regardless of beliefs). We are not tied to any political organisation and welcome all regardless of political views. We are not tied to any business or commercial organisation (although as a non-profit organisation run by volunteers we do accept donations or sponsorship).

Useful resources for newcomers

Nelson Multicultural Council is a non-government organisation which supports migrants, former refugees and people from minority ethnicities in the Nelson/Tasman region with their settlement process. It also promotes positive race relations through community education, ensuring people of all ethnicities feel empowered so that they can actively contribute to our community. Please contact Evey McAuliffe the coordinator for more information or support on 03 539 0030.

Nelson Tasman Settlement Support is a free advisory service for new migrants or those contemplating immigrating to New Zealand. It is a Department of Labour initiative. You can access information on their very comprehensive website or contact our local Settlement Support co-ordinator, Sonny Alesana 03 546 0305 or Freephone in NZ 0800 776 948.

Adult Learning Support (ALS) is a not for profit organisation that exists to empower the Nelson and Motueka communities through Literacy, Language and Numeracy (LLN) tuition. If you know of someone who needs support with Literacy, Language and Numeracy, please contact Jenny Richards at the Community house on 528 0404.

English Language Partners Nelson-Marlborough work with people from many different countries. Do you want to learn English? Do you want to volunteer to teach English? Please contact our centre on 03 539 4848 to find out how we can work together.

Speakout Nelson Tasman is a reporting system for racist incidents in Nelson / Tasman. Please contact Speakout if you experience or witness a racist incident.