Unity in diversity
kotahitanga i roto i te kanorau

Communities

Nelson has lots of cultural groups. If your group wants to be added or updated, please let us know. Please contact groups for genuine local community inquiries only.

Alliance Francaise Nelson

Alliance Francaise Nelson

Bhutanese Society Nelson

Bhutanese Society Nelson

Bhutanese Community of Nelson, is a not for profit and incorporated society run by the Bhutanese resettled in Nelson, New Zealand. We are a society of Nepali speaking Bhutanese who were forcefully evicted from Bhutan. Our aim is to provide relevant and up to date information that is easy to find, so that our Bhutanese Society of Nelson is well informed.

Cambodian Community

Cambodian Community

Contact: Bot Kim (Chairman)

Czech Community

Czech Community

The contact person is Miroslava Bichova

Dutch Community

Dutch Community

Visit us at the Saturday and Sunday Nelson markets and have a cuppa and enjoy our Dutch apple treats.
Contact: David Rijnink

Filipino Community

Filipino Community

Please contact the president Christian Pesino of the Nelson-Tasman Filipino Community Inc or contact Marie Lindaya (stay2positive@gmail.com)

Greek Community

Greek Community

The contact person for the Greek community is George Bitzilos.

Hindu Community Priest

Hindu Community Priest

Pandit Bishnu Bhakta Adhikari, an ordained Hindu priest, conducts Hindu Pujas, religious rituals of marriage and death, family and community ceremonies, private and public recitals of Holy Hindu Scriptures, besides all other duties and priestly functions deemed necessary in Hindu Dharma practices.

Hispanic & Latin American affiliated groups

Colombian Community

Colombian Community

Jaime Diaz (President)
Ronal Cortez (Vice President) +64 21 168 1913, Email: ronal1995cortes@gmail.com

Latin Dance Community

Latin Dance Community

HOLA! Hey bienvenido to our community!
Join us and share the love for Latin dancing - Cuban rhythms, salsa, bachata, kizomba, merengue and more.
We run regular classes, workshops, events and parties.

Contact: Pablo Salas (Pabs)

Mexican / Mayan Contact

Mexican / Mayan Contact

Contact: Jesus Ruiz Lopez

Nelson Spanish Club

Nelson Spanish Club

Bienvenidos Spanglish speakers! This is a friendly gathering of people from around Nelson to practice and learn spanish. Practicamos vocabulario, grammar, different latino accents, costumbres y idioms de los hispanohablantes. Con games and/or fun interactive activities. So, It is time to practice some Spanglish aye! Todos los niveles son bienvenidos - We meet every 2nd Thursday. Get in contact with us. Nos vemos
- contact: Pablo Salas

Spanish Speaking Community

Spanish Speaking Community

“Hablamos Espanol” - spanish speakers meet on the first Monday of the month, 7.30pm at The Freehouse, 99 Collingwood Streeet, Nelson. Contact person is Dayanira.

Hungarian Community

Hungarian Community

Contact: Eva Brown

Immigrant Association – Nelson - NZ

Contact person: Marie Lindaya

IndoNelson Community

IndoNelson Community

We embrace multicultural community activities and we became an umbrella to Indonesian community living in Nelson, New Zealand. We welcome the newcomers and assist the best we can to help them integrate into New Zealand way of life. IndoNelson also opens its door to Indonesian diaspora, the community who loves and embraces Indonesian cultures.

Irish Community

Irish Community

Contact: Lianna Conner - Kahurangi Irish Dance Co.
Email: dance@kahurangi.dance

Italian Community

Italian Community

9 Trafalgar St, Nelson
Secretary: Carla Musso

Japanese affiliated groups

Japanese Society of Nelson

Japanese Society of Nelson

63 Haycock Road, Hope, Richmond, Nelson 7081

Japanz Kidz educational group

Japanz Kidz educational group

We meet weekly, with the purpose of teaching children with Japanese heritage, about the language and culture of Japan. The contact person is Yuki Eagashira.

Nelson Miyazu Sister City Association

Nelson Miyazu Sister City Association

Miyazu City is situated in the north of Kyoto Prefecture on the main island of Honshu. With a population of approximately 30,000, Miyazu shares many of Nelson's characteristics.

Jewish Community

Jewish Community

Contact: Maxine Noar
Email: maxinenoar@msn.com

Moroccan Contact

Moroccan Contact

Rachida Ryan

Muslim affiliated groups

Nelson Islamic Cultural Society

Nelson Islamic Cultural Society

As Nelsonians we have provided local and visitors Muslims to Nelson a place to pray and worship five times a day and every Friday at the back Hall of 320 Hardy Street, Nelson.
Please contact: Dr Moyiad
Ramadan Planner 2019: https://drive.wps.com/d/AIz0F9qoheMcoIKb34qdFA

Nelson Shia Muslim Community

To promote friendship and prayer for the Shia Community.
The contact person is Sanam Mukhtar.

Nelson Whakatu Muslim Association

Nelson Whakatu Muslim Association

The president is: Aiyaz Shah ( +64 21 056 4864)
The contact person is Secretary: Nissa Mowjood

Bringing all Muslims together for friendship and prayer.
Gatherings at the Trafalgar Hall, 67 Trafalgar St, Nelson.
Jummah Prayer – every Friday – winter – 12:30pm; summer – 1:30pm
Educational Forum – every Sunday – 6:30pm
Social Meal – 1st Sunday of each month – please ring Nissa for time

Myanmar affiliated groups

Chin Community

Chin Community

Contact: Peter Sang Mang (President)

Chin Glory Evangelical Church

Chin Glory Evangelical Church

Contact person is John Van Lian

Kayan Society Nelson

Kayan Society Nelson

The contact person is Mooba Joo.

Zomi Innkuan Society, Nelson

Zomi Innkuan Society, Nelson

We are a community organization representing Zomi ethnic families originally from Chin State of Myanmar. It is a member organization of Zomi Innkuan New Zealand.
Activities: Zomi Christian Fellowship – Every Sunday at 2pm & Zolai – Mother tongue classes
Contact: Pa Thang Teng Maung

Nelson Sambassadors

A local group based in Samba and Brazilian rhythms – Dance & percussion class and performances

NZ China Friendship Society - NZCFS Nelson

NZ China Friendship Society - NZCFS Nelson

The Nelson Branch was formed in 1991 and has over 80 members. Meetings are held on the last Friday of the month at the Hearing Association House, 354 Trafalgar Street, Nelson.

Branch President: Barbara Markland
erm@xtra.co.nz / 03 544 4712

Secretary: Christine Ward
christine@brainward.com / 03 538 0344

Pakistani Community

Pakistani Community

The contact person is Sanam Mukhtar.

Palestinian Community

Palestinian Community

Contact: Saed Alazza
All are welcome to visit my Falafel food truck on Trafalgar St near NCC.

Pasifika Nelson Tasman Community

Pasifika Nelson Tasman Community

Our community consists of approximately 1,500 people, mostly living in and around the urban areas of Nelson and Richmond. Originally from the islands of the Pacific including: Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, the Cook Islands, Tokelau, Tuvalu, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, the Solomons and Hawaii.
Out mission is to provide, support and strengthen the Nelson Tasman Pasifika Community to grow, achieve and prosper.

Ragged Crow Morris Dancers

Ragged Crow Morris Dancers carry on the traditional English custom of Morris Dancing and we would love to come dance at your festival/fair/pub/house/convention. Contact us to find out more.

Russian Community

Russian Community

Contact person is Aliya Stuart.

Slovakia Community

Slovakia Community

Contact: Iveta Bukovcakova

Sri Lankan Community

Sri Lankan Community

Contact: Janaka Assaddumage, owner/baker L’Artisan @ 167 Hardy St, Nelson

Taiwanese Community

Taiwanese Community

Tommy Shih

Thai affiliated groups

Thai Buddhist Temple

Thai Buddhist Temple

Contact: Venerable Somchai
377 Lower Queen St, Richmond Nelson

Thai Community

Thai Community

Contact person: Jasmine Yordsiri
Please contact Jasmine for Thai cooking classes.

Tibetan - Chandrakirti Meditation Centre

Tibetan - Chandrakirti Meditation Centre

Contact: Geshe Jampa Tharchin

USA Nelson Club

USA Nelson Club

The Nelson USA Club aim is to celebrate holidays specific to the United States that commemorate historical events or encourage a common national memory for children living in Nelson Bays region with American citizenship.

Vietnamese Community

Vietnamese Community

Contact: Tri Minh Huynh
Kim Chi NGO: nkimchi04@yahoo.co.uk

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