Tēnā​ koutou katoa. Isn’t summer a wonderful season in Nelson Whakatū?​

Our Smart Little City buzzes with visitors and events, and many take a well-deserved break with whānau and friends. 

The New Year started with Bay Dreams welcoming more than 18,000 festival-goers to our city. 

This hugely successful event wouldn’t be possible without tremendous efforts from emergency services, event organisers and volunteers. 

But we couldn’t achieve this without the support and understanding of you - residents, retailers and the wider Nelson Whakatu- community. 

The Crusaders and Waratahs met at Trafalgar Park for their Super Rugby encounter, and the Buskers’ Festival was again a big hit. 

The summer events season continues with Opera in the Park, a musical extravaganza for all on 15th February at Trafalgar Park.

Looking ahead, we want Nelsonians to have opportunities to celebrate and explore their heritage, identity and creativity. 

Our year-round events programme is key to that goal. I believe it is important for wellbeing as these events build feelings of belonging, identity and a sense of pride in our city as well as helping to grow awareness of our diverse population. 

Please extend a warm welcome “manaakitanga” to visitors to help them feel at home in our special corner of the world.

These events remind me how fortunate we are to live in a vibrant city – deeply connected with, and committed to, our natural, social and cultural environment. 

A year ago, this region was battling the devastating wildfires. It was heartening to see the community rally together in the region’s time of need. I thank the firefighters, police, eight Iwi of Te Tau Ihu, council staff and countless volunteers who worked day and night as the fires burned. 

Generous donations from our community and New Zealand bolstered their efforts. Our thoughts now turn to our friends in Australia, who are living through some of the worst bush fires in their history.

I hope you continue to enjoy the summer, and please remember to be conscious of water usage and fire restrictions during this higher-risk season.

Hei konā mai

Nelson Mayor Rachel Reese