Moving On Up

A project to get more people in the region walking and cycling, and connecting them with local clubs has secured funding for three years.  (read more)


Cooking Up  A Delight!
Get Cooking sessions covering basic cooking, nutrition and budgeting are thriving in Nelson with a revamp of resources and eighteen people training as Get Cooking Tutors.  (read more)

Stadium 2000 Walks the Talk
"Bring a healthy platter and we will supply the rest," was the only hint participants were given about the celebrations planned for the half way mark of their 12-week fitness challenge.  (read more)


Free Fun Day For Kids
It's not everyday you can take the
kids somewhere fun for free but Sunday's Children's Day celebration offered just such an opportunity. 
(read more)




Rising From The Ashes
A love of gardening and overwhelming support from the Marlborough community has brought Canvastown School's edible garden back to full life.  (read more)

Missing Link Found In Tasman
The 'missing link' shared cycleway beside the Richmond Deviation is now open giving Nelson over 10 kilometres of continuous off-road cycleway connecting Stoke and Richmond. (read more)

From Garden to Plate 
As part of the Kids Edible Gardens (KEGs) programme, students at Tahunanui Primary School cooked and ate ten different vegetables and herbs they had grown themselves.  (read more)

Get Growing for Growables 
The Growables Festival later this year will feature a food tree and plant swap.  Festival Coordinator, Jo Reilly suggests putting some cuttings in a bag or a pot when you are pruning fruit trees this winter so you have a cutting for the swap.  (read more)

We Have A Winner
Who's Cooking Tonight?  Maybe Alex Pearson from Upper Moutere! (ably assisted by mum Andrea that is).  Alex, aged 3 is our winner for Claire Gourley's recipe book after helping his mum bake muffins. 

Farmers Market Flourishes
You can stretch your weekly food budget by shopping at your local Farmers Market according to the new Manager of the Nelson Farmers Market in Fashion Island.  (read more)

Stopping Distance Demos
School students across Tasman and Nelson recently took part in graphic demonstrations to show how many children are killed or injured after being struck by vehicles.  (read more)

Smokefree for Matariki 2011
Marlborough's Smokefree Youth Ambassadors celebrated the dawning of Matariki, the Maori New Year, with the vision of a Smokefree nation.  (read more)

Knitapotamus Strikes Again
Spotted outside Nelson Hospital's Main Entrance was the latest guerilla art.... the Knitapotamus
had struck again.  Who are these mystery women?  We don't know but we like their style! Go to:

June Recipe - Vegetable Chowder
It's the perfect time of year for hot
and hearty soups - especially after
a cold, wet morning spent cheering on the kids from the sideslines of Saturday sport.
(read more)



Upcoming Events...


Grow Food at Home - March to July 2011

2hr workshops (how to, and hands on)

Contact Joc' Winters:


Maori Language Week, 4-10 July 2011


Women's Refuge Awareness & Appeal Week

18-24 July 2011,


World Breastfeeding Week - 1-7 August 2011


World Youth Day, 12 August 2011


Ecofest, 20-21 August 2011


Conservation Week "Love New Zealand", 11-18 September


World Oral Health Day, 12 September 2011


International Day of Older Person, 1 October 2011


South Island Masters Games  15-23 October 2011, Nelson

Timetable online at



Newsletter #31
June, 2011

There Goes Helen...

The shortest day has come and gone while we continue to anticipate the arrival of Winter. These cooler days are perfect for making dishes chock-full of seasonal produce.  Check out our recipe of the month (left below) for a hearty and nutritious soup after a cold morning spent on the sidelines of  Saturday sport.

Even though the days are shorter and somewhat darker, we encourage you to continue your physical activity endeavours whatever they may be.  You might be a seasoned sportsperson or
just discovering your athletic prowess but whatever you do 'GetMoving'.

On the 1st July I am leaving Nutrition and Physical Activity to take up my new position as Service Manager for Child, Youth and Maternity (NMDHB) .  I'm looking forward to moving into a new area of health, but am sad to be leaving NPA.  I leave you in the very capable hands of our dedicated and passionate programme managers, Richard, Jenni and Maria who will continue the vision we began 4 years ago. 

Don't forget to keep checking out Trolley Tips on our website ( - it's regularly updated, and full of hearty, nutritious recipes using seasonal produce.  These recipes are not only healthy and tasty, but they're cheap and easy too.

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and for being part of our journey.



Helen Steenbergen
NPA Programme Director

Contact us:

Nutrition and Physical Activity Team

Helen Steenbergen
Programme Director
P:  (03) 546 1547
C:  027 672 0044

Jenni Gane/Maria Baxter
Programme Managers - Marlborough
P: (03) 520 9851

Richard Butler
Programme Manager - Nelson
P: (03) 539 3932

Lee Punt
Administration & Support
P: (03) 539 3934


Nelson Bays Primary Health Newsletter

Helping the Nelson Tasman region be more active and have more fun

Grow It
Making it easy to create gardens, grow food & compost

FOUND Directory
Community groups and organisations across the top of the south

Open Orchards
Fruit & nut trees available to the community in Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough

Tasman Regional Sports Trust

Nelson City Council Walks

Victory On the Move
Physical and arts activities for the people of Bishopdale, Washington Valley and Victory.
Victory on the Move flyer

Auckland Point School 'Bike Mania'
Ride on the pump track each Tuesday

Glenda & Claire Gourley
helping parents & teachers to teach kids to cook
Kids inspiring kids to cook with easy, fun, healthy recipes.

Think TV
Advertising on television - getting it right for children

Outstanding in their Fields
Grass roots cooking with Farmers' Markets New Zealand

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