Category Archives: History

Ashes to ashes….

…rust to rust. 6 years later, the Janie Seddon isn’t looking much better, poor old girl. The local Community Board wants her moved “because of safety and environmental concerns”. Would anyone in their right minds want to climb on her … Continue reading

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Awesommmmmmm….

The Riverside Community on the Moutere Highway  is one of the oldest Intentional Communities n New Zealand and has its beginnings in 1941 when a group of Christian Pacifists agreed to adopt a way of life based on co-operation. Starting … Continue reading

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Getting your feet wet

You’ll find this plaque set in the pavement outside Sublime Coffee‘s ever-excellent cafe on Haven Road in Nelson. Have to wait a while to be able to dip your toes in the water, though. Someone had the bright idea of … Continue reading

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“There’s flowers on the pohutukawa!”

The pohutukawa tree (Metrosideros excelsa) with its crimson flower has become an established part of the New Zealand Christmas tradition. This iconic Kiwi Christmas tree, which often features on greeting cards and in poems and songs, has become an important … Continue reading

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Hoult House

Back in 2014, the Nelson Mail wrote : The “haunted” Hoult house stands – well, up to a point – in a paddock alongside State Highway 6 at Wai-iti. The original Hoult, Joseph, arrived in Nelson on the Prince of … Continue reading

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Early settlers

From theprow.org.nz The Early Settlers sculpture  depicts a young migrant family arriving in Nelson around 1842 and marks an early landing site for both Māori and early settlers. The man, his wife and daughter stand facing their new life ahead … Continue reading

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Founding Fathers

Founders’ fathers, actually. Founders Organic Brewery is currently run by John Duncan and his sons, Callum and Matt. Started by Great-great-great-great-great-great granddad in 1854. Reason enough to put in on your label….

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