Nelson or Tasman or Nelson-Tasman?

Brent Palmer
Published on May 17, 2017

Nelson or Tasman or Nelson-Tasman?

The discussion about what our area is called is always an interesting one. The answers can depend so much on who you are talking to and what history they have in the Nelson region. Did they grow up here, how old are they now or have they just moved here.

Behold the answer to the question of how to answer where you live (based on the proven, widely-accepted selection method of… my opinion)…

I grew up in Brightwater and when we were asked where we were from, we always said Nelson. No one knew where Brightwater was (and most people still don’t if they are from out of the area). Of course back then it was in Waimea County Council as the Tasman District Council came into force in 1989.

So what do the people in Brightwater say now when asked the question, “Where are you from?” Well depends on who you talk to. The old timers who have been in the village for 30+ years, say Nelson.

When I asked some of the younger adults from Brightwater how they would answer that question, 20% said they live in Tasman, 80% said they live in Nelson.

Now obviously the people that live in Nelson are going to say they live in Nelson however what about those that live in Richmond?

My quick survey of people that live in Richmond was about the same as those from Brightwater. The older adults were 100% Nelson, the younger adults were 18% for Tasman and 82% said they live in Nelson.

The people I asked from Motueka and Golden Bay said they were from Motueka, Nelson not Motueka. Tasman and over the hill the answer was just Golden Bay.

When we talk about the Nelson Region it tends to take in from Nelson to Richmond to Motueka and Nelson Lakes National Park.

I don’t know many people that talk about the area as Tasman by itself, although the “Nelson-Tasman Region” is fast becoming the new name for the region.

The official iSite calls us the Nelson Tasman Region. The New Zealand Immigration website talks about the Nelson-Tasman Region. Even Trip Advisor lumps us into one region, Nelson-Tasman.

I think my new answer from now on when asked the question “Where are you from?” will be “Nelson-Tasman”.

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Brent Palmer – Professional Real Estate Consultant

About the Author: The above article on What do we call the Nelson-Tasman Region was written and provided by Brent Palmer, a local leader in the field of Richmond and Nelson Real Estate sales, marketing, advanced technology for home selling, and social media. You can contact Brent Palmer here, or at 027 544 9921. He has helped many people buy and sell homes in the Nelson, Stoke and Richmond areas for years, and would love the opportunity to help you as well. Thinking of selling your home? I have a real passion for helping people sell their homes in our Nelson and Tasman Region, as well as the marketing, social media & advanced technology for home selling that goes along with it. I’d love to have the opportunity to sit down with you discuss how we can work together to get you the best price. I help people buy and sell real estate in the following Nelson and Tasman  towns  & neighbourhoods: Wakefield, Brightwater, Hope, Appleby, Redwood Valley, Mapua, Stoke, Tahunanui, Atawhai and of course, Richmond and Nelson City. Connect with Brent on Facebook and pretty much everywhere else. Know someone who needs help with real estate? Be rewarded and REFER them here.