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Nelson is an incredible place to live. We have beautiful mountains, beaches and trails, little traffic, low-ish house prices and a warm welcoming community made up of passionate people doing extraordinary things. We are also enjoy a strong economy, giving young people fantastic career opportunities, but with a work-life balance people in larger cities can only dream of.

NYP was established in 2009, to help young professionals make the most of their work-life balance. We’re an incorporated society, run by a dedicated committee of members who volunteer their time to keep wheels of progress greased. We organise events, sports teams and activities – to enable our members to connect with each other and maximise their experience of Nelson-Tasman.

Our membership topped 140 active individuals in the 2018 year with exposure to many more people via our social media channels. On a daily basis we smash the pre-conceived notion that Nelson is a place you come to die – we believe it’s a place people come to finally live. Whether its social sports, dog beach antics, rock wall swims, board game evenings or hurtling down one of the kilometres of mountain bike tracks there is something for everyone in Nelson – NYP provides the platform to connect with those who share your passion.

We’re an incorporated society – you can read up on our rules by clicking here. And in a broad sense, we exist is to:

  • Facilitate members to network and socialise with other people whose careers are based in the Nelson-Tasman region;
  • Provide a platform for connecting various sectors of the community;
  • Provide a sense of community for young people whose careers are based in Nelson; and
  • Promote Nelson-Tasman as a place for young professionals to live, work and play.
Find out more or get involved!

To find out more, contact us or come along to one of our monthly drinks (or any other event). If you want to request a sport, express interest in being part of our committee or would like to drive an activity or group, talk to us, we would love to hear from you!

Who is on the NYP Committee?

NYP is run by some of Nelsons most attractive, intelligent, well-connected, humble, movers and shakers in the region. Yes we write our own press releases – one of the few perks of committee positions.

While the committee works tirelessly to bring you the best of what Nelson has to offer, we also run extremely slick committee meetings and process that are the envy of much bigger organsiations– to put it simply we punch above our weight. So make sure you familiarise yourself with the faces below and be sure to buy them a beer at the next monthly drinks to show your gratitude.

Caleb Hill


Why do you want to be a NYP Committee member? 

I joined NYP as a committee member because I believe in the values that NYP stands for. I wanted to be part of a young and enthusiastic committee that organises fun and informative events in the Nelson/Tasman region that bring young people together.

It’s not easy moving or returning back to a city to live and work. My hope is that NYP can create a social platform where people can make friendships, create networks and find opportunities while having fun along the way.

Favourite Activities

My favourite activities are Endurance and Adventure sports.

James Sandston

Sports Co-ordinator

Why do you want to be a NYP Committee member? 

Having the ability to meet and network with other young professionals in Nelson. 

Favourite Activities

I enjoy living and exploring the Nelson Tasman region. 

Amanda Burggraff 


Why do you want to be a NYP Committee member?

I enjoy building relationships and creating opportunities to connect with each other whether that’s over coffee, while on a hike or during a professional development series. It’s really great that NYP gives young professions an avenue to come together and contribute to our lovely community. 

Favourite Activities

Adventurous activities, socialising and enjoying our beautiful backyard!

Amy Bennetts

Events Co-ordinator

Why do you want to be a NYP Committee member? 

NYP plays an essential role bringing together the young professional community in the Nelson-Tasman region. I enjoy supporting the committee in creating opportunities for us all to connect, learn, and grow together.  Whatever you are into, I hope you find something here to enjoy! 

Favourite Activities

Hiking, camping, dance, music, art… pretty much any activity that involves connecting with people or nature. 

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