Physical and Postal Address: 159 Hardy Street, Nelson 7010
Phone: (03) 539 0285  
Outreach Coordinator:
Viv Nelson
Information & Support Coordinator:
Jill Hounsell
Office Hours:
Monday to Friday 10am - 3pm (Limited hours in School Holidays). Please ring to make an appointment.


Nelson, Tasman, Golden Bay and Marlborough.

Key Activities

  • Information and support for parents and carers
  • Information to professionals and liase with other agencies
  • Outreach Coordinator support & services
  • Education & Training Prograammes
  • Support groups for parents
  • Raise awareness of ASD
  • Newsletter with ideas, information and what is happening locally
  • Branch library

Education & Training Programmes

We offer education & training programmes at various times of the year, please check our Education & Training Programmes page for dates or alternatively you can contact our National Office for further information on (04) 803 3501 or email

FANZ (Framework for Autism in New Zealand):  Supporting an Individual on the Autism Spectrum

Our next FANZ course will be held in Nelson on Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 May 2017.  For further information, and to register please click here.

Tilting the Seesaw:  Strength-based, practical strategies to support children with Autism in the primary school setting

We will be holding Tilting the Seesaw courses in Blenheim and Nelson on the following dates:

Blenheim:  Wednesday 7 and Wednesday 21 June 2017 (9.30am to 3.30pm both days)

Nelson:  Tuesday 12 and Tuesday 19 September 2017 (9.30am to 3.30pm both days)

For further information, and to register please click here.

Way to Play:  Playing joyously with a child on the Autism Spectrum

Our next Way to Play course will be held in Nelson on Thursday 19 October 2017.  For further information, and to register please click here.

Support Groups

These are social get-togethers for parents, whanau, caregivers and anyone working with someone with ASD. It's a great opportunity to meet other people who understand. Everyone is very welcome.
To view the support groups we have on offer please click here.

Library Books

The Branch Library is located at the Office in Room 6, 159 Hardy Street, Nelson.  Please ring or email before you visit to make sure that it will be open as we are often out of the office or meeting clients.

If you are returning books and the office is closed, please leave the books upstairs by the door or Room 6.  Thanks.

Books can also be posted to you.  Please leave a phone message or send an email with your order.  Please contact us if you would like a list of books available, or click here for current list.


February 2017
January 2017
August 2016

Other Activities

To view the current activities in your area please click below:

Directory of Information & Services in Nelson/Marlborough

If you want to download a PDF copy of these local services please click here.

Respite Services
Residential/Supported Independent Living Services
Legal & Advocacy Issues
Support Organisations
Other Services/Useful Information
Health Alternatives

Useful Websites

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Please note:
Autism New Zealand Nelson/Marlborough Branch does not necessarily support, endorse or recommend any method, treatment, product, programme, or therapist for those with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. We do, however, seek to inform, in the belief that you have the right to know, so that you may make informed choices.

Special thanks to the following

  • Community Organisation Grants Scheme
  • The Lion Foundation
  • Rata Foundation
  • NZ Lottery Grants Board
  • Richmond Lions
  • Marlborough District Council
  • Lioness Club of Nelson
  • Lazar Masonic Lodge
  • Hope Ranzau Womens Institute