Ever since our humble beginnings in downtown Nelson in 1945 the Bowater Motor Group has been very focused on community involvement. We believe that you are only ever as successful as the support that you can give back. It is with this philosophy that we continue to be as involved as we can be in the wider Nelson / Tasman community.
This section of the website houses stories, links and content from a collective of organisations and events that we are involved with or support through sponsorship or partnerships.
The menu to the right has got comprehensive articles from those events, organisations and charities that we regularly involved with, click on the menu items to read more, or scroll down this page to keep up with events as they unfold.
If you think you have an event, organisation or group that would benefit from our community interest feel free to contact us.
A little while back on Facebook we asked for worthy charities to be nominated for this first round of the Eco Fund Donation.
A list was made and the search began for a range of local Charity groups that were working on ecological projects to do with caring for the environment, or caring for at risk animals and / or nature. We needed to find charities that had a well established Facebook presence to make this work; afterall we are running this donation stage of the whole project via Facebook so the charity needed to have a page!
Once we got our list the charities were contacted and now here we are with the competition to give away the first round of funding, $1000, to one of the charities via your votes on Facebook.
We have built a photo album < click here > on Facebook and uploaded an image for each of the charities ready for your vote in the form of a simple LIKE. The Eco Fund Donation Round 1 competition closes at 9am on Monday 13th August, with the winner announced at 7pm Monday 13th August on our main Facebook page.
The concept is pretty simple, you just have to LIKE the poster of the charity you wish to support to register a vote. If you also LIKE the BowaterMotorGroup Facebook page as well, then your vote is automatically doubled!
The trick is that the votes only count if the LIKE is placed within the Bowater Motor Group Eco Fund album. If you share the poster of the charity you wish to promote you must remember to tell your friends to click on the image and LIKE the poster once it opens, not to just LIKE your own post! We see this happen time and time again, and it seems to be quite hard for some to understand, so make it clear if you want your friends votes to count.
Labour of love benefits Relay for Life
Article from The Nelson Mail 05/07/12
Photo: MARION VAN DIJK/FAIRFAX NZ. Nick Harrison, left, and Bob Croy are starting to work on the panels of the 1975 Morris Mini Relay for Life fundraiser.
A Wakefield project to restore an old Mini to raise money for the Relay for Life has continued to accelerate, with the car receiving panelbeating work, a personalised plate, and a starring role in a calendar.
In March retired mechanic Bob Croy, retired carpenter John Bruce, and tinkerer Martin Reid joined forces to restore a 1975 Morris Mini Mark 3 to raffle for the 2014 relay, with profits going to the Cancer Society.
Since the project began, the group has partnered with businesses and groups, including Sun City Panel and Paint, the Bowater Motor Group and Hotwash Water Blasting.
This years Bowater Toyota sponsored show is The Thomas Oliver Band.
We are very excited, these guys are quite remarkable......
check it our for yourselves, this is the official video for their track Bad Talkin Man.
The Thomas Oliver Band, affectionately known by fans as The T.O.B., have taken modern rock by the collar and shaken the soul back into it. The T.O.B. seamlessly fuse genres and bend the rules.
Their debut album, Baby I'll Play, blends grinding blues beats with clean folk melodies, and slips solid rock into big-chorused country / roots ballads.
The strength of this critically acclaimed album scored them the Best New Zealand Blues and Roots album 2011 on iTunes and saw the album debut at #12 on the New Zealand Music Charts.
“When I finally saw the T.O.B. live, I got that feeling that you get when you witness something special. Chops, guts, self-belief and taste, rough and smooth, they've got it all.”
— Peter Urlich
Thomas Oliver and company came together over the course of 2005, through a shared love of Dave Matthews Band and The Roots. Originally a trio, The T.O.B. expanded to a five-piece in 2007 after Thomas met sax player, "Mowgli", at a skatepark. "We are all tight friends who share a passion for good music, skating, surfing, getting drunk and having a good ol' time," says Thomas Oliver, “but all 5 of us are also quite different, which adds to the dynamic when we come together musically."