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    The Bowater Motor Group are ready to exceed your expectations, and make it possible to drive your dream today. A local, family owned company, we have been supporting the community since 1945 - and selling what we feel are the best cars the world has to offer, and servicing all makes and models from onsite workshops we are very proud of. We have a range second to none, with new cars in the showrooms from Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, Lexus, & Isuzu. There is something for everyone, at every stage, new or used.
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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.

FC Nelson are ready to play with help from BMG & Sport Tasman

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FC Nelson Ladies with the BMG / Sport Tasman Hiace on their trip to Christchurch last weekend.


Bowater Motor Group is very pleased to be able to support community groups like Sport Tasman, which do so much for the wider Nelson / Tasman community. Not only do they get everyone excited about sport and physical activity, and also create excellent events, but they also get things done for local sports organisations when called upon.

One such organisation that recently benefited from this direct help was FC Nelson, and in particular the FC Nelson Ladies team on their trip to Christchurch to compete in the 2nd round of the ASB Women’s Knockout Cup. They borrowed the BMG sponsored Sport Tasman Toyota Hiace van to transport themselves and all of their gear south for the weekend.

The Bowater Motor Group has had a long standing working relationship with Sport Tasman and loaned them a Toyota Hiace van for a year to use in the upcoming South Island Masters Games.  This is going to be a massive event for the region, and a great chance to showcase what we have to offer.
FC Nelson needed a van for their trip to Christchurch, and Sport Tasman was keen to spread the South Island Masters Games message in the Christchurch region, a region where a lot of Masters Games participants will travel from, so it was a perfect match! The actual game itself on the other hand, not such a perfect match.......

Z Bowater Motors fuels the local RSA for another year with Poppy Day donations

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Local Motueka RSA President Phill Sharkie receives a cheque for $556.50 from Z Bowater Motors CEO Chris Bowater last week.


Anzac Day is one of those important days on the streets on Motueka.
The turnout to the Dawn Parade is always well supported, and the town generally has a sense of reverence about it on Anzac Day. It is one of those special days when New Zealander's remember those in their families that turned out in great numbers for wars in foreign lands. Some of those families have lost loved ones in these wars, and it is these fallen soldiers we collectively remember on Anzac Day.

The Bowater family, as do a lot of other families in New Zealand, have their own Anzac Day connections. Raymond Bowater, the man that started it all for the Bowater Motor Group, was himself an Anzac; fighting in the Pacific theatre during World War 2.  It is a day that means more than just a day off work, and as such Z Bowater Motors on High Street in Motueka were very happy to be involved with Poppy Day this year.

Locals came in and gave a donation in exchange for an Anzac Day Poppy. All of these donations were then gifted to the local Motueka RSA, so that they can continue to do the great work that they do in our local community.

Whilst presenting the cheque to local RSA President Phill Sharkie, we got the chance to have a quick chat and learn more about this great community focused organisation.

Brook Sanctuary & Bowater Honda launch the fund raising drive to Get behind the Fence

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Over 150 supporters of the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary gathered at Bowater Honda listen to Brook Waimarama Sanctuary General Manager Hudson Dodd detailing the need for a pest proof fence.


Fundraising for the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary pest-proof fence got a big boost with the official launch of the public phase of the campaign at Bowater Honda on Friday night.

Over 150 invited guests were treated to an evening of information, celebration and motivation to take the initiative and "Get behind the Fence". The evening was also an opportunity to celebrate the new campaign office situated in the top showroom of Bowater Honda's central city dealership. This new central city location will hopefully make the new phase of fundraising a little easier, with a more visible location in the heart of Nelson city, and the chance for those passing by to wander in and see progress of the Sanctuary project and even meet a few of the sanctuary locals, like the 3 very handsome gecko's in the campaign office at the moment!

It was a great turnout and a very successful launch event, with invited guests able to mix and mingle for the first part of the evening and talk through the project with a strong contingent of Brook Sanctuary Waimarama Trust members, Sanctuary staff, local Tasman District and Nelson City Councillors, local MP and Minister of Conservation Hon Dr Nick Smith, and Tasman District Mayor Richard Kempthorne.

The two sides of the fence - the Nelson Mail reports

The money is flowing in and the birdlife flowing back ... but it's early days yet.

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Nelson Mail reporter Naomi Arnold
checks progress on the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary in this great article from The Nelson Mail.


The birds are coming down out of the hills and back into our lives. There's been a skinny brown weka poking around the bushes near the Nelson Post Shop during the last couple of weeks, and others spotted running through the gardens of The Wood.

There are more kereru weighing down city branches, more tui on the flaxes, and more bellbirds in Richmond gardens. In fact, there are more birds around here than there have been for years.

Their increasing numbers are due to the pest-trapping programmes in the hills from Richmond to Delaware Bay, which have been wiping out rats, stoats, possums, and more.

But those behind the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary, an ambitious conservation project at the head of Nelson's Brook Valley, want more.

The old water reserve is already a biological haven, a dense pocket of mature beech, podocarp and broadleaf forest, some of which has never been felled. As trapping, tree-planting, weeding and track works progress in the valley - which includes 17,000 pests killed in fewer than six years and 80km of new tracks cut - it's also become full of new life. Pairs of little green rifleman, each weighing less than a $1 coin, have been spotted raising successful clutches. There are more robins, more falcons, and trappers even report hearing kaka at the tops.

Brook Sanctuary general manager Hudson Dodd says all that is excellent news - but only to a point. "It tells the story of a need for a fence."

The trust behind the sanctuary wants to build a pest-proof fence surrounding the valley, capable of blocking predators, from mice to deer.

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