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    If you drive a small car, or are thinking about downsizing to a lower fuel use, more efficient smaller car for around town use, then you need to see the Hyundai Accent. This zippy little hot hatch has it all! Small on size but massive on features across the model range. We have a wide range of quality used vehicles like this one in our central Nelson Yard. Click here to find out more.

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    The Toyota 86 is a legend in the making. It is a return to the pure fun of driving. Rear wheel, front engined with a very low centre of gravity. It has been winning Car of the Year awards all over the world, including being named the Top Gear Car of 2012 when it was first released! Fun starts when you press the button. Click here to learn more. New or used, Bowater Toyota can put you on the right track!
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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.

It is time again to be all "Good in the Hood" and give away some money

 Good in the Hood

The Bowater Motor Group are super excited to be able to be a part of yet another round of excellent community funding through the Z Energy "Good in the Hood" funding programme.

Bowater Z Motors of Motueka are a community service station through and through. The BMG site on High Street in the centre of town has had a service station on that same spot for generations. The changeover into a Z Station brought with it a new focus back into the community from the Fuel provider, with Z Energy committed to serving the local communities it fuelled.

Part of this new concept of giving back was the establishment of the Z "Good in the Hood" campaign. This involves 4 charities being nominated to receive their share of $4,000 - all allocated via the voting process. If one charity gets 80% of the overall votes from the public, they will receive 80% of the $4,000. Simple as that.

Good on them we say, and we are very excited to be able to hand over this funding on their behalf.

This year for the early 2014 Z Good in the Hood campaign the groups nominated to receive their share of the $4,000 funding pot have just been announced.

Congratulations to the winners of this collection of not so mini prizes

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front row: Chris Bowater with Bob & Lynn Croy and the BMG Mini, along with Tony Bowater, Senior Constable Peter Cobeldick and the rest of the Wakefield Caffeine Crew

Today at 1pm a palpable buzz of excitement descended upon the gathered crowd outside the Wakefield Police Station. This assortment of Wakefield Caffeine Crew members, sponsors, Cancer Society Nelson representatives, and friends of all involved had come together to witness the culmination of several years worth of hard work.


Those that attended the Wakefield Police Station for the official drawing of the BMG Mini for Nelson Cancer raffle also witnessed the conclusion of a very successful fundraising campaign, with the prizes drawn at the hands of local officer Senior Constable Peter Cobeldick.

The first prize, and the prize dearest to our collective hearts for all of the blood, sweat and tears that have gone into it, was obviously the fully restored 1975 Morris Mini Mark 3. The daffodil yellow car has been a part of our landscape since it first arrived on the scene back in early 2012. The parts department of Bowater Toyota have had a major part to play in the restoration of this car as they have sourced and provided most of the required parts for the restoration. Most of these have been brand new parts; proving that age, make and model are no match for the professional Parts Team at Bowater Toyota. 

The BMG Mini for Nelson Cancer - a chance to give back, and a chance to be properly involved.

Martin from the Richmond Mall with Wakefield Caffeine Crew member, and BMG Mini restorer, ex mechanic Bob Croy.


Sometimes you can be involved in a project that is a whole lot bigger than the project itself.
The depth of the idea is multi faceted and evolving.
In a lot of ways the BMG Mini for Nelson Cancer has taken on a life of it's own as the raffle comes to a close and ticket holders eagerly await the results of the draw at the Wakefield Police station on Thursday 30th January.

Alot of people, and local businesses alike, have embraced the sentiment of those behind the BMG Mini raffle as they know that they are directly supporting those in our local community affected by cancer, their caregivers, and the Cancer Society Nelson, who do such wonderful work. The end goal of this project has always been about raising both money and awareness for use by the Cancer Society Nelson through their Relay for Life charity fundraiser. This is where the concept was born by Bob and his fellow Relay for Life "Caffeine Crew" team members, and this is ultimately where the money raised will return.

One surprise for all involved was the depth of community support that other local businesses have showed for the fund raising. The local media such as the Nelson Mail, and the community papers such as The Nelson & Waimea Weekly's, as well as Wild Tomato and the Nelson Leader have all run wonderful articles following the journey of the BMG Mini for Nelson Cancer. We have been following it's progress closely on our website as well ( The Richmond Mall and the Bowater Motor Group came together and facilitated getting the raffle ticket sellers into the Mall along with the Mini itself.

When the tickets went on sale the project certainly took another turn, with it moving from a purely mechanical one into a more community based one. Everywhere you turned the BMG Mini was there for the 2 months that the tickets have been on sale. Other local businesses were keen to be supportive by buying books of tickets. One such business was Proper Crisps out in Stoke.

We have had a little bit to do with the Proper Crisps team late last year with our Bowater Toyota Propertunity to guess how many packets of Proper Crisps could be perfectly packed into the new Prado. When they heard about the BMG Mini for Nelson Cancer, the story behind it, and the task ahead, they were "properly" excited, and keen to be involved without hesitation.

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James Bowyer (Proper Crisps GM) with Mina & Ned (owners) of Proper Crisps with their book of tickets.

We took a quick trip out to see them in their Stoke factory where their delicious treats are hand made and packaged to be sent around the world. The whole team felt proud to be able to support such a great cause, a cause they felt was so very important because of the huge impact cancer makes on the community, and the sheer volume of lives that it touches.

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They were also keen to win the BMG Mini - they reckoned the yellow paint job would be the perfect background for their logo to turn it into a mobile Proper Crisp dispensation delivery device!

The Toyota Racing Series revs up Cromwell

The latest round of the Toyota Racing Series hit the track at speed at the newly developed Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell. The team from Victory Motor Racing posted on their Facebook page 

interesting day - car damage and penalties for many drivers.
Today we've got rain.

Take a look at the video and you can see some of the carnage!

TRS Championship Leader, Martin Rump, won the inaugural TRS race at this new circuit. For those of you who haven't seen or heard anything about Highland's Park,do check out their website <click here> what an awesome place!

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