AA Nelson District Council

The AA’s Nelson District Council represents AA Members living within Nelson City and Tasman District, which includes Golden Bay.

Working on behalf of AA Members

Nelson arterial route

The Nelson District AA Council supports a new arterial road to take SH6 traffic from the Port Nelson in the north to the motorway link between Nelson and Richmond in the south. Currently, SH6 follows the Nelson waterfront, which means that nearly all heavy traffic travels through this picturesque road detracting from its recreational value.

The Nelson City Council is currently conducting a study to evaluate the economic, social and environmental impacts that would result from several possible alternative routes for the highway. The AA District Council will consider the findings of that study when it is completed, but in the meantime supports the new arterial link being constructed along the route of the railway that Nelson once had.

FIA Historic Vehicle Commission

The Nelson District AA Council was chosen to liaise with the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) to establish the New Zealand section of a global register of historic vehicles, which the FIA has defined as being 30 or more years old and not in use as regular transport. It is envisaged that the existence of a global register will assist in achieving better laws and regulations for the use of historic vehicles.

Some Nelson District AA Councillors have previously assisted with the compilation of a similar register in New Zealand via the many car and motoring clubs in the country. Councillor Pat Pascoe is co-ordinating this project.

AA Nelson district history

Councillor Denis Le Cren is researching local branch records in order to compile a brief history.

District Councillors

The District Councillors are:

  • Gary Stocker (NZAA President)
  • Richard Popenhagen (Chairman)
  • Jenni Richardson (Vice Chair)
  • Gavin Calder (National Councillor)
  • Allan Kneale 
  • Paul Heywood
  • Jeremy Glasgow
  • Patrick Pascoe
  • Aaron Adcock

Contacts for AA Members

District Manager: Robyn Varricchio, Nelson AA Centre

The Nelson City and Tasman District means:

  • Eastern boundary - SH6 at the Rai Saddle and on SH63 near Lake Rotoiti
  • Southern boundary - Boundary Road on SH65 between Murchison and Springs Junction
  • Western boundary - SH6 between Murchison and Westport

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