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Mission to Seafarers settled into new home

Posted on 10/12/2014

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The Mission to Seafarers is now settled into its new home next to Port Nelson’s Low St offices, following an official opening conducted by the Bishop of Nelson, Richard Ellena, in June.

The Mission’s new home was made possible with the support of its dedicated volunteers, a multi-year operational grant from the Nelson City Council and Port Nelson Limited itself. The Mission enjoys strong community support, including that of Port Nelson CEO Martin Byrne and the Mayor of Nelson City Rachel Reese.

The Mission started in the 1980s at Port Nelson and was set up as part of an international Christian network. It is the only such mission in the South Island. Since its inception the Port has provided the Mission with a premises, insurance and power.

The Mission is open from 7pm-10pm when vessels are in Port and provides internet and phone access, hot drinks and many other amenities for the seafarers to enjoy.

“Visiting seafarers are enjoying the new facilities,” says Mission to Seafarers’ spokesman James Nelson. “It makes a real difference for them to have somewhere to go where they can relax, reflect and socialise and where they can reconnect with their loved ones via phone or internet.”

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(Photo of visiting seamen supplied by James Nelson. Photo of signage by Tim Cuff)