SAVE THE MAITAI
Save the Maitai (STM) is a community campaign that aims to protect and preserve the Maitai Valley’s rural character for current and future generations.
The campaign was formed in July 2020 to save the Maitai Valley from planned residential development of up to 842 houses in Kaka Valley and Orchard Flats. An incorporated society (Save the Maitai Incorporated) was later formed in preparation for legal challenges to residential development in the valley.
STM carries the voice of the very strong public opposition to subdivision in the Maitai Valley, which would permanently change the character of the valley from a quiet green space to a busy and noisy suburb. Once it’s changed, it’s changed forever.
We need your Support!
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Our latest Campaign Supporters - scroll through to see them all:
Marilyn Andrews has kindly donated some of her gorgeous prints of the "Rope Swing, Maitai River" to the Save the Maitai campaign. Marilyn is a full time professional artist working from her home studio in Nelson. She exhibits frequently and has work in collections world-wide. She is primarily and passionately…
SOLD! Thank you to Serena Buonaguidi-Haynes, who came to the public meeting in May and decided to donate the sale of her beautiful painting ‘Lily, my Lily’ to the campaign. Serena’s works can be seen at the Parker Gallery, Achilles Ave, Nelson. Thanks also to gallery owner Leonie Allen "Supporting…
Ross Whitlock, an artist and Maitai Valley resident, has very kindly offered to produce on a regular ongoing basis a series of Maitai Valley paintings for auction on Trademe, with 50% of the proceeds being donated to STM. These beautiful oil paintings are proving very popular so remember to check…
SOLD! Nelson athlete, New York City marathon winner and Waimea Intermediate & College old-boy Rod Dixon has generously donated a framed print for the benefit of the Save the Maitai campaign. The limited edition print on canvas is from an original painting by internationally recognised artist Sally Burton of Nelson,…
Big thanks to Maddy who came up with an idea to raise money to buy a Save the Maitai sign. "My name is Maddy and I'm 10 years old. I had a lunchtime cake stall to raise the money for a Save the Maitai sign. The chocolate brownies were the…
A huge thank you to Graham and Jo Watson who have offered to support Save the Maitai by donating all proceeds from their online shop to the campaign! Please visit their shop for beautiful cycling posters, jerseys and tote bags. What they are saying: “We are big supporters of the Save…
Save the Maitai - Sign the Petition Today
Together we can protect the natural beauty of the Maitai Valley for current and future generations.
We request that the Nelson City Council, does not accept or approve any private or public action that will lead to or result in the rezoning of rural land in The Kaka Valley, (adjacent to the Maitai Valley) as residential land.
* We are so heartened by the great response to the petition. The developers have been trying to discredit the #savethemaitai campaign with misleading information about where supporters come from. 91% (ninety-one per cent) of the almost 4,000 signatories to the ‘paper’ petition live in Nelson.
The ‘digital’ petition at Change.org/savethemaitai (currently over 8,800 signatures) doesn’t accurately record where someone lives. The geolocation of signatories can often depend on that individual’s ISP or can relate to a previous address.
The petition has huge support from a broad range of people, including thousands of people right here in Nelson, as well as visitors who love to spend time in the Maitai when they’re in Nelson, all of which indicates that this is not only of local interest, but of importance to a much wider group of people.