Light Nelson developed from an idea by local photographer John-Paul Pochin and engineering friend "Tutty". The concept stemmed from their collaboration on previous projects and the knowledge that by using their diverse but complimentary skills, backgrounds and ideas they could produce works that neither could have accomplished alone.

A small group of diverse but like-minded people with a wide range of skills and backgrounds came together in 2012 to form the Light Nelson Collective.

Through the Collective, in 2013 The Light Nelson Trust was established to facilitate the first Light Nelson Event later that year. The Trust was formed from several members of the original collective (John-Paul Pochin, Anne Rush, Frances McElhinney and Jo Kinross) who also brought in other like minded people from our community with specific skills that would help fulfil the objectives of the Trust (Brian Riley, Bronwyn Monopoli, Charlotte Reith and Caroline Marshall).

After four successfull events, in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2018,  this years event has been postponed until 2021 due to concerns around the Corvid-19 Virus. The Trust has also taken the descision rename the event as well as the name of the Trust 'Te Ramaroa'.

The Collective continues to be the creative driving force behind Light Nelson providing support and educational opportunities for anybody that wishes to get involved.

first meeting

The first 'official' Light Nelson Collective Meeting, July 2012