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Community celebrations lined up for a great Motueka Christmas

(November 25): With a month until Christmas Day, a great programme of festivities and community celebrations is set to play out in Motueka. Full article »

State Cinema changes pricing structure

(November 24): The State Cinema in Motueka has been pushed into raising some of its admission prices in a deal with its major distributors. Full article »

Tarts celebrate a productive year of crafting

(November 23): The Motueka crafts group Crafty Tarts celebrated another busy and productive year with an indoor picnic (thanks to a rainy day) at Eyebright and a theme of crafty hats. Full article, photos »

Motueka faces special sea level rise challenges

(November 20): Motueka is one of nine coastal towns and cities in New Zealand which will be greatly affected by forecast sea level rises through the 21st century. Full article, map »

Second strike at pest vines in Riwaka Valley

(November 20): Project De-Vine, set up to clear pest vines out of Golden Bay and around Abel Tasman National Park, is holding its second working bee in the Riwaka Valley next Saturday. Full article, photos »

Final Second Hand Sunday for 2015

(November 18): Second Hand Sunday is returning for the final time in 2015 on December 13th, offering a chance to clear out some clutter before Christmas or grab a treasure or two. Full article »

Swimming club backs pool project with big donation

(November 18): An indoor swimming pool in Motueka means so much to young competitive swimmers and learners that their club has donated $5,000 to help start the fundraising effort. Full article, photo »

High school launches construction trades academy

(November 16): Motueka High School last week launched a trades academy to train and prepare students for a career in the construction industry. Full article »

Rec Centre's first fundraisers recall 'heady days'

(November 15): On Thursday Brent and Jodi Maru welcomed to the Motueka Recreation Centre a group of women who were influential in getting the Centre started. Full article »

Call for local leadership on environmental issues

(November 13): The Motueka Community Board should "take leadership in promoting Motueka as a town that deliberately and intelligently takes care of Nature", environmental advocates say. Full article »

Logo design competition for swimming pool

(November 12): Here's a chance for creative types to win free cinema tickets in exchange for designing a winning logo to be used in fundraising for the Motueka Community Swimming Pool. Full article »

Review of the property sales market in the Motueka area in November

(November 12): There were a strong number of sales for the month with the average sale price 4% above the current capital value and on the back of a number of high value sales the medium price jumped up to $457,000. Full article »

Community Board 'special project' preferences released

(November 11): The results of the online survey by the Motueka Community Board on how to spend their Special Projects fund next year have been made public. Full article »

Motueka River mural finished

(November 9): After three months of planning followed by six months of painting, the mural on Whitwells wall depicting the Motueka River is now effectively complete. Full article, photos »

Positive behaviour scheme to be reinforced

(November 6): The Positive Behaviour for Learning scheme (PB4L) is being reintroduced in Motueka shops to encourage positive behaviour among our students. Full article, photo »

Recycling volumes up in Tasman District

(November 5): An improved recycling service is proving successful at reducing the amount of waste going to landfill in Tasman District, with kerbside recycling volumes up 23 per cent since its introduction. Full article »

Night market to accompany Starlight Parade

(November 5): The first of what may be a regular Motueka night market will be held in Decks Reserve during and after this year's Starlight Parade. Full article »

Motueka pottery celebrated in museum exhibition

(November 3): A diverse exhibition by 11 potters at the Motueka Museum marks 40 years of clay play at the Motueka Pottery Workshop. Full article, photos »

Our Town takes steps to shore up its admin

(November 2): Our Town Motueka has contracted Jacqui Taylor, its paid coordinator up until four years ago, to look after the secretarial and accounting activities for the next three months. Full article »

Rec Centre to host open information evening

(October 30): The Motueka Recreation Centre is one jewel in Motueka's crown, but many people still don't know the range of services and activities that it offers. Full article »

Get out into nature for Conservation Week

(October 30): The Department of Conservation is inviting people to take part in Conservation Week by getting into nature to refresh their body and mind. Full article »

Local celebration of the godwits - bird of the year

(October 30): Friends of Motueka Estuaries are celebrating the arrival of the godwits back to the Motueka sandspit with an event on Sunday 15 November, between 11am and 1pm at the Old Wharf. Full article »

Freedom camping debated again by community board

(October 29): The thorny issue of freedom camping at Beach Reserve got members steamed up once again at the Motueka Community Board meeting on Tuesday. Full article »

New boss appointed for Kaiteriteri Reserve Board

(October 29): The Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve Board today announced the appointment of David Ross as its new chief executive. Full article »

Youth Council puts case for Thorp's Bush improvements

(October 28): A comprehensive report on attitudes to Thorp's Bush, and a plan for its future, was presented to the Motueka Community Board yesterday by the Motueka Youth Council. Full article »

Donations sought for bereaved Bennett family

(October 27): The Motueka community is rallying behind the family of Paul Bennett, a popular local who was drowned when the fishing vessel he was on sank off Banks Peninsular on October 18th. Full article »

Vision Motueka chooses its future project goals

(October 26): Vision Motueka has settled on a programme of projects, endorsed through community consultation, that it believes will make a stronger future for Motueka. Full article »

Progress being made on wastewater treatment plant

(October 24): An upgrade of the Motueka wastewater treatment plant is advancing with the second of three stages for this year completed. Full article »

Swimming pool fundraising under way

(October 22): The fundraising campaign for the covered Motueka Community Swimming Pool has taken off, with the first donation coming from one of the High School pool's regular users. Full article »

Review of the property sales market in the Motueka area in October

(October 22): The number of new properties coming on to the market remained steady compared with the same time last year, while the number of sales for September were up significantly. Full article »

Improvements make Sanctuary Gardens more accessible

(October 21): One of Motueka's quiet secrets, the Sanctuary Gardens, has been receiving some attention in recent months, with new paths making it more accessible to visitors. Full article, photos »

Council offers free microchipping clinics for dogs

(October 20): Tasman District Council will conduct free microchipping clinics during November for dogs registered in the Tasman district. Full article »

Project Janszoon wins international environment award

(October 20): Project Janszoon's environmental work in the Abel Tasman National Park has been recognised at the international Green World Environment Awards. Full article »

OTM seeks answers from its business members

(October 19): Our Town Motueka is looking to refine and prioritise its goals by circulating a questionnaire asking rate-paying members what they expect from their business promotion organisation. Full article »

Youth drop-in space opened at Rec Centre

(October 16): The provision of a safe drop-in space for young people after school hours is the aim of a new initiative by the Recreation Centre, the Youth Drop-in Lounge. Full article, photos »

Motueka phone book to support swimming pool project

(October 15): The Motueka Lioness Club has released for sale the 2015 local phone book, with all the proceeds this year destined to boost fundraising for the covered Motueka Community swimming pool. Full article, photo »

Spring gardening features at Motueka library

(October 15): A varied series of classes around the theme of spring gardening is running this week at Motueka library, and it's not too late to join in on one. Full article, photos »

First stage of power line undergrounding complete

(October 13): Have you noticed how open and clear the view is of late when driving along High Street between the roundabout and the clock tower? Full article, photos »

World-class dance troupe to perform in Motueka

(October 13): Motueka has pulled off another coup, with the highly acclaimed Black Grace dance troupe choosing us as one of only four South Island centres it will perform in as part of its 20-venue tour. Full article »

The Community Game to have its world launch in Motueka

(October 9): A new initiative aimed at up-skilling communities in creative ways to solve problems and make projects happen is having its world launch in Motueka. Full article »

River water quality improving in Tasman district

(October 8): Hard work and collaboration between the community and the TDC to clean up Tasman's rivers is paying off, with latest monitoring results showing a marked improvement in river water quality overall. Full article »

Have your say on Motueka improvement projects

(October 7): It's that time of the year again, when all Motueka residents are encouraged to exercise their democratic right to say how the Community Board's "special projects" fund is spent. Full article, link to survey »

New trustee for Atamai Land Trust

(October 5): Atamai Land Trust has new trustees, with Village Stewards Limited stepping into the role of Corporate Trustee for the trust and aiming to continue work towards the completion of the Atamai Village project. Full article »

Library gives novice gardeners a hand

(October 2): Are your green fingers itching with the arrival of spring? Motueka Library has planned a full week of activities aimed at providing a range of comprehensive information to inexperienced gardeners. Full article »

Motueka 2030 project evaluation begins

(October 1): At least 1000 Motueka people will be interested in seeing the conclusions of the giant community-wide consultation held this May to look at the long-term future of the town. Full article »

Record profit for Motueka i-Site announced

(September 30): A record AGM attendance of 35 last night heard about a breakthrough year for Tasman Bays Promotion Association, which announced its largest ever profit. Full article »

Entrance space now a High Street delight

(September 25): For those with short memories, it's time to recognise how well some simple, inexpensive renovations have already transformed one of Motueka's dingiest spots. Full article, photos »

Feedback invited on Abel Tasman foreshore

(September 25): The public now have just two weeks left to have their say on proposed changes to the Abel Tasman Foreshore Reserve Management Plan. Full article »

Gateway sculpture goes up at Tasman

(September 25): Six years ago when the Ruby Bay bypass was about to open, the locals got together to look at ways of retaining traffic and business. Full article, photos »

Surplus up, debt down in Tasman District

(September 24): A sustained focus on prudent financial management by the Tasman District Council is paying off. Full article »

Much-loved Motueka performers to make comeback

(September 23): TDC has submitted the district's Digital Enablement Plan in the second part of a two-stage application process to the funding announced by the Government. Full article, photos »

Tasman and Motueka UFB submission completed

(September 18): TDC has submitted the district's Digital Enablement Plan in the second part of a two-stage application process to the funding announced by the Government. Full article »

Our Town Motueka gears up to promote growth

(September 18): The business promotion group Our Town Motueka is gearing up to tackle some of the major issues faced by local businesses in an uncertain economy. Full article »

CBD security camera upgrade under way

(September 17): The first four of 20 high-quality security cameras have been installed in Motueka's central business district, and are already achieving great results. Full article »

Plans afoot for picnic area beside Motueka River

(September 17): A simple plan to begin the development of a recreation area on the bank of the Motueka River was presented to the Motueka Community Board on Tuesday. Full article »

Review of the property sales market in the Motueka area in September

(September 17): There was a lift in August of new properties coming on the market in Motueka but this was still well below the level for the same month period last year. Full article »

Short list of 'special projects' chosen

(September 16): The Motueka Community Board has selected 12 local projects as candidates for targets of this year's Special Projects Fund. Full article »

New name, same goals for large funding agency

(September 15): The funding agency which has helped many Motueka development initiatives, Canterbury Community Trust, has a new name to better reflect its work through the top of the south island. Full article »

Renewed efforts to highlight the value of the godwits

(September 14): The Friends of Motueka Estuary (FOME) are bouncing back from mourning the loss of foundation member Pauline Samways with renewed efforts to highlight the importance of the Motueka godwits (kuaka). Full article »

Our Town Motueka examines its future direction

(September 10): The business promotion group Our Town Motueka will be looking at some significant changes to its operation when it holds its annual general meeting next Thursday. Full article »

Hanging baskets spring up in High Street

(September 8): A set of over 100 small hanging flower baskets were installed yesterday to fill the seasonal gap in CBD decoration between the winter art works and the summer flowers. Full article, photo »

Second Motueka 'food forest' planted

(September 7): A team of volunteers got together on Saturday afternoon for the second planting of edible trees on public land, led by volunteers from Keep Motueka Beautiful. Full article, photo »

Local projects submitted for fast broadband

(September 4): The submission to government by Tasman District Council for fast broadband for Motueka has been drafted in time for its September 18th deadline. Full article »

Community ready to restart river mural

(September 3):It's not much fun painting on a cold wall in winter, but with the days now lengthening the murals team in Motueka are preparing to finish the River mural on Whitwells wall. Full article »

Sporting volunteers to be recognised

(September 2):The annual Motueka Volunteers awards event is coming up, this year celebrating the outstanding efforts put in by the town's sports coaches, administrators and organisers. Full article »

Innovative business programme coming to Motueka

(August 27): An innovative, intensive program aimed at incubating new and entrepreneurial economic initiatives, called Co.Starters, is coming to Motueka. Full article »

Winter workshop artists bloom

(August 26): Green is bursting out around Motueka. The rhododendrons are in bloom - so too are the many artists who took part in the Arts Council winter workshops. Full article, photos »

Bullying prevention project takes to the road

(August 21): The results of over a year of creating music to address the issue of bullying has culminated in a range of youth activities based around a regional concert tour. Full article »

Experts urge better business use of online media

(August 19): An enthusiastic group of 75 people were given the lowdown on better business use of online media at a BNZ-sponsored workshop last night. Full article »

Second Hand Sunday rolls around again

(August 19): It's time again for a spring clean and the opportunity to offer to others the stuff you no longer need that could be the treasure someone else is looking for. Full article »

KMB plans for another productive year

(August 18): Keep Motueka Beautiful is preparing for another year of positive improvements to the town's environment, with several busy projects on the go. Full article »

Review of the property sales market in the Motueka area in August

(August 18): While REINZ reports prices up 17% in Motueka, looking over the wider Motueka area, at $422,500 the median sale price is within 1% of the previous month's median. Full article »

Report details community priorities for Motueka

(August 14): A small crowd braved wintry conditions last night to attend the presentation of the findings from the Motueka 2030 program which was run during May by Vision Motueka. Full article »

Local mountain bike trails get global recognition

(August 12): The Kaiteriteri Mountainbike Park has played a big role in Nelson being accredited last week as a Gold Level Ride Centre by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA). Full article »

Motueka agent receives high accolade

(August 10): Motueka real estate agent Nicola Chambers has been rated eighth out of 13,000 colleagues for customer satisfaction in the Ray White Group's worldwide network. Full article »

Websites provide advice on funding searches

(August 9): Tasman District Council's support for community groups - on top of offering grants - includes access to other resources for those seeking funding. Full article »

Colour and funk galore in tea cosy competition

(August 7): Colourful creations, both traditional and funky, were on display today at the exhibition and prize-giving for the Motueka Arts Council tea cosy competition. Full article, photos »

Workshop, questionnaire to help build case for UFB

(August 6): Work to build and support Motueka's bid for government money for an ultrafast broadband (UFB) rollout is gathering pace. Full article, photo »

Progress made on restoration of old wharf

(August 6): Work to restore and make safe Motueka's old wharf at Motueka Quay has taken another step with the formation of a Trust dedicated to restoring all old wharves in the Tasman District. Full article, photos »

Our Town Motueka looking for new name and brand

(August 5): Our Town Motueka is looking for a new name and brand, and its offering a $500 voucher to spend locally for the winning idea. Full article »

Report to shed light on Motueka's future hopes

(August 5): A comprehensive report will be presented at a public meeting next week detailing and summarising the results of the Motueka 2030 community consultation programme. Full article »

Team sought to make Motueka's case for UFB

(August 4): A steering group has been set up to plan the introduction of ultrafast broadband (UFB) to Tasman rural towns, and now it's time for the Motueka connection to get its own group together. Full article »

Community Board considers formal planning process

(August 3): The Motueka Community Board is being asked to consider developing a Long Term Plan and Annual Plan process to guide its future advocacy and project work. Full article »

Business meeting to address modern challenges

(August 2): Motueka businesses are being encouraged to attend an evening meeting to learn more about the challenges - and opportunities - that new technology brings them. Full article »

Hand-crafted quilts donated to Motueka's elderly

(August 1): Over the past month the Crafty Tarts have made 11 colourful quilts and donated them to elderly people in Motueka, to be distributed by the Salvation Army and other church agencies. Full article, photos »

Ultrafast broadband - we're only half way there

(July 31): Motueka businesses and citizens keen for better local Internet broadband coverage are being asked to "use it or lose it" with regard to our application to government. Full article »

Food forest first for an 'Incredible Edible Town'

(July 29): Ledger Goodman Park is the place of the first food forest for Motueka. Its aim is to provide a meeting point for the neighbourhood, free snacks, and education for all in regards to growing food. Full article, photos »

New principal appointed for high school

(July 29): Ex-Motueka High School student John Prestidge has been appointed the new principal of the school, beginning in term 4. Full article »

Next phase of broadband application under way

(July 25): Work to bring ultrafast Broadband to Motueka is moving into its second phase with a small working party being established to develop a Digital Enablement Plan (DEP). Full article »

First public food forest ready to plant

(July 22): The first of "several public food forests" in the Motueka urban area will be planted out on Saturday on part of Ledger-Goodman Park, on Ledger Avenue. Full article »

Meeting to promote conservation of keas

(July 18): An opportunity to learn more about the inquisitive kea, and the role communities may have to play in its future survival, is coming to Motueka.
Full article »

Tradies go online to 'keep it local'

(July 17): Tradespeople in the Motueka area are uniting as part of a new initiative to promote the wide range of professional services in the building sector. Full article »

High school student wins naming/logo competition

(July 16): The Motueka Collaboration of Agencies (CoA) has chosen the winner of the logo and re-naming competition held in April this year. Full article, photos »

Review of the property sales market in the Motueka area in July

(July 14): The median price of property sold in Motueka moved up to $424,239 on the back of a number of higher value sales, the average sales price was 3% above the current capital value. Full article »

Submissions sought for 'special projects' funding

(July 11): The Motueka Community Board wants input from residents on how best to spend its almost $50,000 "special projects" fund on improvements in the Motueka Ward over the coming year. Full article »

Funding provided to help Waka Ama grow

(July 8): The sport of Waka Ama will become more easily available to the youth of Motueka, thanks to a new grant from the Canterbury Community Trust. Full article »

History of St Thomas Church updated

(July 8): A new book has been published that updates the history of the the Motueka Anglican Parish from 1959 to the present day. Full article »

Another productive year to clothe European orphans

(July 7): The goods made by local knitters and crafters for Operational Coverup were on colourful display at St Thomas Church auditorium on Monday, ready for sending off overseas. Full article, photos »

Pool fundraising committee ready to begin

(July 1): A core fundraising committee has been set up to begin work on creating a covered and ultimately heated swimming pool for Motueka, and they are seeking more active members. Full article »

Youth project teams take their first steps

(June 30): Three small youth-oriented projects will kick off during July as a result of the follow-up meeting last night of the Motueka Youth Summit. Full article »

Old Wharf the main concern at Historical Assoc AGM

(June 29): Getting the Old Wharf fixed was a big agenda item at the AGM of the Motueka and District Historical Association, held at Community House on 27 June at 1.30pm. Full article »

Darts players encouraged to 'try our kai'

(June 26): The business promotion group Our Town Motueka is organising an event that will run through the month of August, encouraging people to experience locally produced food. Full article »

Tasman District Council adopts its Long Term Plan

(June 25): Tasman District Council has formally adopted its Long Term Plan 2015-2025, which Mayor Richard Kempthorne says presents a clear and prudent approach to building a better district for the future. Full article »

Board to fund 'bricks and mortar' only

(June 24): The Motueka Community Board has decided to use its enlarged Special Project fund for "bricks and mortar" projects only, and to disallow formal contributions of project ideas from residents. Full article »

Manoy-Talbot walkway link to be constructed

(June 24): After years of negotiations and argument, a walkway link between Manoy Street and Talbot Street will be constructed by the end of August. Full article »

New skills learnt at Winter Workshops

(June 23): The Motueka Winter Workshop Program is under way with people challenging themselves to learn new skills. Full article, photos »

Bigger 'Motueka projects' pot subject to tighter rules

(June 22): Council has approved a request to raise the Motueka targeted rate for "special projects" and has recommended policies and rules around how it will operate from now on. Full article »

Performance talent alive and well in Motueka

(June 22): Motueka High School continues to develop skilled and confident performers, as evidenced by the impressive 2015 drama production "We'll Meet Again" which closed last Saturday night. Full article, photos »

Youth activities planned to liven up the town

(June 17): An informal group of young people and youth leaders are organising a variety of activities around Motueka aiming to inject some life and colour to the town. Full article »

A first in wedding tourism for Dream Maker

(June 17): Motueka wedding celebrant Terri Everett has become the first Celebrant and Event Manager in New Zealand to be awarded Qualmark and Enviro Bronze standards. Full article »

Atamai's trustees put their side of the story

(June 16): Jack Santa Barbara and Ben van der Wijngaart, Trustees of Atamai Land Trust, say that "Repeated reports of [Atamai's] death have been greatly exaggerated". Full article »

Review of the property sales market in the Motueka area in June

(June 16): For the wider Motueka market new listings were on par with last month but down by 30% on May 2014. Sales were up a fraction on the previous month. Full article »

Swinging art to brighten Motueka over winter

(June 15): A creative initiative to get more interest and activity in High Street during winter was launched on Saturday, with the opening of the "Swinging Art on High" art walk. Full article, photos »

Get cosy with a winter cup of tea

(June 12): Tea anyone? What a cosy thought for winter! And now is the time for crafty people to create their entry for the Motueka Arts Council's winter Tea Cosy Competition. Full article, photos »

Keen crowd discuss faster broadband opportunities

(June 10): Ultrafast broadband will have a huge benefit for Motueka well into the future, a crowd of 50 people agreed at a public meeting last night to provide input for a Council application on UFB. Full article, photos »

Motueka Online finalist at industry awards

(June 10): We are mightily chuffed to announce that Motueka Online has been chosen as one of five finalists in the annual Australasian Internet awards in the Community Websites category. Full article »

Fundraising set to start for indoor pool

(June 9): A sub-committee of Good Sports Motueka is set to begin public fundraising to create an indoor heated swimming pool facility around the present high school pool. Full article, drawings »

High participation rate for Motueka 2030 programme

(June 8): Organisers are pleased with the number of people who engaged in one way or another in the Motueka 2030 programme run throughout May. Full article »

Marae development concept approved

(June 8): A concept plan for the future development and layout of Te Awhina Marae was agreed at the annual general meeting of the Marae board yesterday. Full article »

Creative talents on show outside museum

(June 7): The Motueka Museum forecourt was a focus of creative activity for a while yesterday when people gathered to express their artistic talents while listening to live background music. Full article, photos »

Annual community grants programme now open

(June 7): Tasman District Council Community Grants Applications are open for Tasman District Council's Community Grants. Full article »

Meeting to explore broadband improvements

(June 5): Motueka businesses and internet users will have the opportunity next week to show support for a proposal to provide better broadband access in and around the town. Full article »

Community shows preferences for the future

(June 5): Vision Motueka has published the results of the core survey conducted in its month-long community consultation programme called Motueka 2030. Full article, survey results »

Project Janszoon takes supreme Green Ribbon award

(June 5): Project Janszoon was last night honoured to win both the Supreme Award and Philanthropy and Partnership category, at the 2015 Green Ribbon Awards. Full article »

More mentors sought for Motueka kids

(June 2): Nelson man Allen Knott found an ideal buddy to enjoy the great outdoors with - a nine-year-old boy with energy to burn and a willingness to give anything a go. Full article »

River mural takes a break for winter

(June 1): The mural depicting the Motueka River and what it means to the town is now on pause as winter chill makes painting impractical. Full article, photos »

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