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Another big crowd for Motueka's season opener

(December 3): The summer season opened last night with another successful running of the Starlight Christmas Parade, followed by the Night Market. Full article, parade photos »

Exhibition to highlight Motueka's first settlers

(December 2): The fascinating stories of Ngati Rarua and Te Atiawa and their relationship with Motueka will feature in a new exhibition opening at the Motueka District Museum on Sunday. Full article »

Tasman decides against Easter Sunday trading

(December 1): The Tasman District Council has decided Easter Sunday should remain a non-trading day in the District. Full article »

Know what to do in case of emergency

(November 30): With recent earthquakes and tsunami alerts fresh on the minds of Motueka people, a meeting has been organised to remind us of how to stay safe in a civil emergency. Full article »

Community store donates proceeds to pool project

(November 29): The recently opened Motueka Community Store in Whakarewa Street has made its first donation of proceeds, with the recipients being the indoor swimming pool fundraising committee. Full article »

Mitre 10 store expansion and makeover unveiled

(November 28): Mitre 10 Motueka has undergone a major store renovation and expansion which is finally ready to be unveiled thanks to help from the community. Full article »

Parks and reserves review process to be explained

(November 23): The management and use of Motueka's reserves is up for review, and the Community Board wants to make it as easy as possible for people to get their ideas and concerns into the mix. Full article »

Barry Dowler to stand for community board

(November 22): Barry Dowler is standing for the vacant fourth position on the Motueka Community Board, having just missed out on retaining his District Council seat in the October local body election. Full article »

Website promotes shopping locally for trades firms

(November 21): Encouraging Motueka people to use local trade businesses wherever possible is a vital way of strengthening our local economy, says iBuild Motueka administrator Sheryl Riordan. Full article »

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

(November 20): October was a quieter month than normal with listing well below the number that usually come to the market and as expected the number of sales were also down. Full article »

Show your preferences for Motueka projects

(November 18): The Motueka Community Board is consulting on which special local projects it should fund in the coming year, so here's your chance to show your preferences. Full article & link to survey »

Street Art Walk an opportunity to view local talent

(November 18): Art collections can be viewed in a variety of ways, and a new opportunity is coming up in two weeks with a Street Art Walk at artists' studios on Trewavas Street. Full article »

Pool fundraisers offer big 'membership' draws

(November 17): The swimming pool fundraising team are taking on their biggest project challenge to date, selling 1000 tickets in a 3-month long "membership" draw. Full article »

Solution found for Kai Fest alcohol dilemma

(November 16): Another piece in the Motueka Kai Fest planning jigsaw has fallen into place, thanks to a collaboration between the planners and the MOTropolis owner to provide alcohol tastings off-site. Full article, photos »

New sign highlights our mountain outlook

(November 15): We all know Arthur and Campbell, but what about all those other mountains in the ranges to our west that make up our everyday outlook? How many can we name? Full article, photo »

Funding key constraint on providing growth infrastructure

(November 14): The Tasman District Council is aware of the demands growth is placing on development infrastructure in the District, and is working to balance growth demands with an affordable works programme, Mayor Richard Kempthorne says.
Full article »

Sunday market continues to build numbers

(November 11): The Motueka Sunday market continues to build in popularity, thanks in part to some marketing innovations introduced by coordinator Judy Roper.
Full article »

New community board gets down to business

(November 9): The new Motueka Community Board has hit the ground running, using its first business meeting to sort out some targets and priorities for its three-year term. Full article, photo »

Swimming pool project half way to target

(November 7): The Motueka Community swimming pool fundraising team have set up shop as a base for their continuing efforts, as the campaign passes the halfway mark. Full article, photos »

Motueka shop opening hours a growing issue

(November 4): Motueka retailers need to look at extending and making changes to their opening hours to better serve customers at the times that the town is busiest. Full article, photo »

Cheerleading team scores well at National comps

(November 4): Motueka High School's "Intensity" cheerleading team had several podium results at the New Zealand Cheer Union Nationals competition in Auckland last week. Full article, photo »

New TDC grants fund open for applications

(November 4): Tasman District Council's new Special Grants Fund, designed to encourage and support significant new events or projects within Tasman District, is now open for applications. Full article »

Help plan the future of Motueka's reserves

(November 3): The management regime for Motueka's many and varied public reserves is due for a refresh - and the Tasman District Council needs your help to bring it up to date. Full article »

Councils seek views on Easter Sunday trading

(November 3): The Tasman District and Nelson City councils are seeking community feedback on whether to allow Easter Sunday trading in the region. Full article »

Brent Maru to head Community Board

(October 28): Two popular Motueka community leaders, Brent Maru and Peter Canton, have been elected or appointed to key roles in local politics. Full article »

TDC finally adopts its Annual Report

(October 27): The Tasman District Council was able to adopt its Annual Report today at the first Council meeting of the new three-year term. Full article »

Community support wanted for big cycle challenge

(October 20): Organisers of the inaugural Abel Tasman Cycle Challenge event are asking Motueka people to help out as riders pass along the cycle trail around Motueka. Full article »

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

(October 18): September was a good listing month with 34 new properties listed. The median sale price dropped back a bit to just under $500,000. Full article »

Motueka recognises its outstanding volunteers

(October 17): The invaluable contribution to the Motueka community of volunteers was recognised at Memorial Hall yesterday at a social event culminating in the presentation of 10 special awards. Full article, photos »

Public meeting to focus on Riwaka issues

(October 12): Riwaka residents have an early opportunity to tell their new political leaders about issues that particularly affect them. Full article »

Our Town Motueka settles on marketing plan

(October 11): An all day workshop attended by 14 Motueka business people has settled on a focus and plan for Our Town Motueka to promote Motueka to the world. Full article »

Ogilvie, Canton and Hawkes win Council seats

(October 8): With Council election preminary results completed, the Motueka Ward will be represented for the next three years by David Ogilvie, Peter Canton and Paul Hawkes. Full article »

Oil vessel safety system wins top award for Coppins

(October 4): When an international oil company needed a safety system for a massive oil processing vessel being towed from Korea to the North Sea, they found their solution at Motueka's Coppins Sea Anchors. Full article »

Phone app helps local research on dolphins

(October 4): Local people on the waters and along the beaches in Abel Tasman and surrounds are being recruited to help fill in knowledge gaps of endangered Hector's dolphins. Full article »

Ideas sought for summer season weekend opener

(October 3): The new Our Town Motueka committee is casting around for ideas to build the first weekend in December into a big community, retail and visitor weekend. Full article »

i-Site services count 'more than ever'

(September 30): Although i-Sites are facing huge challenges in a digital world, they still have a vital role in providing the first impression of a town to many visitors, says new NRDA boss Mark Rawson. Full article »

Whanganui - Motueka freight ferry service proposed

(September 27): A bold plan to start up a ferry service between Whanganui and Motueka could make make major savings in both time and money for those needing an inter-island link. Full article »

Motueka gets better deal in TDC project timings

(September 25): Motueka is receiving a better slice of the TDC cake over the coming nine months, following Council decisions to approve or bring forward some infrastructure projects. Full article »

Sunday Market offers Kai Fest full support

(September 24): The new harvest celebration event, Motueka Kai Fest, will be even bigger thanks to the Sunday Market operators offering their full support. Full article »

Perfect weather for jumping out of a plane

(September 23): Could the organisers of the Good Vibes skydiving event have ordered better weather conditions than what they've dished up for the town and its adventurous visitors these past few days? Full article »

Motueka calendar ready for holiday season

(September 23): A 2017 calendar featuring photos of Motueka's attractions has been printed and is ready for sales leading into the Christmas and tourism retail season.
Full article »

Council ends term in strong financial position

(September 23): Tasman's annual wrap-up of its finances and achievements confirms the Council's strong financial performance continues, with net debt reduced from $141 million in 2015 to $129 million at the end of June 2016. Full article »

Fitness classes aim to 'get Motueka moving'

(September 22): A new physical activity initiative aiming to "get Motueka moving" will start next week at Decks Reserve. Full article »

Community Board meeting frequency questioned again

(September 21): The frequency and timing of meetings will be one of the earliest decisions the incoming Motueka Community Board is likely to make following the upcoming local body elections. Full article »

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

(September 20): The warmer weather delivered a surge in new listings with number up 100% on the previous month and 30% on this time last year. Full article »

Documentary highlights quality of Tasman water

(September 17): A high-quality documentary about the health of Tasman District rivers and the people caring for them is available for viewing on TDC's website and YouTube. Full article »

Golden Bay favourite stands for District Health Board

(September 16): Only one Tasman rural candidate, the popular Golden Bay retiring councillor Martine Bouillir, is standing for the election of board members for the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board. Full article »

New OTM leader aims for a thriving Motueka

(September 15): The man who created the "Love Motueka" success story wants Motueka businesses to "work together for the greater good, so we can all enjoy the benefits". Full article, photos »

Joint regional landfill a step closer

(September 15): The Tasman District Council has agreed to amend its Long Term Plan, paving the way for a regional landfill to be established. Full article »

Our Town looks to optimistic business future

(September 12): Our Town Motueka has stabilised its financial position and elected a new leadership team, aiming to take a more strategic approach to building the Motueka business community. Full article »

Help make a difference in Conservation Week

(September 9): New Zealanders can help improve their physical and mental health and wellbeing by getting out and helping to look after our natural spaces, says the Department of Conservation. Full article »

Community Board agrees on special project options

(September 9): The Community Board used the final meeting of its three-year term to agree on the list of special local projects which will be put out to the community for consultation. Full article »

Flooring Xtra donates materials, labour for pool

(September 7): Motueka's Flooring Xtra has made the first 'in-kind' donation of materials and labour for the construction of the indoor Motueka Community Swimming Pool. Full article, photo »

More unity than dissent at Council candidates meeting

(September 7): The three councillors who will be elected to represent the Motueka Ward have promised to work together to further promote and advocate for Motueka. Full article, photo »

Dawn blessing planned for arrival of godwits

(September 6): A dawn blessing is being organised by the Friends of the Motueka Estuaries group this year to mark the arrival of Motueka's iconic godwit (kuaka) birds. Full article »

Fresh FM seeks site for Mot Valley transmission

(September 5): Motueka Valley residents have seen a reduction in the quality of reception for the Fresh FM community radio station for the past year. Full article »

TDC gives $218,000 boost to community groups

(September 4): The Tasman District Council has provided a funding boost to 137 community projects and services through its 2016 Community Grants. Full article »

Crafty quilters provide warming winter treats

(August 25): Ten Motueka people have received welcome gifts of colourful, warm quilts, thanks to the work of a group of Crafty Tarts. Full article, photo »

New web-based business starting in Motueka

(August 24): A new company has been set up in Motueka offering specialised business skills and knowledge training delivered to anywhere in New Zealand using the latest webinar technology. Full article »

Tasman District CEO offered contract renewal

(August 24): The Tasman District Council has offered its Chief Executive an employment agreement for a further two years. Full article »

Coordinators appointed for big community events

(August 23): Two of Motueka's biggest community events now have contractors appointed to provide professional event planning and coordination. Full article »

Healthy result from pool fundraising festival

(August 22): Memorial Hall was picture of health yesterday with people learning about and shopping for health, fitness and beauty products and services. Full article »

Retailers challenged to step up this summer

(August 19): Motueka retailers need to look at four key areas if they are to grow their business in the modern competitive environment. Full article »

Occasional drivers wanted for mobility services

(August 19): A call is going out for drivers to offer occasional services that will at least partly compensate for the loss over the past year of a taxi service in Motueka.
Full article »

Rock Da House to play four nights

(August 18): A record number of 14 schools means that the bi-annual primary school music extravaganza Rock Da House will play an extra fourth night at Memorial Hall in two weeks. Full article »

Further developments planned by KMB committee

(August 17): Further improvements to Port Motueka and Sanctuary Garden lead the project list for Keep Motueka Beautiful for the coming year. Full article »

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

(August 16): Another month passes where more homes have been sold than have been listed, which continues to put buyers under intense pressure to move quickly and pay more than they expected. Full article »

Wellbeing festival to raise money for pool project

(August 15): Memorial Hall will be the venue for a Festival of Health, Beauty and Fitness, a large fundraising event for the Motueka Community Swimming Pool project. Full article »

Surprises in nominations for Community Board and Council

(August 12): Nominations have just closed for the local body elections, throwing up some interesting scenarios in the Motueka ward. Full article »

Business get-together to scotch winter blues

(August 12): Our Town Motueka is hosting another information and social evening to help business owners network, expand their horizons and get out of the "winter blues". Full article »

Household de-clutter day returns next month

(August 12): Sunday September 11th is your next opportunity to spring clean and declutter your home and participate in Second-Hand Sunday. Full article »

Camera reveals one of the flood culprits

(August 10): One large plastic Coke bottle compounded the misery of Wilkie Street residents this year when exceptional flooding hit their neighbourhood on several occasions. Full article »

OTM coordinator to stand for Community Board

(August 9): A call for younger people and women to stand for the Motueka Community Board has been answered by the Our Town Motueka coordinator Claire Hutt.
Full article »

Food forest team celebrates first birthday

(August 7): Sixteen hardy souls braved cold but clear weather yesterday morning to celebrate the first birthday of the Motueka food forest in Ledger Goodman park.
Full article, photos »

Colour and creativity at toy competition finale

(August 6): A vast range of creative, hand-crafted toys are on display at Memorial Hall over the weekend, the results of the Motueka Arts Council's winter "Make a Toy" competition. Full article, photos »

Motueka to stage national hot rod weekend

(August 5): The New Zealand Hot Rod Association's annual National Hot Rod Run is expected to bring 150 or more mechanical marvels to Motueka for three days in November. Full article »

Community access radio promotion for Fresh FM

(August 3): Throughout August Fresh FM is taking part in The Big Listen, a nationwide campaign to celebrate Community Access Radio services in New Zealand. Full article »

Kai Fest planners receive Rata funding boost

(August 2): Vision Motueka has received a grant of $12,000 from Rata Foundation to help administer and run the inaugural Motueka Kai Fest event next April. Full article »

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