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Co-ordinator begins work on Motueka 2030 project

(March 2): Vision Motueka has begun its promised community-wide consultation and information gathering project, "Motueka 2030: A Stronger Future Together" with its paid co-ordinator on board. Full article, photo »

Celebration of bumper whio breeding season

(February 26): The Department of Conservation is celebrating this year's bumper whio/blue duck breeding season in eastern parts of Kahurangi National Park with a public whio day event. Full article »

Crafted poppies will 'paint the town red'

(February 26): The response to the Anzac crafted poppies project has been so great that the organisers are confident the town will be "painted red" by Anzac Day. Full article, photos »

New film captures Kahurangi conservation work

(February 24): Local conservation group Friends of Flora have produced a 13-minute video that tells the story of their work in partnership with the Department of Conservation. Full article »

Family support service listings updated

(February 24): An updated listing of the main support services for those needing help in Motueka, titled "First Aid For Families", has been published. Full article »

Info wanted for Port Motueka centenary

(February 20): In 1916 the third and present Motueka wharf was opened for warehousing and shipping. To commemorate its centenary the Historical Association will publish a book on the wharf, its operation and its people. Full article, photos »

Submissions open for sewage plant upgrade

(February 20): The Tasman District Council has received applications for resource consent to upgrade the Motueka Wastewater Treatment Plant. Full article »

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

(February 19): Our market remained steady for January with a healthy number of new properties coming on to the market. Sales also remained strong with similar numbers sold compared to last January. Full article »

Community Board special rate may be raised

(February 11): Most members of the Motueka Community Board are keen to see the ward targeted rate increased from five dollars to $10 per year, as long as it is spent well. Full meeting report »

'Special projects' chosen for targeted rate

(February 11): Projects that will account for around $18,000 of the "special projects" targeted rate were confirmed at last night's Motueka Community Board meeting, with more possibly to come. Full article »

Wallace Street pedestrian crossing to be shifted

(February 11): The problematic pedestrian crossing at the entrance to Wallace Street is to be moved eastward about five metres, enough for a car to wait safely as a pedestrian crosses. Full article, photo »

River-themed mural ready to begin

(February 11): Work has begun on the next Motueka mural, themed "Our River (Te Awa)", on the Whitwells Menswear wall. Full article, photos »

Church tries cloud-funding to help building restoration

(January 29): The Motueka Uniting Church congregation is asking for donations to pay the final one-quarter of the costs required to strengthen the Heritage NZ-listed building against earthquake risk. Full article »

Motueka 2030 project announced at Vision AGM

(January 29): What would a stronger, successful Motueka look like to you in 2030? How would you like to see Motueka develop? Soon you will have your chance to have your views heard and recorded. Full article »

Facebook group allows swapping of surplus fruit

(January 29): A new Facebook group set up to enable Motueka people to share and swap their fruit surplus has reached its first 100 members in little more than a month. Full article »

Water restrictions back on for many Tasman areas

(January 28): TDC's Dry Weather Taskforce convenor said today that low January rainfall and declining river and groundwater levels have meant that restrictions need to be imposed. Full article »

Growing congregation forces new Sunday venue

(January 28): Increasing numbers attending Sunday services and other factors have forced the Motueka Satellite Branch of the Latter-day Saints to moved to larger premises. Full article »

Poppy making a popular library activity

(January 27): Crafting poppies for the Anzac Day centenary celebration is becoming so popular in Motueka that the library is now hosting weekly knitting sessions for people wanting to do their bit. Full article »

Museum to build a 'snapshot in time'

(January 26): The Motueka District Museum is holding a photographic competition which will be used to build an exhibition showing what Motueka looks like in February 2015. Full article »

Successful fundraiser for local music network

(January 24): Motueka musicians provided a great evening of laid-back entertainment on Thursday while raising $565 to further develop the Motueka Music Network website. Full article, photo »

Port Motueka project plans to be explained

(January 20): Plans to redevelop the Eastern Quay and Beach Reserve areas of Port Motueka will be presented at the Annual General Meeting of Vision Motueka on January 29th. Full article »

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

(January 19): Sales in Motueka were well up on November and the previous December with a noticeable increase in the number of rural properties sold. Full article »

Tasman sculpture fundraising nears its target

(January 19): Fundraising for a large sculpture to be installed near the Tasman village as an entrance point to the Ruby Coast area is only $9,000 away from the final target cost of $58,000. Full article »

Motueka past and present features in TV show

(January 18): Motueka as it was decades ago and now was the feature of a TV One programme that aired yesterday and can be viewed on TVNZ On Demand. Full article »

Wedding tourism offers economic potential for Motueka

(January 17): Wedding tourism in the Motueka area offers great economic potential for the town, says an avid promoter of the concept, Terri Everett. Full article, photo »

Music Fiesta to raise funds for local music network

(January 14): Some of Motueka's best musicians will be performing on Thursday next week at a family music fiesta to raise money for the Motueka Music Network website. Full article »

Community workers featured in Maori TV show

(January 13): Two of Motueka's most active community workers were featured in a 10-minute slot on the Maori TV news programme, Te Kaea, last week, which also provided some great video of our 2014 Starlight Parade. Full article »

Set netting care urged after dolphin deaths

(January 13): The Department of Conservation is urging fishers to take care using set nets in Tasman and Golden bays after two endangered Hector's dolphins were found dead in Tasman Bay in recent days, one in a set net. Full article »

Online tool helps community groups to improve

(January 9): Community groups and organisations seeking to improve their effectiveness can use a new self-assessment tool that aims to help identify an organisation's strengths and weaknesses. Full article »

Group seeks memories of Abel Tasman National Park

(January 8): Wilsons Abel Tasman has set up a Facebook group, called "Memories of Abel Tasman National Park", to capture classic local stories about life, work and holidays in the park. Full article »

Summer retailing off to a bumper start

(December 31): If you thought the traffic through Motueka this past week has been exceptional, you may well be right. Full article »

Abel Tasman National Park goes "live" with WiFi

(December 30): The Abel Tasman National Park has gone "live" with 12 WiFi hotspots now available throughout the Park along with a "virtual visitor centre" for smart phones. Full article »

Near full house for Community Christmas dinner

(December 26): About 240 people and 43 volunteer servers enjoyed the second Motueka Community Christmas dinner yesterday, thanks to the generous provision of food and other goodies by donors and community organisations. Full article, photos »

Tasman Skatepark Tour returns to Motueka

(December 24): The Tasman Skatepark Tour returns to the region this January, with six competitions scheduled and over $5,000 of prizes on offer for the annual extreme sport festival. Full article »

Rob Francis reporting in from New Ireland

(December 23): In May this year Rob Francis, a Motueka resident, started a two year assignment with Volunteer Service Abroad, based in New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea. Full article, photo »

Families enjoy storytelling in the park

(December 21): An estimated audience of 200 people of all ages were entertained on Friday by stories, humorous and emotional, at 'Stories in the Park' on Decks Reserve. Full article, photo »

Online resource created for environmental management

(December 21): The Environment Foundation has launched a new web-based guide to the management of New Zealand's natural environment. Full article »

Buskers invited to Riwaka Market Day

(December 20): Musicians are invited to come and busk at the Riwaka Market Day, to be held on Friday January 2nd from 9am to 3pm in the Riwaka Domain. Full article »

Council to explore external funding options for dam

(December 12): The issue of affordability is central to the Council's decision yesterday to reject the funding models put forward in the recent consultation regarding the proposed Waimea Community Dam. Full article »

Imagine Theatre production an hilarious winner

(December 12): A packed house of 75 people laughed their way through an excellent production of the (very) adult comedy "Stiff" at Imagine Theatre last night.
Full review »

Funding obtained for community consultation project

(December 11): Vision Motueka has received a $7000 grant from Canterbury Community Trust to carry on work begun at the recent Economic Summit and gather ideas on how to make Motueka a stronger community long term. Full article »

Group to investigate restoring old wharf

(December 10): Hopes of restoring the dilapidated historic Motueka Wharf Quay have nudged forward with the proposed formation of a group of interested parties to advance the project. Full article »

Ratepayer feedback forces Waimea Dam rethink

(December 9): Contrary to the worst fears of skeptical ratepayers, TDC has heeded the feedback from consultation about the proposed Waimea Dam and will look at ways to significantly reduce costs, which they agree are unaffordable. Full article »

Cycle trail gets more government funding

(December 5): The Tasman Great Taste Trail maintains its place as one of the country's premier cycle trails in the latest round of funding from the Government. Full article »

Alternative proposed to Waimea Dam construction

(December 5): The "pipe dream" of piping water from Lake Rotoroa to feed the Waimea River, rather than building an expensive dam, is being advocated by Gary Watson, a candidate for Tasman District Mayor last year. Full article »

Free family fun at Riwaka Market Day

(December 4): It's a great way to start to the New Year. Put a note in your diary for after the New Year celebrations - the Riwaka Market Day is happening again the day after New Year's Day. Full article »

Books on Motueka's history available for sale

(December 2): For some interesting summer reading or a novel Motueka Christmas present, why not consider one of the journals of Motueka's past produced by the Historical Association? Full article »

Most Motueka people oppose dam funding model

(December 1): Motueka followed Richmond and Takaka submitters in being overwhelmingly opposed to the proposed funding models for the Waimea Community Dam. Full article »

Weather kind for 2014 Starlight Parade

(November 29): The weather stayed fine and sunny yesterday evening for the annual New World Starlight Parade down High Street, featuring the usual happy onlookers and colourful floats. Full article, many photos »

High school's trades academy programme expanding

(November 28): Motueka High School's flagship Trades Academy programme will be expanded next year to add an academy for Construction and Related Trades. Full article, photo »

Crafted poppies to commemorate Anzac Day 2015

(November 22): Preparations are under way for a community-wide commemoration of World War 1, with people being asked to craft red poppies to mark the centennial next Anzac Day. Full article »

Our Town gears up for busier times

(November 21): Downtown Motueka is getting ready for another big holiday season, kicking off on Friday night with the big annual Christmas Starlight Parade. Full article »

Tasman councillors right behind #Gigatown

(November 19): Tasman's mayor is urging residents to support Gigatown Nelson as the voting for the competition gets underway. Full article »

Record submissions received on dam proposals

(November 19): Submissions on the funding and governance options for the proposed Waimea Community Dam closed last week, drawing a record number of submitters. Full article »

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

(November 17): Our local Motueka market has continued on, with an increase in listings during October matched well to the increase in sales. The median days on market has also dropped. Full article »

Sheep and cattle return to A&P show

(November 17): The ITM Motueka A&P Show 2014 sees the return of the sheep and cattle categories to the Show, after many years. The show will be held on Sunday 14th December this year. Full article »

Fur seal relaxing by the recreation centre

(November 14): A young male New Zealand fur seal, pictured right, seen near the Motueka Recreation Centre is healthy and just relaxing in the area. Full article, photo »

Community Board makes Waimea Dam submission

(November 14): The Motueka Community Board has made a last-day submission to the Council's Waimea Dam proposal, following what chairman Paul Hawkes says was "lots of healthy debate surrounding the proposal". Full article »

Variety of topics at Board's 25th anniversary meeting

(November 12): The Community Board has agreed to ask Council to flag a plan to expand the parking space at the Recreation Centre, saying the money could better be spent on other more pressing problems. Full article »

Motueka flax weavers learn traditional skills

(November 12): Motueka Arts Council hosted Raranga harakeke flax weaving 2 day workshop last weekend for weavers with some experience in the craft. Full article, photos »

Vision Motueka readies for long-term development tasks

(November 11): Vision Motueka has re-jigged and enlarged its Board of Trustees in preparation for a multi-year project to help with future developments of the town. Full article »

Strategic support offered for storm-affected orchardists

(November 10): The devastation wrought by hail storms last week on a number of orchards in Riwaka, Motueka and Lower Moutere has seen the industry, Central Government and the Council take an active role in supporting the families affected. Full article »

DOC completes Kahurangi aerial 1080 drop

(November 10): The Department of Conservation has completed its Battle for our Birds aerial predator control work over about 257,000 hectares of Kahurangi National Park. Full article »

#LoveMotueka campaign a roaring success already

(November 6): The no-cost social media campaign #LoveMotueka has been a roaring success, developing worldwide conversations about Motueka involving tens of thousands of people. Full article »

How would you like $30,000 spent in Motueka?

(November 3): It's time for Motueka ward residents and ratepayers to tell their community board how they would like the $30,000 accumulated targeted rate to be spent on local special projects for the 2014-15 year. Full article, voting form »

Tasman Bay beaches get annual spring clean

(November 3): Tasman Bay beaches are clean and ready for summer after 3.93 tonnes of rubbish was removed on Saturday. This was up slightly on last year's 3.5 tonnes. Full article »

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