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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 »

Waimea dam funding and governance issues debated

(October 30): About 35 local people attended the public meeting held by Council last night to hear opinions about its proposed funding and governance policies related to the highly controversial Waimea Dam. Full article »

Youth mentoring service returns to Motueka

(October 30): The world's largest children's mentoring programme, Big Brothers Big Sisters, is coming to Motueka, thanks to financial commitments made by Motueka Rotary and Lions. Full article, photo »

Temporary co-op art gallery opens in Motueka

(October 28): A new art gallery opened in Motueka last Saturday, the "Art Hub" located at 389 High Street opposite the Caltex petrol station. Full article, photos »

Moves to restore the quayside Tarrant Memorial

(October 27): When Gwyn Rees settled in Motueka in 2009 he chose to live by the Motueka Estuary. No surprise there as he is a former Royal New Zealand Navy captain. Full article, photos »

DOC offers week of activities in the great outdoors

(October 23): The Department of Conservation (DOC) is encouraging people to get out and about and enjoy the amazing world that is on their doorstep. Full article »

Motueka volunteers celebrated at entertaining event

(October 21): Ten special volunteers working in the Motueka area were recognised at the annual Volunteers Awards, held in entertaining fashion last Saturday. Full article, photos & citations »

Anti-violence campaign begins in Motueka

(October 20): Thursday last week marked the official launch of Motueka's "10 Good Men Campaign", profiling positive role models in the community who are promoting the 'families living safe' message. Full article, photo »

Time to enjoy Motuaka's Japanese garden

(October 20): Photographer Jan Baily says she was "blown away by the amazing display of bluebells under the maples in the Japanese garden" late last week. Full article, photos »

Help is at hand to resolve kea issues

(October 16): Advice and support with managing kea issues is now available locally from Andrea Goodman, the recently appointed Conflicts Resolution Community Coordinator for the Kea Conservation Trust. Full article, photo »

Dam issue dominates marathon Community Board meeting

(October 16): The Waimea Community (Lee Valley) dam dominated proceedings at the Motueka Community Board's marathon meeting on Tuesday, with two presentations and lots of public interaction. Full article »

Widening option mooted for Motueka River bridge

(October 15): NZ Transport Agency is considering a new option for making the Motueka River bridge safer to use - adding about a metre to its width to serve for the next 20-30 years. Full article »

Opinions vary on the Waimea dam issue

(October 15): Construction of the Waimea Community Dam (commonly known as the Lee Valley Dam) will be Tasman District Council's most expensive infrastructure project ever, and likely its most contentious. Full article »

Nominations open for Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve Board

(October 15): Nominations for the Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve Board are now open, for a five year term commencing 25th February 2015. Full article »

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

(October 14): The Motueka market appears to have held up reasonable well with regard to the number of new properties coming on to the market, and while numbers are down on August they are up when compared with this time last year. Full article »

Riwaka Scouts celebrate the past, prepare for future

(October 13): Parents and youth from the Riwaka Scout Group gave their hall a tidy-up recently, in preparation for a special occasion. Although the Hall is only about 50 years old, the group itself was formed 100 years ago. Full article »

Motueka to host expert in affordable housing design

(October 10): An expert in affordable house design will speak at a public meeting next Thursday about some of the urban planning and design work he has been involved in. Full article »

Motueka's popular phone directory goes on sale

(October 10): The 2014-15 edition of the popular Motueka telephone directory is now available, sporting yet another great cover photo showing a local scene. Full article »

Waimea Dam consultation process to begin next week

(October 9): A special consultative process related to the proposed Waimea Community Dam will begin next Monday, 13th October. Full article »

Paul Hawkes slams Council's library decision

(October 8): Community Board chairman Paul Hawkes has slammed the Tasman District Council over its decision to postpone the library redevelopment, saying it will exacerbate the rift between Council and the Motueka community. Full article »

Anti-violence campaign to launch in Motueka next week

(October 7): The Motueka Collaboration of Agencies (CoA) is preparing to launch the 10 Good Men campaign, in which a collection of local leaders say publicly that family violence Is Not OK. Full article »

Families enjoy free engine-testing cruise

(October 5): The power of social media was shown on Saturday when a message on Facebook rapidly drew a full passenger list of 125 for a sea trial of Wilsons Abel Tasman's new Vista engine. Full article, photo »

TDC relaxes building consent rules

(October 3): A new policy was adopted at TDC's Environment and Planning Committee meeting yesterday allowing some buildings to be exempt from the need for a building consent. Full article »

Improved recycling services to start next July

(October 3): The Tasman District Council has accepted a proposal from their waste management contractor, Smart Environmental, which will divert more waste from landfill over the next eight years. Full article »

High-tech flight simulator no longer a Motueka secret

(October 3): A world-leading flight simulator has been developed in Motueka, offering exciting experiences for ordinary people as well as great export potential for our local budding high-tech industry. Full article, photos »

Motueka's war the subject of museum exhibition

(September 30): The Motueka Museum has opened its doors to its latest exhibition - Motueka's War, and WWI 100-year (WW100) commemorations. Full article, photos »

Council plans further upgrades to cycle trail

(September 30): Tasman District Council is hoping to secure more than $300,000 for work on the Great Taste Trail, to be used on several sections that need improvements, including some sub-standard spots in Motueka. Full article »

Grand opening arrives for Great Taste bike trail

(September 30): New Zealand's latest cycling asset, The Great Taste Trail, has now reached the sands of Kaiteriteri Beach, and to celebrate there is a grand opening on Saturday 11th October. Full article »

New organisation promotes local tourism and events

(September 27): A new organisation was launched last night that aims to use business collaboration to attract more tourists to the Nelson/Tasman region and while here to spend more money on local products and events. Full article »

Residents ponder Motueka's long term future

(September 26): About 60 people attended the first public follow-up meeting after the Motueka Economic Summit on Wednesday night to put their views and aspirations for a more successful Motueka toward 2030. Full article »

Breakfast served again for Motueka dog walkers

(September 26): Motueka dog owners are once again being invited to a free breakfast while taking their dogs for a walk at the Motueka foreshore. Full article »

Report shows accounting surplus for Council

(September 26): The Tasman District Council has reported a $14.5m accounting surplus in its Annual Report presented to the Councillors yesterday. Full article »

Lee Valley dam cost estimate rising rapidly

(September 24): Council Staff have recently advised the Tasman District Mayor and Councillors on the recommended approach to forecasting the likely cost of the proposed dam. Full article »

Arts Council offers holiday programme for kids

(September 23): The Motueka Arts Council is trying a new initiative to encourage young people into arts - a series of school holiday courses to introduce kids to various artistic skills. Full article »

Council: No new library for at least three more years

(September 20): Tasman District Council has put the Motueka Library redevelopment on hold for at least another three years, and possibly much longer. Full article »

Community-led development techniques explained

(September 19): Proven ways of bringing together "community, council and commerce" to jointly share decision-making and plans for the future were presented at a public meeting hosted by Vision Motueka last night. Full article »

Cycling mob adds Sunday rides to its calendar

(September 19): The Thursday morning cycling group has become so popular that the organiser Ian Miller is trying to also get a Sunday morning group going. Full article, photo »

Birdwatching webcam now operating at sandspit

(September 19): A webcam has been installed at the corner of Harbour Road and Motueka Quay, offering round-the-clock views of tidal flows and bird feeding along a stretch of the sandspit. Full article, photo, webcam link »

#LoveMotueka campaign off to a roaring start

(September 18): A Facebook page has been launched to engage Motueka residents and visiting tourists in the best that our town has to offer, as part of a beefed-up public relations campaign by Our Town Motueka. Full article »

Follow-up meeting planned for economic summit

(September 18): The positive vibe generated in Motueka by the successful economic summit three weeks ago continues with a public meeting next Wednesday to seek further ideas from businesses and the community. Full article »

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

(September 18): The strong number of new properties coming to the market has continued from July into August and looks set to remain firm continuing into the spring. Full article »

Pruning aims to deter antisocial behaviour

(September 5): The Wallace Street hedge of the Kiyosato gardens has been trimmed to waist height with the aim of allowing people to look in and hopefully deter vandalism and poor behaviour that is prevalent inside. Full article, photo »

Work to begin on Beach Reserve redevelopment

(September 5): An ambitious, multi-year project to redevelop the port quay and Beach Reserve environment kicks off next weekend with a working bee for plantings in the project's first stage. Full article »

Good crowd hears election candidates' pitches

(September 5): A crowd of about 70 people listened attentively as six election candidates pitched their policies at Motueka's traditional Grey Power election meeting in Memorial Hall yesterday. Full article »

Community-led development techniques to be explained

(September 3): How to unite business, government and community organisations in community-led development projects will be the subject of Vision Motueka's next public meeting to be held in two weeks. Full article »

Elevation becomes new sponsor of Motueka Online

(September 2): This website has a new sponsor in Elevation Cafe, Restaurant & Bar, helping the site to remain an economically viable part of Motueka's community life. Full article »

Second Hand Sunday extends to Motueka

(September 1): After a successful trial in June, Second Hand Sunday returns to the Nelson and Tasman districts and this time includes Motueka residences. Full article »

Parklands School entrance area opened up

(August 30): Working bees over the past two weekends has already seen the Parklands School's High Street entrance opened up to a variety of "place making" opportunities. Full article, photos »

Economic summit challenges Motueka businesses

(August 29): The Motueka Economic Summit held on Wednesday featured speakers from a range of local industries who challenged the 120 people present to plan for the future of the local economy. Full article, meeting report »

Local schools combine to rock Memorial Hall

(August 28): Last Tuesday night, August 19th, saw the first of three 'Rock Da House' performances at the Motueka Memorial Hall consisting of over 200 students from Ngatimoti, Parklands and Mahana Schools. Full article, photo »

1080 operation completed in Abel Tasman National Park

(August 25): The Department of Conservation and Project Janszoon completed an aerial application of 1080 pesticide in the Abel Tasman National Park on 22nd August. Full article »

Residents indicate preferences for hub complex

(August 23): A visitor information and booking area, public toilets and gallery space for local arts were the top facilities that a good community and visitor 'hub' should have. Full article, voting results »

Questions sought to put to election candidates

(August 22): Grey Power is hosting Motueka's main 'Meet the Candidates' public meeting in two weeks, and want you to submit your own questions below for candidates to answer. Full article, put your questions »

Closing date nears for council funding applications

(August 22): Closing date is approaching for community groups need to apply to Tasman District Council for financial assistance with their groups activities in 2014/2015. Full article »

Motueka A&P Show continues to grow

(August 21): Work is under way to run the annual ITM Motueka A&P Society show at Marchwood Park, which this year will use a Christmas theme. Full article, trade forms »

Community gardens team celebrates 4th birthday

(August 21): Uptake of rented allotments at the Motueka Community Gardens has been so strong that there is now a waiting list for plots, the group's AGM was told in Tuesday. Full article »

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

(August 14): The wider Motueka market appears to have bucked the trend for new listings with a substantial increase in new listings compared with last month and this time last year this. Full article »

KMB year 'mostly busy but partly frustrating'

(August 14): The past year for Keep Motueka Beautiful is summed by chairman David Ogilvie as "mostly busy but partly frustrating" in his report to the annual general meeting to be held on August 25th. Full article, photos »

TDC changes tack on Mapua wharf development

(August 13): Tasman District Council have backtracked on funding for the Mapua wharf development, partly due to the outcry from Motueka people that the Port Motueka Port Endowment Fund was to be raided for that purpose. Full article »

Community Board debates traffic speed limits

(August 13): Debate over the best speed limits for Motueka's High Street and State Highway 60 through Riwaka took up considerable time at last night's meeting of the Motueka Community Board. Full article »

Renewed push by schools for positive behaviour scheme

(August 13): The four Motueka schools running the local PB4L (Positive Behaviour for Learning) programme are renewing a push to get businesses to sign up to the scheme and help encourage positive, respectful behaviour by their students. Full article »

Community ideas sought for library hub concept

(August 11): Vision Motueka is asking Motueka residents for ideas on what facilities and design ideas they would like included in any library-based community and visitor hub that may be built in Decks Reserve. Full article »

Historic settlers cairn relocated

(August 10): The Settlers Memorial cairn which sat on the hilltop above the Kaiteriteri Road for 80 years has been moved to flat land beside the road. Full article »

Tasman to lead work on sediment and erosion control

(August 8): Tasman District Council has received funding to work on understanding the science behind controlling sediment and erosion into streams and estuaries. Full article »

Motueka rezoning decisions mainly retained

(August 7): Tasman District Council has published its final decisions on the rezoning of land in central and west Motueka, with only a few small changes from the last round of consultations. Full article »

Repeat planned for community Christmas dinner

(August 7): The hugely successful community Christmas dinner held last year will be repeated in 2014, with the organisers aiming to keep running it for at least another five years. Full article »

New group planning celebration for godwit arrival

(August 2): Welcoming Motueka's own godwit population next month after their non-stop flight from Alaska will again be the focus of celebrations being planned by a dedicated team of organisers. Full article, photos »

Operation Cover Up donations to go on display

(August 1): The time has come for the big Operation Cover Up open day showing all the knitted, sewn and crafted items made by Motueka people that will be sent to orphans in Eastern Europe. Full article, photo »

Meeting to explain covenants on natural areas

(August 1): Farmers and lifestyle block owners interested conservation of parts of their properties can learn about the process of covenanting at an upcoming forum. Full article »

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