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Time running out to 'have your say in May'

(May 28): There are only a few days left now for Motueka people to have their say in the community consultation process, "Motueka 2030", being run by Vision Motueka throughout May. Full article »

Facebook group looks at youthful creative spaces

(May 28): The first product of the Motueka Youth Summit held on Monday has been born - a dynamic Facebook group called "Motueka Youth Creative Spaces". Full article »

Survey out to measure our broadband needs

(May 27): A pitch by three Top Of The South councils for government funding for the installation of ultrafast broadband (UFB) is asking for residents to provide hard data through an online survey. Full article, survey link »

Positive outcomes emerge at Motueka Youth Summit

(May 27): A new Facebook site to promote and coordinate creative youth activities in Motueka was one of the positive and tangible outcomes of the Youth Summit held on Monday. Full article, photos »

Two courses kick off Arts winter workshops

(May 26): Decorating pottery and Maori flute making are the first two courses to run during the Arts Council's winter workshop series, starting the first weekend of June. Full article, photo »

The real Robbie Williams talks about Port Motueka

(May 26): Tom Rowlings introduced his good friend Robbie Williams to an audience of over 40 people at the Motueka and District Historical Association meeting as the "real Robbie Williams". Full article »

Big wedding promotion for Tasman region

(May 22): Motueka wedding planner and celebrant Terri Everett is putting together the next promomotion to highlight the Tasman region as a world class wedding destination. Full article »

Good crowd discuss local business issues

(May 21): The cornerstone event of the Motueka 2030 programme, the Economic Summit Sequel, lived up to its aim yesterday with four interesting presentations and lots of useful discussion. Full article, photo »

Youth to provide input to Motueka's future plans

(May 19): The final event of the month-long Motueka 2030 programme will explore how the town can better cater for, engage with and retain today's young people. Full article »

Another round of Winter Workshop arts classes

(May 17): The Motueka Arts Council is ready for another of its popular Winter Workshops series, with 17 classes available covering interests ranging from playing African Marimba to the Art of Bonsai. Full article, registration »

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

(May 15): April saw a drop in listings and a drop in sales compared to the previous month - hardly a surprise considering now busy our local market has been over the last couple of quarters. Full article »

Packed house hears Maori view of Motueka's future

(May 14): A large crowd of just under 100 people attended a hui at Te Awhina Marae last night to hear representatives of the five different Maori entities talk of their vision for the long-term future of Motueka. Full article »

Traffic lights, roundabouts again under consideration

(May 13): NZ Transport Agency is reconsidering earlier negative decisions about traffic lights and roundabouts in Motueka's High Street, as part of a holistic study of State Highway 60 from south Motueka to the bottom of Takaka Hill. Full article »

Wallace St pedestrian crossing shift confirmed

(May 13): The pedestrian crossing at the town end of Wallace Street will be moved three metres further from High Street during the next month or two. Full article, plan »

Deadline approaches for Motueka Economic Summit

(May 13): Registrations close next Monday for the Motueka Economic Summit, to be held on Wednesday morning, May 20th, at Memorial Hall. Full article »

New recycling bins ready for home delivery

(May 12): From next Monday, 18th May, new 240-litre recycling bins will be delivered to over 17,000 properties throughout the Tasman District. Full article, photo »

Community Board proposes new meeting formats

(May 11): The Motueka Community Board will decide tomorrow if it will change its monthly meeting schedule to a six-week cycle, with a less formal public forum held between each meeting. Full article »

Inlet Garden work celebrated and acknowledged

(May 10): Ten years of visionary work clearing scrub and restoring the Inlet Gardens by Keep Motueka Beautiful were celebrated by about 50 people yesterday. Full article, photos »

Special forum to hear Maori goals for the future

(May 9): The vision held by local Maori for the future of Motueka will be explained and discussed at a special public forum to be held next Wednesday at Te Awhina Marae. Full article »

Local anti-bullying project gets more funding

(May 8): A local youth-oriented bullying prevention programme has received funding to expand on the project and to work with a younger, intermediate-school aged group. Full article »

Ultrafast broadband initiative under way

(May 7): An initiative has begun to get Ultrafast Broadband (UFB) installed and available in Motueka, with an indication of support by Tasman District Council. Full article »

Motueka 2030 programme off to solid start

(May 4): The Motueka 2030 programme officially began yesterday with a light-hearted but thought-provoking drop-in day at Memorial Hall, attended by a little over 100 people. Full article, photo »

Open Day to celebrate Motueka's parks and reserves

(May 1): Motueka is blessed not only with an outstanding environment but also volunteers who have been working for years to improve and restore places that have suffered neglect. Full article »

Seminar seeks innovative ideas for Motueka's future

(April 30): The first public meeting of the Motueka 2030 forward-looking programme will take place this coming Thursday, aiming to explore some innovative ideas to secure Motueka's future. Full article »

Council to begin annual performance survey

(April 29): From this Friday until May 10th, Tasman District Council is conducting its annual survey of residents to find out how Tasman residents think it is performing. Full article »

Two competitions approach entry deadlines

(April 28): Two high-profile competitions being run over the next month are approaching their deadlines for entries, so this is a reminder for those who are interested. Full article »

Motueka 2030 begins with #LoveMotueka day

(April 27): The "Motueka 2030" programme kicks off this Sunday with a family-oriented drop-in event as an informal way of promoting thoughts about the future of Motueka. Full article »

Anzac ceremony thanks to huge community effort

(April 27): The Anzac dawn parade on Saturday, attended by a record crowd estimated at over 1000 people, was the result of a huge community effort. Full article »

Library tops community board's LTP submission

(April 22): The Motueka Community Board has made a detailed submission to TDC's Long Term Plan (LTP) hearing, with a range of requests led by a plea to lock in money for a new library. Full article »

Motueka 2030 event programme announced

(April 21): Vision Motueka has finalised the seven major public events organised for May, as the visible part of its ambitious "Motueka 2030" community information gathering project. Full article, programme download »

River-themed mural to start this weekend

(April 21): Do you love those murals that have been painted recently in Motueka? Well, work on the next one in the series is starting this weekend. Full article »

Freedom camping problem needs money to fix

(April 17): The vexed, seemingly endless issue of freedom camping was discussed again at Tuesday's Community Board meeting, with the focus shifting to money for enforcement of by-laws. Full article »

Upgrade sought for town security cameras

(April 16): The Motueka Community Board will look for ways to fund a long-overdue renewal of the 17 security cameras in the central town area. Full article »

Senior Citizens to get heated up

(April 16): A grant from Pub Charities has enabled three new heat pumps to be installed in the Senior Citizens building, allowing for more activities to be provided over winter. Full article »

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

(April 16): A rise in March sales included a diverse range of property from leasehold through to million dollar homes with a good variety of sections and lifestyle properties as well. Full article »

Flora Hut gets an upgrade and spruce up

(April 15): The much-loved Flora Hut in Kahurangi National Park is warmer and looking fresh after a spruce up by the Nelson Tramping Club. Full article, photo »

Hub, youth training, broadband and swimming pool head survey wishlist

(April 11): A central community hub, a youth training centre, better-looking shops, high speed broadband and a covered swimming pool are the five main improvements wanted by Motuekans, according to an initial sample of 40 people. Full article »

Motuekans rate their environment as top strength

(April 9): Motueka people say their natural environment and climate is the main strength of the town and area, according to a survey conducted by Vision Motueka during March. Full article »

Anti-violence group seeks new name and logo

(April 7): The Motueka Collaboration of Agencies is offering a prize of $500 in a competition to find a new name and logo that reflects the purpose and vision of the family-violence intervention group. Full article »

Article explains key aspects of Motueka 2030

(March 30): The Motueka 2030 development project being conducted by Vision Motueka received a boost on Saturday by an article in the Nelson Mail explaining the key aspects of the initial community consultation process. Full article »

Second Hand Sunday is back

(March 30): Due to popular demand, Second Hand Sunday is back on Sunday 19th April from 10am to 1pm, and registrations are now open for the opportunity to get rid of second hand items. Full article »

Saltmarsh restoration project making great advances

(March 27): Visitor interest is growing in the combined walkway and cycle trail around the Motueka Inlet reserve. The area has become a popular walking and biking area. Full article, photo »

Residents urged to be heard on Council's TLP

(March 26): Motueka residents need to make submissions to TDC's draft Long Term Plan (LTP) if the town is to see progress, and especially a new library, says Community Board chairman Paul Hawkes. Full article »

High Street art to swing high through winter

(March 26): An initiative by the Motueka Arts Council aims to use the summer hanging baskets hooks to hang community works of art and sculpture along High Street through winter. Full article »

Anzac poppies start to sprout in High Street

(March 25): The month leading up to Anzac Day, in the WW1 centenial year, has begun with several shops today installing displays based around red poppies and remembrance. Full article, photos »

Low turnout for long term plan information session

(March 25): The small number of people who attended last night's public information presentation by Tasman District Council at Memorial Hall suggests that most residents are happy with TDC's strategic direction. Full article »

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

(March 17): The Motueka market saw an increase in properties listed over both last month and February 2014. Sales were also firm with numbers at last month's level and up slightly on February 2014. Full article »

Local wins national tourism photo prize

(March 16): A photo competition run by the New Zealand Tourism Industry Association to showcase Kiwi holiday attractions has been won by local woman Sophie Holt. Full article, photo »

Goodman Park to get floodlights for soccer

(March 12): The desperate need to upgrade drainage at Memorial Park to make it fit for winter football has led to a recommendation that $65,000 be spent on installing floodlights at Goodman Park. Full article »

Long Term Plan document open for submission

(March 11): Tasman District Council's consultation document for its Long Term Plan for the 2015 - 2025 period is now available for scrutiny and submissions. Full article »

Motueka economic summit sequel coming up

(March 11): 'Business as usual' will be off the agenda at the Motueka Economic Summit being planned for May, a follow up to the hugely successful local business event held in August 2014. Full article, registration »

Rat and mice found on Adele Island sanctuary

(March 10): DOC is reminding visitors to Abel Tasman National Park's predator-free islands to make sure no rodents are on board their boats after a rat and 13 mice were caught on Adele Island/Motuarero-nui. Full article »

Weekend rain means water restrictions lifted

(March 9): All water restrictions in Tasman District for both water permit holders and urban consumers have been lifted with immediate effect. Full article »

Council and KMB co-operate on reserves projects

(March 7): Agreement has been reached between Tasman District Council's Reserves staff and Keep Motueka Beautiful on how to develop, maintain and improve Motueka's parks and reserves co-operatively. Full article »

National Park memories archive growing quickly

(March 6): The Facebook page set up to build an archive of photos and memories of holidays spent in the Abel Tasman National Park has grown in leaps and bounds. Full article, photo »

Funds grow for cultural education centre

(March 5): Motueka High School has now raised $468,000 toward building a new cultural education centre that will be the heart of the school's efforts to raise Maori student achievement. Full article »

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 »



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