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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.
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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 »

Programme aims to help parents of 'yadults'

(May 31): A programme aimed at helping young people ready to leave school, or that have left school, is coming to Motueka courtesy of one of our own emerging young leaders, Marlen O'Donnell. Full article »

ATET to offer free community classes

(May 29): Abel Tasman Educational Trust (ATET) is modifying its strategy to offer free community courses on subjects that appeal to young people. Full article »

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 »

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