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Changes to rural subdivision and land use rules proposed

(February 5): TDC is planning to change some of the rules that apply to rural land to better protect the District's best productive land, while also offering greater flexibility for landowners. Full article »

New blood to help Vision Motueka tackle challenges

(February 4): Two new trustees were elected at the Vision Motueka AGM last night as the community development group looks to new challenges in project work and community engagement. Full article »

Book launch the highlight of Motueka Wharf centenary

(February 3): Celebration of the centenary of the present Motueka Wharf will be marked by the launch of a 176-page book detailing the facility's 100 year history. Full article, photos »

Local music festival a huge success

(February 1): A huge gamble by music enthusiast Stephen Evans paid off, at least in spirit, when a great crowd enjoyed day-long entertainment by local musicians at Riverside on Saturday. Full article, photos »

ATET offers free hospitality and life skills course

(January 28): Abel Tasman Educational Trust is offering a fees-free Hospitality and Life Skills course aimed at building foundation skills to enable easier movement for 16-19 year olds into further training or employment. Full article »

Marae plans to be explained at Vision Motueka AGM

(January 27): Plans for the development of Te Awhina Marae in Motueka will be the subject of the guest speaker, Ann Martin, at the annual general meeting of Vision Motueka next Wednesday. Full article »

Toy making contest planned for autumn

(January 27): The creative folk at the Motueka Arts Council will this year hold a "Make a Child's Toy" competition to keep inventive people busy over autumn. Full article »

Big crowd entertained at teddy bears picnic

(January 25): "This is how this part of Thorps Bush should be used," was the comment made by one parent as the annual Teddy Bears Picnic happily frollicked along in the picnic area yesterday. Full article, photos »

Hub for RSE workers taking shape

(January 23): A place to give Motueka's RSE orchard workers a home away from home is taking shape and fulfilling the dream of its dedicated founder Renee Docherty. Full article, photos »

Givealittle page begun for swimming pool donations

(January 22): The Motueka Swimming Pool committee have made it easier for people local and distant to make a donation to the pool development project by starting a Givealittle Internet page. Full article »

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

(January 22): The number of sales were down but not substantially when compared with the average December. Days on market stretched out to 62 while the median price remained steady around $420,000. Full article »

Art and crafts add to Motueka summer holiday treats

(January 19): Summer holidaying in Motueka doesn't just mean beaches, sun, boutique shops and great eateries - there's also fantastic arts and crafts on display. Full article, photos »

'Love Motueka' promotion draws huge global audience

(January 18): The high-quality video promoting Motueka to the world has proved a huge success, with an audience of nearly 20,000 views recorded in the first 24 hours. Full article »

We're celebrating our sixth birthday!

(January 15): Motueka Online has marked its sixth birthday by launching a Facebook page that will allow followers to see and read items of local news directly after they are published online. Full article »

Young artist wins pool logo competition

(January 13): The cheerful drawing by 11-year-old Georgia Abrey was chosen as the winning entry to design a logo to be used for the fundraising campaign for the Motueka Community Swimming Pool. Full article, photo »

New OTM website to better promote local business

(January 13): Use it, it's free, and it will help your business. That was the message given to Motueka business owners at the launch last night of Our Town Motueka's new website. Full article, photo »

Equestrian offers free coaching and event management

(January 9): A Motueka coach and event organiser is offering free "taster training sessions" as part of her dream of helping equestrians of all disciplines achieve their dreams. Full article, photo »

Search for 'accessibility' advocate for Motueka

(January 8): Motueka's sole representative on the combined councils' Accessibility for All (A4A) forum is stepping down and wants to find a replacement. Full article »

Busy walkway to be resurfaced

(January 7): Improvements will be made this month to the increasingly popular cycle and walkway linking Thorps Bush with the Recreation Centre. Full article »

Council advisory on the freedom camping issue

(December 25): With freedom camping again becoming an issue to many people over the summer season, Tasman District Council has posted an "advisory" on how it can tackle the inevitable problems. Full article »

Skatepark Tour ready to roll round the region

(December 24): The Tasman Skatepark Tour returns to the region, with six rounds scheduled and more than $5000 of prizes on offer in the District's annual extreme sport festival. Full article »

Abel Tasman islands off limits to protect seals

(December 23): Visitors to Abel Tasman National Park are advised that landing on Tonga and Pinnacle Islands is no longer allowed, to protect breeding colonies of New Zealand fur seals. Full article »

Marahau beach restoration finished in time for summer

(December 22): Sand replenishment work has restored pedestrian access to the beach at the northern end of Marahau in time for the busy Christmas period. Full article, photo »

Taking the sting out of Abel Tasman National Park

(December 21): A wasp control programme will be undertaken in the Abel Tasman National Park this summer in an effort to greatly reduce wasp activity in the popular park. Full article »

Music festival planned for new year

(December 17): A half-day festival featuring mainly local musicians and hosted by Motueka's young people will be staged at Riverside Community at the end of January. Full article »

Riwaka market set for its New Year tradition

(December 16): For the last three decades on January 2nd, the Riwaka Market has been something of a New Year tradition for locals and visitors.
Full article, photo »

Bus service to Kaiteriteri proposed

(December 15): A Motueka woman is working on a proposal to operate a regular bus service between Motueka and Kaiteriteri over the summer school holidays.
Full article »

Mayor welcomes report into local government finances

(December 15): Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne has welcomed a new report commissioned by Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) that reveals councils are in good financial health. Full article »

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

(December 15): Sale numbers were down on October but up on November 2014. The median days on market were a very realistic 52 with the median freehold house price dropping back to $422,750. Full article »

Our Town Motueka ramps up its online activity

(December 11): Our Town Motueka is redeveloping its website and increasing its social media presence in an effort to increase the town's appeal and profile to tourists and potential new residents. Full article »

Kaiteriteri to get new sewage pipe system

(December 10): Tasman District Council is working on a project to improve the transfer of sewage from Kaiteriteri to the Motueka wastewater treatment plant. Full article »

Community Board ends 2015 looking forward

(December 9): The Motueka Community Board ended its year of meetings on a relatively upbeat note yesterday with progress being made on its Special Projects and Long Term Plan. Full article »

Apples celebrated at colourful museum exhibition

(December 7): The importance of the apple industry to the history and future of Motueka is highlighted in a special major exhibition that opens today at the Motueka Museum. Full article, photos »

Dam project to seek expressions of interest

(December 7): The process for appointing a contractor for the Waimea Community Dam is likely to begin in early 2016 so TDC can have a fully informed discussion with the community about its cost and implications. Full article »

Street parade + market + weather = great celebration

(December 5): A combination of sunny summer evening weather, a well organised parade with lively floats, and a vibrant night market made last night's Starlight Parade one of the best in recent years. Full article, photos »

Strong TDC performance means smaller rate rise

(December 3): Tasman ratepayers are set to benefit from the Tasman District Council's sustained focus on debt reduction and reduced spending, with a lower than predicted rate increase next year. Full article »

Packed hall captivated by classy dance troupe

(December 3): Memorial Hall was packed out on Tuesday night with over 500 people enjoying the upbeat presentation by the visiting international contemporary dance troupe Black Grace Dance. Full article, photo »

Christmas lunch ends busy year for Historical Assoc

(December 1): The Riwaka Hotel was once again the venue for the Motueka and Districts Historical Association to celebrate another busy and successful year. Full article, photos »

Community Board drafts long term plan for Motueka

(December 1): The Motueka Community Board will next week discuss a draft of its proposed Long Term Plan (LTP) for projects to ensure a stronger future for Motueka. Full article »

Motueka riders win prizes at Murchison Gymkhana

(December 1): Motueka Pony Club had a good showing at the Murchison 60th Anniversary Gymkhana. Full article, photo »

Community celebrations lined up for a great Motueka Christmas

(November 25): With a month until Christmas Day, a great programme of festivities and community celebrations is set to play out in Motueka. Full article »

State Cinema changes pricing structure

(November 24): The State Cinema in Motueka has been pushed into raising some of its admission prices in a deal with its major distributors. Full article »

Tarts celebrate a productive year of crafting

(November 23): The Motueka crafts group Crafty Tarts celebrated another busy and productive year with an indoor picnic (thanks to a rainy day) at Eyebright and a theme of crafty hats. Full article, photos »

Motueka faces special sea level rise challenges

(November 20): Motueka is one of nine coastal towns and cities in New Zealand which will be greatly affected by forecast sea level rises through the 21st century. Full article, map »

Second strike at pest vines in Riwaka Valley

(November 20): Project De-Vine, set up to clear pest vines out of Golden Bay and around Abel Tasman National Park, is holding its second working bee in the Riwaka Valley next Saturday. Full article, photos »

Final Second Hand Sunday for 2015

(November 18): Second Hand Sunday is returning for the final time in 2015 on December 13th, offering a chance to clear out some clutter before Christmas or grab a treasure or two. Full article »

Swimming club backs pool project with big donation

(November 18): An indoor swimming pool in Motueka means so much to young competitive swimmers and learners that their club has donated $5,000 to help start the fundraising effort. Full article, photo »

High school launches construction trades academy

(November 16): Motueka High School last week launched a trades academy to train and prepare students for a career in the construction industry. Full article »

Rec Centre's first fundraisers recall 'heady days'

(November 15): On Thursday Brent and Jodi Maru welcomed to the Motueka Recreation Centre a group of women who were influential in getting the Centre started. Full article »

Call for local leadership on environmental issues

(November 13): The Motueka Community Board should "take leadership in promoting Motueka as a town that deliberately and intelligently takes care of Nature", environmental advocates say. Full article »

Logo design competition for swimming pool

(November 12): Here's a chance for creative types to win free cinema tickets in exchange for designing a winning logo to be used in fundraising for the Motueka Community Swimming Pool. Full article »

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

(November 12): There were a strong number of sales for the month with the average sale price 4% above the current capital value and on the back of a number of high value sales the medium price jumped up to $457,000. Full article »

Community Board 'special project' preferences released

(November 11): The results of the online survey by the Motueka Community Board on how to spend their Special Projects fund next year have been made public. Full article »

Motueka River mural finished

(November 9): After three months of planning followed by six months of painting, the mural on Whitwells wall depicting the Motueka River is now effectively complete. Full article, photos »

Positive behaviour scheme to be reinforced

(November 6): The Positive Behaviour for Learning scheme (PB4L) is being reintroduced in Motueka shops to encourage positive behaviour among our students. Full article, photo »

Recycling volumes up in Tasman District

(November 5): An improved recycling service is proving successful at reducing the amount of waste going to landfill in Tasman District, with kerbside recycling volumes up 23 per cent since its introduction. Full article »

Night market to accompany Starlight Parade

(November 5): The first of what may be a regular Motueka night market will be held in Decks Reserve during and after this year's Starlight Parade. Full article »

Motueka pottery celebrated in museum exhibition

(November 3): A diverse exhibition by 11 potters at the Motueka Museum marks 40 years of clay play at the Motueka Pottery Workshop. Full article, photos »

Our Town takes steps to shore up its admin

(November 2): Our Town Motueka has contracted Jacqui Taylor, its paid coordinator up until four years ago, to look after the secretarial and accounting activities for the next three months. Full article »

Rec Centre to host open information evening

(October 30): The Motueka Recreation Centre is one jewel in Motueka's crown, but many people still don't know the range of services and activities that it offers. Full article »

Get out into nature for Conservation Week

(October 30): The Department of Conservation is inviting people to take part in Conservation Week by getting into nature to refresh their body and mind. Full article »

Local celebration of the godwits - bird of the year

(October 30): Friends of Motueka Estuaries are celebrating the arrival of the godwits back to the Motueka sandspit with an event on Sunday 15 November, between 11am and 1pm at the Old Wharf. Full article »

Freedom camping debated again by community board

(October 29): The thorny issue of freedom camping at Beach Reserve got members steamed up once again at the Motueka Community Board meeting on Tuesday. Full article »

New boss appointed for Kaiteriteri Reserve Board

(October 29): The Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve Board today announced the appointment of David Ross as its new chief executive. Full article »

Youth Council puts case for Thorp's Bush improvements

(October 28): A comprehensive report on attitudes to Thorp's Bush, and a plan for its future, was presented to the Motueka Community Board yesterday by the Motueka Youth Council. Full article »

Donations sought for bereaved Bennett family

(October 27): The Motueka community is rallying behind the family of Paul Bennett, a popular local who was drowned when the fishing vessel he was on sank off Banks Peninsular on October 18th. Full article »

Vision Motueka chooses its future project goals

(October 26): Vision Motueka has settled on a programme of projects, endorsed through community consultation, that it believes will make a stronger future for Motueka. Full article »

Progress being made on wastewater treatment plant

(October 24): An upgrade of the Motueka wastewater treatment plant is advancing with the second of three stages for this year completed. Full article »

Swimming pool fundraising under way

(October 22): The fundraising campaign for the covered Motueka Community Swimming Pool has taken off, with the first donation coming from one of the High School pool's regular users. Full article »

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

(October 22): The number of new properties coming on to the market remained steady compared with the same time last year, while the number of sales for September were up significantly. Full article »

Improvements make Sanctuary Gardens more accessible

(October 21): One of Motueka's quiet secrets, the Sanctuary Gardens, has been receiving some attention in recent months, with new paths making it more accessible to visitors. Full article, photos »

Council offers free microchipping clinics for dogs

(October 20): Tasman District Council will conduct free microchipping clinics during November for dogs registered in the Tasman district. Full article »

Project Janszoon wins international environment award

(October 20): Project Janszoon's environmental work in the Abel Tasman National Park has been recognised at the international Green World Environment Awards. Full article »

OTM seeks answers from its business members

(October 19): Our Town Motueka is looking to refine and prioritise its goals by circulating a questionnaire asking rate-paying members what they expect from their business promotion organisation. Full article »

Youth drop-in space opened at Rec Centre

(October 16): The provision of a safe drop-in space for young people after school hours is the aim of a new initiative by the Recreation Centre, the Youth Drop-in Lounge. Full article, photos »

Motueka phone book to support swimming pool project

(October 15): The Motueka Lioness Club has released for sale the 2015 local phone book, with all the proceeds this year destined to boost fundraising for the covered Motueka Community swimming pool. Full article, photo »

Spring gardening features at Motueka library

(October 15): A varied series of classes around the theme of spring gardening is running this week at Motueka library, and it's not too late to join in on one. Full article, photos »

First stage of power line undergrounding complete

(October 13): Have you noticed how open and clear the view is of late when driving along High Street between the roundabout and the clock tower? Full article, photos »

World-class dance troupe to perform in Motueka

(October 13): Motueka has pulled off another coup, with the highly acclaimed Black Grace dance troupe choosing us as one of only four South Island centres it will perform in as part of its 20-venue tour. Full article »

The Community Game to have its world launch in Motueka

(October 9): A new initiative aimed at up-skilling communities in creative ways to solve problems and make projects happen is having its world launch in Motueka. Full article »

River water quality improving in Tasman district

(October 8): Hard work and collaboration between the community and the TDC to clean up Tasman's rivers is paying off, with latest monitoring results showing a marked improvement in river water quality overall. Full article »

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 »

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