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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 »

Summer retailing off to a bumper start

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

Abel Tasman National Park goes "live" with WiFi

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

Near full house for Community Christmas dinner

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

Tasman Skatepark Tour returns to Motueka

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

Rob Francis reporting in from New Ireland

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

Families enjoy storytelling in the park

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

Online resource created for environmental management

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

Buskers invited to Riwaka Market Day

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

Council to explore external funding options for dam

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

Imagine Theatre production an hilarious winner

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

Funding obtained for community consultation project

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

Group to investigate restoring old wharf

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

Ratepayer feedback forces Waimea Dam rethink

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

Cycle trail gets more government funding

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

Alternative proposed to Waimea Dam construction

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

Free family fun at Riwaka Market Day

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

Books on Motueka's history available for sale

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

Most Motueka people oppose dam funding model

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

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