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Library survey building clear message

(May 20): With one week to run, the survey of opinions of Motueka people about their library and a future one is producing clear messages to those dubious of the future of libraries. Full article »

Motueka environmentalist advocates the use of biochar

(May 19): A Motueka scientist is working on an initiative to introduce biochar as a way to improve soil productivity and reduce some major environmental issues. Full article »

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

(May 19): The number of new listing matched the number of sales last month. Along with the last couple of months where sales exceeded listings, we now have a market that is very short on properties for sale. Full article »

New Facebook group to debate issues

(May 18): A local Facebook group called Motueka Uncut has been set up to allow and encourage people to air their concerns on any topics or issues that are important to them. Full article »

KMB sets project list for 2016/17

(May 17): Keep Motueka Beautiful has confirmed its budget for the 2016/17 year, with the development of Port Motueka and improvements to Sanctuary Ponds being allocated most of the funds available. Full article »

TDC brings library project timeline forward

(May 13): Tasman District Council has agreed to a compromise on starting the Motueka library project by bringing forward the required feasibility study and community consultation into the 2017/18 Annual Plan. Full article »

TDC confirms 1% rates income increase for 2016

(May 12): The Tasman District Council has adopted its Annual Plan for 2016, confirming a 1% rates income increase and progress on certain projects. Full article »

Winter workshops offer wealth of learning

(May 10): With winter on its way the Motueka Arts Council is again planning to provide opportunities for locals to participate in the arts. Full article, programme »

First business sponsor for community swimming pool

(May 10): The fundraising campaign to cover the Motueka Community Swimming Pool has received its first business sponsor. Natural House Company has signed up for advertising signage and made a cash donation. Full article, photo »

Imagine Theatre's latest comedy 'delivers'

(May 9): Imagine Theatre's latest foray into adult New Zealand comedy has been highly successful with the staging of Joe Musaphia's 'Mothers and Fathers'. Full article »

Survey gauges community opinions on Motueka library

(May 6): Putting debate about a new Motueka library "to bed once and for all" is the aim of a survey being run to gauge the community's attitudes and opinions.
Full article »

Campgrounds insist offensive campervan slogans be hidden

(May 5): Campgrounds owned by the Tasman District Council are asking those with campervans displaying offensive slogans to cover them before entering to camp.
Full article »

Two projects under way, others argued over

(May 4): Two long awaited projects - a re-sited pedestrian crossing on Wallace Street and the completion of High Street power line undergrounding - are now under way. Full article »

Library project still on Community Board agenda

(April 29): Debate about the timing of construction of a new library is set to continue at next Tuesday's meeting of the Motueka Community Board. Full article »

Tsunami evacuation maps now available

(April 29): Nelson Tasman Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group (CDEM) this week published comprehensive tsunami evacuation maps for the entire region. Full article »

Residents to have say on Council's performance

(April 27): From Friday 6th May, the Tasman District Council will conduct its annual survey to find out how Tasman residents think the Council is performing. Full article »

Tasman community grants open next week

(April 26): Are you planning a great community event or project - but need a little help to make it happen? The Tasman District Council may be able to help.
Full article »

KMB addresses path maintenance cost issues

(April 26): Ongoing maintenance costs have forced Keep Motueka Beautiful to close off some of the paths in the "Adopt-a-Plot" restoration area off Old Wharf Road.
Full article »

Port entrance car parking area to be constructed

(April 20): The next major phase of the rejuvenation of Motueka's Beach Reserve is about to begin with the creation of a proper quayside car parking area. Full article, plan »

Godzone team sparks business celebration

(April 19): The trials and triumphs of the Team Motueka Godzone competitors were shown and told at a social gathering held last night by Our Town Motueka to wrap up the busy summer business season. Full article, photos »

Street piano ready for first public performance

(April 19): It's taken the time of a human pregnancy, but the idea and creation of a Motueka street piano has finally given birth and will be literally wheeled out to the public on Thursday. Full article, photo »

Community feedback shows Motueka needs new library

(April 18): Feedback obtained through a popular Facebook page suggests that most Motueka people feel a modern library is a community need, not just a "nice to have". Full article »

Mapua project brought forward in Council plan

(April 15): Less than a week after Motueka residents were told there would be no unbudgeted spending by TDC in the 2016/17 year, Council has decided to release $300,000 for an unbudgeted Mapua project feasibility study. Full article »

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

(April 15): The median price across the region is now over $400,000 with strong price growth coming from Motueka and Marlborough/Kaikoura. Full article »

Motueka the feature town on 'Neighbourhood'

(April 14): Motueka is the location to be featured on the half-hour TV One programme 'Neighbourhood' showing this coming Sunday, April 17th, at 11.00am, and then available on TV On Demand. Full article »

Workshop offered for community organisations

(April 14): Trustees and committee members of community organisations have an opportunity to sharpen their governance and management skills and understanding at a workshop to be held in Motueka next month. Full article »

Craft sharing group celebrates fourth anniversary

(April 13): The Motueka craft sharing group Crafty Tarts this week celebrated four years of productive activity and learning new skills. Full article, photos »

Pool fundraising committee seeks "friends"

(April 12): The fundraising committee for the Motueka Community Swimming Pool want to set up a network of supporters - "Friends of the Motueka Pool" - who can help sell raffle tickets, man information booths and other small tasks. Full article »

Call made to acknowledge true value of libraries

(April 11): Motueka resident Beth Bryant has sent an open letter to Cr Jack Inglis following his remarks at last week's community forum, and over recent years, that libraries are no longer important to communities. Full article »

TDC confirms its commitment to dam consultation

(April 11): The Tasman District Council has confirmed its commitment to run a timely, well-informed engagement process about the proposed Waimea Community Dam with its residents and ratepayers in 2017. Full article »

Community Board forum draws record crowd

(April 8): The presence of the Mayor and Council CEO brought a record crowd of 20 to the Motueka Community Board open forum held last night. Full article »

Sewerage plant upgrade progressing well

(April 8): The final stages of work on a major upgrade of Motueka's wastewater treatment plant are about to begin, and progress so far is already showing big improvements in bacterial concentrations and odour. Full article »

Facebook page widens Motueka Online readership

(April 6): The move to post Motueka Online news items onto Facebook is proving a success, providing a wider readership and more immediate news delivery. Full article »

Call for 10% of Council surplus for community projects

(April 3): A call is being made for TDC to use a small amount of its unexpected surplus this year for much-needed community development projects. Full article »

St John's big annual appeal runs next week

(April 1): St John is holding its Annual Appeal Week next week from 4th - 10th April, with the theme of Supporting Team Green, the ambulance teams which are so essential to our service. Full article »

Special concert to celebrate hall re-opening

(April 1): The re-opening of Memorial Hall after renovations will be celebrated on Sunday by a special choral concert performed by the Nelson Civic Choir. Full article »

TDC to review development contribution charges

(March 31): The Tasman District Council will review the way it charges developers for the infrastructure needed because of growth. Full article »

Parkes' car boot sales to help fundraisers

(March 31): Motueka's car repair firm Parkes Automotive is setting up a regular weekly car boot sale for non-profit organisations to raise funds. Full article, photo »

Vision Motueka confirms its 2016 project list

(March 30): The Vision Motueka Board of Trustees has decided upon its 2016 annual plan for community development and projects. Full article »

Project De-Vine extends to Motueka Valley

(March 29): Project De-Vine leader Chris Rowse will share expertise with Motueka Valley residents on how to deal with vines like old man's beard, banana passionfruit and climbing asparagus. Full article »

DOC investigates wheelchair access to park

(March 29): The Department of Conservation is looking at ways to improve access to its longer tracks and trails for people with mobility issues. Full article, photo »

Council investigates Wicked campervan ban

(March 25): The Tasman District Council will look into the feasibility of banning Wicked campervans from Council campgrounds in response to the growing public concern at the company's controversial slogans. Full article »

TDC listening, but mind made up on annual plan

(March 24): Tasman District Council is asking Motueka residents what they think about the 2016/17 annual plan, but is unlikely to make any changes to it. Full article »

Rainfall records broken in latest flood event

(March 24): Rainfall records were broken last night in Motueka (179mm) and especially Riwaka (227mm) in the downpour that lasted locally about 15 hours.
Full article, photo »

Litter cart operation to be discontinued

(March 23): The litter cart operation for the Motueka CBD will be discontinued shortly due to lack of funds to continue the part-time contract. Full article »

Mitre 10 development ready to start

(March 23): Work will begin this week on the expansion and redevelopment of Motueka's Mitre 10 hardware store. Full article »

Cohesive national response to freedom camping needed

(March 23): Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne has welcomed the Prime Minister's offer of Government assistance to council's to deal with the issues of freedom camping. Full article »

Board chairman's report slates TDC decisions

(March 21): Community Board chairman Paul Hawkes has strong criticisms of several Council decisions and policies in his report to be presented at the Board meeting tomorrow. Full article »

Great Taste Trail grows business opportunities

(March 20): Tasman's Great Taste Trail is providing greater opportunities for small businesses in the District, particularly those outside the main urban centres. Full article »

NZ movie premiere to show at State Cinema

(March 9): Motueka's State Cinema will host a premiere red-carpet party and showing of Taika Waititi's new film "Hunt for the Wilderpeople", with proceeds going to the Community Swimming Pool project. Full article »

Steady-as-you-go annual plan for Tasman

(March 3): Tasman District Council has released its annual plan for the 2016/17 year, reflecting a largely steady-as-she-goes strategy based on last year's Long Term Plan. Full article »

No rates to be used for swimming pool project

(March 3): The fundraising committee for the Community Swimming Pool are frustrated in their efforts by people who continue to believe that funds to enclose the High School pool will be paid for through their Council rates. Full article »

Nelson-based policing model for Motueka criticised

(March 2): Nelson-based police chiefs defended the current policing model for the district in the face of numerous criticisms and complaints at a public meeting in Motueka last night. Full article, photos »

'Incredible Edible' founder speaking in Motueka

(March 1): A founder of the "Incredible Edible" project that has turned the West Yorkshire town of Todmorden into a world-renown tourist attraction is speaking in Motueka tomorrow. Full article »

Entries open for inaugural toy making contest

(February 29): Entries are now open for the Motueka Arts Council's inaugural 'Make a Child's Toy Competition'. Full article »

Popular fishing contest back on for 2016

(February 25): The big annual family fishing contest run by the Motueka RSA Fishing Club is coming up again in three weeks, with some great prizes on offer. Full article »

KMB sets project plans for 2016

(February 23): Keep Motueka Beautiful has firmed up on its project plans for 2016, including partnership work with Tasman District Council for further enhancement of the Sanctuary Ponds. Full article »

Speed limit changes come into force in April

(February 22): Keep an eye on your speed over coming months, as new speed limits will come into force in 26 Tasman roads on 1st April 2016. Full article »

Our Town Motueka's year off to flying start

(February 20): The business promotion group Our Town Motueka is off to a flying start for 2016 with news that it's new promotional video and website are proving a great success. Full article »

Radio New Zealand now on Freeview HD

(February 19): Motueka and Nelson missed out when Freeview HD (the UHF service) came to the Nelson/Tasman region because Radio New Zealand did not feature on the Channel list. Full article »

Open meeting to discuss Motueka policing

(February 17): Is police work in the Motueka ward adequate to serve the community's needs? This question will be put to the new Police Area Commander at a public meeting in two weeks. Full article »

Port Motueka centenary warmly celebrated

(February 15): Caps and sun hats were the order of the day when over 200 people gathered at the Motueka arena under a blazing sun to celebrate the 100th anniversary of today's port. Full article, photos »

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

(February 15): Demand for property in the under $450,000 price bracket is currently exceeding supply with multiple offers becoming common. Full article »

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 »

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