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Lee Valley dam cost estimate rising rapidly

(September 24): Council Staff have recently advised the Tasman District Mayor and Councillors on the recommended approach to forecasting the likely cost of the proposed dam. Full article »

Arts Council offers holiday programme for kids

(September 23): The Motueka Arts Council is trying a new initiative to encourage young people into arts - a series of school holiday courses to introduce kids to various artistic skills. Full article »

Council: No new library for at least three more years

(September 20): Tasman District Council has put the Motueka Library redevelopment on hold for at least another three years, and possibly much longer. Full article »

Community-led development techniques explained

(September 19): Proven ways of bringing together "community, council and commerce" to jointly share decision-making and plans for the future were presented at a public meeting hosted by Vision Motueka last night. Full article »

Cycling mob adds Sunday rides to its calendar

(September 19): The Thursday morning cycling group has become so popular that the organiser Ian Miller is trying to also get a Sunday morning group going. Full article, photo »

Birdwatching webcam now operating at sandspit

(September 19): A webcam has been installed at the corner of Harbour Road and Motueka Quay, offering round-the-clock views of tidal flows and bird feeding along a stretch of the sandspit. Full article, photo, webcam link »

#LoveMotueka campaign off to a roaring start

(September 18): A Facebook page has been launched to engage Motueka residents and visiting tourists in the best that our town has to offer, as part of a beefed-up public relations campaign by Our Town Motueka. Full article »

Follow-up meeting planned for economic summit

(September 18): The positive vibe generated in Motueka by the successful economic summit three weeks ago continues with a public meeting next Wednesday to seek further ideas from businesses and the community. Full article »

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

(September 18): The strong number of new properties coming to the market has continued from July into August and looks set to remain firm continuing into the spring. Full article »

Pruning aims to deter antisocial behaviour

(September 5): The Wallace Street hedge of the Kiyosato gardens has been trimmed to waist height with the aim of allowing people to look in and hopefully deter vandalism and poor behaviour that is prevalent inside. Full article, photo »

Work to begin on Beach Reserve redevelopment

(September 5): An ambitious, multi-year project to redevelop the port quay and Beach Reserve environment kicks off next weekend with a working bee for plantings in the project's first stage. Full article »

Good crowd hears election candidates' pitches

(September 5): A crowd of about 70 people listened attentively as six election candidates pitched their policies at Motueka's traditional Grey Power election meeting in Memorial Hall yesterday. Full article »

Community-led development techniques to be explained

(September 3): How to unite business, government and community organisations in community-led development projects will be the subject of Vision Motueka's next public meeting to be held in two weeks. Full article »

Elevation becomes new sponsor of Motueka Online

(September 2): This website has a new sponsor in Elevation Cafe, Restaurant & Bar, helping the site to remain an economically viable part of Motueka's community life. Full article »

Second Hand Sunday extends to Motueka

(September 1): After a successful trial in June, Second Hand Sunday returns to the Nelson and Tasman districts and this time includes Motueka residences. Full article »

Parklands School entrance area opened up

(August 30): Working bees over the past two weekends has already seen the Parklands School's High Street entrance opened up to a variety of "place making" opportunities. Full article, photos »

Economic summit challenges Motueka businesses

(August 29): The Motueka Economic Summit held on Wednesday featured speakers from a range of local industries who challenged the 120 people present to plan for the future of the local economy. Full article, meeting report »

Local schools combine to rock Memorial Hall

(August 28): Last Tuesday night, August 19th, saw the first of three 'Rock Da House' performances at the Motueka Memorial Hall consisting of over 200 students from Ngatimoti, Parklands and Mahana Schools. Full article, photo »

1080 operation completed in Abel Tasman National Park

(August 25): The Department of Conservation and Project Janszoon completed an aerial application of 1080 pesticide in the Abel Tasman National Park on 22nd August. Full article »

Residents indicate preferences for hub complex

(August 23): A visitor information and booking area, public toilets and gallery space for local arts were the top facilities that a good community and visitor 'hub' should have. Full article, voting results »

Questions sought to put to election candidates

(August 22): Grey Power is hosting Motueka's main 'Meet the Candidates' public meeting in two weeks, and want you to submit your own questions below for candidates to answer. Full article, put your questions »

Closing date nears for council funding applications

(August 22): Closing date is approaching for community groups need to apply to Tasman District Council for financial assistance with their groups activities in 2014/2015. Full article »

Motueka A&P Show continues to grow

(August 21): Work is under way to run the annual ITM Motueka A&P Society show at Marchwood Park, which this year will use a Christmas theme. Full article, trade forms »

Community gardens team celebrates 4th birthday

(August 21): Uptake of rented allotments at the Motueka Community Gardens has been so strong that there is now a waiting list for plots, the group's AGM was told in Tuesday. Full article »

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

(August 14): The wider Motueka market appears to have bucked the trend for new listings with a substantial increase in new listings compared with last month and this time last year this. Full article »

KMB year 'mostly busy but partly frustrating'

(August 14): The past year for Keep Motueka Beautiful is summed by chairman David Ogilvie as "mostly busy but partly frustrating" in his report to the annual general meeting to be held on August 25th. Full article, photos »

TDC changes tack on Mapua wharf development

(August 13): Tasman District Council have backtracked on funding for the Mapua wharf development, partly due to the outcry from Motueka people that the Port Motueka Port Endowment Fund was to be raided for that purpose. Full article »

Community Board debates traffic speed limits

(August 13): Debate over the best speed limits for Motueka's High Street and State Highway 60 through Riwaka took up considerable time at last night's meeting of the Motueka Community Board. Full article »

Renewed push by schools for positive behaviour scheme

(August 13): The four Motueka schools running the local PB4L (Positive Behaviour for Learning) programme are renewing a push to get businesses to sign up to the scheme and help encourage positive, respectful behaviour by their students. Full article »

Community ideas sought for library hub concept

(August 11): Vision Motueka is asking Motueka residents for ideas on what facilities and design ideas they would like included in any library-based community and visitor hub that may be built in Decks Reserve. Full article »

Historic settlers cairn relocated

(August 10): The Settlers Memorial cairn which sat on the hilltop above the Kaiteriteri Road for 80 years has been moved to flat land beside the road. Full article »

Tasman to lead work on sediment and erosion control

(August 8): Tasman District Council has received funding to work on understanding the science behind controlling sediment and erosion into streams and estuaries. Full article »

Motueka rezoning decisions mainly retained

(August 7): Tasman District Council has published its final decisions on the rezoning of land in central and west Motueka, with only a few small changes from the last round of consultations. Full article »

Repeat planned for community Christmas dinner

(August 7): The hugely successful community Christmas dinner held last year will be repeated in 2014, with the organisers aiming to keep running it for at least another five years. Full article »

New group planning celebration for godwit arrival

(August 2): Welcoming Motueka's own godwit population next month after their non-stop flight from Alaska will again be the focus of celebrations being planned by a dedicated team of organisers. Full article, photos »

Operation Cover Up donations to go on display

(August 1): The time has come for the big Operation Cover Up open day showing all the knitted, sewn and crafted items made by Motueka people that will be sent to orphans in Eastern Europe. Full article, photo »

Meeting to explain covenants on natural areas

(August 1): Farmers and lifestyle block owners interested conservation of parts of their properties can learn about the process of covenanting at an upcoming forum. Full article »

Govt funding to improve behaviour in Thorp Bush

(July 30): The Motueka branch of the Tasman Youth Council has received $20,000 in government funding to address negative behaviour occurring in Thorp Bush. Full article »

Creative beanies and dog coats in winter competition

(July 28): Some amazing creations figured amongst the prizewinners of this year's "Make a Beanie and/or Dog Coat" competition, run by the Motueka Arts Council. Full article, results, photos »

Litter collection to extend along High Street

(July 23): An anonymous donor is giving $1000 to Keep Motueka Beautiful if members could extend litter collection along High Street to the town's major entrances. Full article »

Cafe caters for parents with playful toddlers

(July 22): Giving parents a place to relax with a coffee while their toddlers play is the concept behind Sharon Rogers' business venture at Mot Tots Playland and Cafe. Full article, photo »

Ideas sought to improve Motueka's economic future

(July 21): An economic summit is being organised to examine ways in which Motueka's economy can be strengthened in the medium-term future. Full article »

Motueka community hub not a new idea

(July 21): As attention turns to the possibility of developing a library-anchored community hub at Decks Reserve, it is interesting to discover that the idea is actually more than 30 years old. Full article, map »

Local groups lobbying against TPP

(July 20): The Renewables of Motueka, along with Nelson TPP Action, have been lobbying local government authorities and councils in respect to the public interest on free trade and investment treaties including TPP. Full article »

Award celebration marks step-up for Vision Motueka

(July 19): Community development group Vision Motueka is preparing to take a "step up" by expanding its board of trustees and tackling some larger scale, longer term projects. Full article »

Five High Street trees for the chop

(July 14): Five golden elm trees near the High Street intersection with Pah and Greenwood streets will be removed in August as part of Council's street tree renewal programme. Full article »

Quilt nets $1142 for Fifeshire Foundation

(July 11): The local charity, Fifeshire Foundation, has received $1142.00 to bolster its funds as a result of the raffling of a beautiful quilt made by the Crafty Tarts. Full article, photo »

All is not lost for new library plans

(July 9): A new library for Motueka remains part of Tasman District Council's thinking and work begins to plan a library-based community facility for Decks Reserve. Full article »

Wait and see strategy for Kumaras cycle path

(July 9): The Kumaras walking track will remain part of the Great Taste cycle trail at least for the time being, while a longer term solution to its erosion due to storms is plotted. Full article »

Work steps up on old church building

(July 8): The next use intended for the old Motueka Methodist Church, aka The Gothic, remains a mystery as the building continues to be remodeled behind a timber screen. Full article »

Board chair demands better TDC project monitoring

(July 7): Community Board chairman Paul Hawkes is getting stuck in to TDC staff over the lack of feedback and action on long-promised projects in the Motueka ward. Full article »

Colour rules at Festival of Crafts

(July 5): Motueka's Festival of Craft got off to a colourful start this morning, with a stream of visitors admiring the skilful work of a variety of local crafters. Full article, full photo coverage »

New officers step up for Historical Association

(July 4): There were a few changes in office at the annual general meeting of the Motueka Historical Association last Saturday. Full article »

Feedback sought on erosion and sediment control guidelines

(July 3): To help improve development practices and reduce the effects of sediment discharges, the Tasman District Council has developed a draft guideline for erosion and sediment control for land-disturbing activities. Full article »

Vision Motueka receives top community award

(July 2): Vision Motueka won the top award in the Arts and Culture category of the Nelson/Tasman Trustpower Community Awards ceremony in Nelson last night. Full article, photo »

Webcam proposed to view sandspit shorebirds

(July 2): A proposal is being put together to install a webcam at the end of Harbour Road to view Motueka Sandspit, allowing web users to view birds, the sea, tides, and recreational activities from anywhere in the world. Full article, photos »

Motueka artists in Christchurch exhibition

(June 30): Three members of the Motueka Art Group exhibited their works at the inaugural Christchurch Art Show in June, held at the Wigram Airforce Museum. Full article, photos »

Planning continues for power line undergrounding

(June 21): The undergrounding of power lines for the lower southern section of High Street looks likely to be confirmed in Council's annual plan which will be adopted next week. Full article »

Children's theatre off to successful start

(June 20): Imagine Theatre's two-week season of 'The Wind in the Willows' got off to a successful start last night. Full article, photo »

Survey seeks opinion on rural burn-offs

(June 17): Residents of the Motueka ward who have opinions about the use of fire to burn off orchard waste have the opportunity to voice concerns or support through a large-scale online survey. Full article »

Crowd farewells popular minister

(June 16): A large crowd farewelled Rev Peter Norman over a pot luck lunch at Memorial Hall as he and his wife Lynnette prepare to shift to take up his new ministry in Takapuna. Full article, photo »

Lionesses prepare celebration of local crafts

(June 13): The range and quality of products made by the many talented crafts people in our district will be on show at the Festival of Craft weekend, to be held on early next month. Full article »

Learning to live with the inquisitive kea

(June 13): An opportunity to learn all about the inquisitive kea and how to live together without conflict is coming to Motueka on Tuesday 24 June. Full article »

New Zealand's councils in sound financial health

(June 13): A newly released independent report from Grant Thornton shows councils are in a sound overall financial position. Full article »

Surplus cash in Board's discretionary funding pot

(June 12): The Motueka Community Board approaches the end of its financial year with less than half of the budget for discretionary funding of community groups spent. Full article »

Library deferral decision angers board members

(June 11): Council's decision to yet again defer the Motueka library redevelopment brought emotional and angry criticism from two Community Board members yesterday. Full article »

Urgent action needed to address bridge vulnerability

(June 11): Fears about the vulnerability of the Motueka River bridge during the Easter storm has caused the Community Board to demand that a new bridge be put back on the New Zealand Transport Agency's agenda. Full article »

Thankful Sue riding again after lengthy rehab

(June 10): Sue Clark is back in the saddle and thanking the many people who supported her through the horrific accident she had in January when a large, old tree fell on her in her Thorp Street property during a massive storm. Full article, photo »

Board to debate future of Kumaras cycle track

(June 9): The Motueka Community Board tomorrow will debate the future of the cycle and walking path between the golf course and the Kumaras reserve, as weather damage continues to threaten this part of the Great Taste cycle trail. Full article, photo, map »

Steering group chosen for development trust

(June 6): A group of nine people with experience in building organisations will take on the task of defining the goals and constitution of the proposed community development trust (CDT) for Motueka's future. Full article »

Council targets low rates in Annual Plan

(June 6): The focus on reducing the reliance on debt and lessening the impact of growth and provision of essential services on ratepayers was evident when Tasman District councillors concluded their Annual Plan decision-making yesterday. Full article »

Outstanding service awards for unsung heroes

(June 4): Tasman District Council is calling for nominations of long-term "unsung heroes" to receive this year's Outstanding Community Service Awards. Full article »

Council to go ahead with pedestrian lights

(May 30): Council hopes three signalised pedestrian crossings will be built in central High Street, and the three current zebra crossings removed, by the end of this year. Full article »

Entries open for beanie and dog coat competition

(May 27): Following the success last year of Motueka Arts Council's winter beanie making competition, this year it has been extended to include warm coats for our canine friends. Full article, entry form »

Ideas flow for Parklands entrance improvement

(May 26): The High Street entrance to Parklands School will become a more inviting and usable space, thanks to ideas thrown into the melting pot by interested residents at Motueka's first place making session. Full article »

High School talent quest among the best ever

(May 24): Talent Quest 2014 was celebrating 50 years as an event at Motueka High School on Thursday night, as well as 25 years of support from Talley's. Full article »

Motueka bids farewell to church leader

(May 23): Motueka will shortly lose one of its best loved church and community leaders, as Peter Norman packs to take on his last ministry assignment in Takapuna. Full article »

Lotteries funding to control weeds in National Park

(May 23): The New Zealand Lottery Grants Board has granted the Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust $200,000 to control invasive weeds in Abel Tasman National Park. Full article »

Public meeting to debate pedestrian crossings

(May 23): A public feedback session is being held in Motueka next Thursday to discuss the proposed pedestrian crossings for High Street, their location and the best way to progress the project. Full article »

Community contact details updated on database

(May 22): The 2014 update of the community contacts database provided by Vision Motueka is now available online, but organisers still want to hear from clubs and groups that are not listed. Full article »

Colourful displays at big annual quilt show

(May 20): Crowds flocked to the Motueka Quilt Show last weekend, enjoying a colourful and beautifully displayed setting of quilts, merchants selling their wares, sewing machines and lots of very interested people. Full article, photos »

Early history of Riwaka family online

(May 19): One of the earliest settlers in the Motueka/Riwaka area, William Ryder, is featured in a detailed and fascinating online memoir as part of the Ryder family history. Full article »

Community ideas sought for Parklands entrance revamp

(May 16): Parklands School is preparing to rejuvenate its High Street entrance space, and they want all residents to share their ideas on how it could be made into a more inviting place. Full article »

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

(May 16): Motueka had a strong listing month across all property types, which may have just been a market catch up due to a slow March. Sales for the month were steady and the demand from buyers remains firm. Full article »

Motorhome users propose camping area at port

(May 14): Local members of the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association want to develop the old Motueka beach camp into grounds for certified, self-contained motorhome users. Full article »

Board supports idea of a community development trust

(May 14): The Community Board has endorsed a proposal from Vision Motueka that would result in the establishment of a community development trust to focus on the town's medium to long-term future. Full article »

Council changing tack on sewage treatment upgrade

(May 13): The use of laser sensing from an aeroplane has provided Council with information meaning it must change its strategy on upgrading the Motueka wastewater plant. Full article »

Music quiz night pays off music network website

(May 12): Hotel Motueka was near full house last Saturday night as music enthusiasts and fun seekers battled it out for prizes at the Music Pub Quiz, raising money for the Motueka Music Network. Full article, photos »

Council plans renewal of High Street trees

(May 9): The decline and age of some of the street trees within Motueka is of some concern to Council, which is calling for a staged renewal and replacement programme over the next three years. Full article »

Motueka needs an economic development strategy

(May 7): More local strategic planning is needed if Motueka's "vulnerable" economy is to survive and grow in an increasingly competitive world, MP Damien O'Connor told business managers last night. Full article »

First kakariki released into Abel Tasman National Park

(May 7): Twelve kakariki or yellow-crowned parakeet released into the Abel Tasman National Park today are the first captive raised kakariki to ever be released onto the New Zealand mainland. Full article »

Arts Council unveils winter workshop programme

(May 6): The big event of winter calendar, the Motueka Arts Council's Winter Workshops, is ready to start, with 21 mostly new courses available to choose from. Full article, programme download »

Council offers free fix for faulty culverts

(May 5): Tasman District Council is offering to remediate any culverts on private rural land that have become barriers to the passage of freshwater fish. Full article »

Rapid progress made on Horticulture mural

(May 3): Nine days of painting by about 25 volunteers so far has produced a remarkable start to the next large mural in Motueka, with many details already starting to take shape. Full article, photos »

Library, tourism and debt dominate annual plan hearing

(May 1): Hearings held today at Memorial Hall for submissions to Council's draft Annual Plan were dominated by three issues - the Motueka library redevelopment, funding for tourism and i-Sites, and controlling debt levels. Full article »



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