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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 »

Seminar seeks innovative ideas for Motueka's future

(April 30): The first public meeting of the Motueka 2030 forward-looking programme will take place this coming Thursday, aiming to explore some innovative ideas to secure Motueka's future. Full article »

Council to begin annual performance survey

(April 29): From this Friday until May 10th, Tasman District Council is conducting its annual survey of residents to find out how Tasman residents think it is performing. Full article »

Two competitions approach entry deadlines

(April 28): Two high-profile competitions being run over the next month are approaching their deadlines for entries, so this is a reminder for those who are interested. Full article »

Motueka 2030 begins with #LoveMotueka day

(April 27): The "Motueka 2030" programme kicks off this Sunday with a family-oriented drop-in event as an informal way of promoting thoughts about the future of Motueka. Full article »

Anzac ceremony thanks to huge community effort

(April 27): The Anzac dawn parade on Saturday, attended by a record crowd estimated at over 1000 people, was the result of a huge community effort. Full article »

Library tops community board's LTP submission

(April 22): The Motueka Community Board has made a detailed submission to TDC's Long Term Plan (LTP) hearing, with a range of requests led by a plea to lock in money for a new library. Full article »

Motueka 2030 event programme announced

(April 21): Vision Motueka has finalised the seven major public events organised for May, as the visible part of its ambitious "Motueka 2030" community information gathering project. Full article, programme download »

River-themed mural to start this weekend

(April 21): Do you love those murals that have been painted recently in Motueka? Well, work on the next one in the series is starting this weekend. Full article »

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 »

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