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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 »

Weather kind for 2014 Starlight Parade

(November 29): The weather stayed fine and sunny yesterday evening for the annual New World Starlight Parade down High Street, featuring the usual happy onlookers and colourful floats. Full article, many photos »

High school's trades academy programme expanding

(November 28): Motueka High School's flagship Trades Academy programme will be expanded next year to add an academy for Construction and Related Trades. Full article, photo »

Crafted poppies to commemorate Anzac Day 2015

(November 22): Preparations are under way for a community-wide commemoration of World War 1, with people being asked to craft red poppies to mark the centennial next Anzac Day. Full article »

Our Town gears up for busier times

(November 21): Downtown Motueka is getting ready for another big holiday season, kicking off on Friday night with the big annual Christmas Starlight Parade. Full article »

Tasman councillors right behind #Gigatown

(November 19): Tasman's mayor is urging residents to support Gigatown Nelson as the voting for the competition gets underway. Full article »

Record submissions received on dam proposals

(November 19): Submissions on the funding and governance options for the proposed Waimea Community Dam closed last week, drawing a record number of submitters. Full article »

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

(November 17): Our local Motueka market has continued on, with an increase in listings during October matched well to the increase in sales. The median days on market has also dropped. Full article »

Sheep and cattle return to A&P show

(November 17): The ITM Motueka A&P Show 2014 sees the return of the sheep and cattle categories to the Show, after many years. The show will be held on Sunday 14th December this year. Full article »

Fur seal relaxing by the recreation centre

(November 14): A young male New Zealand fur seal, pictured right, seen near the Motueka Recreation Centre is healthy and just relaxing in the area. Full article, photo »

Community Board makes Waimea Dam submission

(November 14): The Motueka Community Board has made a last-day submission to the Council's Waimea Dam proposal, following what chairman Paul Hawkes says was "lots of healthy debate surrounding the proposal". Full article »

Variety of topics at Board's 25th anniversary meeting

(November 12): The Community Board has agreed to ask Council to flag a plan to expand the parking space at the Recreation Centre, saying the money could better be spent on other more pressing problems. Full article »

Motueka flax weavers learn traditional skills

(November 12): Motueka Arts Council hosted Raranga harakeke flax weaving 2 day workshop last weekend for weavers with some experience in the craft. Full article, photos »

Vision Motueka readies for long-term development tasks

(November 11): Vision Motueka has re-jigged and enlarged its Board of Trustees in preparation for a multi-year project to help with future developments of the town. Full article »

Strategic support offered for storm-affected orchardists

(November 10): The devastation wrought by hail storms last week on a number of orchards in Riwaka, Motueka and Lower Moutere has seen the industry, Central Government and the Council take an active role in supporting the families affected. Full article »

DOC completes Kahurangi aerial 1080 drop

(November 10): The Department of Conservation has completed its Battle for our Birds aerial predator control work over about 257,000 hectares of Kahurangi National Park. Full article »

#LoveMotueka campaign a roaring success already

(November 6): The no-cost social media campaign #LoveMotueka has been a roaring success, developing worldwide conversations about Motueka involving tens of thousands of people. Full article »

How would you like $30,000 spent in Motueka?

(November 3): It's time for Motueka ward residents and ratepayers to tell their community board how they would like the $30,000 accumulated targeted rate to be spent on local special projects for the 2014-15 year. Full article, voting form »

Tasman Bay beaches get annual spring clean

(November 3): Tasman Bay beaches are clean and ready for summer after 3.93 tonnes of rubbish was removed on Saturday. This was up slightly on last year's 3.5 tonnes. Full article »

Waimea dam funding and governance issues debated

(October 30): About 35 local people attended the public meeting held by Council last night to hear opinions about its proposed funding and governance policies related to the highly controversial Waimea Dam. Full article »

Youth mentoring service returns to Motueka

(October 30): The world's largest children's mentoring programme, Big Brothers Big Sisters, is coming to Motueka, thanks to financial commitments made by Motueka Rotary and Lions. Full article, photo »

Temporary co-op art gallery opens in Motueka

(October 28): A new art gallery opened in Motueka last Saturday, the "Art Hub" located at 389 High Street opposite the Caltex petrol station. Full article, photos »

Moves to restore the quayside Tarrant Memorial

(October 27): When Gwyn Rees settled in Motueka in 2009 he chose to live by the Motueka Estuary. No surprise there as he is a former Royal New Zealand Navy captain. Full article, photos »

DOC offers week of activities in the great outdoors

(October 23): The Department of Conservation (DOC) is encouraging people to get out and about and enjoy the amazing world that is on their doorstep. Full article »

Motueka volunteers celebrated at entertaining event

(October 21): Ten special volunteers working in the Motueka area were recognised at the annual Volunteers Awards, held in entertaining fashion last Saturday. Full article, photos & citations »

Anti-violence campaign begins in Motueka

(October 20): Thursday last week marked the official launch of Motueka's "10 Good Men Campaign", profiling positive role models in the community who are promoting the 'families living safe' message. Full article, photo »

Time to enjoy Motuaka's Japanese garden

(October 20): Photographer Jan Baily says she was "blown away by the amazing display of bluebells under the maples in the Japanese garden" late last week. Full article, photos »

Help is at hand to resolve kea issues

(October 16): Advice and support with managing kea issues is now available locally from Andrea Goodman, the recently appointed Conflicts Resolution Community Coordinator for the Kea Conservation Trust. Full article, photo »

Dam issue dominates marathon Community Board meeting

(October 16): The Waimea Community (Lee Valley) dam dominated proceedings at the Motueka Community Board's marathon meeting on Tuesday, with two presentations and lots of public interaction. Full article »

Widening option mooted for Motueka River bridge

(October 15): NZ Transport Agency is considering a new option for making the Motueka River bridge safer to use - adding about a metre to its width to serve for the next 20-30 years. Full article »

Opinions vary on the Waimea dam issue

(October 15): Construction of the Waimea Community Dam (commonly known as the Lee Valley Dam) will be Tasman District Council's most expensive infrastructure project ever, and likely its most contentious. Full article »

Nominations open for Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve Board

(October 15): Nominations for the Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve Board are now open, for a five year term commencing 25th February 2015. Full article »

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

(October 14): The Motueka market appears to have held up reasonable well with regard to the number of new properties coming on to the market, and while numbers are down on August they are up when compared with this time last year. Full article »

Riwaka Scouts celebrate the past, prepare for future

(October 13): Parents and youth from the Riwaka Scout Group gave their hall a tidy-up recently, in preparation for a special occasion. Although the Hall is only about 50 years old, the group itself was formed 100 years ago. Full article »

Motueka to host expert in affordable housing design

(October 10): An expert in affordable house design will speak at a public meeting next Thursday about some of the urban planning and design work he has been involved in. Full article »

Motueka's popular phone directory goes on sale

(October 10): The 2014-15 edition of the popular Motueka telephone directory is now available, sporting yet another great cover photo showing a local scene. Full article »

Waimea Dam consultation process to begin next week

(October 9): A special consultative process related to the proposed Waimea Community Dam will begin next Monday, 13th October. Full article »

Paul Hawkes slams Council's library decision

(October 8): Community Board chairman Paul Hawkes has slammed the Tasman District Council over its decision to postpone the library redevelopment, saying it will exacerbate the rift between Council and the Motueka community. Full article »

Anti-violence campaign to launch in Motueka next week

(October 7): The Motueka Collaboration of Agencies (CoA) is preparing to launch the 10 Good Men campaign, in which a collection of local leaders say publicly that family violence Is Not OK. Full article »

Families enjoy free engine-testing cruise

(October 5): The power of social media was shown on Saturday when a message on Facebook rapidly drew a full passenger list of 125 for a sea trial of Wilsons Abel Tasman's new Vista engine. Full article, photo »

TDC relaxes building consent rules

(October 3): A new policy was adopted at TDC's Environment and Planning Committee meeting yesterday allowing some buildings to be exempt from the need for a building consent. Full article »

Improved recycling services to start next July

(October 3): The Tasman District Council has accepted a proposal from their waste management contractor, Smart Environmental, which will divert more waste from landfill over the next eight years. Full article »

High-tech flight simulator no longer a Motueka secret

(October 3): A world-leading flight simulator has been developed in Motueka, offering exciting experiences for ordinary people as well as great export potential for our local budding high-tech industry. Full article, photos »



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