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Entrance signs planned for incoming drivers

May 22nd, 2013
[by David Armstrong]

Work is under way to design, build and install signs welcoming drivers to Motueka on the three less-used highways into town.

On behalf of the Keep Motueka Beautiful committee, secretary Sue Clark is talking with high school design students and sign writers to choose designs for the entrances from Riwaka, Upper Moutere and the Motueka River valley.

As part of a curricular unit, the students have come up with about 10 designs for consideration and selection, each projecting a particular view of how residents and tourists see our town, including the horticulture industry and the river resource.

One sign is intended to be installed in Lyndhurst Drive (previously High Street North), south of the Staples Street junction. The second will be in Lower Moutere near Tractor World and the third on College Street between RDA and the first aerodrome hangars.

Permissions will be needed from Tasman District Council and NZ Transport Agency for the state highways, and the designs chosen, simplified and transferred to boards around 2m x 1m in size.

Local signwriting firm Image Creators has offered advice and assistance in the implementation. Business owner Andy Lowe said he will photograph the final designs and reproduce them digitally, and doing this means they don't have to worry about paint and materials. This stage of work will take possibly a fortnight.

Sue says she hopes the production work can be under way within eight weeks, while this group of art students are together in their term 2 class.

Of course, these welcoming signs will not be as large or impressive as the sculptural entrance fixture on the road from Nelson, but no doubt many Motuekans will be looking forward to seeing the results.


Comment by Mike Tooker:
[Posted 30 May 2013]

This is such a good idea. It is not uncommon, when overseas, to meet people who rave about Abel Tasman, but don't recall passing through Motueka. I won't comment about the perhaps overly subtle sign on the Nelson road!

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