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Momentum grows for Motueka co-working facility

(February 15): An idea germinating for the past nine months has burst into life with the announcement on Wednesday of a working plan and funding for a new co-working and software training space in Motueka. Full article »

Innovation hub planned for Motueka

(February 3): A group of leading-edge Motueka business leaders are developing a working concept for a new co-working and training space in Motueka that will foster business innovation and development. Full article »

Storm event closures Tasman

(February 2): Due to the storm surges and the impending high tides the Tasman District Council has closed the following roads and facilities. Full article »

Kai Fest team prepares for even better event

(January 23): Work is ramping up in preparation for this year's Motueka Kai Fest on April 8th, with the aim of making it even bigger and better than the first staging last April. Full article »

Tasman water restrictions lifted

(January 15): Water restrictions in Tasman have been lifted with immediate effect. Full article »

TDC settles on freedom camping bylaw

(January 9): Tasman District Council has agreed on a modified Freedom Camping Bylaw which clarifies areas which allow various forms of camping outside of official camping parks. Full article »

Water rationing on the Waimea Plains draws back to stage one

(January 8): Tasman District Council's Dry Weather Taskforce Convener, Dennis Bush-King, said that water restrictions for users on the Waimea Plains will go back to Stage 1 with immediate effect from 8 January with all restrictions lifted for permit holders in the Wai-iti and Waiti Dam Service Zones. Full article »

Top of the South Rising to the Occasion

(January 8): Motueka, Tasman has found itself the lucky host of a special, one-off performance by folk artists and activists, the sister-duo Rising Appalachia on January 28 2018. Full article »

Water restrictions remain in place awaiting forecast rain

(January 3): The current water restrictions will remain in place pending the forecasted heavy rain for later this week. Full article »

Dolphins with rounded fins? Report them in!

(January 2): It's easy to report dolphin sightings on the free smart phone app called 'Hector's Dolphin Sightings', free from Google Play and the App Store. Full article »

Water rationing remains in force despite rain

(December 27): The existing water restrictions for users on Tasman's Waimea Plains will remain unchanged this week and continue at Stage 2 for the week starting 1 January as do the Stage 1 restrictions for permit holders in the Wai-iti and Wai-iti Dam Service Zones that also came into effect on Christmas Day. Full article »

Water rationing kicks in for Wai-iti zones

(December 20): Stage 1 water restrictions will commence on Monday 25 December for permit holders in the Wai-iti and Wai-iti Dam Service zones, Tasman District Council's Dry Weather Taskforce Convener, Dennis Bush-King, says. Full article »

'Giving back' the motive for huge pool donation

(December 18): Leeon Johnston of Bayleys Real Estate has fulfilled his pledge made in April to donate a proportion of his commissions from his property sales, up to $25,000, to the Motueka Community indoor swimming pool project. Full article »

Early Contractor Involvement to identify dam price kicks off

(December 17): The partners in the proposed Waimea Community Dam, Tasman District Council and Waimea Irrigators Ltd, have selected a preferred contractor to enter the Early Contractor Involvement process. Full article »

Tourism Infrastructure Fund to benefit Tasman tourists and environment

(December 15): The impact of tourism on Tasman's infrastructure has been recognised within the recent grants distributed by the Minister of Tourism Kelvin Davis from the Tourism Infrastructure Fund (TIF). Full article »

New Freedom Camping Bylaw for Tasman District

(December 15): The Tasman District Council has adopted a new Freedom Camping Bylaw and will increase enforcement, add extra signage and improve the facilities in some areas where camping is permitted with restrictions. Full article »

Parking Strategy for Richmond and Motueka Set for Consultation

(December 15): Increasing pressure on parking in the Richmond and Motueka town centres has spurred the development of a draft parking strategy to manage demand over the next 10 years. Full article »

Tasman District Council sets direction for 10-year planning

(December 15): The Tasman District Council proposes to limit annual rate increases and total debt as part of its financial strategy for the next 10 years, while planning for high-growth population increases. Full article »

Funds approved for three community organisations

(December 13): Three Motueka community groups were granted funds by the Motueka Community Board at its final meeting for 2017 on Tuesday. Full article »

Water rationing on the Waimea Plains moves to stage two 18 December

(December 13): From Monday (18/12) Stage 2 water restrictions for users on the Waimea Plains already on restrictions and Stage 1 for those in the Lower Confined and Hope Gravels zones will come into force, Tasman District Council's Dry Weather Taskforce Convener, Dennis Bush-King, said. Full article »

$16,000 fine for fishing in West Coast marine reserve

(December 13): A Nelson man has been fined $16,000 for commercial fishing in a West Coast marine reserve. Full article »

Forestry company praised for protecting kea nest

(December 12): The Department of Conservation is praising a Nelson forestry company for temporarily halting operations around a kea nest to protect the kea. Full article »

The Trewavas Street Art Walk a tremendous success

(December 11): The Trewavas Street Art Walk was a tremendous success once again. We had glorious weather and between 300/400 people attending, which is more than double from last year. Full article »

Strong value increases seen across Tasman District over the past three years

(December 7): The Tasman District Rating Revaluation for 2017 is now confirmed and property owners will soon receive a 2017 Notice of Rating Valuation with an updated rating value for their property. Full article »

Water rationing on the Waimea Plains starts 11 December

(December 6): Tasman District Council's Dry Weather Taskforce Convenor, Dennis Bush-King, said that Stage One water restrictions for users on the Waimea Plains will come into force from Monday, 11 December. Full article »

Dry weather taskforce holds off rationing for now

(November 29): Tasman District's Dry Weather Taskforce has met for the first time this summer and decided to hold off on introducing water rationing for at least another week. Full article »

Boomerang Bags promotion planned for December

(November 29): The team behind Motueka's Boomerang Bag initiative are planning an awareness week in early December to encourage further use of re-usable shopping bags. Full article »

Dam consultation attracts more than 1400 submissions

(November 28): Submissions on funding and governance proposals for the Waimea Community Dam have closed, with more than 1400 people and organisations opting to have their say. Full article »

Tasman to release Regional Land Transport Plan for consultation

(November 28): A review of the priorities for Tasman's transport network has identified several changes to the 2015 Tasman Regional Land Transport Plan, including new projects to improve the Champion-Salisbury Road roundabout in Richmond, and Hutchinson's Bridge near Murchison. Full article »

Motueka pool project gets the final go-ahead

(November 27): A crucial milestone has been passed toward building an indoor swimming pool in Motueka, with the completion of the long-awaited feasibility study and an agreement signed off between the high school and the new pool operators. Full article »

Abel Tasman National Park 75th anniversary celebrations

(November 27): December marks the 75th anniversary of the Abel Tasman National Park and to celebrate the milestone around 130 locals joined Project Janszoon on a special cruise in the Park last night. Full article »

Motueka youth want a central communal space

(November 22): A survey of young people in the Tasman District shows that Motueka would be better for youth if there was a central communal space available for all young people. Full article »

Brain Development meets practical advice

(November 21): Not many people can make a subject like neuroscience burst into life. Nathan Mikaere Wallis does this with ease whilst also giving 1000 useful ways to put this knowledge into practice in our daily lives. Full article »

Kahurangi Battle for our Birds pest control completed

(November 20): Department of Conservation Battle for our Birds aerial 1080 pest control in western Kahurangi National Park has been completed making the area's at-risk native wildlife safer from predators. Full article »

KMB to complete path round Sanctuary Gardens

(November 7): Keep Motueka Beautiful (KMB) has raised the money and received the go-ahead from Council to complete the walking path around the Sanctuary Gardens. Full article »

Motueka's grand piano a Goodman donation

(November 1): The full story behind the grand piano which is now used in Motueka's Memorial Hall has been revealed following the death of the donor, Sir Pat Goodman. Full article »

Tasman's financial outlook remains positive

(November 1): Independent credit rating agency Standard and Poor's has again assessed the Tasman District Council as having a "positive outlook" and affirmed its AA- financial strength rating. Full article »

Motueka celebrates its volunteers at moving event

(October 30): About 80 people from 20 community groups on Sunday celebrated the contribution that volunteers make to the life and growth of Motueka. Full article »

Waimea dam process letter released

(October 26): The Tasman District Council has released the letter that provides the agreed way forward for the current community consultation on the Waimea Community Dam. Full article »

Motueka Online to continue under new ownership

(October 23): Popular community news website Motueka Online has been saved from the threat of closure by a change in ownership. Full article »

Waimea Community Dam Proposals Open for Consultation

(October 20): The annual cost of the Waimea Community Dam would peak at $29 for just over half (51%) of Tasman District's 24,000 ratepayers, under a proposal out for consultation from Saturday. Full article »

Wakatu on target for new housing developments

(October 20): The release of land by Wakatu Inc for new housing in Motueka remains on target, with about 80 new sections expected to come on the market over the next year. Full article »

Community board adopts special projects list

(October 19): The Motueka Community Board has approved more than $120,000 of local Special Projects it will fund during the current financial year. Full article »

Show your Motueka backyard some love this Conservation Week

(October 16): People are invited to an Our Place: Our Nature family event with fun activities in Nelson on Saturday 28 October being held to celebrate Conservation Week. Full article »

Business backing sought for Motueka movie

(October 14): The producer of the movie "Blue Moon" based in Motueka, Stef Harris, is seeking further financial support from Motueka businesses to "put the project on the world stage". Full article »

Clued Up Kids teaches safety skills

(October 13): After a successful pilot last year, a week-long event aiming to create a generation of Clued Up Kids returns this month. Full article »

Motorcyclist dies in Motueka accident

(October 9): A motorcyclist died and the driver of another car has head injuries following a crash in Motueka today. Full article »

TDC reduces debt, runs operating surplus

(September 29): The Tasman District Council has reduced its debt for the third year in a row and continues to strengthen its balance sheet, its latest Annual Report shows. Full article »

Four discretionary fund applications approved

(September 27): Four community organisations were beneficiaries of $500 each from the Motueka Community Board's Discretionary Fund at an extraordinary board meeting last night. Full article »

Soft plastics recycling arrives in Tasman

(September 16): You can now recycle plastic shopping bags, chip packets, bread bags and other soft plastics with the arrival of the Love NZ Soft Plastic Recycling Programme in the Nelson/Tasman region. Full article »

Massive week for Motueka primary school cluster

(September 14): It's been a massive week for the 12 primary school in and around Motueka, presenting Motueka's special character and assets through a variety of visual and performing arts. Full article »

Heritage sign installed at port entrance

(September 12): The Port Motueka entrance at George Quay has been improved further with the installation of a heritage sign describing the 100-year history of the port. Full article, photos »

Community to be consulted on Dam proposal

(September 11): The Tasman District Council has agreed to consult the public on proposals for funding and governance of the Waimea Community Dam. Full article »

Motueka Online seeks new owner-operator

(September 5): After nearly eight years operating the Motueka Online community website, I have decided to either close it down or pass it on to someone else. Full article »

KMB sees busy project year ahead

(September 4): Buoyed by extra income from its calendar sales, Keep Motueka Beautiful is preparing for another busy year working on environmental and beautification projects. Full article »

Camera Club does well at Seddon competition

(September 3): Some members of the Motueka Camera Club travelled to Picton last weekend to take part in the Seddon Shield photographic competition. Full article, photos »

Community contact database gets its annual update

(August 30): The online database of contact details for all known Motueka community groups and clubs has had its annual spring-clean and update. Full article »

Motueka's very own ginormous cat

(August 30): Did you know that an absolutely huge cat is resident in the open spaces behind the Motueka skate park? Full article »

Motueka calendar ready for holiday season

(August 29): Last year they sold out well before Christmas, so Keep Motueka Beautiful has printed 500 extra copies of its popular Motueka calendar, which will go on sale on Friday. Full article »

Help keep National Park islands predator-free

(August 25): DOC is calling for public help to prevent rats, mice and other pests getting onto Abel Tasman National Park islands to keep the islands safe for native species living there. Full article »

Invitations open for annual volunteer celebration

(August 22): Invitations have gone out to all known Motueka community groups which rely on volunteers, to take part in the annual "Celebrate Motueka Volunteers" event in October. Full article »

Huge variety of ideas in 'hold-all' exhibition

(August 20): Despite wet conditions, a good number of people visited Memorial Hall on Friday and Saturday to view the entries in Motueka Arts Council's "make a hold-all" crafting competition. Full article, photos »

Special Motueka projects list ready for voting

(August 18): The Motueka Community Board has decided on this year's list of "special projects" to be put to residents for feedback and voting. Full article »

Motueka policing discussed at community board meeting

(August 16): Police foot patrolling is one of the best tools for tackling local crime, say both the Motueka Community Board and the Tasman Police District commander, Mike Johnson. Full article »

Baby step taken to advance town traffic bypass

(August 16): A baby step was taken yesterday toward advancing the prospect of a heavy-vehicle bypass around Motueka, but it still may take a decade or more to implement. Full article »

Test your rugby passing skills with Makos

(August 16): Locals are invited to join a rugby passing skills test at Mitre 10 Motueka on 20th August, and compete against Tasman Makos players to win rugby-themed prizes and enjoy a fun family morning out. Full article »

Library programmes focus on local history

(July 28): Motueka Library is marking its 160th birthday with a series of workshops and programmes guiding people into looking at their own histories and the tales of the town. Full article »

Progress report on Arts Council's Winter Workshops

(July 27): The three winter months, June, July and August each year in Motueka become alive with artists taking the opportunity to get creative and enjoy fun times. Full article, photos »

Library offers art workshops for beginners

(July 20): You'd like to draw or paint but are too shy to join an art group? The Motueka Library is offering three art workshops for beginners over the next three weeks. Full article »

Board makes progress on youth representation

(July 19): Further steady progress was made by the Motueka Community Board at its monthly meeting yesterday, including the final, formal adoption of changes to standing orders allowing youth representatives to take part in debates. Full article »

Community Board endorses Motueka Volunteers event

(July 19): The Motueka Community Board strongly endorses the annual Motueka Volunteers Awards run by Vision Motueka, but has declined a request to co-host the event. Full article »

KMB supports intent of freedom camping bylaw

(July 18): The Keep Motueka Beautiful group has made a supportive submission to Council's draft Freedom Camping Bylaw, three weeks before submissions close. Full article »

Upgrade to Mariri Resource Recovery Centre begins

(July 7): Changes are afoot at the Mariri Resource Recovery Centre as TDC begins improvements that will make the centre more efficient, safer and easier for people to use. Full article »

Council prepares for library feasibility study

(July 7): The first step in the process of developing a new Motueka Library was taken yesterday when TDC's Community Development Committee agreed to work on the required feasibility study and community consultation. Full article »

Board's SH60 submission urges carparking rethink

(July 4): The Motueka Community Board is urging NZTA to minimise the loss of car parking spaces on central High Street, when the transport agency decides on changes to traffic management within the town. Full article »

Relief in sight for flood-prone north-west Motueka

(June 29): Relief is in sight for residents in the flood-prone north-western sector of Motueka, with stormwater upgrades being brought forward into the upcoming financial year. Full article »

Motueka Library celebrates 160 years of service

(June 29): Sixty people gathered at Motueka Library yesterday to celebrate the anniversary of 160 years of Library service in Motueka. Full article »

Review of the property sales market for May

(June 29): The median days on market in and around Motueka remained a relatively low 33 and the average sale price was 37% above the current average capital value.
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TDC backs Kai Fest for even bigger 2018 event

(June 27): Tasman District Council will support next year's Motueka Kai Fest with $20,000 funding to help the fledgling event reach greater heights and build financial sustainability. Full article »

Wedding Hub promotes special event destination

(June 26): A new venture based in Motueka aims to further build the size and professionalism of the Nelson and Tasman wedding and events industry. Full article »

Where would an outdoor gym be most useful?

(June 23): The Motueka Community Board are looking at options for potentially installing outdoor gym equipment, similar to that at Tahunanui beach area and Saxton Fields. But where should it go? Full article, survey »

High Street traffic survey for Dummies

(June 22): A "Dummies" guide to filling out the High Street traffic survey or making a submission to NZTA. Full article »

Community Board challenged on youth issues

(June 21): Several issues around the place of young people in the community grabbed the limelight at Motueka Community Board's packed-out June meeting yesterday. Full article »

NZTA surveys opinions on Motueka traffic woes

(June 19): The NZ Transport Agency is investigating short to medium term improvements to High Street Motueka to improve safety and traffic flows. Full article »

Casting vote used to keep dam project alive

(June 15): Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne used his casting vote to keep the Lee Valley Dam project alive, but the result will likely mean more costs to ratepayers. Full article »

Refurbished Tarrant Memorial to be re-dedicated

(June 13): The refurbished Trooper Leonard Tarrant Memorial at Motueka Quay will be re-dedicated at a service to be held at 2.30pm on Saturday July 8th. Full article »

'Weddingmoon' package promotion launched

(June 9): Local tourism promoter and wedding celebrant Terri Everett has launched the "Mountains to the Sea" promotion package for couples wanting something completely different for their wedding. Full article »

Council to consult on draft Freedom Camping Bylaw

(June 2): The Tasman District Council next week will seek public feedback on a draft Freedom Camping Bylaw. Full article »

Swimming pool clocks in naming rights sponsor

(June 1): Another boost came to the Motueka Community Pool Fundraising Group this week with the signing up of a second sponsorship package. Full article »

Some facts about the ferry service proposal

(May 31): The feasibility study undertaken by consultants on the proposed Motueka-Whanganui ferry service answers some of the common questions posed by interested parties and sceptics. Full article »

Lotteries grants $45,500 to strengthen museum

(May 31): The Lottery Grants Board will contribute half the cost of seismically strengthening the historically important Motueka Museum building, granting $45,500 to the project. Full article »

Library feasibility study brought forward

(May 26): Persistence and strong advocacy by Motueka Councillors and the community has led to TDC advancing a feasibility study for a new library into the 2017/18 Annual Plan. Full article »

Motueka JPs open for service at Elevation

(May 25): Need a JP to sign an important document? Then the Motueka Service Desk, manned by local Justices of the Peace at Elevation Cafe every 1st and 3rd Saturday, may be your answer. Full article »

Great programme lineup for Winter Workshops

(May 23): The Motueka Arts Council has finalised the programme for its highly popular Winter Workshop program, truly offering something for everyone. Full article, download programme »

Motuekans like ferry idea, but have concerns

(May 22): Motueka people are strongly in favour of the proposed ferry service with Whanganui, but are also concerned about the potential impacts on the port environment and local roading infrastructure. Full article, survey results »

Kai Fest team prepares for repeat performance

(May 19): Work has begun on planning next year's Motueka Kai Fest, starting with a new trust being officially formed to carry on and expand the project. Full article »

Slow progress toward youth reps on community board

(May 18): The Motueka Community Board is planning a selection process for non-voting youth representation at board meetings, while bureaucracy hampers efforts to change standing orders needed to formalise the arrangement. Full article »

Review of the property sales market for April

(May 17): The number of new listings for April were on par with this time last year. The number of sales fell below this time last year and the previous month. Full article »

Passionate plea made for work on stormwater problems

(May 17): Councillor David Ogilvie may have "lost the battle" over Motueka's stormwater problems with Council, but he thinks he may have finally "won the war" to capture TDC's attention. Full article »

Young local musicians to tour the Tasman region

(May 17): Nelson Tasman's finest up and coming youth musicians will take centre stage at a series of live concerts touring across the region this winter. Full article »

Motueka's first 'hot desk' space set to open

(May 16): Motueka's first ever co-working space is opening this Friday, May 19th, offering temporary and permanent rentable office work facilities and meeting spaces for businesses. Full article »

Ferry proposal put to Tasman District Council

(May 12): Port Motueka could undergo a massive transformation if a proposed $100 million Whanganui-Motueka ferry service gets the go-ahead, according to an article on the Stuff website. Full article »

Our Town Motueka to resume Festival of Lights

(May 11): Our Town Motueka are reprising the Festival of Lights event as a way of brightening up winter and helping retailers and food outlets to attract visitors and locals to support their businesses. Full article »

Classy Kai Fest video a starter for next year

(May 5): Planning is under way for a repeat performance of the Motueka Kai Fest in 2018, beginning with the publication of a YouTube video showing the highlights of the 2017 event. Full article »

Council's community grants open for applications

(May 4): Applications are now open for Tasman District Council Community Grants funding, with $219,000 available this year to help pay for community projects. Full article »

Info sessions on life skills for school leavers

(May 3): The Motueka High School Library is joining forces with the Motueka Public Library to run a series of information sessions aimed at providing year 13 students with some basic living skills. Full article »

Call for photos for KMB's Motueka 2018 calendar

(May 2): The success of the Motueka 2017 calendar means a repeat for 2018, and Keep Motueka Beautiful is calling for contributed photos to be used in the sequel. Full article »

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