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Charging for supermarket plastic bags?

(September 16): New World supermarkets are conducting an online poll to see if customers would support paying 5 cents, 10 cents or nothing for plastic shopping bags used in shop purchases. Anyone can vote by going to the website Proceeds will be used on environmental improvement projects.

Council sticks with FPP election system

(September 16): TDC has opted to retain the First Past the Post system for voting in the 2019 and 2022 local government elections. However, Tasman voters have the right to demand a poll on the electoral system if they would like that to change. The choice is between First Past the Post (FPP) and the Single Transferable Vote (STV) systems. To be successful, 5% of eligible voters must demand the poll (that’s 1827 registered electors in Tasman District) by 21 February 2018.

TDC grants allocated for 2017/18

(September 15): A wide range of community groups and projects will get a helping hand from the Tasman District Council, with the allocation of $272,000 in Community Grants this month. The annual Community Grants scheme received 141 applications requesting $369,905 this year. Of those, 112 organisations were successful and will share the $219,000 available.

Vote for Motueka special projects

(September 9): TDC has set up a simple survey asking people to rank the nine proposed Community Board special projects for 2017/18. The project fund is accumulated from the Community Board $10 targeted rate paid by all Motueka Ward ratepayers. To submit your preferences in ranked order, go to before Friday September 29th. Paper copies are also available at the Motueka Service Centre, Hickmott Place.

Spring hanging baskets in place

(September 7): The Spring Hanging Baskets went up yesterday, thanks to Keep Motueka Beautiful volunteers. 96 baskets were installed, using plants prepared by Plant Barn. The irrigation system looks a bit 'ratty' in places so CWS (Motueka Complete Water Solutions), which looks after the irrigation system on the basis of free labour, will give the system a thorough overhaul. The Spring baskets come down and the summer baskets go up, in the week 4 - 10 December after the Motueka Starlight Parade and Motueka A & P Show.

Motueka calendar sales brisk

(September 4): The Motueka 2018 calendar, produced by Keep Motueka Beautiful to raise project funds, saw brisk sales on its first weekend after launching at New World on Friday. Of the 1500 copies printed, over 400 were sold at the supermarket, and with another few dozen already sold by committee members the calendar production costs are already paid. From now on (until sold out) calendars may be purchased at TOAD Hall, Muses Cafe and Motueka i-Site for $10, including an envelope.

Survey open for bus service to Nelson

(September 4): Marcia Higgs and Shorty Dow are researching the possibility and need of a transport shuttle from Motueka to Nelson in the mornings. Motueka people are invited to answere the very short survey by clicking on this website: Shorty has been a courier driver in Motueka for the past 8 years and would like to continue his association with the community. They are looking for gaps in the market, and ways to help with transport. They have two courier vans which if not needed will sell and buy a passenger shuttle.

Cheer leaders bring home prizes

(September 2): Motueka High's Intensity - Golden Girls cheerleading team took home a win at the Wellington Cheerleading competition. The team placed first in the level 2 division of the Ministry of Cheer competition over the weekend. MHS took two stunt teams to the competition, and the second one, Intensity - Xtreme placed third in the level 3 stunt group division. Ministry of Cheer is an one day event that sees club teams, university teams and school teams compete.

Swimming Pool fundraising shop re-opens

(August 21): The shop selling second-hand items to raise funds for a covered pool in Motueka has re-opened in what was the Take Note shop, opposite Church Lane. The shop, which has operated from two empty retail sites over the past year, has raised on average over $400 a week for the pool project, and during the past few months the donated items have been in storage awaiting a new empty site to bge made available. The shop continues to accept donations of saleable items, by arrangement.

More improvements at Mariri Resource Recovery Centre

(August 19): A new waste compactor and waste weighing system and improvements to the waste pit are being installed at the Mariri rubbish tip. This work is aimed at reducing the dust and litter on site, improve safety and reduce the number of truck movements to landfill. Work started five weeks ago, with the construction of a temporary waste pit. Last week operations were switched to this temporary pit for an eight week period, while the pit is rebuilt and the compactor installed. "As there will be additional heavy vehicle traffic during this period it is important for the safety of site users to follow the instructions of staff on site," a TDC engineer said.

Motueka awarded National darts comp till 2021

(August 12): Motueka's status as a South Island darts hub has been secured after another successful hosting of the New Zealand Darts Council national championships this week. Hundreds of competitors and an army of supporters from around the country descended on the Motueka Recreation Centre for the week-long event, with the facility filled with 96 board booths across two rooms. Player numbers had increased by around 140 from the 500 who attended the 2015 championships, put down to positive word of mouth about Motueka spreading through the darts fraternity. On the back of two well-received championships Motueka has been confirmed as the host of the 2019 and 2021 competitions, alternating with Rotorua.

Rudolf Steiner School given planning nod

(August 10): The plan for a new Motueka Rudolf Steiner farm-based school on Robinson Road Lower Moutere has received planning permission. School development manager Peter Garlick said obtaining resource consent for the project was a big hurdle to get over for the school community. The consents allow them to put a school on Rural 1 land, for which here was no provision in the Tasman Resource Management Plan. It had taken about two years and $60,000 to get that necessary nod.

Feedback in over High Street upgrade

(August 9): In the recently completed survey on improvements to High Street, 91% of feedback supported a roundabout at King Edward Street/Old Wharf Road and more than 70% supported a roundabout at Whakarewa St/Woodland Ave. More than 70% per cent also were in favour of measures to encourage off-street parking and 69% supported a 40kmh speed limit. About half of the respondents supported sight-line improvements at Parker/Fearon Sts and a third supported a full intersection upgrade.

Rotary donates $8,000 to pool project

(August 2): The Motueka Community Swimming Pool fundraising team got a great boost on Monday when Motueka Rotary handed over a cheque of $8,000 for the project to build an indoor pool. The money was raised by Rotary from a boat trip for members and friends to D'Urville Island in June. The Knapp family donated the Crusader boat, used normally to ferry people around the Abel Tasman National Park, for the day. Tickets were sold for $100 each and 80 people took the trip, which included lunch on the island at Wilderness Resort and an optional walk.

Good response to NZTA High St survey

(July 20): NZ Transport Agency said that during the four week engagement period regarding changes to traffic management in central High Street, more than 130 people attended the events at the Motueka Market and the Open Day at the Motueka Service Centre. There were 254 submissions received through the website, email and on paper. They said they were "really happy with the attendance and feedback from the community". We can visit their website to read more about the project and subscribe for updates as this project progresses.

Motueka reserves review a work in progress

(July 18): Tasman District Council's big review of Motueka's reserves has now progressed to the stage where staff are reviewing all the submissions. The plan is to use the time till the end of 2017 mainly to look at any desired reclassifications of reserves. Then by mid December, Council will notify on a draft plan for all our reserves and request a formal submissions on this. Submissions will run from January to March, followed by hearings and deliberations by Council for about a month. The final plan should be completed and implemented by the end of June 2018.

TDC seeks views of Tasman's young people

(July 15): Council is consulting with young people from Tasman to get their voice on what is important to them. This information will feed into Tasman District Council's Long Term Plan which shows what the Council will be doing in the next 10 years. Those aged 12 - 24 years old living in the Tasman district are invited to have their say in what they think is important for young people. "Young people are a vital part of the Tasman community and Council believes it is important that we gain the voice of young people to ensure we understand their needs. What you tell us will help inform the Long term Plan which shows what Council will be doing in the next 10 years." The survey is here.

Festival of Lights kicks off on Friday July 14th

(July 11): Lights will be in shop windows and turned on by Damien O'Connor MP outside the museum. They will remain on for the following two weeks. The evening starts with glow in the dark entertainment for children. There will be Star Wars characters walking about, buskers, the brass band and live music in the Museum area until 9.30pm. Late night shopping until 7.30pm plus restaurants, cafes and takeaways open.

Reusable coffee cups move into Nelson

(July 9): Nelson cafes are keen to try out a Motueka-hatched plan to ditch disposable cups in the city. IdealCup founder Steph Fry is spearheading the Motueka Disposable Cup Free initiative, which aims to make Motueka the first town in New Zealand free of disposable cups, replacing them with reusable and 100 per cent recyclable containers. "We firmly have Nelson in our sight as the next obvious step and it's without question in our campaign," she said. "In Motueka it's starting to have an impact, cafes are noticing a huge significant change and are happy to be contributing to the initiative by banning disposable cups."

Dream Maker wins international wedding award

(July 7): For the second year running, Motueka-based The Dream Maker Weddings & Events Services has won Luxury Travel Guide's "Wedding Specialist of the Year" in the Asia and Australasia regions. The Dream Maker is run by Terri Everett of Kaiteriteri. She says this win "not only acknowledges our hard work in promoting Motueka, the Nelson and Tasman region and New Zealand as a world class wedding destination has paid off, but also adds confidence to potential overseas clients, that we exceed our customers expectation". LTG said it is rare for a business to win twice in a row.

TDC makes $12m operating surplus

(June 29): With just a few days until the end of the financial year, Tasman District Council says it is on track to achieve a year-end operating surplus of $12 million. Net debt has fallen from $129m to $115m currently.

KMB recognised at Trustpower Community Awards

(June 27): Keep Motueka Beautiful was runners up in the "Heritage and Environment Section" of the Trustpower Community Awards for the Nelson/Tasman region, recognising the outstanding work it has done for many years and continues to do to for the local environment, parks and walkways. The group's chairman John Fisher was in Nelson to receive a framed Certificate and $250, which will go towards one of the many restoration projects KMB volunteers are working on.

Museum to close for seismic strengthening

(June 21): The Motueka Museum will close for $90,000 worth of seismic strengthening from Friday 30th June until November. This means the Motueka & Districts Historical Association Research Room will be also closed and their material won't be available for research, though they will still be available to take calls. That material will be packed and removed from premises. the adjacent Muses Cafe will remain open throughout.

Ferry feasibility stalls after peer review

(June 18): A new study on the viability of a ferry between Motueka and Whanganui has found big gaps in its initial feasibility study. Planning consultants reviewed the ferry's feasibility study and found it lacked the detail needed to proceed to the next stage of planning. The obtaining of consents in relation to aspects like dredging at both Whanganui and Motueka were also identified as issues to refine. The authors of the original feasibility study said they had no major objections to the peer review, and that the feasibility study was constrained by time and was only intended to get the proposal to the stage where a detailed business case could be commissioned. Read more here.

Consultation to restart on High Street traffic woes

(June 16): Tasman District Council next week will open consultation with Motueka residents about traffic flow and problems in the central portion of High Street. Details will be announced very soon. This ongoing problem has been a huge issue for residents and drivers alike, and investigations and debate about three years ago into possible traffic lights, pedestrian lights and roundabouts were paused as NZ Transport Agency did its own study on State Highway 60.

Defibrillator installed in High Street

(June 9): Unichem pharmacy on High Street now have a defibrillator located on the wall outside their shop front. This was generously donated by a local resident who is also a customer of Unichem. The installation and ongoing servicing and maintenance is sponsored by Jennian Homes. During Unichem's trading hours you can obtain the key from inside. Outside of their opening hours, you simply break the glass to grab the key to open the box, during which time an alarm will sound.

Marae open day for Matariki

(May 30): Te Awhina Marae will host the Matariki Open Day on Friday, June 9th. This is an opportunity for you to learn more about the Marae, the Mana Whenua iwi (Ngati Rarua and Te Atiawa), the carvings in the wharenui Turangapeke, the histories and stories of our region, and Matariki. A Powhiri will start at 10.00pm, and morning tea and lunch will be provided. Cost: Koha. Those interested in attending should RSVP to or phone the Marae office 03 528 6061, by noon on Wednesday June 7th.

Short story book a pool fundraiser

(May 23): Motueka's own Grace Turner is donating all proceeds from the sale of her fifth book of short stories, "Now is the Hour", to the Motueka Swimming Pool. The books are on sale at the Motueka Community Store in Whakarewa Street for $10 each copy. The book is written under her maiden name G.G. Andrew, a registered author.

$1m worth of minor projects for Motueka

(May 17): Tasman District Council has allocated two engineering projects totalling around $1 million for Motueka in the 2017-18 Annual Plan. One is the extension of power line undergrounding from Poole Street to Fearon Street (thereby completing the undergrounding along High Street), and the other is some improvements on the Riuwaka-Kaiteriteri Road, including signage, camber realignment and guardrails.

Motor caravaners want resource consent for new park

(May 10): The New Zealand Motor Caravan Association has applied for a resource consent from TDC to establish and operate a park for self-contained motorhomes and caravans, accommodating up to 70 vehicles, on a 0.56 hectare site at 33 Old Wharf Road, behind the community gardens and next to Motueka Cold Storage Ltd. It wants to erect two small service buildings in the coastal environment area, and to carry out associated earthworks to level the proposed site. Details may be viewed at Council offices, and submissions close at 4.30pm on Friday 9th June.

Cheerleading team recruits sought

(May 10): Tasman Cheer Force is now taking new members aged 5-11 for its Youth Team "The Incredibles". This team is to open to girls and boys and no experience is necessary. Classes are $60 per term and are held at Motueka Recreation Centre on Sundays from 12.30pm to 1.30pm. Learn to stunt, tumble, jump and perform with the best. For information contact Leanne Whelan, or mobile 02108238759.

Council starts resident satisfaction survey

(May 5): An annual survey of Tasman residents' satisfaction with the services and facilities provided by their Council begins today. The National Research Bureau (NRB) will carry out the phone survey of 400 residents over the age of 18, using a randomised selection method. The survey provides data on people's levels of satisfaction with the Council's services, and on which Council decisions they approve or disapprove of. Although the results of the survey are made public, individual survey respondents' details are confidential.

Claire Hutt returns as Our Town coordinator

(May 4): Claire Hutt is once again taking on the part-time role as coordinator of the business promotion group Our Town Motueka. She fulfilled that role for much of last year and had remained as a committee member, but the budget has again become available for her to continue the work of being the primary contact person between the organisation and Motueka's business owners. Expect to see more of her visiting business premises.

Community funding applications explained

(May 3): The Lion Foundation are running a community funding forum in Nelson on Wednesday 17th May, 6:30pm - 7:30pm at the New Street Steakhouse- 58 Collingwood Street. The purpose of the presentation is to help local community groups, charities, sports organisations and schools access the funding we have available in the Nelson/Tasman/Motueka/Takaka areas. They will be explaining how to write a strong application, what can/can't be funded and giving some tips on how to give your application the best chance of success.

Swimming pool Big Raffle draws start Monday

(April 22): After much effort over the past month or so to sell the final 100 or so of the 1000 tickets, the Motueka Community Swimming Pool fundraising $24,000 "Big Raffle" is now fully subscribed and the 12 weekly draws will commence on Monday, April 24th, with prize winners announced on the following Wednesday in the Guardian. Each week from then a draw will be made for the first prize of $500, two second prizes of $200 and a third prize of $100. Weekly winners will be also be announced on the pool fundraising site, and its Facebook page "Motueka Community Swimming Pool"

Youth voices on community board delayed

(April 20): The Community Board has had to delay a formal decision to allow members of the Tasman Youth Council to have a non-voting seat at board meetings until the May meeting as TDC staff have not yet provided promised changes to the meeting standing orders to allow it.

Motueka to get 24/7 police local coverage

(April 14): The government has announced that Motueka will be one of 20 extra police stations nationwide that will be manned around the clock rather than serviced by the nearest city headquarters. Our turn will come next year. This follows several years of intense lobbying by local leaders, led by Cr Paul Hawkes. Motueka already has nominally 24/7 staff coverage, but call outs mean the station is sometimes unattended. The extra staff numbers should help ensure the station was consistently manned.

$25,000 donation to swimming pool fund

(April 7): A private donor who wishes to remain anonymous has donated $25,000 to the Motueka Community Swimming Pool fund, to cover and heat the existing High School pool for community use. The donor does not presently live in Motueka but is planning to move here shortly and believes Motueka needs an indoor, year-round swimming pool. This is a huge boost to the fundraising committee, bringing it to well over two-thirds of the way to its target.