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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 www.motuekaswimmingpool.nz, 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.

Kaiteriteri sewerage line upgrade ready to start

(April 6): TDC is upgrading the sewerage system that carries wastewater between Kaiteriteri and the Motueka Wastewater Treatment Plant. Work is scheduled to begin on 20 April, starting opposite no. 3 Riwaka-Kaiteriteri Road, and progressing in stages towards Riwaka. The new pipeline between Tapu Bay and Stephen's Bay Road will be installed inside the existing pipeline, which means TDC won't need to dig a trench in the road. A new sewer main will be installed along the road reserve, from Stephen's Bay Kaiteriteri to the Ted Reed Reserve cycleway access in Riwaka (at the intersection of Kaiteriteri Road and Goodall Roads).

Census workers sought

(March 30): Statistics New Zealand is looking for people and community groups to earn part-time money while involved in the 2018 Census. Renee Zyp-Vanderlaan of the Madison Recruitment agency in Wellington says although the Census is not until next year, the first stages are already underway and part of this is nationwide Address Canvasing, which they will shortly begin to recruit for. This is short term paid work for people within our community. If you are interested and want to know more, email Renee to discuss this further.

COGS committee voting coming up

(March 28): Online voting begins on Friday for the three positions in the Tasman ward of the Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS) Local Distribution Committee (LDC). The five candidates are Celia Bulman, Blyda Mackey, Jody Maru, Sue Clark and Paul Johnson. LDCs make the decisions on funding requests submitted to COGS each year. LDC members are volunteers elected by community groups in the region they serve. Any community organisation that has applied to COGS in the last 2 years, or has nominated a candidate, has voting rights.

Vision Motueka recognised by NZ of the Year Awards

(March 24): Community development group Vision Motueka has received a Certificate of Achievement from the 2017 New Zealander of the Year Awards, in the category of New Zealand Community of the Year. Vision was approached by the NZ of the Year organisation last spring and were asked to get themselves nominated, given their history of achieving significant community projects. In the end they did not make the list of very worthy finalists, but were very pleased to hear that their work has been acknowledged.

School zone submissions closing

(March 21): Tomorrow is the final day for submissions to be made to NZTA around the proposed installation of a variable speed zone near the High Street crossing outside Motueka South School. Acting principal Linda Beatson says they have had many close calls, along with some tail end crashes at the crossing, so they asked for the signage and reduced speeds (down from 50 kph to 40kph) at peak drop-off and pick-up times to help keep students safe as they travel to and from school. Concerned community members should email info@NZTA.govt.nz with a short message to support the proposed new safety measures.

Reserves plan review open for two further months

(February 28): The date for submissions to the Motueka Reserves Management Plan review has been extended to April 28th, from February 28th. To help encourage further submissions, TDC has set up a survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/motuekareserves for people to complete. This is a once in ten years opportunity for the MOtueka public to advise the Council on the policies for the various Motueka Reserves.

Litter Cart funding to come from Comm Board budget

(February 24): The Motueka Community Board has decided on a compromise in order to support financially the ongoing operation of the town's litter cart. Rather than contribute to the operator's wages through the "Special Projects" fund, it will use the board's own operations budget. This solution avoids a potentially divisive argument within the board over the Special Projects targeted rate policy allowing or barring the use of those funds for operations.

Community Board reverts to monthly meetings

(February 22): The Motueka Community Board last night decided to return to meeting monthly rather than every six weeks, the regime which was tested through 2016. Members agreed that the experiment with six-weekly meetings had resulted in long gaps between meetings, slippage in attention to pressing problems, and no significant improvement in synchronising with full Council meetings for TDC staff to respond to requests for information or action. The next formal meeting will be on Tuesday March 21st, and will continue on the third Tuesday of every month. Informal public forum meetings will continue midway between formal meetings.

Barry Dowler wins Community Board seat

(February 17): Barry Dowler has defeated Matt Galvin in a fairly close by-election race for the vacant Motueka Community Board seat. In the final count after special votes, Barry has received 1309 votes to Matt's 1058, with the other contenders Maxwell Clark and Lealofi Pouri-Lane getting 586 and 538 votes respectively. The voter return was 40.46% being 3,506 voting papers.

School speed zone ok'd for Motueka South

(February 17): NZ Transport Agency will begin consulting on a variable school zone speed limit (a 40 km/h speed zone) on SH6 at Murchison school, and SH60 at Motueka South School. They intend so send out a consultation document sometime next week, and say there is some urgency, especially in regard to the Murchison one as it is on the detour route and the community have been very vocal.

WOW winner to speak at Arts Council AGM

(February 14): Peter Wakeman, the Motueka-based winner of the 2016 World of Wearable Arts (WOW) award, will be the guest speaker at the Motueka Arts Council AGM, to be held on Tuesday, February 28th, at 7.30pm. The meeting will be held in the Highland Pipe Band Room, Old Wharf Road, beside the Recreation Centre, and will be followed by a light supper. Hobbyists, artists and those selling work - along with the general public - are encouraged to attend.

High St power undergrounding to be completed soon

(February 10): It is expected that work on undergrounding power lines along High Street between King Edward and Whakarewa streets will be completed by the end of February. After several months of busy activity, work by Network Tasman stopped before Christmas and has just restarted. It is thought that diversion of contractors' attention to Kaikoura earthquake repairs, the host of new subdivisions curently under development and a desire to not impede traffic flow over the school holidays may have caused the pause in work.