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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 info@tam.org.nz 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, leanne@tasmancheerforce.com 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 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.