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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.

Launching ramp at Motueka Quay repaired

(January 26): Bob Cooke and Keep Motueka Beautiful have repaired the washed out boat launching ramp located at Motueka Quay beside the old historic wharf. High tides and careless usage had cut away the ramp leaving a loose sandy ditch, and KMB decided to spend some of its funds to make it usable again for launching small boats such as dinghies and kayaks. A gravel slope in now in place and soil and grass seed will be spread around it at the end of summer.

Mural ladders for community use

(January 24): Two sturdy, commercial ladders used by Vision Motueka volunteers for painting murals have been passed on to Keep Motueka Beautiful for KMB's use and for any other community groups who want to borrow them. With no further community murals being planned and the ladders having initially been granted to Vision by the Motueka Community Board, Vision has agreed to pass them on to KMB for further use. Any community group wishing to borrow them should contact KMB chairman John Fisher at 528 5317 or email jafisher@ihug.co.nz.

Pool fundraising team moves shop

(January 23): The Motueka Community Swimming Pool fundraising committee has moved its temporary shop a hundred metres south, to the vacant premises next door to Muses Cafe that was previously well known as Lime. The previous shop, beside Chokdee, was used for six weeks as the base for fundraising activities and sale of donated second hand items, but is now required by its owner to lease to a new business. The fundraising shop, managed by committee treasurer Sue Clark, has been responsible for raising several thousand dollars in donations, sales and raffle tickets. All the items for sale were moved on Sunday.

Murky water closes school pool for the season

(January 20): Sport Tasman advises that due to poor water visibility the Motueka High School Pool will not reopen for 2017 for Afternoon Public Swimming. This is a water visibility issue, not necessary a water quality issue. Staff have to be able to see the bottom of the pool to provide safe supervision. The School has been working hard over summer to rectify the issue and are consulting with external experts, but to date cannot find the cause of the issue or a solution. Other users such as the Motueka Swimming Club and the early morning lane swimmers can continue using the pool.

Singing group for sufferers of lung diseases

(January 7): A free, fun singing group is starting in Motueka on the 13th February at 10am, for people living with chronic lung disease. Improved breathing reduced stress. If it's for you or someone you know, contact Pip Hiles at 0274 282 693 or sylomotueka@gmail.com, or Sue at the Nelson Asthma Society, 03 544 1562.

NZTA releases strategic case for High St traffic

(December 30): Swelling traffic on SH60 through Motueka has been identified as a driving factor of crashes and congestion on High St through Motueka, according to the New Zealand Transport Agency as reported in the Nelson Mail. The collision of two cars on the Motueka Bridge on Tuesday afternoon sparked a 20-year debate on social media over the bridge, which was due to be widened. However in a Motueka Strategic Case released in June this year, the real concern for the NZTA was the town centre. The report said confusion, congestion and safety issues arose due to traffic growth and "competing interests" and a short to medium-term plan was needed to address the issues.

Swimming pool project gets $2000 donation

(December 30): The Motueka Community Swimming Pool project, to enclose and cover the pool at the high school, yesterday received a generous $2,000 donation from a Nelson couple Dave and Dominique Wirtschafter, via its Givealittle website. This is the most generous personal donation to the project to date and the largest amount transacted by its Givealittle facility.

Head-on collision on Motueka River bridge

(December 28): Six people were injured in a head-on crash on the Motueka River State Highway 60 bridge. Emergency services were called to the crash site at 5.30pm on Tuesday, and two severely injured were helicoptered to Nelson Hospital. A family of four were in a vehicle which collided with a second car that carried two people. The road was blocked to traffic for over an hour, with traffic banked up for over a kilometre on both sides. Motueka people have complained for a decade about the narrowness of the bridge and the danger to drivers.