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Quay memorial a challenge for some drivers

(March 28): Atrocious reverse driving around the car parking area beside the old Motueka wharf have led TDC to use rocks to keep out cars while the old Tarrant memorial is repaired. Full article, photos »

Big management change at Motueka i-Site

(March 28): A management shakeup will see the Motueka i-Site managed by Nelson Regional Development Agency on a three-month trial to seek "a more sustainable business model". Full article »

Vision to support Whanganui ferry investigation

(March 27): Vision Motueka will act as the main support group and conduit for information at the southern end of the proposed Whanganui to Motueka ferry service, at least until the completion of the feasibility studies. Full article »

High Street entrance a better look for visitors

(March 25): Visitors' first impressions of Motueka will be much better with the completion of the undergrounding of power cables in the remaining part of High Street south of the CBD. Full article, photos »

Motueka must wait for desired improvements

(March 24): A new library for Motueka is "absolutely needed", Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne said, but only as it fits into Council's district-wide planning. Full article »

Community board approves three discretionary grants

(March 23): Three community groups received discretionary grants to help with current projects at the Motueka Community Board meeting on Tuesday. Full article »

Boomerang Bag production in full swing

(March 18): After three sewing bees involving more than 40 people, the number of cloth Boomerang Bags ready for use freely by Motueka shoppers has passed the 100 mark. Full article, photos »

Demonstrations show less speed means less harm

(March 17): Schoolchildren will receive a vivid demonstration of why the road is not a playground - and grown-ups will be reminded to slow down - during stopping distance demonstrations throughout Tasman District in April. Full article »

Workshops to explore sustainable living at home

(March 17): A series of workshops about sustainable living at home will be run in Motueka over the coming two months. Full article »

Review of the property sales market in the Motueka area for February

(March 15): The median days on market have remained fairly static at around the mid 50s with the median price pushing up to $593,750 for the month of February. Full article »

Kai Fest team offer educational food workshops

(March 11): Planners of the Motueka Kai Fest, in conjunction with the team from Our Kai Motueka, have unveiled a program of educational workshops, tours and seminars for the week prior to the April 9th celebration. Full article, programme »

Motueka South School to be in variable speed zone

(March 9): A proposal to install a school speed zone on High Street near Motueka South School is being put out for submissions and consultation by the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA). Full article »

Library offers workshops on health options

(March 8): It's healthy lifestyles and wellness month at Motueka Library, offering a series of workshops providing the opportunity to learn about a variety of health options. Full article »

No consultation process for 2017-18 Annual Plan

(March 7): Tasman residents will have to wait another year before they can make any formal submissions to TDC's annual planning process, with next year's Annual Plan having been decided without consultation. Full article »

Community spruces up Tasman Bay beaches

(March 7): Almost 300km of Tasman Bay beaches are cleaner after 4.77 tonnes of rubbish were removed on Saturday. This was significantly up on the 3.93 tonnes that was collected in November 2014. Full article »

Tasman rates bills to remain steady in 2017-18

(March 6): Most Tasman ratepayers will see very little change in their rates bill in the coming year, with Council's total rates income increasing by 0.63%. Full article »

Entries open for Arts Council 'hold-all' competition

(March 3): Entry forms are now open for the Motueka Arts Council's 2017 crafting competition, to make a "hold-all" used for holding ... well ... anything. Full article, entry form »

Workshop planned for youth employment initiative

(March 2): The next step in a Motueka youth employment initiative will be a "Pro-action Cafe" workshop later this month involving local businesses, youth and training providers. Full article »

Vision Motueka continues with new blood, new projects

(March 1): The signing up of three new trustees and adoption of two new projects means Vision Motueka will continue for at least another year. Full article »

Positive behaviour scheme gets a boost

(March 1): Motueka schools are giving the Community Congratulations ('Gotcha Being Good') Card initiative another push this term, and want to get more local businesses involved. Full article »

Cricket legend to launch album at Motueka Kai Fest

(February 28): Kiwi cricketing legend John Wright will launch his new music video and album "Red Skies" at a special concert in Memorial Hall to wrap up the Motueka Kai Fest event on April 9th. Full article »

More picnic tables for Decks Reserve playground

(February 27): The Decks Reserve playground will be made more family friendly with the addition of four more picnic tables and eventually a shade sail for shelter. Full article »

Big submission by KMB on Motueka reserves

(February 26): Keep Motueka Beautiful has grabbed with both hands the opportunity to influence the future development of Motueka's reserves, with a 37-page submission to TDC's Reserves Management Plan Review for the ward. Full article »

Boomerang bags coming to Motueka shops

(February 23): It's time to start cutting back on the use of plastic bags for taking home shopping. Boomerang bags are set to arrive in Motueka. Full article »

Community Board to revisit freedom camping issues

(February 22): The Community Board is to have another crack at a solution for Motueka's freedom camping problems, while also encouraging self-contained campers to the town. Full article »

Quality quilt to be raffled for swimming pool

(February 20): A top-quality bed quilt made by the local crafting group Crafty Tarts will be raffled over the next two weeks to raise money for the Motueka Community Swimming Pool project. Full article, photos »

Review of the property sales market in the Motueka area for January

(February 20): The number of property sales for January were about half what they were in January 2016, with the median price up from $390,000 to $535,000 for the same period. Full article »

'Special projects' funding ready to be spent

(February 16): The allocation of funds to Motueka Community Board's "special projects" will near completion next week with the board to decide on a recommended list that was based on community input. Full article »

New sewer pipe to meet growing Kaiteriteri demands

(February 13): The Riuwaka to Kaiteriteri road will undergo further disruptions this year as the main sewer pipe from Kaiteriteri and Tapu Bay is replaced. Full article »

Twilight market to add buzz to Motueka Fridays

(February 9): Summer Friday evenings in Motueka will have a greater buzz with the opening of a Summer Twilight Market beside Decks Reserve tomorrow. Full article, photo »

Big prizes on offer in annual fishing contest

(February 9): Motueka RSA are organising the annual fishing contest for the first time this year - three days for fishing and a grand weigh-in in the RSA car park. Full article »

Community Board by-election voting closes next week

(February 8): There's little more than a week now for voting for the vacant fourth seat on the Motueka Community Board. Full article »

Marae packed for 'open day' Waitangi celebration

(February 7): The wharenui at Te Awhina Marae was packed with more than 150 people yesterday for a low-key but highly meaningful local Waitangi Day celebration. Full article, photo »

Riuwaka to miss out on UFB upgrade

(February 1): It looks like Riuwaka residents and businesses will have most to complain about in the Tasman area with maps showing where ultrafast broadband (UFB) will be available over the next few years. Full article »

Celebrate Valentines Day with poetry

(January 31): Love is in the air! And you can celebrate Valentines Day this year with the Romantic Poetry competition at Motueka Library. Full article »

Vision Motueka mulls possible winding down

(January 27): A shortfall in nominations for the required number of trustee positions has prompted Vision Motueka to consider closing down or spinning off its projects and assets. Full article »

Ultrafast broadband plan for rural towns re-emerges

(January 26): Government has announced the roll-out of fibre ultrafast broadband to 151 towns, including Motueka, Kaiteriteri, Mapua and Takaka over the period 2018 to 2024. Full article »

People power to clean up the beaches

(January 23): Duane Major and Adam Gard'ner, the team behind the Givealittle campaign to buy the Awaroa beach, are encouraging people to sign up and take part in the Nelson Tasman Big Beach Clean. Full article »

Kai Fest team gears up for action

(January 20): The signs are positive for the inaugural Motueka Kai Fest on April 9th to be a huge success, with the planners signing up an experienced team of people to manage all key activities. Full article »

Review of the property sales market in the Motueka area

(January 19): Sales numbers remained at a similar level to the same period last year, the medium house sale price was $477,000, and the median days on market were down from 62 to 42. Full article »

Motueka youth employment findings to be presented

(January 18): Creating more employment and training opportunities for Motueka's youth is the subject of a comprehensive report to be made public at the upcoming Vision Motueka AGM. Full article »

Challenge to increase cycling among workers

(January 17): Motueka businesses and organisations are being invited to take part in a new nationwide biking programme, the Aotearoa Bike Challenge. Full article »

Move to set up multicultural women's social group

(January 14): Do you want to be part of a group where you can share something from your birth culture or just have a chat and a cuppa with other women? Full article »

Plans for youth voice at TDC, Community Board

(January 10): Plans are afoot for the views of teenagers to be heard as of right around the tables of both Tasman District Council and the Motueka Community Board. Full article »

Four standing for vacant Community Board post

(December 23): Four people have put their hands up to stand in the by-election for the vacant fourth position on the Motueka Community Board. Full article »

Proposed ferry offers more jobs, travel savings

(December 22): The proposed Motueka to Whanganui ferry service would bring upward of 200 new jobs to Motueka, said the man behind the initiative. Full article »

New school speed zone for Motueka High

(December 19): New 40kmh variable speed zones will be installed at Motueka High School and Brightwater School in the next phase of school safety improvements by the Tasman District Council. Full article »

TDC debt and rates expected to be lower in 2017

(December 16): Tasman ratepayers can expect a lower than forecast rate increase and lower than forecast Council debt levels next year. Full article »

New community board gets down to business

(December 15): The Motueka Community Board ended 2016 in businesslike fashion with members eager to tackle several long-standing issues as soon as the holiday season is past. Full article »

Review of the property sales market in the Motueka area

(December 15): Properties are still selling fast with the median days on market for November down to just 36. The average sales price remained around 20% above the current capital value. Full article »

Community board broadens criteria for special projects

(December 14): The Motueka Community Board is sticking to its guns and asking TDC to allow it to fund small projects that are not strictly 'Bricks and Mortar'. Full article »

Guthrie Bowron pledges paint for new swimming pool

(December 14): Guthrie Bowron Motueka has made the second 'in-kind' donation pledge of materials for the construction of the indoor Motueka Community Swimming Pool. Full article »

Kai Fest team planning 'edge events'

(December 12): The Motueka Kai Fest, to be held for the first time next April, will include workshops, talks and demonstrations related to food production and use. Full article »

Tasman District gets credit rating upgrade

(December 7): Independent credit rating agency Standard and Poor's has upgraded the Tasman District Council's outlook from stable to positive. Full article »

Time to register for Big Beach Clean

(December 6): Organisations and individuals are invited to register for the Nelson Tasman Big Beach Clean, which has been scheduled for Saturday 4 March 2017, to coincide with Seaweek. Full article »

Another big crowd for Motueka's season opener

(December 3): The summer season opened last night with another successful running of the Starlight Christmas Parade, followed by the Night Market. Full article, parade photos »

Exhibition to highlight Motueka's first settlers

(December 2): The fascinating stories of Ngati Rarua and Te Atiawa and their relationship with Motueka will feature in a new exhibition opening at the Motueka District Museum on Sunday. Full article »

Tasman decides against Easter Sunday trading

(December 1): The Tasman District Council has decided Easter Sunday should remain a non-trading day in the District. Full article »

Know what to do in case of emergency

(November 30): With recent earthquakes and tsunami alerts fresh on the minds of Motueka people, a meeting has been organised to remind us of how to stay safe in a civil emergency. Full article »

Community store donates proceeds to pool project

(November 29): The recently opened Motueka Community Store in Whakarewa Street has made its first donation of proceeds, with the recipients being the indoor swimming pool fundraising committee. Full article »

Mitre 10 store expansion and makeover unveiled

(November 28): Mitre 10 Motueka has undergone a major store renovation and expansion which is finally ready to be unveiled thanks to help from the community. Full article »

Parks and reserves review process to be explained

(November 23): The management and use of Motueka's reserves is up for review, and the Community Board wants to make it as easy as possible for people to get their ideas and concerns into the mix. Full article »

Barry Dowler to stand for community board

(November 22): Barry Dowler is standing for the vacant fourth position on the Motueka Community Board, having just missed out on retaining his District Council seat in the October local body election. Full article »

Website promotes shopping locally for trades firms

(November 21): Encouraging Motueka people to use local trade businesses wherever possible is a vital way of strengthening our local economy, says iBuild Motueka administrator Sheryl Riordan. Full article »

Review of the property sales market in the Motueka area in November

(November 20): October was a quieter month than normal with listing well below the number that usually come to the market and as expected the number of sales were also down. Full article »

Show your preferences for Motueka projects

(November 18): The Motueka Community Board is consulting on which special local projects it should fund in the coming year, so here's your chance to show your preferences. Full article & link to survey »

Street Art Walk an opportunity to view local talent

(November 18): Art collections can be viewed in a variety of ways, and a new opportunity is coming up in two weeks with a Street Art Walk at artists' studios on Trewavas Street. Full article »

Pool fundraisers offer big 'membership' draws

(November 17): The swimming pool fundraising team are taking on their biggest project challenge to date, selling 1000 tickets in a 3-month long "membership" draw. Full article »

Solution found for Kai Fest alcohol dilemma

(November 16): Another piece in the Motueka Kai Fest planning jigsaw has fallen into place, thanks to a collaboration between the planners and the MOTropolis owner to provide alcohol tastings off-site. Full article, photos »

New sign highlights our mountain outlook

(November 15): We all know Arthur and Campbell, but what about all those other mountains in the ranges to our west that make up our everyday outlook? How many can we name? Full article, photo »

Funding key constraint on providing growth infrastructure

(November 14): The Tasman District Council is aware of the demands growth is placing on development infrastructure in the District, and is working to balance growth demands with an affordable works programme, Mayor Richard Kempthorne says.
Full article »

Sunday market continues to build numbers

(November 11): The Motueka Sunday market continues to build in popularity, thanks in part to some marketing innovations introduced by coordinator Judy Roper.
Full article »

New community board gets down to business

(November 9): The new Motueka Community Board has hit the ground running, using its first business meeting to sort out some targets and priorities for its three-year term. Full article, photo »

Swimming pool project half way to target

(November 7): The Motueka Community swimming pool fundraising team have set up shop as a base for their continuing efforts, as the campaign passes the halfway mark. Full article, photos »

Motueka shop opening hours a growing issue

(November 4): Motueka retailers need to look at extending and making changes to their opening hours to better serve customers at the times that the town is busiest. Full article, photo »

Cheerleading team scores well at National comps

(November 4): Motueka High School's "Intensity" cheerleading team had several podium results at the New Zealand Cheer Union Nationals competition in Auckland last week. Full article, photo »

New TDC grants fund open for applications

(November 4): Tasman District Council's new Special Grants Fund, designed to encourage and support significant new events or projects within Tasman District, is now open for applications. Full article »

Help plan the future of Motueka's reserves

(November 3): The management regime for Motueka's many and varied public reserves is due for a refresh - and the Tasman District Council needs your help to bring it up to date. Full article »

Councils seek views on Easter Sunday trading

(November 3): The Tasman District and Nelson City councils are seeking community feedback on whether to allow Easter Sunday trading in the region. Full article »



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