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Where would an outdoor gym be most useful?

(June 23): The Motueka Community Board are looking at options for potentially installing outdoor gym equipment, similar to that at Tahunanui beach area and Saxton Fields. But where should it go? Full article, survey »

High Street traffic survey for Dummies

(June 22): A "Dummies" guide to filling out the High Street traffic survey or making a submission to NZTA. Full article »

Community Board challenged on youth issues

(June 21): Several issues around the place of young people in the community grabbed the limelight at Motueka Community Board's packed-out June meeting yesterday. Full article »

NZTA surveys opinions on Motueka traffic woes

(June 19): The NZ Transport Agency is investigating short to medium term improvements to High Street Motueka to improve safety and traffic flows. Full article »

Casting vote used to keep dam project alive

(June 15): Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne used his casting vote to keep the Lee Valley Dam project alive, but the result will likely mean more costs to ratepayers. Full article »

Refurbished Tarrant Memorial to be re-dedicated

(June 13): The refurbished Trooper Leonard Tarrant Memorial at Motueka Quay will be re-dedicated at a service to be held at 2.30pm on Saturday July 8th. Full article »

'Weddingmoon' package promotion launched

(June 9): Local tourism promoter and wedding celebrant Terri Everett has launched the "Mountains to the Sea" promotion package for couples wanting something completely different for their wedding. Full article »

Motueka Library celebrates 160th anniversary

(June 2): The Motueka Library is celebrating its 160th anniversary this month with a series of interesting speakers presenting a range of topics. Full article »

Council to consult on draft Freedom Camping Bylaw

(June 2): The Tasman District Council next week will seek public feedback on a draft Freedom Camping Bylaw. Full article »

Swimming pool clocks in naming rights sponsor

(June 1): Another boost came to the Motueka Community Pool Fundraising Group this week with the signing up of a second sponsorship package. Full article »

Some facts about the ferry service proposal

(May 31): The feasibility study undertaken by consultants on the proposed Motueka-Whanganui ferry service answers some of the common questions posed by interested parties and sceptics. Full article »

Lotteries grants $45,500 to strengthen museum

(May 31): The Lottery Grants Board will contribute half the cost of seismically strengthening the historically important Motueka Museum building, granting $45,500 to the project. Full article »

Library feasibility study brought forward

(May 26): Persistence and strong advocacy by Motueka Councillors and the community has led to TDC advancing a feasibility study for a new library into the 2017/18 Annual Plan. Full article »

Motueka JPs open for service at Elevation

(May 25): Need a JP to sign an important document? Then the Motueka Service Desk, manned by local Justices of the Peace at Elevation Cafe every 1st and 3rd Saturday, may be your answer. Full article »

Great programme lineup for Winter Workshops

(May 23): The Motueka Arts Council has finalised the programme for its highly popular Winter Workshop program, truly offering something for everyone. Full article, download programme »

Motuekans like ferry idea, but have concerns

(May 22): Motueka people are strongly in favour of the proposed ferry service with Whanganui, but are also concerned about the potential impacts on the port environment and local roading infrastructure. Full article, survey results »

Kai Fest team prepares for repeat performance

(May 19): Work has begun on planning next year's Motueka Kai Fest, starting with a new trust being officially formed to carry on and expand the project. Full article »

Slow progress toward youth reps on community board

(May 18): The Motueka Community Board is planning a selection process for non-voting youth representation at board meetings, while bureaucracy hampers efforts to change standing orders needed to formalise the arrangement. Full article »

Review of the property sales market for April

(May 17): The number of new listings for April were on par with this time last year. The number of sales fell below this time last year and the previous month. Full article »

Passionate plea made for work on stormwater problems

(May 17): Councillor David Ogilvie may have "lost the battle" over Motueka's stormwater problems with Council, but he thinks he may have finally "won the war" to capture TDC's attention. Full article »

Young local musicians to tour the Tasman region

(May 17): Nelson Tasman's finest up and coming youth musicians will take centre stage at a series of live concerts touring across the region this winter. Full article »

Motueka's first 'hot desk' space set to open

(May 16): Motueka's first ever co-working space is opening this Friday, May 19th, offering temporary and permanent rentable office work facilities and meeting spaces for businesses. Full article »

Ferry proposal put to Tasman District Council

(May 12): Port Motueka could undergo a massive transformation if a proposed $100 million Whanganui-Motueka ferry service gets the go-ahead, according to an article on the Stuff website. Full article »

Our Town Motueka to resume Festival of Lights

(May 11): Our Town Motueka are reprising the Festival of Lights event as a way of brightening up winter and helping retailers and food outlets to attract visitors and locals to support their businesses. Full article »

Classy Kai Fest video a starter for next year

(May 5): Planning is under way for a repeat performance of the Motueka Kai Fest in 2018, beginning with the publication of a YouTube video showing the highlights of the 2017 event. Full article »

Council's community grants open for applications

(May 4): Applications are now open for Tasman District Council Community Grants funding, with $219,000 available this year to help pay for community projects. Full article »

Info sessions on life skills for school leavers

(May 3): The Motueka High School Library is joining forces with the Motueka Public Library to run a series of information sessions aimed at providing year 13 students with some basic living skills. Full article »

Call for photos for KMB's Motueka 2018 calendar

(May 2): The success of the Motueka 2017 calendar means a repeat for 2018, and Keep Motueka Beautiful is calling for contributed photos to be used in the sequel. Full article »

Crafty knitwear to keep Congolese babies warm

(May 1): Scores more Congolese babies will arrive into the world warm and dry, thanks to work done over the past year by Motueka's Crafty Tarts and their friends. Full article, photo »

Johny O'Donnell resigns from Our Town Motueka

(April 28): Chronic health problems and time pressure from his own growing business have forced Johny O'Donnell to resign as chairman of Our Town Motueka. Full article »

First Boomerang Bags in Motueka shops

(April 27): The first Motueka Boomerang Bags are making their way into local outlets, as efforts are underway already to replenish stocks. Full article, photos »

'Giving back' the motive for huge pool donation

(April 26): A strong desire to "give back" to the Motueka community has led Leeon Johnston to pledge $25,000 to support the Motueka Community Swimming Pool fundraising effort. Full article »

Is Motueka TDC's 'forgotten settlement'?

(April 23): While supporting Council's stance on reducing debt, the Motueka Community Board nevertheless said a lack of movement on key infrastructure is hurting Motueka. Full article »

Survey seeks opinions on Motueka-Whanganui ferry project

(April 21): Motueka people have the opportunity to give their opinions on the proposed ferry linking Whanganui with Motueka through an online survey. Full article »

Anarewa Reserve plan needs further work

(April 20): Efforts by Tasman District Council to develop the reserve area between Anarewa Crescent and Tapu Bay have resulted in "dissension within the community", residents said. Full article »

Record crowd at community board public forum

(April 19): What must be a record number of people at the Community Board public forum yesterday is a testament to the increasing faith Motueka people are placing in the effectiveness of their new representatives. Full article »

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

(April 19): After a slow February Motueka had a bumper run on sales in March with a very low median days to sell of just 38 and a median price of $536,000. Full article »

John Wright launches music career in Mot

(April 11): About 150 people were fortunate to be present when legendary Kiwi cricketer John Wright launched his songwriting and singing career in Motueka on Sunday. Full article, photo »

First Motueka Kai Fest a popular success

(April 10): A roaring success and definitely do it again next year - that's the reaction from most people at the inaugural Motueka Kai Fest held yesterday at Decks Reserve. Full article, photos »

Future of Ingram kindergarten on the line

(April 7): Parents and friends of the Laura Ingram Kindergarten met with Motueka councillors today to protest suggestions that the kindergarten be replaced by car parking for an extended library. Full article »

Thankful gesture leads to prize quilt

(April 6): Expressing thanks for a helping hand led to a Motueka woman winning a beautiful quilt made by the Crafty Tarts, raising money for the Motueka community swimming pool. Full article »

Youth to gain voice in local government

(April 6): The Tasman District Council is moving ahead with plans to give young people a voice in local decision-making. Full article »

Kai Fest team ready for the big day

(March 31): Nearly two years of concept development and detailed planning will come to fruition next Sunday, April 9th with the running of the inaugural Motueka Kai Fest. Full article »

Project to strengthen management of youth events

(March 30): A new project funded by the Ministry of Youth Development to strengthen the local youth events scene is about to get underway. Full article »

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 »

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