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News items from 2009.

Council discusses concerns about rural burn-offs

(Dec 19): Tasman District Council met rural industry representatives recently to discuss concerns about burn-offs. The Council's website reports that the meeting discussed how smoke from rural fires affects the environment, people's health, amenities and well-being, as well as how it damages Tasman's image as a clean and healthy place to live. Full article »

Community Board final meeting for 2009

(Dec 12): The final meeting for 2009 of Motueka Community Board last week pleaded for the District Council to address on-going concerns about the safety of cycling in High Street and the state of some footpath ramps for mobile scooters and prams. Full article »

Community House enjoys healthy finances

(Nov 21): Motueka Community House is enjoying new-found financial health, thanks to a full roster of tenants and several building improvements. The annual general meeting of the House last week reported a five-figure bank balance, thanks largely to better use of the facility by community groups. This was up from a deficit two years ago. Full article »

Street Ambassadors to defuse youth aggression

(Nov 19): Young Motuekans will have the support of Street Ambassadors this summer, in a Tasman District Council initiative that aims to defuse and lessen aggressive and anti-social activities including graffiti. Full article »

Gecko urges support for new phase of development

(Nov 14): Motueka's quirky alternative cinema, Gecko Theatre, is undergoing its second phase of development and hopes that its core patronage will expand and support the initiatives. The cinema has recently upgraded its projection technology from DVD to hard disk, and will soon offer its first live performances to coincide with the usual late-summer boost in attendances. Full article »

Atamai Eco-village gets RMA consent, work starts

(Nov 8): Earthworks for the first section of the Atamai Eco-village began last week, as the Tasman District Council's granted a RMA consent for the first stage of the controversial development. Full article »

Talents launched as alternative to cash economy

(Nov 7): This year's tough economic climate has stimulated renewed interest in a Tasman regional trading system where people use their "Talents" to buy and sell products, services and skills locally. Talents stands for Tasman Area Local Exchange Network and Trading System, a non-profit scheme launched in mid-October. Full article »

Stormwater projects proved their worth

(Nov 6): Stormwater projects in Motueka over the past 15 years have largely proved their worth, as demonstrated by the way they coped with one of the heaviest rainfall events for many years on October 17. Full article »