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SolarCity Summer Movie coming to Decks Reserve

(Dec 24): The outdoor classic cinema evening is returning to Motueka with the SolarCity Summer Movie presentation at Decks Reserve on Friday January 7th. Full article »

Museum mounts major exhibition on early local history

(Dec 22): Motueka Museum has opened a major new six-month exhibition that explores a full spectrum of activities that make up the history of Motueka from its first land users through to early European settler families. Full article »

Playhouse Cafe to re-open in January

(Dec 20): The Playhouse Cafe in the Redwood Valley is to open again under the new management of Nic Roland and Manuela Fuhrimann. They will maintain the thespian themes of the Playhouse with theatre dining once a month. Full article »

Sea shuttle 'Crusader' launched at community party

(Dec 19): The title of largest boat ferrying tourists around the Abel Tasman Park beaches now definitely belongs to Abel Tasman Sea Shuttles with the launch yesterday of the 135-seat "Crusader" catamaran at Motueka Marina. Full article, photos »

CD of Motueka music crowns ambitious community project

(Dec 18): The culmination of months of work by a man on a musical mission arrived this week with the release of the CD titled "Home: Songs in the key of Motueka" showcasing the talents and inspirations of established and budding musicians from around the Motueka district. Full article »

Review of the property sales market in the Motueka area for December 2010

(Dec 17): A late spring surge in the residential property market across the country has lifted the number of sales above 5,000 with the national median price up to $360,000. The REINZ are attributing this increased activity to pent-up levels of people now in the market who need to buy or sell homes. Full review »

Community Board mulls contentious issues

(Dec 15): The Motueka Community Board has set the platform yesterday for an interesting and perhaps controversial year ahead with long and sometimes edgy discussion on several key issues at its final monthly meeting for 2010. Full article »

Council presents amalgamation submission to the Local Government Commission

(Dec 15): The Tasman District Council presented it submission with regard to the proposed amalgamation of Nelson and Tasman Districts to the Local Government Commission this morning. Full article »

Motueka rings to the sound of music

(Dec 13): We review three big musical events held in Motueka yesterday: the "Songs in the Key of Motueka" festival in Decks Reserve, the Community Choirs and Tasman Brass Ensemble at Memorial Hall, and Carols by Lamplight at Bev and Ernie’s woolshed. Full article »

Amalgamation submissions to be heard in Motueka this week

(Dec 13): The Local Government Commission received about 450 submissions on the proposal for the union of Tasman District and Nelson City. Submissions from Motueka residents will be heard at St John Hall, 15a Courtney Street, on Thursday 16th December from 1.00pm to 5.30pm, and are open to the public. Submission timetable »

"Best Town" Motueka features on TV3 news

(Dec 10): Following the "Best Town" award, TV3 ran a two-minute news feature about Motueka. If you have reasonable broadband access to the Web, here is a link to the video of that feature. Full article »

It's official - Motueka is New Zealand's Best Town

(Dec 10): Motueka has won the 2010 "Best Town" award in the Keep New Zealand Beautiful competition, receiving more public votes than the other finalist Pukekohe. Full article »

Community garden sets up as charitable trust

(Dec 9): The fledgling Motueka Community Garden has taken another step toward becoming a significant community asset by appointing trustees who will register the organisation as a charitable trust. Full article »

Top of the South Maps website launched

(Dec 9): Today sees the launch of “Top of the South Maps”, a mapping website showing property, recreation and services information in Tasman/ Nelson. Full article »

Speak Out Nelson Tasman tackles racism

(Dec 9): A reporting system for racist incidents in Tasman and Nelson was officially launched on November 29th. Speak Out Nelson Tasman is an initiative of the Nelson Multicultural Council with the support of government agencies, the Nelson Safer Community Council and the Human Rights Commission. Full article »

Balmy night for 2010 Starlight Parade

(Dec 5): Motueka was treated to a balmy summer evening for the 2010 Starlight Parade on Friday, with about 30 floats to entertain the large crowd lining High Street. Photos »

High School students' survey confirms desire for bypass

(Dec 3): Fresh urgings for a town bypass received yet another boost today when the Motueka High School Year 11 community issues students presented the results of their Term 4 survey, on the topic of the proposed bypass and new bridge, to local politicians and media. Full article »

Town bypass controversy gets big hearing

(Dec 2): The seemingly endless controversy over when and where a Motueka town bypass is built took a step forward on Tuesday at a well-attended public meeting to thrash out options and opinions. Full article »

Historical Association revisits The Grange - 30 years on

(Dec 2): What better way could the Motueka and District Historical Association celebrate 30 years since its formation than a picnic lunch in the spacious grounds of a local historical house that was built for a leading settler family 160 years ago. Full article, photos »

Water rationing for Waimea Plains from Monday 6 December

(Dec 2): Tasman District Council’s Dry Weather Taskforce Convenor, Dennis Bush-King, said that water rationing for users on the Waimea Plains will be implemented effective Monday, 6 December. Full article »

TDC supports Pike River Miners Relief Fund Trust

(Dec 2): The Tasman District Council Offices are collection points for the Pike River Miners Relief Fund Trust, set up by the Grey District Council to help those affected by the Pike River Mine tragedy. You can drop off a donation to any of our Council Offices. Full article »

Final week for voting in KNZB "best town" award

(Nov 29): Motueka is one of two finalists in the annual Keep NZ Beautiful best town awards, up against Pukekohe, and has been leading most of the time. Voting ends this Saturday. More information here. Voting is online, and you can vote for Motueka by clicking on this link »

All ready to go for Starlight Parade 2010

(Nov 26): There's just a week to go before the floats start rolling onto High Street for the 11th annual Christmas Parade. Registrations are rolling in there will be a few surprises this year for sure, perhaps some from the new Kiwiana category, says organiser Jacqui Taylor of Our Town Motueka. Full article »

Service to remember the Pike River miners

(Nov 25): A special church service will be held on Sunday November 28th at 2.00pm at St Thomas Church Auditorium, High Street to remember and grieve the loss of the 29 Pike River coalminers and to offer support through prayers for their loved ones and for the Greymouth community. Full article »

Motueka groups successful at environment awards

(Nov 25): Several Motueka organisations and businesses were winners or highly commended at the Nelson Tasman Environment Awards 2010 held last night. Full article »

Opinions sought on improving High Street

(Nov 24): The Motueka Community Board is publishing a questionnaire on Motueka Online and The Guardian asking residents to indicate their preferences on ideas that have been mooted to make the road safer and easier for all to use, and to make any other suggestions that may help. Full article, survey form »

Big Beach Clean Up reaps an unfortunate harvest

(Nov 19): Old drink cans, plastic bottles and fishing rope were the main items of rubbish harvested from the Motueka Sandspit and river estuary during today's Nelson-Tasman Big Beach Clean Up. Full article »

Council releases 2009/2010 Annual Report

(Nov 19): The Annual Report for the Tasman District Council was released today. The Council produces an Annual Report each year to account for the money provided to it by its ratepayers, financial institutions and government agencies. Full report »

Changes among Family Service Centre trustees

(Nov 18): Long-time stalwart of the Family Service Centre, Muriel Moran, has decided it's time to hand over the reins as chairperson and trustee and is one of two trustees who need replacing on one of Motueka's key family/whanau service agencies. Full article »

TDC holds off water restrictions for another week

(Nov 17): Tasman District Council's Dry Weather Taskforce has met to review the water situation across the District and has deferred the introduction of water restrictions for at least another week. Full article »

Tasman council offers underwriting fund for youth events

(Nov 17): Tasman District Council's TUFFE scheme offers backup funding of up to $500 for safe, fun events which are organised by young people for young people. Details »

Review of the property sales market in the Motueka area for November 2010

(Nov 15): The number of property sales last month was lower than expected as we have not had the traditional springtime rise, but the national median price is holding firm at $350,000, according to figures released by the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ). Full review »

Report from Community Board's November meeting

(Nov 12): The downside of free internet access at the library, plans for more commercialisation of the aerodrome and flood control issues in the Glenavon Reserve were three of the issues discussed at the Community Board meeting on Tuesday. Full article »

Community Board submission opposes Nelson-Tasman amalgamation

(Nov 11): The Motueka Community Board has made a submission to the Local Government Commission (LGC) opposing the proposal to unite the Nelson City and Tasman District Councils. The Board decided on this stance based on informal discussions with residents showing the majority opposed amalgamation. Full article »

Community Board drops water allocation appeal

(Nov 10): The Motueka Community Board has dropped its appeal against water taken from the Motueka River aquifer being partially allocated to the Tasman coastal area, ending a process that was at times bitter and headed for an expensive court hearing. Full article »

Whirimako Black concert thrills packed audience

(Nov 10): Renowned jazz/blues singer Whirimako Black last night left the fortunate 120-plus music lovers of Motueka in raptures following her two-hour concert at the Chanel Arts Centre. She, along with her ultra-laid back, poker-faced guitarist Nigel Gavin, showed what musical mastery really means. Full article »

Hands Off Tasman petition tops expectations

(Nov 10): Hands Off Tasman's petition against the proposal for the union of Tasman District and Nelson City has, within the limited submission period open to the public, collected a total of 3,510 signatures. Full article »

RWC 2011 volunteers still needed

(Nov 10): Interviews are being held this week for people who have applied to be Rugby World Cup 2011 (RWC 2011) volunteers - and there’s still a chance for those yet to register to get involved. Full article »

Recreation Centre upgrade officially opened

(Nov 6): Improvements costing $1.5 million to the Motueka Recreation Centre won warm approval and hearty praise from the speakers and invited guests at the official opening of the upgraded facilities yesterday. Full article, photos »

Motueka finalist in KNZB "best town" award

(Nov 5): Motueka has been named finalist in the annual Keep NZ Beautiful best town awards, up against Pukekohe, and so far winning. More information here. Voting is online, and you can vote for Motueka by clicking on this link »

First plantings made in community garden

(Nov 5): Things moved quickly last week at the Old Wharf Road site of the new Motueka Community Garden, with the completion of construction of the first five raised beds, more topsoil being shipped in, and the planting out of the first half-bed of vegetables. Full article »

Budding talent shines at Annual Youth Concert

(Nov 4): Motueka's young musicians put on a treat for the near full house at the two-hour Youth Concert held last night at the Chanel Arts Centre. Full article, heaps of photos »

Community Whanau to help coordinate service providers

(Nov 4): The monthly Community Whanau meeting yesterday agreed to help the Nelson Bays Primary Health Organisation build a directory of information, for both a community noticeboard and for printed material, showing people needing help where to find it in Motueka. Full article »

Motueka service providers invited to advise Nelson Bays PHO

(Nov 4): Nelson Bays Primary Health (NBPH) is inviting community-based organisations to nominate themselves to represent the Motueka community as a member of the NBPH Alliance Governance Group (AGG). Full article »

Historical Association still celebrating 30 years

(Nov 3): The Motueka and Districts Historical Association is still celebrating 30 years since the Association began, with this month's meeting presenting a slide show of scanned photos from photographs taken by Rana McGlashen over the 30 years. Full article »

Free computer recycling event 'eDay' kicks off this weekend

(Nov 1): Tasman residents can dispose of their old PCs, computer peripherals and mobile phones at eDay this coming Saturday. eDay is being held at over 50 drop-off locations throughout New Zealand, including Lower Moutere, and is expected to divert 1,000 tonnes of electronic waste (e-waste) from landfills. Full article »

Community Board gets three new appointed members

(Oct 29): The Motueka Community Board has swelled in number from four to seven with the decision by Tasman District Council to appoint the three Motueka Ward councillors as full members of the board. Full article »

Floral Art enthusiasts test their skills

(Oct 29): Members of Floral Arts groups from Nelson, Buller and Marlborough were hosted yesterday by the Motueka Floral Art Circle for a day of testing and sharing skills while enjoying fellowship. Full article, photos »

Tasman District Council releases it submission on amalgamation

(Oct 28): The Tasman District Council discussed its draft submission to the Local Government Commission on the amalgamation petition today. The draft submission has been released publicly after the Council debate with the final draft to be released closer to the November 8th closing date for submissions. Full article »

TDC's Annual Report reflects prudent financial management

(Oct 28): The Tasman District Council's Annual Report for the 2009-10 year was debated today at the second meeting of the new Council. The highlights of the report include the acknowledgement that the assets managed by the Council on behalf of residents and ratepayers are now worth $1.075 billion. Full article »

Ngatimoti Festival draws another large crowd

(Oct 25): The ninth Ngatimoti Festival drew another record crowd yesterday, and it wasn't just the perfect Goldilocks weather (not too hot, not too cool, just right) that provided the more than 4000 visitors with a great way of celebrating Labour Weekend Sunday. Full article »

New Community Board prepares for three busy years

(Oct 22): The new Motueka Community Board was sworn in today, with re-elected chairman David Ogilvie warning that the next three years will impose a very heavy workload around several key issues that will impact significantly on Motueka development well into the future. Full article »

Community House reports another sound year of operation

(Oct 21): The Motueka Community House in Decks Reserve has completed another successful year as a service facility to many community groups, managing its finances into another small surplus and ensuring continued operation. Full article »

Paid extras wanted for filming at Kaiteriteri

(Oct 20): A German film producer is appealing to local would-be actors to play a variety of roles as extras during filming of a German and NZ co-production that is being made in Kaiteriteri in coming weeks for German television. Full article »

Review of the property sales market in the Motueka area for October 2010

(Oct 20): Locally we have seen a small increase in the number of properties coming on to the market when compared to the August period. With the relatively low number of sales this has resulted in an increase in the total number of properties on the market. Full review »

Classy art exhibition in Art Deco house

(Oct 18): Motueka artist Peter Walker has opened the doors of his renovated Art Deco house at 62 Poole Street to exhibit the hobby which has long been his passion - 22 beautifully executed paintings with mainly atmospheric themes. Article, photos »

Garden stroll a festival of spring colour

(Oct 18): Unseasonably cool weather and a morning of sideways rain failed to dampen the pleasure of Motueka garden lovers who took the rare opportunity to stroll through the beautiful garden of Ann and Terry Devereaux in Green Lane over the weekend. Article, photos »

Community Board prepares for next three-year term

(Oct 17): Motueka's new Community Board is getting down to work already, with discussions and briefings of the two new members already under way before this Friday's swearing in ceremony. Full article »

Addressing bypass and bridge delay gains political momentum

(Oct 15): The long-standing issue of a State Highway bypass of Motueka's main street and the associated construction of a new river bridge is rising to the surface again with pledges by the two local parliamentarians to support re-examination of NZTA's plans. Full article »

Election results in more of the same for Motueka ward

(Oct 14): Voting results from the local body elections showed that Motueka Ward residents want more of the same from their three council representatives. But those supporting 24-year-old unsuccessful candidate Tara Forde are unhappy with her treatment. Full article, plus many reader comments »

The Motueka "Boil Water" notice has been lifted

(Oct 12): The "Boil Water" notice affecting the Motueka Town Water Supply has been lifted as of today Monday 12th October. After four consecutive days of tests free of E. Coli, the Tasman District Council, with the agreement of the District Health Board, has lifted the notice. Full article »

Community garden construction gets off to a roaring start

(Oct 11): Builders of the first stage of the Motueka Community Garden hit the ground running yesterday with a willing group of up to 30 shovellers, barrowers and rakers creating the first two beds almost ready for planting. Full article, photos »

Call to Miccio to withdraw amalgamation petition

(Oct 10): 'Hands off Tasman' spokesman Paul Searancke is asking newly elected Nelson Mayor Aldo Miccio to withdraw his amalgamation petition. "One of his key election promises was that 'An Aldo Miccio-led Council will eliminate unnecessary bureaucracy, dithering and decisiveness'." Full article »

Election results - incumbent Motueka Councillors returned

(Oct 9): After a just on 50% voter turnout, the Tasman District local body elections have returned Richard Kempthorne as Mayor, retained the incumbent three Motueka Ward representatives on council, and added two new community board members, Mark Chapman and Cliff Satherley, to the returning David Ogilvie and Paul Hawkes. Full results »

Recreation Centre closes to prepare for grand re-opening

(Oct 8): Motueka's Recreation Centre closes this evening for nine days so that builders and staff can add the final touches and locate all the equipment in their proper places, prior to a re-launch after its eight-month, $2 million upgrade project. Full article »

Community Whanau considers support networks for seasonal workers

(Oct 7): The monthly Community Whanau meeting held yesterday was asked to examine their networks and contacts to see if some work needs to be done to provide mental health support for itinerant New Zealand seasonal workers coming into Motueka for the coming orchard season who may be falling through the cracks. Full article »

Parkes Automotive seeks help to find ways of using waste tyres

(Oct 4): Motueka's auto repairs workshop and tyre retailer Parkes Automotive is undertaking a study for the uses of waste tyres, and is asking for ideas from local residents and businesses to find local solutions to the environmental problem of tyre disposal. Full article »

Camera Club exhibition showcases photographic talent in Motueka

(Oct 2): The Motueka Camera Club have celebrated their first birthday with an impressive display of members' talents in a photographic exhibition opened last night at Toyota Bowater's showrooms. The exhibition, which will run until October 20th, features just on 90 photos submitted by 18 club members. Full article »

Community garden preparation gains momentum with donations and great deals

(Oct 1): The community garden concept is now taking off following some donations and cheap deals offered by local businesses to eagle-eyed garden planners, and work set to start in earnest next weekend. Full article »

Council investigating reasons for Town Water Supply contamination

(Oct 1): The precautionary boil water notice, announced three weeks ago, is still in force for households and businesses connected to the Motueka Water Town Supply, and while the contamination has yet to be identified, some theories are now being tested. Full article »

Tourism operators must do their homework to survive, says i-SITE manager

(Sept 29): The improved performance of Motueka's i-SITE operation, in both revenue and staff skills, was highlighted in the manager's report at the annual general meeting of the local tourism group Tasman Bays Promotion Association (TBPA) held last evening. Full article »

Clarification offered over the council amalgamation process

(Sept 25): Confusion has already arisen over what the Nelson/Tasman amalgamation process will entail and what input voters will have, leading Motueka Community Board chairman David Ogilvie to offer a clear explanation of the steps ahead and how people can make their opinions known and indicate their preferences. Full article »

High School research highlights conflict over fishing in Tasman Bay

(Sept 24): Results of research by Bruce Reid's Year 11 Community Issues class this third term brought to the surface ongoing differences of opinion over how fishing in Tasman Bay can be made sustainable, in the process satisfying the demands of commercial and recreational fishers. Full article »

Election candidates get a grilling at Grey Power meeting

(Sept 24): Motueka's community house was packed yesterday for Grey Power's 'Meet the Candidates' meeting, with all 13 local candidates for mayor, council and community board attending together with about 50 vocal residents. Full article »

Nelson/Tasman Council amalgamation process announced

(Sept 23): The Local Government Commission has called for submissions on a proposal to merge Tasman District and Nelson City. The Commission says submissions may be made on any matter relevant to the proposal. Full article »

Fun dance brightens dreary wet evening

(Sept 22): Last Friday night's "Boogie into Spring" may have been better named "Escape from Winter" as far as the weather was concerned, but the music was lively and the dancers busy as they raised $380 for St Johns Youth and the Uniting Parish Caring Fund. Full article »

Eco Challenge winner tested to the limit

(Sept 22): Katerina Seligman was the winner of the Top of the South Food Challenge, part of Eco Challenge 2010, being the best able to limit her food and drink intake for a month to products that had been grown, processed and baked only within the region. Full article »

Voting time commences for local body elections

(Sept 22): All Tasman residents and ratepayers should have received their voting papers over the last week and now have until noon on Saturday October 9th to make their decisions on who they wish to represent them. Full article »

Need to boil reticulated water in Motueka

(Sept 20): Tasman District Council says that the 'boil water' notice issued last Friday, 17th September, to those households and businesses on town supply (reticulated) service in Motueka is to remain in force until further notice. Full article »

'Hands Off Tasman' launches petition against amalgamation

(Sept 20): A Tasman group has struck back at the amalgamation petition with its own "Hands Off Tasman" petition launched today. Spokesman Paul Searancke says "this is the first opportunity for those in opposition to the Aldo Miccio Amalgamation petition to have their say". Full article »

First spadework in community garden project

(Sept 20): The grass has been ably mowed, and raked over, and the planting area ready to be sprayed. The cut grass was put into a pile, ready to make compost or garden plots. There are numerous bags of leaves on site for this purpose too. Full article »

Replacement small grants scheme announced at Arts Council AGM

(Sept 17): The Motueka Arts Council has announced a new small grants scheme to replace TDC's 10-year-old Creative Communities Grant Scheme, which was discontinued in July, to help local arts groups put on events or programmes that increase participation in the arts. Full article »

Policy on use of Museum frontage considered

(Sept 16): The issue of TDC's controversial policy for the use by religious and political groups was mulled by the Motueka Community Board on Tuesday at its final meeting before the local body elections. Full article »

Our Town Motueka celebrates another good year

(Sept 16): The business promotion organisation Our Town Motueka has had another successful year, with greater interest being shown in its work by local retailers and other businesses. In fact, two additional members volunteered their services as committee members at their Annual General Meeting on Monday. Full article »

Hip hop dancer receives Community grant for Melbourne trip

(Sept 15): Two Motueka-based members of the Nelson/Tasman medal-winning Origin Hip Hop Crew, Ashley Belk and Meila Wilkins, have been granted $500 by the Motueka Community Board to help the crew compete in the Australasian Hip Hop Championships to be held in Melbourne in October. Full article, photos »

Motueka welcomes its godwits with colour and style

(Sept 14): Saturday and Sunday saw a series of events centred on Memorial Hall to celebrate the annual return of the godwits to the Motueka Sandspit. Reports and photos »

Successes and disappointments for outgoing Community Board

(Sept 13): David Ogilvie has paid tribute to his fellow Community Board members for their work over the past three years, but remains disappointed about Tasman District Council's reluctance to acknowledge fully the Board's role in the community and fully delegate functions to it. Full article »

Council candidates address environmental concerns and goals

(Sept 10): The first of two formal 'Meet the Candidates' meetings in Motueka was held last night to hear what local body election candidates have to say about environmental matters. Full article »

Mayor urges role to play in amalgamation process

(Sept 10): Yesterday’s announcement from the Local Government Commission regarding the investigation into the possible union between Nelson City and the Tasman District is the first step in a process that all Tasman residents need to play a role, said Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne. Full article »

New community education programme at Riverside Community

(Sept 9): Tending Our Living Earth (Tiakina te Taiao) is the title of a programme developed by the Riverside Community members and residents over this past winter aimed at anyone interested in gardening. Full article »

Volunteers needed for Motueka's annual litter clean up

(Sept 9): The annual Clean Up Motueka project is on Saturday, September 18th, and volunteers are called for to pick up litter from around the town. Full article »

Payment to Ngati Rarua Atiawa Iwi Trust recognises past losses

(Sept 8): An ex-gratia payment of $5 million made to the Ngati Rarua Atiawa Iwi Trust in Motueka last week recognised how much money the iwi missed out because of unfair perpetual leases. Full article »

Exuberant Ugandan children inspire Motuekans with song and dance

(Sept 4): People passing through Motueka last night would wonder what big event had captured the minds of the locals. And big event it was for the local churches, which hosted the Watoto children's choir from Uganda for a powerful and exuberant performance and soulful plea for help. Full article »

Politicians visit Community Whanau meeting

(Sept 2): In an unusual coincidence, two MPs visited the September Community Whanau meeting held yesterday, one finding a gap in his diary and the other already invited to speak to the group of 20 attenders. Full article »

Review of the property sales market in the Motueka area

(Sept 1): Residential property sales turnover was the lowest for a July in a decade, and looking at the activity for August it looks like also being at an historic low. Statistics for the Nelson/Marlborough area show a similar trend. Full article »

'Boogie into Spring' to benefit St Johns Youth and Parish Caring Fund

(Aug 26): Motueka St Johns Youth and the Motueka Uniting Parish Caring Fund will benefit from the proceeds of a 50s-70s dance at the Parish Hall on Saturday September 18th, where Christchurch four-piece band "Sentimental Journey" will reunite for a fun evening of dance and singing. Full article »

Locals can benefit from tourism facilities in National Park

(Aug 26): Wilsons Abel Tasman has a "Local's Mailing List" that enable it to give Motuekans access to special deals during the quiet times in the tourism calendar. Full article »

Community Garden Group ready for first working bee

(Aug 25): The budding Motueka Community Garden Group met again on Monday 23rd September and settled on a course of action to get the garden construction project off to a start as soon as possible, in order to ensure momentum is built among a wider group of the community. Full article »

Motueka Floral Art Circle and Friends present a Floral Theatre

(Aug 25): The Motueka Floral Art Circle and Friends presented a Floral Theatre to support Daffodil Day and the Cancer Society Fundraising appeal, on Tuesday afternoon and evening, August 24th, at Imagine Theatre. Read the review, see the photos »

Jack Inglis a finalist in Kiwi Battler award

(Aug 25): Motueka's Jack Inglis has won his way through to be one of five finalist for the Nelson, Marlborough and West Coast region of the Kiwi Battler competition, and is asking all locals to support him and his work for the Jack Inglis Friendship Hospital by casting votes for him. Full article »

A busy month for restoration planting in Motueka

(Aug 22): It's been all hands on deck for groups involved in planting of natives and wetland species in various restoration projects as the spring growth period fast approaches. Full article »

Nominations finalised for local body elections

(Aug 20): Nominations closed today for the local body elections, and we have the list of candidates that Motueka ratepayers will be voting for. Full article »

Great environmental projects wanted by TDC

(Aug 18): Nominations for the Tasman Nelson Environment Awards officially open tomorrow, Friday 20 August. The Awards are a joint Nelson City and Tasman District Council initiative to recognise and celebrate people and organisations in our community who are making a difference both today and in the future. Full article »

Efforts under way to advance Wharf Road walkway project

(Aug 18): Committee members from Keep Motueka Beautiful will meet Council engineers to update their understanding of the planning and consent issues which lay behind delays in building the Wharf Road walkway, hoping to get the stalled project moving again. Full article »

Transition Towns has questions for Council candidates

(Aug 16): Transition Towns Motueka (TTM) aims to host a public meeting soon (perhaps September 8th) to put questions about environmental and sustainability issues to Tasman District Council hopefuls in the coming local body elections. Full article »

Council's project 'matrix' explained to Community Board

(Aug 13): Decisions about priorities of engineering projects, particularly related to footpaths and pram crossings in and around Motueka, are being put onto a more rational basis with "emotional" factors being removed, courtesy of TDC's engineering "matrix" computer program. Full article »

Local schools uneasy about National Standards

(Aug 13): Primary schools in the Motueka area are uneasy about their role in the government's policy to introduce and adopt National Standards for literacy and numeracy in schools, with most principals opting not to publicly comment on the controversial issue. Full article »

Positive response to BMX riders' appeal

(Aug 13): The group of BMX riders who have been building jump facilities beside the Skate Park, and who two weeks ago appealed for help from the public and Council for some extra needs, have received some positive assistance from Council and residents. Full article »

Tasman District Council launches revamped website

(Aug 12): TDC today launched its much-awaited new website, a significant rebuild of the old site which had long ago become outdated and hard to use. The new site is bright, attractive and well organised. Full article »

Community garden work to start within a month

(Aug 9): Preparation work is now under way for starting construction of the Motueka Community Garden within a month, before spring growth gets a hold, an on-site meeting confirmed yesterday. Full article »

Community Board surplus earmarked for pram crossings and footpaths

(August 6): The Community Board's hope that its 2009/10 operating surplus be spent on some new pram/scooter crossings and footpaths looks like being granted, with news from Tasman District Council engineering services that it will recommend such action. Full article »

Community Whanau hears more about Community Link

(August 5): The monthly Community Whanau meeting heard more about the Community Link project, which will see the current Work and Income Service Centre building in High Street morph into a multi-agency community hub to provide a wide range of more integrated services. Full article »

Tasman Council will support the amalgamation review process, not the outcome sought

(August 5): The Tasman District Council has reaffirmed that it will co-operate fully with the Local Government Commission in its investigation into the possible amalgamation of the Tasman District and Nelson City Councils. Full article »

Wharf Road walkway construction back on track

(July 29): The gravel walkway planned to run beside Wharf Road across the estuary to provide the final link in the coastal walkway system is back on track following a period of frustration for its promoters Keep Motueka Beautiful (KMB) and chief advocate Bob Cooke. Full article »

BMX enthusiasts need more clay to continue project

(July 29): A group of BMX enthusiasts have shown that if you want something enough you can achieve it with hard work, but now they need some help - in the unusual form of more clay - to further develop the jumping area they have created. Full article »

Community garden initiative gets nod at first meeting

(July 28): The prospect of restarting a Motueka Community Garden project received a huge boost yesterday when a solid group of interested and willing people attending a meeting at the Community House expressed their desire to help make it happen. Full article »

Motueka Online looking for more sponsors

(July 28): Motueka Online has spots available for one or two further sponsors, following the request from one of our earliest sponsors to back out. Full article »

Motueka Online adds facility to link volunteers to groups

(July 22): Volunteers are the lifeblood of communities of the size of Motueka, and Motueka Online has responded to suggestions by community groups to provide a way for volunteers and organisations to "find each other" though its Volunteer Exchange. Full article »

Spread of rabbits hindering golf course tree growth

(July 22): Rabbits and hares nibbling at young trees on the Motueka Golf Course are a growing headache for Keep Motueka Beautiful (KMB) and Bob Cooke, who spends hours tending to the trees voluntarily. Full article »

Local Government Elections Process begins tomorrow

(July 22): Tomorrow sees the first milestone of this year's local government elections with nominations opening for Mayor, Councillors, Motueka and Golden Bay Community Boards and the District Health Board. Full article »

Accessibility issues in Motueka being investigated

(July 21): The issue of accessible parking and shopping in Motueka is getting a fresh looking over as part of Tasman District Council's "Accessibility for All" forum. Full article »

Community Garden idea to get an airing

(July 20): A meeting will be held next Tuesday to discuss the setting up of a Community Garden in Motueka. Community gardens are being built in many centres in New Zealand to promote local growth of food and sharing of resources and work. Full article »

Green MP guest at lively community board meeting

(July 15): Green list MP Kevin Hague used his visit to the Motueka and Golden Bay area to address the Motueka Community Board about three issues which he said were of mutual concern to himself and to Motuekans. Full article »

Concerns linger over lack of consultation in Motueka road planning

(July 15): Strong opinions were expressed at this week's Community Board meeting over the perceived lack of engagement by transport planners and engineers at Tasman District Council and NZ Transport Agency with Motueka residents and ratepayers. Full article »

Quiet community workers get funding help for winter day out

(July 14): Motueka Community Care, a voluntary group which quietly helps some of Motueka's elderly and disabled people to get out and about a bit more, has been granted $400 of discretionary funds from the Motueka Community Board to help cater for an afternoon tea next month. Full article »

Charity concert a real winter treat for music lovers

(July 14): A packed house of music lovers were treated to both quality and variety from local musicians at the annual charity concert at the Motueka Uniting Church on Sunday. Read the review »

High Street roadworks prepares for completion at last

(July 8): The pungent aroma of road tar drifting across town this morning was for once a pleasant experience, knowing it spelt the topping off of the roadworks stretch of High Street after months of retail inconvenience, business anger, traffic stoppages and rain-filled potholes. Full article »

Community Link introduced at Community Whanau meeting

(July 8): The monthly community whanau meeting held yesterday was again well attended, with 20 people interested in community activities and services gathering over lunch hour at the Community House to share their news and concerns. Full article »

Council takes a creative approach to Graffiti Vandalism

(July 8): A creative youth-led approach could help to stamp out graffiti vandalism in Richmond and Motueka. The 'Pride of Place - Tasman Graffiti Vandalism Prevention Project' has had a productive first year, creating a plan on how to tackle the problem. Full article »

Ideas sought for Skate Park improvements

(July 2): The council has allocated some money to the Motueka skate park. What would you like to see it spent on? More jumps and pipes? Better drainage? A reseal of the skatepark? Make your suggestions here »

Arts Council offers winter workshop series

(July 1): The Motueka Arts Council has published the full programme for its popular winter workshop series, offering courses ranging from belly dancing and garden design to fabric painting and photo framing. Full article and programme »

Competitions announced for godwits' welcome

(July 1): The Motueka Arts Council is supporting "Welcome to the Godwits" with events including a children's art competition, adult's photographic and literacy competitions. Full article »

Tasman District Council Annual Plan adopted

(July 1): The Annual Plan for the 2010/11 year was adopted at the Council meeting yesterday. The total rates will approximately increase across a range between 3.57% and 5.71% depending on the location of ratepayers and services received. Full article »

Festival of Lights breaks mid-winter blues

(June 28): Despite a mixed bag of weather, Motueka's mid-winter Festival of Lights was a great success with many people taking part in a range of events. Read our reports, view the 108 photos »

Community board submits opposition to targeted rates

(June 28): The Motueka Community Board has put forward a submission to central government on the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill, opposing sanctions that allow Councils to fund Community Boards through targeted rates. Full article »

Discount and GST rise provide focus on early payment of rates

(June 26): In its Corporate Services Committee meeting yesterday the Tasman District Council identified the benefits available to ratepayers in light of the impending rise in GST in October 2010. Full article »

High School research highlights High Street traffic issues

(June 25): Results of research by Bruce Reid's Year 11 Community Issues class show that Motueka residents are concerned about traffic problems in High Street, and that the road's owner NZTA needs to work more on public relations so Motueka people feel better consulted. Full article »

Community Board reviews Discretionary Funding guidelines

(June 25): The community board is taking another look at the way it grants funds to community groups which each month ask for financial help on initiatives and programmes. Full article »

"Will: The Lost Years" a hit for energy and not-stop action

(June 24): Got the mid-winter blues? Need an energy boost? Then you could do far worse than watching the high-octane production of "Will: The Lost Years" at Motueka High School. Don't rest your eyes for a second - there's always some action taking place somewhere on the set. Read the full review »

Local body election details announced

(June 24): The next local government and district health board elections will be held on Saturday 9th October, just over three months off now. Full article »

Laura Mueller wins a 2010 regional Volunteer Youth Award

(June 17): The community work of Motueka High School year 13 student Laura Mueller was acknowledged at the recent Tasman Volunteer Youth Awards ceremony held in Nelson. Full article »

Efforts under way to save firewood project

(June 17): The Motueka Community Board is looking at ways to shore up the future of the Community Firewood Project, which over the past year has delivered wood sourced from orchard prunings to low income households. Full article »

Arts Council appalled at street contractors' "vandalism"

(June 16): The committee of the Motueka Arts Council were out in force at Tuesday's Community Board meeting to express their dismay and anger at the poor treatment of the artist-designed seating and other street artworks by the High Street roadwork contractors. Full article »

Anita Newport nominated for business awards

(June 16): Anita Newport, co-owner of Parkes Automotive in Motueka, has been nominated in three categories of the Business Woman of the Year Awards at the Bloom Forum this year. Full article »

Community choir provides outstanding harmonic entertainment

(June 14): Soaring soprano tones, rock-solid harmonies, and outstanding ensemble work by the guest soloists were highlights of an excellent choral concert by the Combined Community Choir at the Memorial Hall on Sunday. Full review »

David Ogilvie makes recommendations to Community Board

(June 11): David Ogilvie will table a report and a list of recommendations on several contentious issues at next Tuesday's monthly board meeting. These include opposition to targeted rates, the community firewood project and a cycle lane in High Street. Full article »

TDC Annual Plan keeps average general rate rise under 4%

(June 10): Tasman District Councillors have taken a hard line within their Annual Plan deliberations and managed the average general rate rise this year to less than 4%, down from 5.2% predicted in the Ten Year Plan. Full article »

High Street roadworks a problem for retailers

(June 3): The ongoing roadworks have had a huge impact on the businesses at the southern end of the CBD as well as the entire town. Our Town Motueka is currently seeking an explanation and improvement to the situation and aims to keep us all informed. Express your opinion »

'The Voyage of the Jumblies' was top family entertainment

(June 3): Imagine Theatre produced a highly enjoyable stage story with the family production The Voyage of the Jumblies at Motueka's Memorial Hall. The show was full of young talent in both acting and singing departments. Full review »

Consent granted for water take from Motueka Plains aquifer

(June 1): A Panel of Independent Commissioners has granted resource consent to the Tasman District Council's Engineering Department to take up to 16,000 cubic metres of water per day for the proposed Motueka Coastal Community Water supply. Full article »

Request for more funds for footpaths

(May 31): At the May 27 2010 meeting of the TDC Engineering Services Committee meeting, committee chair Trevor Norriss asked the Council to consider reinstating the Footpath Rehabilitation Budget to $100,000 district wide. Full article »

Tara Forde, Vinnies win Volunteer Youth Awards

(May 29): Nelson Volunteer Centre held Volunteer Youth Awards ceremony in the New Hub in Nelson. The big indivdual prize for Tasman went to Tara Forde, and the youth group award went to St Peter Chanel School Young Vinnies. Full article »

Eating Locally catches on

(May 27): Forty enthusiastic local eaters shared their food and recipes last Saturday at Riverside community and Cultural Centre. The fragrance of Richard Hirst's (The Good Bread Man) new sourdough bread and the mellow jazz piano of Emery and Dawn Jones accompanied the conviviality. Full article »

Farewell and Thanksgiving party for Vanuatuans

(May 24): Close on to 100 people were in the meeting room at the Community House, at least 60 of whom were from Vanuatu. After some speeches and connections made or strengthened between the 25 or so Motuekans who had gathered to farewell the workers, there was singing and dancing that practically lifted the roof off the building. Full article »

Memorial bridge planned for Inlet Walkway

(May 20): A combination of generous offerings has led to Keep Motueka Beautiful preparing plans for a "Remembrance bridge" to a small island near the Inlet Walkway, a place for walkers to sit and remember past environmental workers. Full article »

Human Rights Award made to Colin Iles

(May 19): Colin Iles, who lives at Riverside, in Lower Moutere, has worked for human rights and political independence of East Timor for decades. He protested the oppressive Indonesian occupation and then the atrocities of the invasion in 1999. Full article »

Students help keep needy residents warm

(May 17): Students at St Peter Chanel School associated with St Vincent de Paul, also known as the Vinnies, has been loading and distributing firewood to Motueka's needy folk to help them keep warm through the winter. Full article »

Motueka Transportation Study: big changes ahead, but over a long period of time

(May 13): The Tasman District Council and NZTA this week released their long-awaited planning document - the Motueka Transportation Study - telling us how they intend to deal with Motueka's growing traffic congestion problem. Full article »

Engineering issues dominate community board meeting

(May 13): Engineering issues dominated the May public meeting of the Motueka Community Board on Tuesday this week, with road works and transport plans replacing the usual discussions about water reticulation and river control. Full article »

Event explores ways of eating more from local sources

(May 10): Transition Town Motueka will hold an exploration of Eating Locally on Saturday May 22nd, with a challenge to Motueka residents to go further in eating what grows within a 100 km radius of home. Full article »

Didymo hits Riwaka and Pearse Rivers

(May 7): The Derpartment of Conservation says results from its annual survey of rivers shows that the didymo weed is now in the Riwaka River and the Pearse River in the Motueka Valley. DOC is appealing to water users to clean and dry their gear between usages of waterways.

End of funding for arts projects

(May 6): The Encouragement Grant Scheme, which gives up to $500 for arts-related groups, ceases in June. Applications need to be in by the end of May for events in July and by the end of June for events from August to the end of the year.

Motueka Online offers update notification service

(May 2): Thanks to a reader's suggestion, we have introduced a subscription service where you can be informed by email once a week of all the new articles and comments published on Motueka Online during the past week. Full article »

High Street remodeling prompts controversy

(Apr 30): The road workers have reached Tudor Street and any hour now the way will be cleared for a wider, treeless section of High Street. Some Motuekans are pleased about that, others are deeply unhappy. Full article »

Forum takes firm stand on freedom camping

(Apr 30): Campervan hirers are to be told it is not acceptable to camp anywhere but designated camping areas, the New Zealand Freedom Camping Forum has agreed. People hiring non-self-contained vehicles will be instructed not to freedom camp. Full article »

Annual Plan process continues after close of submissions

(Apr 28): The second stage of Tasman District Council's Annual Plan process has closed with the deadline for written submissions at 4.30pm last Monday. There were nearly 250 submissions. Full article »

Future of Wharf Road Walkway in state of flux

(Apr 23): The planning of a walkway along and beside Wharf Road across the estuary is in limbo while the District Council sorts out the consent process required before it can proceed. Full article »

Inlet Walkway beauty enhanced by plot adoption scheme

(Apr 22): The Inlet Walkway 'Adopt-a-Plot' scheme set up by Keep Motueka Beautiful (KMB) has blossomed, with all 23 plots now adopted and two new ones being prepared for Correction Services groups. Full article »

Argument over Atamai eco-village development

(Apr 21): An argument has broken out between various people associated with the Atamai eco-village, which is being developed on Mytton Valley at the back of Motueka. Friends of Atamai are upset by what they say is a derogatory article in the Nelson Mail. Full article »

Residents provide feedback on the river stopbank proposals

(Apr 20): Residents of Motueka, Riwaka and other villages near the Motueka River have been attending meetings held by the Tasman District Council's consultants to tell the council what they think of proposals to upgrade the river's stopbanks. Full article »

Water Allocation appeal closer to day in court

(Apr 15): The Motueka Community Board has a short deadline to prepare material for Judge B P Dwyer, who is set down to hear the Board's appeal to the Environment Court against the District Council's Water Allocation Review, Variation 66. Full article »

Groundwater levels at record lows

(Apr 15): The Tasman District is experiencing a 1-in-10 year drought at present, and groundwater levels at Waikoropupu Springs and in the Hau Zone in Motueka have reached their lowest recorded levels for this time of the year. Full article »

Appeal for blankets and warm clothing

(Apr 15): Te Awhina Marae has launched a project to gather winter clothing and blankets for people and whanau in our community who may be struggling to make ends meet and keep warm as winter approaches. Full article »

Annual Plan submissions close in two weeks time

(Apr 14): April 26th is the last day for submissions to the Council's Annual Plan for 2010/11, and the Motueka Community Board is encouraging residents to study the plan and make submissions on issues that affect them. Full article »

Site's early days a mix of satisfaction and political pressure

(Apr 8): This website is officially only 10 days old, but already we've seen a number of encouraging contributions mixed with the sadness of seeing some of our political and business leaders unwilling to support or cope with the concept of free and democratic community expression. Full article »

Kids involve themselves in fund raising for the community

(Apr 5): Two recent examples of children working to improve our community: A group selling pinecones to raise funds for Kids Congress, and Riwaka cubs gathering donations for the SPCA. Full article »

Youth worker car dismantling passes initial target

(Apr 4): Youths working on the dismantling of the youth workers' vehicle at Get Safe Motueka have successfully reached their target of raising $500 through the sale of parts and are still to dismantle the engine and motor. Full article »

Roadworks will fix High St / Tudor St intersection problem

(Mar 31): A major Motueka congestion and safety issue - the T-intersection of Tudor Street with High Street - is being rectified over the next couple of weeks as a major strengthening of the road through the town takes shape. Full article »

Motueka Online community website officially launched

(Mar 31): This website was officially launched in a simple ceremony on Monday, March 29th held at the Motueka Community House. Seventeen people attanded as the Community Board chairman David Ogilvie introduced the site's maker, David Armstrong, who then took the audience on a short "tiki tour" of the site. Full article »

Changes to rates for tourism-oriented businesses

(Mar 31): The Council is proposing increases in targeted rates for businesses which benefit from tourism, partly to match inflation but also to include more part-time accommodation providers and larger shopping centres. Full article »

Festival Day at Parklands School

(Mar 27): Parklands School and Our Town Motueka hosted a colourful and happy day in warm sunshine yesterday, celebrating Turangawaewae (our place) with food, music, dance and costumes from a wide range of cultures. We took some photos to show you. Photos »

TDC seeks feedback on river stopbank plan

(Mar 23): The Tasman District Council's 10-year Plan identified the need for a review of the current flood control measures for Motueka, and in particular the Motueka River, and is asking residents to express their opinions. Full article »

TDC Draft Annual Plan released

(Mar 22): Tasman District Council today released its Draft Annual Plan 2010/2011 for public consultation. Submissions on the draft plan close on 26 April 2010. Copies of the plan and supporting documents are provided on the TDC website here. Details of work planned for Motueka are summarised here »

Parkes Automotive joins Talents alternative trading system

(Mar 17): Parkes Automotive have become the first Motueka business to sign up to the Talents Trading system, believing it's a great way to promote local trade. Full article »

Friends of Hospital Trust wins national award

(Mar 17): The Friends of Motueka Hospital Trust were named Supreme Winner at the prestigious TrustPower National Community Awards last Saturday at the 2009 awards dinner, held at WOW in Nelson. Full article »

Heartfelt response to appeal for Vanuatu visitors

(Mar 15): An informal appeal for food for Vanuatu seasonal workers has produced astounding results from a number of generous and caring Motueka people. Full article »

Concern about treatment of Vanuatu seasonal workers

(Mar 13): Concern is mounting over the alleged exploitation of some of the seasonal workers from Vanuatu by Motueka employers and those providing accommodation for them. For many, it is alleged that pay after accommodation expenses is not enough to live on healthily. Full article »

Disappointment at lack of council action on footpaths

(Mar 12): The Motueka Community Board is disturbed to learn that the level of Tasman District Council expenditure for Motueka footpaths, cycleways and mobile-scooter ramps for the coming year is limited to the shared path/cycleway leading to Brooklyn School. Full article »

Community board pushes for solution to freedom camper issue

(Mar 11): The Motueka Community Board has requested the district council to reconsider its negative position on addressing the issue of irresponsible freedom campers who pollute the areas they stay in, asking that officials prepare basic costings and determine minimum requirements for accommodating non-self contained vehicles "camping" in contolled places. Full article »

New street names suggested based on historic characters

(Mar 10): Some new and as yet unnamed Motueka streets should be named after prominent local "identities", said Motueka Community Board chairman David Ogilvie. Other residents may have other suggestions and brief background notes in support. Full article »

Free information for parents of teenagers

(Mar 5): Parents of teenagers can now sign up to a free information service provided by Health Action Trust, to keep them aware of things that are aimed at them which they might not otherwise hear about. Full article »

Ecofest organisers seek locals with green thumbs

(Mar 3): Do you have an urban garden full of incredible edibles? Ecofest organisers are seeking locals with green thumbs and green minds to open up their gardens and homes as part of the event’s home and garden tour series. Full article »

Board lodges water appeal to Environment Court

(Feb 27): The Motueka Community Board has decided to appeal the Tasman District Council decision to increase the water take from Motueka's aquifer at the Environment Court. Full article »

Drop the water of appeal idea, local TDC councillors urge

(Feb 18): Motueka-based Tasman District councillors have called on the Motueka Community Board to abandon its plans to appeal to the Environment Court about water resources. Full article »

TDC seeks community input to new website

(Feb 17): Tasman District Council is "bulldozing" its current outdated website and is seeking help to make the replacement more customer-friendly and useful. The new website aims to provide three main features: a transaction centre, a communications tool and an information gateway. Full article »

Further unhappiness over TDC's water decision

(Feb 10): Motueka has one of the best water supplies anywhere in New Zealand, but arguments over how to keep it that way and how to share it around continue to trouble the Motueka Community Board. Full article »

Graphics students to help prepare Motueka Online

(Feb 8): Four Motueka High School 7th form students are working on graphics design elements for the Motueka Online website in preparation for its public launch. Full article »

Community whanau resumes monthly meetings

(Feb 7): Volunteer community workers resumed their information sharing gatherings last Wednesday, February 3rd, with the first Community Whanau meeting for 2010, where the idea of a free community Christmas dinner was put forward. Full article »

Community Work scheme helps Motueka Hospital

(Feb 5): Motueka Hospital and Hospice have received a helping hand from Community Probation and Psychological Services over the past eight months to improve their grounds and buildings, including gardening, rock removal, tree planting and digging postholes. Full article »