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Friends of Flora celebrate first kiwi chick

(December 29): Friends of Flora are celebrating the hatching of the first kiwi chick to be born in Kahurangi National Park's Flora Stream area for decades. Full article »

3D cinema arrives at Motueka

(December 24): 3D cinema has arrived in Motueka with the successful installation of a new digital projector at the State Cinema in Old Wharf Road. Full article »

Successful re-vamp of Christmas in the Park

(December 23): The re-vamped Christmas in the Park gets a big tick, with a large and buoyant crowd of mainly families enjoying the games and entertainment in Decks Reserve last night. Full article, photos »

Sequence of history-themed murals planned

(December 22): A series of nine high-quality murals following historical themes is being planned for Motueka's business area, to be painted over several years as funds become available. Full article »

Two more sponsors for Motueka Online

(December 21): Motueka Online has been given the thumbs up from two further sponsors this week, adding to the three businesses offering support in September and the four who have been sponsors for up to three years. Full article »

Dry weather means water rationing needed

(December 20): With the dry weather and record-low rainfall over the past month or more, water rationing is beginning in parts of the Tasman district, though not yet in Motueka.
Full article »

Changes ahead for Motueka police staffing

(December 20): Motueka's police station will soon be manned 24 hours a day, following a major restructuring of the Nelson Bays police force, the Nelson Mail reported yesterday.
Full article »

Coppins awarded for US Navy sea anchor design

(December 20): For shoppers after a new bike or kayak at Coppins Outdoors store in Motueka, there is little to suggest that upstairs in the modest family business sea anchors are being designed and built for the US Navy. Full article »

Double celebrations for latest museum exhibition

(December 13): Motueka Museum's next big exhibition, to open next Monday December 17th, is a twin celebration: 25 years for the museum and 100 years for the building it occupies.
Full article, photos »

Our Town using technology to build Motueka brand

(December 12): Technology to support Our Town Motueka's strategy of creating a "brand" for Motueka should be fully in place by next May, OTM's co-ordinator Lori Keller told the Community Board yesterday. Full article »

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

(December 12): For the Motueka area November listings were down a fraction on October and sales up as both sellers and buyers had a strong desire to get their property needs sorted before the summer holidays. Full review »

Litter cart set to return to the streets

(December 12): Motueka will see the street litter cart operating again shortly, with the Community Board yesterday approving the pooling of resources to enable payment of the service provider for up to 15 hours a week over five days. Full article »

Library development project still up in the air

(December 12): The Motueka Library development project is still in limbo and will remain so for at least two further months, as Council grapples with issues of budget, inadequate consultation, a feasibility study and earthquake testing of buildings. Full article »

Good access means good business

(December 10): Tasman and Nelson councils have produced a Good Business checklist aimed at making businesses more accessible for people with disabilities or impairments.
Full article »

Huge crowd enjoys festive Starlight Parade

(December 8): Possibly the biggest crowd ever - undoubtedly over half the population of Motueka - enjoyed last night's Starlight Parade held in ideal weather down High Street. Full article, photos »

Council passes updated liquor control bylaw

(December 8): The Council's updated liquor in public places bylaw was passed for adoption at the Council meeting last week and will come into effect next Friday, December 14th. Full article »

Jason Kroupa wins top NZ travel industry award

(December 7): Motueka House of Travel owner/operator Jason Kroupa has been awarded New Zealand's Travel Agent of the Year – an honour which recognises his 30% jump in sales and strategic use of technology to export his service offering. Full article »

High tea treat as Woodlands residents tell their stories

(December 2): An event of all events took place during a high tea picnic treat for residents at Woodlands Community Retirement home in Motueka last Wednesday. Full article, photos »

Bob Cooke resigns from Keep Motueka Beautiful

(November 30): On a sad day for the Motueka community, Bob Cooke has resigned from the Keep Motueka Beautiful committee after a dispute could not be resolved over the use of his business hire equipment for the Inlet Walkway boardwalk project. Full article »

Christmas in Park coming to Decks Reserve

(November 30): The Christmas in the Park event will be held this year in Decks Reserve, with new organiser Motueka Church of Christ promising a great family evening of food, games, carols and entertainment. Full article »

Kempthorne: new legislation will hamper growth

(November 30): The Local Government Reforms were passed by Parliament on Wednesday night, but their enactment "is not going to increase the efficiency of councils nor reduce costs", says Tasman District Mayor Richard Kempthorne. Full article »

Council to bring engineering work in-house

(November 30): The Council is to bring a number of engineering functions in-house as a result of a review of the professional services it receives via contracts with external providers and consultants. Full article »

Local solutions needed for global crisis

(November 28): The present global financial system, along with our consumptive and growth-driven way of life, will collapse within five years, so we'd better start planning now, says Golden Bay planning strategist Laurence Boomert. Full article »

History of beer at the Riwaka Hotel

(November 27): The Motueka Historical Association year has come to an end with a delicious luncheon at the Riwaka Hotel and a talk given by Tom Inglis on the history of beer. Full article, photos »

Local phone directory a great Lioness fundraiser

(November 23): The Motueka Lionesses have released their biggest annual fundraising product, the Motueka & Districts Telephone Directory, thanks to amazing support from local businesses. Full article »

Challenging times for Family Service Centre

(November 22): Changes to the Ministry of Social Development's contracts have meant the Motueka Family Service Centre aims to work in collaborative partnership with other major providers to maintain levels of service. Full article »

Families enjoy Sunflower Day at community gardens

(November 21): About 30 keen gardeners, including several families, celebrated what is effectively the start of the third year of operation of the Motueka Community Gardens on Sunday by planting over 100 sunflowers. Full article, photos »

Our Town Motueka launches classy new website

(November 21): The business promotion group Our Town Motueka has unveiled its classy new website, as a key part of its strategy to encourage more use of Motueka businesses and retailers thereby building a stronger community. Full article »

Community solutions the focus of public talk

(November 20): A Golden Bay expert in community planning will present a public talk in Motueka next week about how we can revitalise, reconnect and make resilient our communities using the best social and economic models available. Full article »

Community picnic for retirement home residents

(November 18): Terri Everett is arranging a community picnic for the residents of Woodlands Retirement home on 21st November, and is asking for local business support to donate a picnic. Full article »

Boardwalk opening recognises volunteers and donors

(November 17: Seventeen thousand stainless steel nails are holding together Motueka's latest recreational asset, the boardwalk from Link Park to York Park, which was officially opened this morning. Full article, photos »

Comprehensive report on Motueka's playgrounds

(November 16): A comprehensive report of playgrounds and play equipment in the Motueka ward found that overall their presentation and maintenance is very good, the Motueka Community Board has heard. Full article »

Time to celebrate our district's volunteers

(November 16): One third of all people in Nelson and Tasman undertook some type of volunteer work last year, providing three million hours of voluntary work. Full article »

Fresh look needed on town water reticulation

(November 15): A recent find of e-coli contamination in a Motueka High School bore has sparked renewed interest in the further development of Motueka's town water reticulation. Full article »

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

(November 14): The usual spring surge of new listings hit the market during the month and considering the current strong level of buyer activity I expect to see good sales volumes for November and December. Full article »

Tasman Bay beaches cleared of 5.5 tonnes of rubbish

(November 13): Tasman Bay beaches will be a whole lot cleaner this summer after hundreds of local people cleared 5.5 tonnes of rubbish from the coast on Saturday. Full article »

Hub proposal approaches first decision point

(November 9): The proposal to create a Motueka community/tourism hub has reached the stage where its feasibility is being considered by senior Tasman District Council staff.
Full article »

Motueka businesses urged to become cycle trail partners

(November 9): The Nelson Tasman Cycle Trails Trust (NTCTT) is encouraging local businesses to become Official Partners and support NTCTT as it works to fulfil its promise of creating a $7.8 million cycle and walking trail. Full article »

Men urged to join the White Ribbon ride

(November 8): Motueka anti-violence organisations are calling for local men to 'leather up' and ride with the annual White Ribbon Motorcycle Ride when it rolls into Te Awhina Marae on Saturday 17th November from 3.00pm. Full article »

Magnificent in Motueka: talent discovered

(November 6): Motueka Memorial Hall on Saturday hosted the second heat in the 2012 Tasman's Got Talent regional search, with 23 acts on show and more more rising superstars discovered. Full article, photos »

Big clean up of Tasman Bay beaches this Saturday

(November 5): Hundreds of Nelson-Tasman locals will be carrying out a spring clean of Tasman Bay beaches this Saturday (10 November) in the third annual Big Beach Clean-up. Full article »

Vote local sites for '101 Must-dos' list

(November 5): Motueka and Tasman people are urged to cast their votes for local tourism attractions in AA Tourism's 2012 "101 Must-Do's for Kiwis" list, which closes in 10 days. Full article »

Motueka Community Patrol wins new car from NBS

(November 2): Motueka's Community Patrol has won the 2012 "Win a Car" Target Account promotion, run by the Nelson Building Society (NBS), finally giving it a car of its own to patrol our community. Full article »

History of Rothmans factory recounted

(October 31): A big crowd of about 30 people attended the Motueka Historical Association's October meeting last Saturday to hear Geoff Tillson's recount the history of the Rothmans Tobacco Company factory. Full article, photos »

Tasman's Got Talent coming to Motueka

(October 31): Following auditions in Golden Bay last week, Tasman's Got Talent moves to Motueka this weekend, where a full schedule of contestants awaits their 5 minutes of fame at local auditions. Full article »

Moving ceremony for opening of Parklands room

(October 29): The contribution of all colours of the rainbow was a central theme behind the naming and, yesterday, the official opening of Parkland School's large multipurpose room. Full article, photos »

Inlet boardwalk to be opened shortly

(October 29): The boardwalk connecting Link Park with York Park at the south-eastern corner of the enclosed Moutere Inlet will be officially opened on Saturday 17th November at 11.30am. Full article »

Health of Tasman's coastline under scrutiny

(October 26): Tasman District Council will host a public meeting in Motueka at which it will present a comprehensive recent report on the ecological health of the Tasman Bay coastline. Full article »

New events for even bigger A&P Show

(October 26): The schedule of events up for prizes at this year's Motueka A&P Association Show has been expanded yet again, with new categories designed to encourage even wider community participation. Full article »

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

(October 25): Median house prices across the top of the south region hit a new all-time high of $353,000. Prices were up across the region but strongest in Motueka compared with to both August 2012 and September 2011. Full article »

Memorial Hall + Spooky Men = remarkable concert

(October 21): The revamped Memorial Hall passed its first major performance test last night when the world-class Australian men's choral, Spooky Men, put on a classy show filled with laughs and great singing. Full review, photos »

Children's Day next project for Vision Motueka

(October 20): Vision Motueka will help organise Children's Day 2013 and annually thereafter, making it the fourth official project to be undertaken of the recently formed civic improvement group. Full article »

Council manages well during challenging times

(October 19): Tasman District is shaping up well for the challenges it faces now and in the future as one of the fastest growing regions in New Zealand, Mayor Richard Kempthorne said when releasing the Council's Annual Report for the 2011-2012 year. Full article »

Lignite mining an 'intergenerational crime'

(October 19): "Digging up lignite and burning it is an intergenerational crime," said Rosemary Penwarden of Coal Action Network Aotearoa and author of the publication Just Lignite. Full article »

Litter Cart may be able to resume operation

(October 17): The chances of the Litter Cart patrolling Motueka's central streets again have received a boost, with a combination of funds indicating the numbers may add up for a sustainable part-time job. Full article »

Tasman's Got Talent to hit Motueka soon

(October 16): The search is on for the terrifically talented as a new show tours the Tasman District. "Tasman's Got Talent" replaces Tasman Karaoke Superstars and the show's new format will give more people the opportunity to take part. Full article »

Changes under way on our waterways

(October 15): Things are changing within Motueka Estuary and the Moutere Inlet, some natural and some man-made. The boardwalk being constructed between Link Park and York Park is now well advanced. Full article, photos »

Tourism businesses must address internet challenges

(October 15): The internet is changing the way tourists travel in New Zealand, a tourism survey suggests. And Motueka accommodation providers and retailers need to take careful heed of the implications if they are to survive and thrive through this decade. Full article »

New attraction for Tasman cycle trail?

(October 12): Could this be the start of a new "organic" tourist feature of Motueka - driftwood sculptures beside the Kumaras Walkway? Full article, photos »

New permanent exhibition opens at museum

(October 12): A new exhibition, titled The Fruit Garden of New Zealand, has opened at the Motueka District Museum, telling stories about the agricultural industry when produce was shipped to larger markets by water. Full article »

'Special Projects' vote called into question

(October 11): The voting is in on how the Community Board should spend its $40,000 targeted rate and surplus, but the question now is: will the board follow the wishes of the residents or choose their own projects? Full article »

Harvey Norman sale visit angers local retailers

(October 10): The public forum at yesterday's Community Board meeting was used to express strong opinions on a range of subjects, led by a complaint about the three-day Harvey Norman sale last weekend at the Recreation Centre. Full report »

Mark Wentworth receives special community award

(October 10): The man with the "biggest set of keys in Motueka" received a Mayoral Community Recognition Award yesterday for his work in making the town's performance venue facilities up to world standard. Full article, photos »

Street parade for fire brigade's 100th birthday

(October 9): The Motueka Volunteer Fire Brigade will celebrate its centenary with a street parade on Saturday October 20th from the fire station to Decks Reserve. Full article »

Facebook page for old Motueka photos

(October 8): The Motueka Historical Association is using a Facebook page called "Old Motueka" to show and share photos of the town and its buildings over the years. Full article, photos »

Domestic biodigester installed at community gardens

(October 8): A domestic-sized biodigester was installed at the Motueka Community Gardens yesterday, with a good crowd on hand to see how such a unit could save them on power bills as conventional energy costs rise. Full article, photos »

More buildings under earthquake risk scrutiny

(October 6): Concerns by authorities about buildings that are not up to earthquake standards continue to grow through the district, with news that the Takaka TDC Service Centre will need earthquake strengthening. Full article »

Help available to get power bill discounts

(October 6): Many people struggling with their power bills end up paying more than better off people because they miss out on discounts for early payment and paying online. Full article »

Ideas flowing for Motueka Murals

(October 3): Motueka people with an artistic bent used a hui at Community House last Thursday to share their ideas about themes for the murals to be painted on town walls. Full article »

Great Taste cycle trail growing quickly

(October 2): Sections of the Tasman Great Taste Trail are being constructed at great pace, with the cycle bridge over the Riwaka River on schedule for completion by the end of the year. Full article »

Power-saving biodigester to be installed in Motueka

(October 1): Those concerned about future power prices as energy costs rise may find an answer in a domestic biodigestor, which is set to be installed and demonstrated in Motueka on Sunday. Full article »

Councillors hear complaints about airport plan

(October 1): Excessive aircraft noise, poor management and high costs to ratepayers were among criticisms aired last Thursday at a hearing into Motueka Aerodrome's development plan. Full article »

Call to action for Tasman Bay Big Beach Clean-up

(October 1): With the sun now getting higher in the sky, the days longer and thoughts turning to spending more time at the beach, a call to action is once again going out to the community to help spring clean Tasman Bay beaches in time for summer. Full article »

Festival of Lights back on Motueka calendar

(September 27): The Festival of Lights looks like it will shine again next winter, thanks to Our Town Motueka (OTM) offering to take it on after two years effectively dormant. Full article »

i-SITE holds own despite hard year for tourism

(September 26): Despite an unprecedented combination of adverse events, local tourism has kept its head above water over the past 12 months, thanks largely to the dedicated and professional workers at i-SITE. Full article »

A & P adds knitting fundraiser to show schedule

(September 26): The Motueka A & P Association is introducing an innovative competition / fundraising event at its annual show in December - knitting blankets and clothing for Operation Cover-up. Full article »

Motueka hosts Kidpower training course

(September 25): Motueka Top 10 Holiday Park was the host venue last weekend for the training of 16 Kidpower trainee instructors from all over New Zealand, including local representatives from Nelson and Motueka. Full article »

Gamble on outdoor art event pays off big-time

(September 24): Beautiful sunny weather ensured the Arts Council's beach art day, in conjunction with the annual welcome to the godwits, was a roaring success with yesterday's Sunday waterfront walkers. Full article, photos »

Audience treated to outstanding student concert

(September 22): The breadth of genuine musical talent developing at Motueka High School was showcased last night at a concert at the Chanel Arts Centre which wowed an audience of about 80 people. Full review, many photos »

Bylaw proposal bans dogs on Kumaras walkway

(September 21): The council has drafted a bylaw "to help to ensure the safety and freedom from nuisance for persons using Tasman’s Great Taste Trail" and is now asking for public comment and submission on the Great Taste Trail Bylaw 2012. Full article, map »

Mayor: 'No evidence to support local govt changes'

(September 21): There is no evidence to support the need for the amendments to local government legislation proposed by the Government, Mayor Richard Kempthorne told the Select Committee hearing submissions in Christchurch. Full article »

Innovative ideas suggested at lively hub workshop

(September 20): The showcasing of local art and regional flora, a sense of the town's history, and family-friendly buildings and spaces figured strongly among the ideas put forward at a workshop last night about the proposed community hub. Full article, questionnaire »

Rejuvenation proposed for harbour entrance

(September 20): Keep Motueka Beautiful is looking into the possibility of a tidy-up and landscaping of the run-down area east (seaward) of the Talley's public fishing platform at Port Motueka. Full article, photo »

Motueka Murals project to begin at Elevation Cafe

(September 19): A project is under way to paint murals on more Motueka building walls, using art designs that will help showcase the town, its history and the surrounding environment. Full article »

First of the season's godwits have arrived

(September 19): The first flock of Godwits arrived on Monday to the Motueka Sandpit, and all plans are under way for their welcome on Sunday 23 September at the Old Wharf, Motueka Quay. Full article »

Link Park boardwalk ready for construction

(September 18): Work is set to begin to build the planned boardwalk between Link Park and York Park, the final section of the walkway circumnavigating the Moutere Inlet between Wharf Road and Old Wharf Road. Full article, photo »

How would you like $40,000 spent in Motueka?

(September 18): It's time for Motueka ward residents and ratepayers to indicate to their community board how they would like the $40,000 accumulated targeted rate to be spent on local special projects for the 2012-13 year. Full article, voting form »

Local hui tells fossil fuel industry to sod off

(September 17): Over 40 people from across the Top of the South and West Coast gathered for two days at Te Awhina Marae last weekend for the 2012 SODOFF (Stop Our Dependency on Fossil Fuels) Hui. Full article »

MP publishes info pack for over-60s

(September 17): Damien O'Connor, West Coast-Tasman MP, has put together an information pack for people aged over 60, containing up-to-date information for those navigating the golden years. Full article »

Big crowd welcomes spring with church service

(September 12): Despite the extreme weather, about 115 women celebrated the arrival of spring yesterday with song and prayers at the annual ecumenical service in St Thomas's Church auditorium. Full article, photo »

Community board supports extension to liquor ban

(September 12): The Motueka Community Board is supporting council's amended Control of Liquor in Public Places bylaw that will see the area of the 24-hour ban extended to include Thorp's Bush, Memorial Park, the Skate Park and Port Motueka. Full article »

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

(September 12): Within the Motueka area, the median house price has risen to $340,000 with 33 house sales recorded for last month and only 3 of those over $500,000. The strongest demand remains for well presented properties under $400,000. Full review »

A & P Assoc objects to losing land to airport

(September 11): The Motueka A & P Association is hoping to come to an agreement with Tasman District Council over land which council wants to take for further development of Motueka aerodrome. Full article »

Short list drawn up for special projects

(September 10): The short list of Motueka's 2012-13 Special Projects has been chosen by the Community Board, and will be advertised shortly to gauge the preferences of the wider community. Full article »

Call for community input to town hub concept

(September 8): The Community Hub proposal by the recently formed Vision Motueka group will move into first gear with at an "ideas workshop" for community input to be held on Wednesday September 19th. Full article »

Solid script and acting by Youth Theatre players

(September 7): An appreciative audience were treated to a well presented, locally written teenage morality play at the opening night of the Imagine Youth Theatre's latest play, "The Negligibles" last night. Full review »

Record applications for TDC community grants

(September 7): Tasman District Council's Community Grants closed on the 31 August with a record 158 applications received. The 158 applications are requesting a total of $408,380.15, this compares with 130 applications requesting $331,000 in 2011. Full article »

Victim Support recruiting new volunteers

(September 6): Victim Support is on the lookout for people prepared to volunteer 12 hours a week to help support victims of crime, loss or trauma in the Motueka area. Full article »

Massive effort ends in colourful floral display

(September 2): Motueka's own floral version of the World of Wearable Arts wowed an audience of nearly 200 people at the floral art demonstration at Memorial Hall yesterday. Full article, photos »

High School actors tackle theme of wayward youth

(August 31): Recent Motueka High School graduate Jon Anderson has taken the directing reins for the latest offering by Imagine Youth Theatre, The Negligibles, which will run at the theatre next week. Full article »

Contrasting genres make for exciting concert

(August 31): Motueka was alive with the sound of music on Wednesday night. Not only were the schoolchildren belting out Rock Da House at Memorial Hall, but an altogether unique concert by two older groups was also surprising the audience at St Thomas's Church auditorium. Full article, photos »

Combined school music series rocks Memorial Hall

(August 28): This week sees the revamped Memorial Hall pushed to its limits, as over 500 pupils from 12 schools in the area celebrate the joy, pulse and beauty of music music in front of sold-out audiences. Full article, photos »

Motueka Volunteer Fire Brigade turns 100

(August 27): This year sees our Volunteer Fire Brigade celebrate 100 years of community service since 1912, and the Motueka District Museum next week will open an exhibition to mark the event. Full article, photos »

Two new sponsors help keep Motueka Online growing

(August 27): Two new businesses have agreed to sponsor Motueka Online, helping to support this ever-growing community asset which is now by far the largest and most active not-for-profit community website in New Zealand. Full article »

Advice offered at 'going digital' TV meeting

(August 24): Motueka people needing advice on how to "go digital" with their TV viewing can get specific advice from the Local Community Advisor, Guy Burns, during a four-hour session next Wednesday at the Motueka library. Full article »

Art events celebrate return of the godwits

(August 24): Artists and art-related groups are invited to show their works on Sunday September 23rd along the grass frontage of Motueka Quay, as part of a welcoming of the godwits and a celebration of Motueka's estuaries and sandspit. Full article »

Ecofest as popular as ever – rain and shine

(August 23): Ecofest displayed resilience last weekend that befits its 12-year pedigree, basking in the sun on Saturday, and cranking up the green energy inside the Trafalgar Centre on Sunday when the rain arrived. Full article »

Motueka man helping out in Uganda community

(August 23): Summit Motueka real estate agent Simon Thomas is spending three months in Uganda working on a community development programme and is writing a blog of his experiences, urging help for the people he is serving. Full article »

New beautification projects in KMB's sights

(August 22): Keep Motueka Beautiful (KMB) will soon be looking for some new major projects to tackle, as its popular Inlet Walkway development plan approaches completion. Full article »

Shock, sadness as landmark church forced to close

(August 21): Parishoners of the Motueka Uniting Parish last Sunday worshipped together in their parish church of St Andrews, in High Street beside the Police Station, for the last time in its present form. Full article »

Interpretative signs to be unveiled on the Ruby Coast

(August 20): Two new interpretative signs have been completed on the Ruby Coast, bringing a total of three uniformed signs linking the coast together. The two new signs will be unveiled at an event on Tuesday, August 28th. Full article »

Murals project to start with first two sites

(August 17): A long-term project to paint interpretive murals on Motueka business buildings got under way yesterday, with two business owners and managers already putting their hands up to provide the first walls. Full article »

Port Motueka Endowment Fund's future secure

(August 16): Tasman District Council's Corporate Services Committee resolved today to continue to "ring fence" the Port Motueka Endowment fund and to use it to benefit the Motueka harbour and Motueka Coastal area. Full article »

New subdivision being planned west of Grey Street

(August 15): Wakatu Inc has received approvals from land owners to begin planning for a new 101-section subdivision on the western side of Grey Street, some to target the "affordable" house buyer market. Full article »

More thought needed over library upgrade plans

(August 14): Community Board chairman David Ogilvie is calling for "essential and urgent" consultation of residents by the council over plans to upgrade the Motueka Library, including where it should be located. Full article »

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

(August 13): The Motueka area enjoyed a shortening of the median days on market down to 44. The median price slipped back to close to $300,000 with 13 house sales recorded for last month and only 2 of those over $400,000. Full review »

Motueka to host singing star Shona Laing

(August 13): Hotel Motueka has managed to attract one of New Zealand's most enduring singers, Shona Laing, to give a special performance in town on Saturday, August 25th. Full article »

Fun concert to offer contrasting genres

(August 12): A fun concert with a real difference is promised when the local a capella Singing For Pleasure group hosts Nelson's "Off Your Rockers" on August 29th in St Thomas' auditorium. Full article, photos »

Community gardeners celebrate second birthday

(August 10): It's not often that an AGM starts with a rendition or "Happy Birthday to Us", but the Motueka Community Gardeners are a happy lot, especially after two years of successful growing despite warnings of failure from some naysayers. Full article, photo »

Hospital wall the start of a large murals project

(August 10): During the July school holidays myself and Harald Laarakker, the groundsman from the Jack Inglis Friendship Hospital, organised a Youth Mural Project - a sculptural door which hangs in the dementia unit. Full article, photos »

Visionary group plans for progressive Motueka

(August 9): A new group of citizens has begun work that they hope will help Motueka to become a better, more progressive town for all our citizens, and for our children and future generations. Full article »

Local MP's new office opened by Labour leader

(August 9): The Labour party's goal of connecting better with "heartland" New Zealanders was the theme of a short speech by Labour opposition leader David Shearer when he opened Damien O'Connor's new Motueka office yesterday. Full article, photos »

Changes next week for Freeview UHF frequencies

(August 7): Freeview TV watchers in Motueka with UHF aerials will need to re-tune their TVs or set-top boxes next Tuesday, August 14th, after the some of the signal frequencies from Mt Campbell are changed. Full article »

Huge knitting effort by Motueka for European orphans

(August 6): Thousands of items of winter clothing and blankets hand-knitted by Motueka people are being packaged to send to orphanages in Moldova, Romania and Ukraine, thanks to the generous contributors to Operation Cover Up. Full article, photos »

Council releases plan for aerodrome development

(August 2): The new Motueka Aerodrome Development Plan has been released by Tasman District Council, but there is no decision yet on whether or when any of the 21 individual submission on the plan will be heard. Full article »

Art school opens in Riwaka for little Picassos

(August 2): A creative and exciting artspace for children opens in Riwaka this month, the first art class for children in the area outside of schools. Full article »

Is Motueka town really below sea level?

(July 27): Motueka is actually below sea level, right? That's often said to be a fact by people who have lived here for a long time and told to newcomers. But it's an urban myth. Full article »

TDC joins Top of South purchasing and service accord

(July 27): Tasman District Council today threw its support behind the proposed Top of the South purchasing and shared service accord agreed to by Marlborough District Council earlier this week. Full article »

TDC closer to setting up Commercial subcommittee

(July 26): The Tasman District Council took another step forward to the formation of a Commercial Subcommittee in agreeing to the proposed Subcommittee's terms of reference. Full article »

Memorial Hall swings to big jazz band music

(July 26): It was a full house at Memorial Hall on Tuesday night as three local jazz bands joined forces to belt out jazz favourites under the direction of New Zealand jazz legend Rodger Fox. Full article, video »

Murals suggested as a town 'special project'

(July 23): Artist-designed wall mural on Motueka's High Street buildings would be a great way to spend some of the community board's "Special Projects" money, an art-oriented youth worker says. Full article »

Grey Power upset traffic meeting out of bounds

(July 23): Grey Power members are "very upset" that a meeting on Wednesday to discuss traffic and pedestrian issues in Motueka will not now be open to the public. Full article »

Tasman District representation model confirmed by Council

(July 20): The Tasman District Council has decided to retain its current representation structure for the next two elections in 2013 and 2016. Full article »

Last section of foreshore walkway the next target

(July 19): A properly formed walkway from the Saltwater Baths to Old Wharf Road along the foreshore and parallel to Trewavas Street is being proposed by Keep Motueka Beautiful as the last big project for the group's outstanding project manager Bob Cooke. Full article »

Workshop aims to build stronger neighbourhoods

(July 18): People interested in learning how to develop and put into action neighbourhood projects in a town like Motueka will be able to learn about the experiences of other towns at a workshop next month. Full article »

Photo exhibition a great break from winter blues

(July 17): A steady stream of visitors over the past week have been enjoying the wonderful photographic exhibition mounted by the Motueka Camera Club at the museum. Full article, photos »

Charity concert raises good sum for Victim Support

(July 16): The impressive sum of $1006 was raised for Victim Support while an audience of about 60 people were treated to a variety of local musical talent at the annual Uniting Parish Charity Concert held yesterday. Full article »

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

(July 15): Locally we had a big jump in listings compared with sales, which was the complete opposite with the previous month; this reflects the volatility of our small local market. Full review »

Interest grows in community sharing of skills

(July 13): Interest is growing in sharing specialised domestic skills held in the community, with several groups starting up in Motueka over the past year for men and women to teach and learn good old crafts, carpentry and DIY competence. Full article, photos »

Time to choose Motueka's special project list

(July 12): If you have an idea for an improvement in the Motueka ward's facilities that would cost up to $10,000, now is the time to lobby your Community Board member as the board begins the decision process to spend its "Special Projects" budget. Full article »

Board welcomes goal of more community engagement

(July 11): The request by Tasman District Council to work with the community board on a project to improve council's engagement with its communities was "welcomed with open arms" by community board members at its July meeting held yesterday. Full article »

Options proposed for new flood protection strategy

(July 11): The scrapping of Tasman District Council's plan to upgrade and raise the Motueka River stopbanks has prompted the Community Board to recommend a set of lower-cost strategies to reduce the risk of a major flood to the town. Full article »

Call for Memorial Hall supper room upgrade

(July 9): Community Board chairman David Ogilvie is calling for an urgent upgrade of the Memorial Hall supper room facilities, but Council says if we want it that badly Motuekans will have to pay for it themselves. Full article »

TDC seeks more 'community engagement'

(July 8): Tasman District Council is looking for more local involvement in decision making by asking the Motueka Community Board to become a "significant stakeholder within the Council-led Community Engagement project". Full article »

Community gardens allotments nearly all taken

(July 6): The space provided by the Motueka Community Gardens for private allotments has mostly been allocated, as the Gardens Trust approach the end of their second year of operation. Full article »

Most Motueka retailers support the RSE scheme

(July 5): Complaints of some Motueka residents about gatherings of seasonal workers from the Pacific Islands in town do not represent the views of most retailers who overwhelmingly support the RSE scheme, says Our Town Motueka's chairman Howie Timms. Full article »

Making connections for youth leaving school

(July 5): An organisation which aims to see all Nelson and Tasman youngsters aged 15 to 19 to transition from school into further training or a successful adult working life spoke at yesterday's Motueka Community & Whanau Collective. Full article »

In-depth budgeting course open to all

(July 5): The Motueka Budget Advice service is offering a 10-week, in-depth course on budgeting for members of the public and those engaged in related community work.
Full article »

Photo exhibition to brighten winter days

(July 4): A three-week exhibition of the works of Motueka's top photographers starting next Tuesday at the Motueka museum will doubtless distract us from the winter blues.
Full article »

Kaka Beak scuplture unveiled in Wallace Street

(July 3): The long-awaited Kaka Beak was unveiled on Sunday on the corner of High and Wallace streets, fulfilling the request of the late sculptor's family to have it sited in his home town. Full article, photos »

Workshop to help businesses manage waste

(July 3): Motueka business owners will be able to learn how to handle waste materials and even make savings in the process, at a workshop to be held by Nelson-based Waste Education Services in two weeks. Full article »

Exacting revenge on phone scammers

(July 1): Motueka residents continue to be a target group for scammers phoning to help you with your "computer problems", and this writer for one is happy to occasionally score points against them. Find out how »

Gardening for kids the focus of upcoming workshop

(June 29): Teaching children the benefits of gardening for food is the focus of a workshop organised by Tasman District Council to be held at the Motueka Community Gardnes and Weka House on Friday July 27th. Full article »

Abel Tasman foreshore management plan approved

(June 28): A management plan for the Abel Tasman foreshore has been approved and will come into effect from 1st November this year. Full article »

Council adopts LTP, sets lower rate rise for 2012

(June 27): The Tasman District Council today adopted its Long Term Plan (LTP) with a general rate increase for the 2012-2013 year set at 3.63 percent. Full article »

High School assembly celebrates Carol Fowler, QSM

(June 26): Motueka High School students, teachers and friends celebrated the award of the Queen's Service Medal (QSM) to the school's truancy officer, Carol Fowler, in a joyous and moving special assembly. Full article, photos »

Wakatu urges more TDC funding for Motueka

(June 24): Wakatu Inc has released an open letter to the Tasman District Council, urging for more attention and funding be given to Motueka's infrastructure and in particular the river flood protection work. Full article, copy of the letter »

Gardening advice and skills training offered

(June 23): Motueka gardeners will soon be able to draw on the expertise of local food gardening expert Grant Douglas through a council-supported Garden Advice and Skill Training Service. Full article »

Cycle Trail gets $20,000 boost from Millers

(June 22): Cycle trail fundraising team the 'Coastal $800k Group', based in Motueka, is celebrating a boost to its efforts by welcoming its first "1 kilometre club" member - the owners of New World, Bruce and Shelley Miller. Full article »

Town celebrates return of the Post Office clock

(June 22): The 75-year-old Post Office clock has finally returned to its original home on what is now the Guthrie Bowron building after a two-year project to restore it from a forgotten storage heap. Full article, photos »

Time to nominate an unsung community hero

(June 21): Do you know a community hero? Someone who tirelessly works for the benefit of others? Then it's time to think about nominating them for a Tasman District Council Outstanding Community Service Award. Full article »

Concern grows over Kumaras walkway destruction

(June 19): Concern is growing over the security and future viability of the popular Kumaras walkway after recent storms damaged and threatened to wipe out its northen-most section. Full article, photos »

Maori youth to be celebrated at Matariki event

(June 18): Maori rangatahi (youth) are to be acknowledged and celebrated for their contribution to our community at an awards function at Memorial Hall as part of Te Awhina Marae's Matariki event. Full article »

Low takeup of funds available to community groups

(June 18): Only one-third of the Community Board's combined discretionary and youth development fund budgets was spent during the 2011-12 financial year, with fewer community groups requesting financial help for projects. Full article »

Entries invited for Bride of the Year Hospice fundraiser

(June 16): Calling all newlyweds! Entry is now open for the 2012 Bride of the Year fundraiser to be held on 14th July. If you were married since 1 June 2011, here's a chance to win great prizes and a fun reason to get back into your gown. Full article »

Council seeks feedback on aerodrome plans

(June 15): Tasman District Council has prepared a management plan and a development plan for Motueka Aerodrome and is now inviting the community to comment on those plans.
Full article »

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

(June 14): Sales volumes increased for the Nelson / Marlborough region by one quarter in May. It appears that this reflects continued buyer interest from Christchurch, which has not dropped off as expected with the arrival of autumn. Full review »

Mens Shed seeks help to expand

(June 14): Motueka Mens Shed has asked the Community Board to help its members find a location for larger premises as it outgrows the temporary building it is using at the Recreation Centre. Full article »

Call to keep mentoring programme alive

(June 13): The Motueka Mentoring Programme is to close down over the coming eight months due to withdrawal of funding, and its coordinator has launched a passionate appeal to find a way to keep it going. Full article »

High school choir wows Memorial Hall audience

(June 11): The Motueka High School choir nearly stole the show at yesterday's Nelson Male Voice Choir concert, presenting the three items that gained them a commendation at the Big Sing regional final in Blenheim last week. Full article, photo »

TDC to continue funding for regional tourism

(June 8): Tasman District Council will retain funding for Nelson Tasman Tourism (NTT) in its Long Term Plan 2012-2022 to continue operating the region's Visitor Centres and provide destination marketing activities for the region. Full article »

Storm damage to Jacketts Island raises long-term issues

(June 8): The work to remediate erosion problems to landowners on Jacketts Island and open the Port Motueka channel were set back by damage caused by Wednesday's huge storm and high tides. Full article »

Council debates principle of spending surplus

(June 8): What does a responsible council do when it has a surplus in part of its roading and drainage budget approaching year end - spend it on other needed work or bank it to reduce rates for the next year? Full article »

Councillor calls for more local water schemes

(June 5): Local community water supplies are better for walter security than big projects such as the Lee Valley Dam and the Coastal Pipeline, a Tasman District councillor says.
Full article »

Strategies needed for growing business in Motueka

(June 1): Encouraging Motuekans to use local businesses wherever possible, and creating business strategies to make locals and visitors to feel good about the town, were two of the objectives put to Our Town Motueka by Karen Remetis. Full article »

Stopbank project and Kaiteriteri Road victims of spending cuts

(May 30): The controversial project to upgrade the lower Motueka River stopbank has received a funding cut from over $16 million to $5m, and the $1.65m upgrade of part of Kaiteriteri Rd has been shelved. Full article »

Mad Mish Through Mot postponed to Friday

(May 29): "The Mad Mish Through Mot" run by the Tasman Youth Council, which was meant to take place last Sunday, will now take place on this coming Friday, 1st June. Full article »

Floral artists preparing for bigger spring event

(May 29): We're only on the threshold of winter, but already the Motueka Floral Art Circle are preparing for an exciting new fundraising event to celebrate the arrival of spring.
Full article »

Te Awhina to press on despite financial worries

(May 28): While Te Awhina Marae is struggling to maintain healthy finances, its spirit is still strong and the trustees will continue with key projects which include building improvements and working with the high school. Full article »

Brass bands excell at weekend of music

(May 28): Anyone telling you that brass bands are a dying breed won't have been present at the concert put on at Motueka High School on Saturday night by the Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast Brass Bands Association. Full article, photos »

Council changes heart on cycleway project funding

(May 27): Tasman District Council has listened to the 93 submitters to its draft Long Term Plan who want the Great Taste cycle trail to be completed, and have reinstated in the final plan a commitment to finish it, albeit to a lower standard for now. Full article »

Job quoting website has community in mind

(May 25): A new website initiative aimed at keeping contracting jobs within local communities is opening up for people in the Motueka and the Nelson-Tasman district. Full article »

Group applies creative thinking on Motueka's resilience

(May 25): Transition Town Motueka is developing action plans to increase this community's capacity to continue functioning well under conditions of financial unravelling, energy scarcity and climate change. Full article »

Businesses asked to keep supporting PB4L scheme

(May 24): The Positive Behaviour initiative running this year among Motueka's primary schools is getting a further jog-along as the schools ask local businesses to continue to reward kids when they see good behaviour in public. Full article »

Godwits celebration to focus on waterfront art

(May 23): Motueka Arts Council will again manage an event of arts in conjunction with Welcoming the Godwits back from Alaska on Sunday 23 September from 10am to 1pm along Motueka Quay. Full article »

Significant find delays work at Turners Bluff

(May 21): The realignment of Riwaka-Kaiteriteri Road at Turners Bluff has been delayed after the discovery of the remains of an early Maori pa on the top of the bluff. Work has been suspended as the Council, iwi, NZ Historic Places Trust and the land owner work together to find a solution. Full article »

Council debt still preferred for big projects

(May 21): Tasman District Council will continue to fund large infrastructure projects through debt, despite pleas by groups such as Grey Power to urgently reduce the debt burden that causes rate increases. Full article »

Motueka to host brass band competitions

(May 17): Motueka will host a busy weekend of brass band competitions and community activities from May 26th, when six bands from Nelson, Marlborough and the West Coast play and strut their stuff. Full article »

Tasman Band Tour to showcase local rock talent

(May 15): The Tasman Band Tour is set to return to the region, with three all-ages music gigs scheduled to take place in Richmond, Motueka and Golden Bay on consecutive weekends in June. Full article »

Imagine Theatre ready for 2012 family production

(May 15): Directed by Izzy Erridge and assisted by Bridget Lummis, Imagine Theatre's latest family production "Around the Pond in 80 Days" will be staged in Motueka in two weeks. Full article, photos »

Youth Council organises 'Mad Mish Through Mot'

(May 14): How much do you know about the best town in New Zealand? Our Youth Council's "Mad Mish Through Mot" is set to test your physical, mental and navigational abilities. Full article »

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

(May 14): Locally we had a similar number of new listings come on to the market this month compared with last, but the number of sales halved to just 16 - this was expected as the previous month was a bit out of the ordinary. Full review »

Nelson/Tasman musicians club being formed

(May 11): Nelson and Tasman musicians are coming together to support and celebrate themselves at the launch of the Nelson/Tasman Musicians Club this month at The Playhouse Cafe just outside of Mapua. Full article »

Motueka floral artists contribute to NZ conference

(May 10): Motueka Floral Art Circle members recently participated in the Floral Art Society of NZ conference held in Nelson. The Nelson Marlborough Buller groups organised the many workshops, theatre demonstration, and exhibition. Full article, photos »

Community Board want park fence funds reallocated

(May 10): The community board wants the $40,000 for building a new Memorial Park boundary fence to be largely reallocated to another local project that would provide more benefits. Full article »

Motueka poorly treated in draft transport plans

(May 9): Plans for roading projects in the Motueka ward are notable by their absence in the Tasman Regional Land Transport Programme for 2012 - 2015, says the Motueka Community Board in its submission to the draft plan. Full article »

Perfect day for cycle trail promotion ride

(May 8): A big promotional event to showcase the proposed Motueka-Riwaka section of the Great Taste Trail to media and businesses drew a good crowd last Sunday morning. Full article, photos, video »

Court says TDC can access Motueka's water

(May 7): The Environment Court has found in favour of Tasman District Council's plans to access water in Motueka, clearing the way for council to access the drinking water it needs to meet the demands of a growing Motueka and Tasman area. Full article »

Board's LTP submission covers range of issues

(May 6): The Motueka Community Board made a solid submission to TDC's Long Term Plan (LTP) at the recent hearings in Motueka, covering a range of important local issues. Full article, submission »

Arts Council offers broad winter workshop programme

(May 5): The Motueka Arts Council has released the programme for its popular winter Workshop Programme for 2012, which includes an amazing range of 20 arts-related workshop activities. Full article, programme, register »

Our Town Motueka hires new business coordinator

(May 3): Our Town Motueka has appointed a business marketing specialist as its business coordinator to take over from Jacqui Taylor and refocus its business support role to provide further benefits to its members. Full article »

Mountain bike trail atlas to be launched

(May 2): A Nelson self-described mountain bike fanatic has published a book with maps and detailed descriptions of most of the Nelson Tasman resion's more than 100 mountain bike trails. Full article »

Joint regional waste plan okayed by Councils

(May 1): The region's joint waste management and minimisation plan (JWMMP) has been given the go-ahead by both Tasman District and Nelson City Councils. Full article »

Museum building prepares for big milestones

(April 30): The Motueka Museum and High School will celebrate common milestones within the coming year. The old brick building that houses the museum will be 100 years old in 2013 and the museum will have been open to the public for 25 years in November. Full article »

Petition aims to stop sale of public assets

(April 30): West Coast - Tasman MP Damien O'Connor is promoting a country-wide petition to call for a referendum on the sale of public assets, saying New Zealanders deserve the right to keep their own assets. Full article »

Govt, ratepayers pressure TDC on cycle trail

(April 30): The Government is threatening to cut funding for the Tasman Great Taste cycle trail if councillors do not commit to completing it on time and link the 175km loop to Kaiteriteri, according to an article in the Nelson Mail. Full article »

Motueka voters opposed amalgamation strongly

(April 26): The final count in the amalgamation referendum shows that voters in the Motueka ward, along with those in Lakes-Murchison, were the most strongly against the proposal, with 82.4% saying 'no' compared with the 74% for Tasman as a whole. Full article »

Cycle trail, Kaiteriteri Road head council submissions

(April 25): TDC's dropping of support for the extension of the Great Taste Trail cycleway and delays in fixing the Riwaka-Kaiteriteri Road were the subjects of most of requests heard by councillors during submissions to its draft Long Term Plan in Motueka. Full article »

Just one year until digital TV switchover

(April 25): The move to digital TV will become a reality for everyone in Motueka just one year from now, on 28th April 2013, and people in our area are being urged to prepare so they don't lose the picture. Full article »

Chance to ride the Heaphy Track again this winter

(April 23): Mountain bikers can enjoy a second winter season of riding the Heaphy Track from Tuesday 1 May through to Sunday 30 September. The 78-kilometre track can be biked over the five months in a three-year winter-season mountain biking trial. Full article »

Tasman 'no' vote kills off amalgamation proposal

(April 21): The almost 75% vote by Tasman District residents against the proposal to amalgamate the Nelson and Tasman councils has killed off any change in local government representation. Full article »

It's time to move forward, says Tasman mayor

(April 21): The people of Tasman and Nelson have spoken with the majority of those that chose to vote believing the current two Council structures enables the most appropriate representation for the respective communities. Full article »

Birdhurst compost site tests give all clear

(April 20): Claims of possible water contamination from the Birdhurst compost site in Motueka have been quashed following the return of test results. Full article »

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

(April 19): Approximately 25 new properties were listed, the same as for this period last year. The sales volume surge appears to be due to high buyer confidence in the lower end of the market. The median house price for the period was $305,000. Full review »

Crafty Tarts gather to learn and share skills

(April 18): Motueka women interested in crafts have begun a group called Crafty Tarts where they will learn and share craft ideas and techniques that once were commonplace in Kiwi homes. Full article, photo »

Winter arts and crafts workshops coming soon

(April 18): Preparations are under way for another season of one of Motueka's most successful community activities, the Arts Council's Winter Workshop series, to be held from June to August. Full article »

Resolution to cemetery road planting issues

(April 17): The fate of the mature, well-regarded rhododendron trees that line parts of the road to the Motueka Cemetery was agreed at last night's committee meeting of Keep Motueka Beautiful. Full article »

Huia Netball wants your vote in Grant scheme

(April 16): The Huia netball club is asking all Motuekans to get behind their attempt to win an ANZ Netball Grant, with voters having the chance to win game tickets. Full article »

TDC amalgamation flyer found to breach rules

(April 13): The Auditor General has ruled that Tasman District Council's flyer sent to all Tasman households last week was in breach of the Council's resolution not to spend any money promoting or opposing the amalgamation proposal. Full article »

Funds sought to complete Memorial Hall modernisation

(April 13): Work continues to bring Motueka's Memorial Hall up to modern standards, thanks to the voluntary organisation and fund-raising efforts of the hall's champion, Mark Wentworth. Full article »

Applications for small community grants close soon

(April 12): The next closing date for Tasman District Council's Community Development Fund applications is April 30th, and the smaller communities in the Motueka ward such as Riwaka, Ngatimoti and Tasman are encouraged to apply for funds for development projects. Full article »

Council to hear submissions on draft LTP this month

(April 11): Tasman District Council received nearly 900 submissions to its Draft Long Term Plan (LTP) by the time the submission period closed last week. Full article »

Stinking compost leads to demands for action

(April 11): The row about the possibility of water pollution from Birdhurst's allegedly non-complying compost operation resulted in some forthright exchanges at yesterday's April meeting of the Motueka Community Board. Full article »

Youth reps to work with community board

(April 11): More input from our youth into making Motueka a better town could result from a presentation by local members of the Tasman Youth Council to yesterday's meeting of the community board. Full article »

More use of Community Link building urged

(April 7): Community agencies, particularly those in the health and education sectors, need to take better advantage of the Community Link facility to ensure its success, the Community & Whanau group was told. Full article »

TDC accused of bias in anti-amalgamation flyer

(April 6): The Tasman District Council and some of its more vocal councillors have cranked up their campaign opposing the Neslon-Tasman amalgamation, with a spate of advertising and a flyer to all Tasman households promoting a 'No' vote. Full article »

Computer scammers targeting Motueka again

(April 5): Telecom says Motueka phone numbers are currently being targeted for a recurring computer scam that aims to extract money from households who fear their computers may malfunctioning or be carrying a virus. Full article »

Community Gardens celebrates growth in interest

(April 4): Growth of interest and facilities at the Motueka Community Gardens is gaining momentum, following a bumper Harvest Festival celebration and new faces on the management committee. Full article, photos »

BERL report reflects well on Tasman and Nelson

(April 3): The recently released 2011 BERL Regional Rankings identifies Tasman and Nelson as taking opportunities, not losing them. Full article »

Call goes out to celebrate young volunteers

(April 3): During Volunteer Awareness Week 2012, Nelson-Tasman will celebrate the voluntary efforts of our region's young people, with a special ceremony hosted by the New Hub on the evening of Thursday 21st June. Full article »

Mayor pleads for 'myth-information' to stop

(March 29): The time for myths is over, Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne said. He wants a constructive relationship with Government MPs, not political point scoring against respective organisations. Full article »

Project Janszoon Trust appoints high-profile directors

(March 21): The Project Janszoon Trust has announced the appointment of two new Directors. The Trust is a privately funded initiative which has partnered with the Department of Conservation to transform the ecology of the Abel Tasman National Park. Full article »

Cycle trail trust alarmed at retraction of TDC funds

(March 18): The people charged with building the new Tasman cycle trail are urging Tasman District Council to continue their contribution to the development, despite proposing zero funding for more cycle paths in its Ten Year Plan. Full article »

Official website launched for amalgamation Q & A

(March 16): Aiming to encourage the residents and ratepayers of both Nelson and Tasman councils to make an informed vote by 21st April, the councils together today launched a website to help answer questions about the proposal. Full article »

Appeal for help to revive Festival of Lights

(March 15): The call has gone out for enthusiastic people to help organise the winter Festival of Lights, and ensure this enterprising event does not lapse after a year off in 2011. Full article »

Small grants offered for local arts events

(March 15): Motueka Arts Council has a new small grants scheme to help local arts groups put on events or programmes that increase participation in the arts within the Motueka Community. Full article »

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

(March 15): The Motueka market had another strong listing month combined with good sales numbers. There were a number of properties that sold in under 40 days, but the average days on market was out at 187 as some very old listings also sold. Full review »

Visit to industrial and domestic bio-digesters

(March 15): Fifteen people, mostly local residents of Motueka and Nelson, on Sunday visited the York Valley landfill in Bishopdale, Nelson to observe and learn about industrial and domestic style bio-digesters. Full article »

Inaction over litter making Motueka untidy

(March 14): Litter and rubbish figured largely in yesterday's monthly meeting of the Motueka Community Board, with issues including street rubbish, upgrading litter bins and clearing recycling bins being raised at several times. Full article »

Thursday Social Cycling Group takes to the road

(March 12): A leisurely peloton of local cyclists took to the streets last Thursday morning on a relaxed mini tour of the Riwaka area. Full article »

Water seen as key to Tasman's future prosperity

(March 10): Tasman District Council's Draft Long Term Plan for 2012-2022 has identified the supply and quality of water and the management of wastewater and stormwater as key to the district's future prosperity. Full article »

Advisers available for community organisations

(March 8): Help is at hand for community organisations which may be having problems dealing with thorny organisational and personal problems that often arise in their work or operating their committee effectively. Full article »

Seminars offer free financial advice to individuals and businesses

(March 6): The Baptist Church is mounting two free public meetings next week offering financial advice for ordinary people and business advice for small business owners in Motueka. Full article »

Brilliant sunshine for eventful charity cricket game

(March 5): Just under $1000 for the Jack Inglis Friendship Hospital, and two bin full of canned food for the Sallies' Food Bank, was raised at yesterday's charity "celebrity" cricket match, played in brilliant sunshine. Full article, photos »

Councils to cooperate for greater efficiencies

(March 3): Tasman District Council has joined Nelson City Council and most of the other councils in the South Island to form the South Island Strategic Alliance, aiming to produce efficiencies and increased collaboration in public projects. Full article »

Woodlands Canal cycle/footpath completed

(March 2): After years of tricky underfoot conditions, cyclists and walkers are celebrating the completion of the gravelled path beside the Woodlands Canal linking Thorp Bush with the Recreation Centre. Full article, photos »

Meeting to get the facts about the Food Bill

(March 2): Those concerned about the Food Bill currently working its way through Parliament can find out more details on Monday evening, directly from the lips of our local MP, Damien O'Connor. Full article »

Rest home worker protest gains loud support

(March 1): About 23 staff, some rostered on for work and others on a day off, this morning marched from Woodlands to the Museum forecourt and then waved placards and asked drivers to toot in support. Full article, photos »

Local Trust to tackle affordable housing issues

(February 29): A trust is being set up as an entity to research the need for affordable social housing in Motueka and to advocate for long-overdue action to address this issue.
Full article »

Community groups contribute to policy on children

(February 29): The Community & Whanau Group as made a submission to the Government's Green Paper for Vulnerable Children, as representatives of the district's community organisations. Full article »

Petition seeks restriction on commercial fishing in Tasman Bay

(February 27): West Coast-Tasman MP Damien O'Connor presented a petition to Parliament, signed by 3523 people, seeking greater rights for land-based recreational fishermen in Golden Bay and Tasman Bay. Full article »

Plans for big Children's Day celebration in Motueka

(February 24): Events are being planned to encourage the whole of Motueka to celebrate Children's Day (Te Ra O Te Tamariki) on Sunday March 4th, but there is still time for new ideas to be put together. Full article »

Council's Long Term Plan ready for consultation

(February 24): The Tasman District Council has settled on its draft Long Term Plan and will release it for public consultation. One key feature is the proposal that works on roads, footpaths and cycleways will be cut sharply for the next three years. Full review »

Donations made to raise funds for boardwalk

(February 22): Keep Motueka Beautiful has opened an NBS bank account to receive donations to allow it to pay for the materials to build the final piece of the Estuary Inlet walkway, the Link Park boardwalk. Full review »

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

(February 22): For our Motueka market there were around 26 new listings for the month of January and this healthy level of new listings coming on to the market has continued in to February. Full review »

Major project to rejuvenate Abel Tasman National Park ecology

(February 21): An extensive 30-year multi-million dollar project to restore Abel Tasman National Park's natural ecology is being launched with initial funding from a private family trust. Full article »

Service and kai at the marae to commemorate Chch quake

(February 20): Te Awhina Marae will host a commemorative service on Wednesday evening to acknowledge the people of Christchurch who suffered the deadly earthquake and the work by the Motueka community to help those escaping the terrible events. Full article »

Road to Totaranui to be rebuilt

(February 17): Devastated by the December rain event, the road to Totaranui and Awaroa will be restored, providing the district with a positive sign of recovery and resilience. Full article »

First businesses sign up as cycle trail partners

(February 17): The first three businesses - The Gentle Cycling Company, Cats Pjamas B&B Mapua and UBIKE Nelson - have signed up as official partners of the Nelson Tasman Cycle Trails Trust. Full article »

Funding round opens for community arts activities

(February 16): If you are planning a community art event, performance, exhibition or mural you can apply for funding assistance from the Tasman Creative Communities Scheme. Full article »

Perfect weather for Kaiteriteri family day

(February 16): The weather was perfect for the annual Kaiteriteri Fun Beach Day, an outing for families, sandcastles and games organised by the Motueka Recreation Centre. Photos »

Need to heed warnings about potential flooding

(February 15): The Motueka ward dodged a bullet during the December rains, and the disasters seen in Golden Bay and Nelson show how important it is that council make a greater effort to improve our stormwater infrastructure. Full article »

Recreation Centre celebrates 25 years of service to the community

(February 15): Yesterday was a big one for the staff at the Motueka Recreation Centre as it celebrated 25 years building from a fruit packhouse to a hugely successful community sport and health facility. Full article »

Weather interest raised by December floods

(February 14): My interest in the weather and climate is probably no more nor less than the average New Zealander - until something unusual happens, or a change is indicated. Sometimes the remarkable about our weather also becomes newsworthy. Full article »

Busy year ahead for Community Board

(February 13): A busy year looms for the Motueka Community Board, with plenty of submissions, communications, decisions and monitoring of council projects in the pipeline and ready to roll. Full article »

Tapu Bay improvement plan gets a hearing

(February 13): Agreement has been reached between the Council and residents that the Tapu Bay Reserve be levelled, a layer of topsoil placed and grassed, to create an attractive green area for recreation and picnics and forestall constant erosion problems. Full article »

More trapping on Adele Island after rat found

(February 13): Efforts are being stepped up to protect native wildlife on formerly predator-free Adele Island after a rat was found dead in a trap on the Abel Tasman National Park island sanctuary. Full article »

Wharf Road path another great community asset

(February 11): The fine work and dogged determination of Bob Cooke and Keep Motueka Beautiful was recognised this morning when the Wharf Road walking and cycling path was officially opened by Mayor Richard Kempthorne. Full article, photos »

Distilling the identity of Motueka

(February 11): If you were to distill the identity of Motueka into a few words that could be used to advertise the town, what would you focus on? Essentially, what makes Motueka a great place to live and visit? Full article »

Local group to promote cycle trail fundraising

(February 10): Plans for the construction of the Mapua-to-Motueka section of Great Taste Trail cycle path are gaining momentum with the establishment of a local sub-committee to promote and help raise funds this year. Full article »

Mobile beach chair available to disabled Motueka users

(February 8): Motueka people with lower limb disability can now enjoy a day at the beach more easily with the availability of two beazch/pool chairs designed to move easily on sand. Full article »

Motueka River raft challenge loads of fun

(February 7): Our Town Motueka's river raft challenge yesterday drew a good number of adventurous teams and lots of wet fun for all. The event, resurrected last year and again well supported after a ton of organisation, will hopefully continue to be one of the town's major annual events. Full article, photos »

Changes made from draft amalgamation scheme

(February 1): The Local Government's Reorganisation Scheme for the Union of Nelson City and Tasman District, unveiled yesterday, includes several changes to the draft scheme which was debated on this website last spring. Full article »

Nelson-Tasman amalgamation vote to go ahead in April

(January 31): A new local government structure for the Nelson and Tasman area, to be called the Nelson Tasman District, has been approved by the Local Government Commission which will be put to the electors of both districts for approval in separate polls. Full article »

Fire volunteers make flower baskets a success

(January 30): One of Motueka's success stories for the summer holiday period has been the hanging flower baskets along much of the High Street retail strip, and special thanks are due to the voluntary members of the Motueka Rural Fire Brigade. Full article, photos »

Cuts and delays to services proposed in TDC's long term plan

(January 29): Money-saving cuts in services and delays in new projects are proposed in the new draft of Tasman District Council's Long Term Plan, which is being released for consultation from late February. Full article »

Camera Club photos showcased in cinema slideshow

(January 27): The State Cinema and the Camera Club have joined forces to display a set of quality photos being shown before films, showcasing local talent and landscapes. Full article »

Tourism Rate to be spread across all Tasman ratepayers

(January 26): The Tasman District Council is proposing to change the way it collects the current Targeted Tourism Rate, which would lead to a $20 rates increase to general ratepayers. Full article »

TDC appoints Lindsay McKenzie as new CEO

(January 24): The Tasman District Council today announce the appointment of Lindsay McKenzie to the role of Chief Executive. Mr McKenzie is currently Chief Executive of Gisborne District Council. Full article »

Schoolchildren to be rewarded for positive behaviour

(January 24): Four local schools are ready to launch a scheme with Motueka businesses to reward students for good behaviour around town. Full article »

Happy faces, loads of fun at Teddy Bears Picnic

(January 23): The crowd was down slightly on last year's event, but the happy faces and energetic play of the children - and their parents - at Thorp Bush on Saturday around lunch time spoke of another successful family celebration. Article, photos »

Community support sought to extend cycle trail

(January 23): Further work is under way to build community and business support for the funding of the extension of the Great Taste Trail cycle path from Mapua to Motueka and Riwaka. Full article »

Motueka abuzz after choral concert

(January 21): It might have been a poor choice, spending yesterday's lovely evening indoors. It turned out to be well worth the sacrifice and much more than the $20 admission to our local Memorial Hall. Enriching. Really. Full article »

No answers yet on how to revive pipfruit industry

(January 18): Local fruitgrower groups are finding that getting agreement among beleaguered orchardists on how to pull the pipfruit industry out of the mire is proving more difficult. Full article »

Nelson City CEO announces resignation

(January 18): Nelson City Council Chief Executive Keith Marshall yesterday announced his resignation from his role, effective mid-April, saying it was "in order to make myself available for other opportunities" which he did not disclose. Full article »

Another king tide swamps Motueka Spit

(January 13): A large tide with the big seas was washing over the Motueka Sandspit today. The driftwood teepee still stands, however, protected doubtless by the AB's flag. Article, photo »

Womens education programme to address family conflict

(January 10): Feeling alone and confused in your relationship? Feeling unsafe, frustrated, unheard or abused? Find yourself wishing you were supported and treated in a more respectful way? Full article »

Group seeks help to tackle affordable housing issues

(January 6): A group led by the St Andrews Uniting Church is seeking expressions of interest from residents and organisations in a community-led development to address the undersupply of "affordable housing" in Motueka. Full article »

Classy art exhibition a 'positive' start to 2012

(January 4): The annual art exhibition by members of the Motueka Art Group was opened last night, displaying an even higher quality of artworks by local hobbyists and professional artists than last year's successful event. Full article, photos »