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Packed hall for community Christmas dinner

(December 26): Motueka's Memorial Hall was close to packed yesterday as a broad range of local people and visitors of all ages sat down together to share a Christmas dinner and enjoy each other's company. Full article, many photos »

Reasons given for another amalgamation proposal

(December 24): The surprise application for another look at amalgamating the Nelson and Tasman councils, announced publicly last week, is based on modifications to the 2012 proposal and a belief that some attitudes have since changed. Full article »

High Street looking vibrant for festive season

(December 19): Many Motueka residents are noting and talking about how bright and vibrant the town is looking as the festive and holiday season starts, thanks to some nice touches being added. Full article, photos »

Another application for amalgamation of councils

(December 19): The Local Government Commission has received a new application proposing the union or amalgamation of Nelson City Council and Tasman District Council. Full article »

Abel Tasman National Park goes "live"

(December 19): Parts of the Abel Tasman National Park will go "live" on Thursday with the launch of a virtual visitor centre and Wi-Fi network. Full article »

Council may scrap power undergrounding project

(December 18): Motueka may not see the planned undergrounding of its power lines along the southern end of High Street, as Council considers scrapping that project from its Annual Plan to save money. Full article »

Pilot project begun to help improve productive soil

(December 17): A pilot project has begun to test the efficacy of creating "biochar" using waste wood from orchards and forestry to improve the quality and health of local soils. Full article »

Community treasures featured in museum exhibitions

(December 17): This summer, instead of just one exhibition the museum is putting on three all with the same theme. "Treasures of our Community" showcases the lives of three local identities through their collections. Full article, photos »

Loads of activities for school holiday break

(December 16): The long Christmas-New Year school holiday period has begun, and Sport Tasman is advertising plenty of activities to help children to use the break constructively. Full article »

Space sought for new sewing group

(December 15): Long-time arts and crafts lover Ann Marie Cleaver is looking at starting sewing classes for beginners and "sewing nuts", but she needs a room in which to conduct classes. Full article »

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

(December 13): For the Motueka market the new listings coming on to the market has been on par with last year, with a small jump in the number of sales compared the October but still below last November. Full article »

Crafty group celebrates a busy year

(December 13): The craft skill-sharing group Crafty Tarts this week celebrated a busy year in and around Motueka with a lunch at the newly crowned best cafe in New Zealand, Jester House. Full article »

Board to toughen rules on grant applications

(December 12): The Motueka Community Board has signalled its intention to tighten its rules on giving out grants from its Discretionary Fund to community groups. Full article »

Community Board ponders new and old trees

(December 11): Motueka's trees past and future took centre stage at last night's meeting of the Motueka Community Board, the final one for two months. Full meeting report »

Large crowd celebrates Starlight Parade

(December 8): One of the best ever, and certainly the best attended in recent years, the New World Starlight Parade got a large section of Motueka's residents out on Friday for a party event. Full article, many photos »

Project aims to facelift empty shopfronts

(December 6): A project is being set up to create relocatable shopfront displays that can be installed in the front few metres of High Street shops which are temporarily vacant. Full article »

Work restarted on Kaiteriteri road

(December 6): Construction work has now restarted on the Motueka to Kaiteriteri road, with a solution having been found to the engineering of the cliff side corner known as Pukekoikoi, or Turner's Bluff. Full article »

Next journal added to historical series

(December 6): The Motueka Historical Association has published the eighth in its series of historical journals '... and so it began' featuring articles on the history of Motueka and surrounding districts. Full article »

Protest action over bank's support for mining

(December 5): The Renewables of Motueka will be supporting Coal Action Network Aotearoa outside Westpac bank tomorrow (Friday) protesting Westpac's financial support of Bathurst Resource's intention to mine the magnificent Denniston plateau on the west coast. Full article »

Proposal to replace High Street's golden elms

(December 3): Motueka people love the trees in central High Street but the shopkeepers hate the mess they make. That's what we usually hear, but is it true? We'll find out soon, because Community Board chairman Paul Hawkes wants the issue sorted. Full article, photos »

Irrigation for hanging baskets finally in place

(December 3): Summer is here and colourful flower baskets have been hung outside the shops of central High Street again for the season, drawing praise from local shoppers. Full article, photos »

Big event weekend coming up for Motueka

(November 30): Arguably Motueka's largest community event, the New World Motueka Starlight Parade, is set to entertain its thousands of participants again this coming Friday, December 6th. Full article, plus holiday shopping hours »

How would you like $30,000 spent in Motueka?

(November 27): It's time for Motueka ward residents and ratepayers to indicate to their community board how they would like the $30,000 accumulated targeted rate to be spent on local special projects for the 2013-14 year. Full article, voting form »

Bins out half-hour earlier from next week

(November 27): From next week, starting December 2nd, kerbside collections throughout the District for both rubbish and recycling will be collected from 7.30am - a change from the current time of 8.00am. Full article »

Community gets behind special Christmas dinner

(November 26): Invitations are now open for a free community Christmas Day Dinner to be held at Memorial Hall, aimed mainly at people and families who may not have others around to help celebrate the day. Full article »

Growing project seeks five families

(November 25): A dream to see everyone have easy access to fresh vegetables is the inspiration behind the Joyful Soil Project. It is a brand new venture started by Pania Robinson of Lower Moutere. Full article »

Libraries still vital to growing communities

(November 22): The changing role of public libraries in an evolving high-tech world means modern, well-equipped libraries are still vital in growing communities, says Glennis Coote, the Council's Libraries Manager. Full article »

Popular reading programme to trial ballot

(November 22): The free annual summer reading programme at Tasman District Libraries has proved so popular that a ballot system is being trialled this year to give parents more time to register their children. Full article »

Street Ambassadors return for summer safety

(November 22): The Tasman Street Ambassador Service is about to get underway for the summer season, with experienced youth workers having a presence on the Richmond and Motueka CBD streets between 8.30pm and 2.30am on Friday and Saturday evenings. Full article »

KMB prepares to tackle next big project

(November 20): Preparatory work is under way on Keep Motueka Beautiful's next large-scale project - the redevelopment of the Port Motueka quay and beach reserve into a high-quality recreational area for tourists and locals alike. Full article, plan, photos »

Motueka youth worker to lead music project

(November 18): Youth band and solo artists are sought to take part in a music project to create a CD of music which is themed to providing positive role modelling and eliminating all forms of bullying. Full article »

Time banking system launched in Motueka

(November 15): A group of Motuekans have set up a time-banking system called Community Shares for sharing and trading skills and hours, and have already signed up about 40 people to take part. Full article »

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

(November 15): The median price across the Nelson/Marlborough region rose by $25,000 (+7.4%) compared to October 2012 to $365,000. Sales volume compared to October 2012 fell by 3%. Full article »

New community board off to collegial start

(November 14): The Motueka Community Board, 2011-2014 version, got off to a collegial start on Tuesday as it prepares to tackle plenty of unfinished business and a few new ones. Full article »

Free screening of heart-warming Kiwi movie

(November 13): State Cinemas Motueka is putting on a special free screening of the New Zealand film Gardening With Soul next Monday afternoon, thanks to the generosity of Sir Pat and Lady Goodman. Full article »

Church group goes overboard with Big Beach Cleanup

(November 11): St Peter Chanel Parish families were again right behind efforts to present a tidy beachfront to our visitors this year. Full article, photo »

Effects of council debt on rates exaggerated

(November 7): An increase in Council debt of $1 million would mean a rates increase of 2%, according to the story being put around Motueka at present. But is this true? Not even close, say those who have done the sums. Full article »

Motueka 'time bank' ready to begin operation

(November 7): An alternative currency called COSH will be launched next week by a group living in the Motueka area who have created a system for trading services through a community time bank. Full article »

Wildfood dish competition at Motueka A&P Show

(November 7): A wildfood dish competition for the general public will be a feature of the 2013 ITM Motueka A&P Show to be held on Sunday 8th December. Full article »

Further improvements to Motueka facilities

(November 6): Further improvements to Motueka's civic facilities are being completed shortly in time for their use for Christmas activities. Full article »

Paul Hawkes to lead community board for next term

(November 1): Paul Hawkes has been elected unopposed as the new chairman of the Motueka Community Board, replacing board member David Ogilvie who has held the post for the past six years. Full article »

Ruby Coast artists launch gateway sculpture project

(October 29): The newly formed Ruby Coast Initiative Trust has launched its signature Gateways Sculpture Project, which will see the design and installation of a series of three sculptures as gateways into the area. Full article, photos »

Tasman Mayor sets the tone for the next term

(October 25): Richard Kempthorne has been sworn in as Mayor of the Tasman District for his third term today at the Council's first meeting of the new term along with recently elected Councillors including new Motueka ward Councillor Peter Canton. Full article »

Motueka's population growing at 1% a year

(October 23): The populations of both the Motueka township and the surrounding settlements have increased by an average of just on 1 per cent per year since the 2006 census, figures released by the Department of Statistics show. Full article »

Family entertainers visit Motueka with two shows

(October 22): Dunedin-based entertainers and "story strumpets" Kat Anna Fiddle will be visiting Motueka on Saturday 9th November to perform two shows. Full article »

Sirens to compete at roller derby nationals

(October 22): Nelson-Tasman based roller derby team Sirens of Smash will be competing over Labour weekend in their first excursion to the Roller Derby nationals. Full article »

Motueka's volunteers celebrated in style

(October 21): The inaugural Motueka Volunteers Awards event drew over 100 people representing a wide range of clubs and community groups on Saturday afternoon to celebrate volunteerism. Full article, photos »

Tasman villagers complete underpass mural

(October 21): The pedestrian and cycle underpass beneath the state highway bypass near Harley Road beside Tasman village now sports bright images of the local birdlife. Full article, photos »

Wedding competition winners celebrate this week

(October 19): A wedding on Little Kaiteriteri beach next Tuesday, October 22nd, followed by a grand public fireworks display in Kaiteriteri, will mark the culmination of the high-profile Dream Maker dream wedding and honeymoon competition. Full article »

Brilliant effort from Imagine's talented cast

(October 17): It's rare that I come away from an opening night of a play feeling so confident that its four-night run will be an undoubted success, but seeing Imagine Theatre's "The Big O.E." is one of those events. Full review »

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

(October 17): The median property sale price has stayed around the $340,000 mark which reflects that it is the mid to lower end of the market that is still getting most of the attention from the buyers. Full article »

Change in trustees for Atamai ecovillage

(October 16): The trusteeship of Atamai Land Trust, the developer for Atamai Village, off the Motueka Valley Highway, has transferred from Jurgen and Kyoko Heissner to Ben van der Wijngaart and Jack Santa Barbara. Full article »

Way2Go community recreation gets a boost

(October 15): The delivery of community recreation programmes and events across the Tasman District has received a boost, in the form of $24,000 received from a Lotteries Grant. Full article »

Council appoints community development manager

(October 14): Tasman District Council has appointed Susan Edwards is its Community Development Manager, a new role created by the recent organisational changes. Full article »

All-male line-up for another local govt term

(October 13): The voters in Motueka ward have decided to be led politically for the next three years by seven men, including every incumbent who stood again for the local body elections. Full article »

Gardens committee turn to internet fund sources

(October 10): The internet-savvy committee of the Motueka Community Gardens are turning to a novel source of funds to cover and complete its glasshouse - 'Crowd Funding' via the Kiwi website, PledgeMe. Full article, photos »

Guardian seeks replacement for Murray Owen

(October 10): Motueka readers are losing one of their favourite news reporters. Murray Owen, the chief reporter of The Guardian weekly community paper, is finishing his work there in a few weeks. Full article »

'Big OE' theme of Imagine Theatre's next play

(October 8): A group of travelling Kiwis on their big overseas experience will be brought to the local stage when Imagine Theatre presents the adult comedy 'The Big O.E.' Full article »

Motueka A&P Show signs up major attraction

(October 7): The Motueka A&P Association have scored a coup by attracting Geoff Thomas of TV3's "Outdoors with Geoff" to attend the December 8th annual show and be available to chat with the public. Full article »

Time running out to vote in elections

(October 7): All Tasman residents and ratepayers have until the end of this week to return their voting papers for this year's Local Government election. Full article »

Bounty hunt netting pest butterflies

(October 7): Nelson and Tasman butterfly bounty hunters have so far netted 47 great white butterflies, scooping a $10 reward for each dead butterfly. Full article, photo »

Ornithologist honoured for work with godwits

(October 4): Pauline Samways has been awarded a special Conservation Champion award in recognition of her work in studying Godwits and the Motueka Sandspit over many years. Full article, photos »

Candidates give views on environmental issues

(October 3): Tasman District Council and Motueka Community Board candidates gave their opinions and policies on environment issues last Friday at a meeting hosted by The Renewables. Full article »

Call goes out for big beach cleanup

(September 28): It's time again for the Big Beach Cleanup in preparation for the season when our beaches are showcased to thousands of tourists who appreciate our clean environment. Full article »

Annual report adopted by Tasman District Council

(September 27): The Tasman District Council adopted its Annual Report for the 2012-13 year today, recording a net accounting surplus of $12.8 million, prior to asset valuation movements. Full article »

Tasman Council awarded AA- credit rating

(September 26): International credit rating firm Standard and Poors have completed an extensive evaluation process and issued the Tasman District Council with a long term AA- credit rating with a stable outlook. Full article »

Working group set up for employment initiative

(September 25): A core working group has been set up to address the perceived problem of creating or enabling jobs for Motueka youth. Full article »

Parties consider growing 'open orchards' in Motueka

(September 23): Tasman District Council, Keep Motueka Beautiful (KMB) and local permaculturalists are contemplating a project to plant and maintain public edible fruit and nut trees in Motueka. Full article »

Talent quest returns to uncover next big thing

(September 23): The search is on for talented youth as 'Tasman's Got Talent' tours the District for its second year. Full article »

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

(September 22): The median price across the Nelson/Marlborough region rose by 11.1% compared to August 2012 to reach a new all-time high. Prices rose more than 20% in Nelson, although eased elsewhere across the region. Full article »

Journalist to speak about inequality in NZ

(September 21): Max Rashbrooke, the controversial editor of a book on inequality in New Zealand, will speak about his book, and the issue of widening income gaps, in Motueka on Thursday. Full article »

Plenty of school holiday activities coming up

(September 19): As usual schools and Sport Tasman have organised a good range of "Boredom Buster" programmes to keep kids entertained and challenged during the up-coming school holidays. Full article »

KMB 'wish list' tackles ambitious projects

(September 18): Keep Motueka Beautiful has finalised its "wish list" budget for the 2013-14 year, and aims to use these beautification projects to persuade TDC to carry over unspent funds to pay for them. Full article »

Strong candidate lineup for Community Board

(September 17): The 'Meet the Candidates' meeting hosted by Grey Power yesterday showed there is no shortage of desire and talent on offer for the Motueka Community Board for the 2013-16 term. Full article »

Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle expands its business

(September 17): The purchase of a kayak and paddleboarding business by Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle will give visitors to the Abel Tasman National Park more options during the winter months and enhance employment opportunities in the area. Full article »

Highway underpass mural well advanced

(September 16): Work is well advanced on decorating the highway underpass for cyclists at Tasman village with a mural depicting local flora and fauna. Full article, photos »

New hands on Our Town Motueka's tiller

(September 15): Howie Timms has passed on the chairmanship of Our Town Motueka to BNZ Bank manager Dave Moloney after seven years of dedicated service to the business support group. Full article »

Respectful hearing for council candidates

(September 14): About 50 people packed into the Memorial Hall supper room last night to hear the five mayoral and seven ward councillor candidates outline their policies and answer questions. Full article »

Consent sought for Kaiteriteri development plan

(September 13): The Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve Board has lodged an application with the Tasman District Council for consent to proceed with implementing the first stage of its long-term development plan for the Reserve. Full article »

Agreement reached on Kaiteriteri Road upgrade

(September 13): The improvements to the road to Kaiteriteri and beyond are to progress now an agreement between the adjacent landowners and the Council is complete. Full article »

Community Board concludes three-year term

(September 12): The Motueka Community Board wound up its 2010 - 2013 term on Tuesday with discussions on several interesting issues and a thanks all round to the board members and in particular the two who are not standing for re-election. Full article »

Council purchases Kina Peninsular land

(September 11): Motueka's community leaders are hailing the success of the boldly executed tender by Tasman village residents and the District Council to buy Kina Reserve and keep it available for public use. Full article »

All ages contribute to spectacular fashion show

(September 9): A packed audience at Memorial Hall clapped and cheered their way through an entertaining evening on Saturday as local models of all ages strode the catwalk for the St Andrews Op Shop fashion parade. Full article, photos »

Tobacco soup makes graphic statement on smoking harm

(September 5): Tobacco soup was on the menu for the lunchtime meeting of the Community & Whanau collective yesterday as service providers heard of the work of the Whanau Ora team at Te Awhina Marae. Full article, photo »

Two issues dominate land rezoning submissions

(September 3): There were few surprises when the summary of submissions on the Motueka West and Motueka Central rezoning plan changes were published on TDC's website yesterday. Full article »

Council seeks input into review of rural land use

(September 3): The rules governing rural land use and subdivision are under review, and Tasman District Council wants the public to have their say on how our land would be best used. Full article »

Floral art sings for Daffodil Day

(September 1): About 150 people attended the annual Floral Art theatre show, "Let the Flowers Sing", at the Memorial Hall yesterday afternoon in honour of Daffodil Day, with profits donated to the Cancer Society. Full article, photos »

Motueka prepares to welcome returning godwits

(August 30): Planning is under way again for the return of the godwits to Motueka's sandspit and estuary, expected in a couple of weeks. Full article, photos »

Sound system to attract birds to National Park

(August 27): A sound system has been installed on Fisherman Island (Motuarero-iti) in the Abel Tasman National Park to encourage sooty and fluttering shearwater to take up residence. Full article »

Student art to welcome Motueka visitors

(August 25): Three Motueka High School students may soon see their art designs permanently on show for visitors to the town in the form of welcoming entrance signs depicting the area's attractions. Full article, photos »

Motueka 'moments' to air on Fresh FM

(August 24): A radio programme in which present and emerging community leaders talk about their visions for Motueka will begin airing on Wednesday under the title "Motueka Moments". Full article »

Tasman Community aims to buy Kina Reserve

(August 23): The community of Tasman village and Kina, with Tasman District Council, are bidding to purchase and save from commercialisation Kina Reserve, also known as Lee Baigent Memorial Domain. Full article »

Op shop clothing the focus for fundraiser

(August 22): Creative redesigns of recycled clothing will be showcased at the Op Shop Fashion Show, a major fundraiser for the restoration of the historic St Andrews Church in two weeks. Full article »

Motueka Online opens 2013 local election coverage

(August 21): Motueka Online has set up a section of this website dedicated to the forthcoming local body elections, featuring candidate profiles and a discussion and question-and-answer forum. Full article »

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

(August 21): House sales in New Zealand surged in July achieving a six-year high for the July month. REINZ announced that there were 6,777 dwelling sales in the month of July, up 14.7% on July last year and 10.5% higher than June. Full article »

KMB budget awaits Council funding clarification

(August 20): Projects which Keep Motueka Beautiful (KMB) have scheduled for this financial year have been put on hold while clarification is sought on TDC's decision to not roll over unspent funds from previous years. Full article »

Google steps onto the wildside in Abel Tasman

(August 19): Google Street View is going off road on the Abel Tasman Coast Track before continuing onwards to the Heaphy Track. The Department of Conservation is working with Google to bring the Great Walks to life on the web. Full article »

Last-minute candidates mean big election choices

(August 16): Nominations closed at noon today for the Local Government Elections in October with nearly 50 people putting their names forward for the Mayoralty, Councillor and Community Board positions in Tasman. Full article »

Double feature movies look at climate change

(August 16): The Motueka climate change action group The Renewables are hosting a double-bill movie night at Community House next Friday to look at two initiatives to tackle carbon use. Full article »

Quick-fire meeting of Community Board

(August 15): What could well be a record short time for a Motueka Community Board meeting was one outcome of the August gathering on Tuesday, with most contentious items deferred either for a later meeting or a post-election Board. Full report »

Rob Francis standing for Tasman District Council

(August 14): Motueka Community Worker Rob Francis is standing for the Tasman District Council. Mr Francis, 59, announced yesterday that he is standing as an independent for the Motueka Ward in the October elections. Full article »

Will there be no young blood in Community Board?

(August 13): With just three days left before nominations close for local body elections, the Motueka political scene is shaping up to see little change in the makeup of the Community Board but possibly some new blood as ward councillors. Full article »

Floral artists to showcase their skills

(August 12): "Let the flowers sing" is the theme for the Motueka Floral Art Circle's fifth fundraising variety performance for the Nelson Cancer Society. Full article, photo »

Beanie competition a highlight of winter festival

(August 12): The Motueka Arts Council held a very successful "Make a beanie" competition as part of the Festival of Light this year, with 44 entries by 22 designers featuring. Full article, photo »

Town leaders gather to plan Jobs for Youth

(August 9): Some of the business, education and community leaders who are ready to guide Motueka into the future met last night to begin formulating ways of keeping our young people here through innovative employment ideas. Full article »

Community-minded family become NZ citizens

(August 9): Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorn presented the community-minded Everett Family from Kaiteriteri with their New Zealand citizenship at the Tasman District Council Chambers yesterday. Full article, photo »

Council election nominees in short supply so far

(August 8): Will there be enough people to fill the positions available on the Tasman District Council and Motueka Community Boards? Well time is running out for candidates to decide. Full article »

Community garden gathers further momentum

(August 7): If attendance and enthusiastic discussion and participation at an AGM is anything to go by, the Motueka Community Gardens organisation is in great shape and has a promising future. Full article »

St Andrews minister to leave next year

(August 6): A year after the loss of use of their beloved church due to earthquake vulnerability, the St Andrews Uniting parish have been further saddened to hear that their minister, Rev Peter Norman, will be leaving next year. Full article »

Tapu Bay restoration project ready for volunteers

(August 3): A coastal restoration project is under way in southern Tapu Bay to build on the recent successful work by Forest & Bird to regenerate the Raumanuka Reserve (the Kumaras). Full article, maps »

Motueka Music Network website goes live

(August 2): A website designed to further develop Motueka's musical culture was launched this week to enable musicians, students, teachers, performers and venues to network and collaborate. Full article, photos »

Quilts ready for Operation Cover Up expo

(August 1): Nearly three months of work making quilts for Moldovan orphans has culminated in an extravaganza of colour to brighten the lives of 16 cold children next winter. Full article, photo »

Our Town Motueka recognised for charitable events

(July 30): The Motueka Events Charitable Trust, which is co-ordinated by the business support group Our Town Motueka, has been awarded regional runners up in the Arts and culture category at the Trustpower Community Awards evening last night. Full article »

Another art exhibition in Motueka businesses

(July 29): Anne Bannock is the next local artist to be promoted by four Motueka businesses as part of a programme supported by the Motueka Arts Council. Full article »

Steady progress made on second Vision mural

(July 27): Progress on the second Vision Mural in Motueka has been steady through the past week, with about 15 painters and helpers so far involved for varying periods. Full article, progress photos »

Little indication yet of fresh election candidates

(July 26): Most potential candidates for District Council and Community Board representatives are keeping their cards close to their chest, now that nominations have opened for the triennial local body elections. Full article »

Locals encouraged to report weeds in national park

(July 26): Project Janszoon is calling on Nelson / Tasman locals to become “weed detectives” reporting any invasive weed finds in the Abel Tasman National Park. Full article »

Checks show no infrastructure issues after quake

(July 25): Checks to infrastructure around the region have shown no damage as a result of Sunday's shallow 6.5 magnitude earthquake. Full article »

Weekend quakes provide timely reminder

(July 22): While not directly affected by the quakes rattling Wellington and Marlborough over the past 48 hours, it was not lost on many Tasman citizens the epicentre of the majority of the quakes was not that far away. Full article »

Ideas proposed to tackle Motueka's youth employment

(July 20): Motueka's community, business and education leaders learned on Thursday how the Waikato town of Otorohanga is solving youth unemployment problems and building a stronger community in the process. Full article »

Nominations open for Council elections

(July 19): Nominations opened today for people wanting to stand as candidates for local body elections to be held on or before October 12th, and the call is out for people to stand for Council and Community Board. Full article »

Challenge to experience a life of silence

(July 18): A Tasman District Councillor will become deaf for a day, and is challenging Motueka community leaders to join here to raise money and see what living is like for deaf people. Full article »

A dry garden surprise at Riverside

(July 16): While waiting for friends to join us for lunch at the Riverside Café in Lower Moutere, we were drawn to looking at the covered dry garden filled with cactus and some succulent plants - a very prickly place. Full article, photos »

Get Safe continues as merged anti-violence service

(July 15): Get Safe Motueka, the service providing support for families affected by domestic and other violence, has merged with Stopping Violence Services Nelson to offer an expanded range of programmes. Full article »

Vinnies produce winning artwork

(July 14): Winning Ways to Wellbeing was the central focus of the St. Peter Chanel Vinnies attention recently as they produced artwork for the meeting room of Motueka Community House. Full article, photo »

Engineering issues dominate Community Board meeting

(July 11): Negotiations over the use of land for realignment of the Riwaka-Kaiteriteri Road at Turners Bluff have moved a large step forward and construction work should restart before Christmas, the Motueka Community have been told. Full meeting report »

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

(July 11): For the wider Motueka market there was a drop in new listings of 30% compared with last month with the number of sales remaining around 30. This is putting pressure on buyers. Full article »

Indoor pool back on agenda for Motueka

(July 10): An indoor heated swimming pool for Motueka is back on the agenda, thanks to recent work behind the scenes by the remnants of the pool committee following Council's dismissal of the idea 18 months ago. Full article, concept drawings »

Pedestrian refuge installed in dawn surprise

(July 10): Motueka's latest traffic safety enhancement appeared out of nowhere on Tuesday morning, the result of a great piece of drop-in engineering that saved ratepayers many thousands of dollars. Full article, photos »

Programme announced for Festival of Light

(July 8): The main programme of Festival of Light events taking place over the coming four weeks has been announced, starting with the High Street lights being turned on around 7pm on next Wednesday 17th July. Full article, programme details »

Rare weka chicks visit Brooklyn Valley

(July 8): I have the privilege of visiting wekas to my Brooklyn Valley property for the last four months. A couple of weeks ago two chicks were seen with the two adults. Full article, photos »

Volunteer Nelson reaches out to Motueka groups

(July 5): The community volunteering support agency Volunteer Nelson has revved up its operations and is now actively seeking ways of involving Motueka people and organisations more easily. Full article »

Mural to beautify Tasman highway underpass

(July 4): The arrival soon of the Great Taste Tasman cycle trail through Tasman village and an ongoing problem with graffiti have prompted moves to paint a mural on the highway underpass behind the school. Full article, photos »

Youth employment the target for mayoral seminars

(July 3): Ways to reduce youth unemployment in Motueka will be examined at a series of presentations by Dale Williams, mayor of Otorahanga, who is credited with turning around that town's similar employment problems. Full article »

Social media buzzing with sharp Motueka talk

(July 2): Motueka's social media websites are buzzing with talk about the three-minute item on TV One's Seven Sharp programme last night which featured the reasons why Motueka is New Zealand's sharpest town. Full article, video »

Resurgence coffee business up for sale

(July 2): One of Motueka's better known small businesses, Resurgence Riwaka Roasting, is on the market, and the owner William Cleaver hopes a buyer will continue to sell its fair trade coffee products. Full article »

'Passport' delivers information for cycle trail users

(June 29): The Nelson Tasman Cycle Trails Trust (NTCTT) has launched its 'Passport', a guide book that introduces tourists and locals to the amazing network of cycle trails in Nelson/Tasman. Full article »

Is Motueka the sharpest town in New Zealand?

(June 28): A reporter and cameraman from TV One's popular Seven Sharp 7pm programme travelled around town yesterday seeking answers to the question, is Motueka New Zealand's sharpest town? Full article, photos »

Tasman's apple industry history featured at AGM

(June 28): The AGM of the Motueka and District Historical Association took place on Saturday 22nd June, when guest speaker Colin Rush told of his family involvement with the apple industry at Tasman. Full article, photos »

High School production an entertaining spy spoof

(June 27): Opening night of Motueka High School's 2013 production, Jane Blond 006 was an entertaining but somewhat mixed bag of goods, some brilliant but some 'work ons' for the remaining three shows. Full article »

Council adopts annual plan for 2013/2014

(June 27): Today Tasman District Council approved its Annual Plan 2013/2014 which will come into effect next week on 1st July. Full article »

Youth Council runs successful quiz night

(June 24): On Friday the 10th of May the Tasman Youth Council hosted the first ever "Live Like a Legend" quiz night at the Motueka Recreation Centre to celebrate youth week, with a $200 cash prize up for grabs. Full article, photo »

Our Town Motueka returns to core business

(June 20): Our Town Motueka's paid administrator Lori Keller has resigned, and the business promotion group will now use the wage money saved to refocus on making more impact with the key events it organises. Full article »

Town beautification projects in full swing

(June 19): With the maintenance of all walkways built by Keep Motueka Beautiful now in the hands of Council, the KMB committee is working on an interesting mix of other beautification projects. Full article »

Solution sought to stop wetlands damage

(June 18): The Keep Motueka Beautiful committee are pondering ways to stop youngsters from damaging the reeds and other plantings in the wetlands estuary while they use the area as a temporary mountainbike track. Full article »

Heavy rain causes much damage - again

(June 17): The third large and damaging rain event in the past three years in Tasman and Golden Bay has caused major flooding and landslip damage in the area between Takaka and Motueka. Full article »

Less news to come out of Motueka?

(June 15): One of the two local weekly community newspapers, the Motueka-Golden Bay News, is closing down and merging its operations with the Richmond-Waimea Leader for a new Tasman district-wide weekly. Full article »

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

(June 14): For the Motueka area there was a steady number of new listings recorded and 31 sales in the wider Motueka area. The days on market ranged from 1611 to 8 with the median sitting at 101 which is down on the 134 from the previous month. Full article »

'Destination playground' planned for Decks Reserve

(June 12): Plans are being made for playground upgrades for Decks Reserve and Memorial Park this year, with some exciting new equipment included that will make Decks Reserve a "destination playground" for the town. Full article »

New local government act allows existing TDC services

(June 12): The controversial changes in the Local Government Act regarding the purposes of local government will not mean any of the activities of Tasman District Council will be constrained, says TDC's strategic development manager Susan Edwards. Full article »

Crafty contributions to Operation Cover Up

(June 7): Crafty Motuekans are working again this year to knit and sew winter clothing, bedware and toys for orphaned children struggling with daily life in some eastern European countries. Full article, photo »

Time for groups to seek grants from rates

(June 7): Tasman District Council is reminding community organisations of its 'Grants from Rates' funding scheme, for which applications must be submitted before August 30th. Full article »

Historic photos sought for new 'industry' mural

(June 6): The wall for the next Motueka mural, themed 'the history of industry in Motueka', has been decided and work is scheduled to begin during the late-July school term holidays. Full article, photo »

Tasman council adopts rates remission policy

(June 6): The Tasman District Council has adopted a Rates Remission Policy to come into effect before 1 July this year to enable affected ratepayers to be able to apply for a remission in the current year. Full article »

Local community group contacts now online

(June 5): A document of contact details for all volunteer-run Motueka community groups has been compiled by Vision Motueka and is available to view and download on the Motueka Online website. Full article »

Community to meet council at development forum

(June 5): From toy libraries to tree-planting days, women's refuge to a local employment trust - many of the initiatives that make our towns a better place are examples of Community Led Development (CLD). Full article »

Historic pathway blessed in moving ceremony

(June 1): An eight-year long project for Decks Reserve came to fruition yesterday with the official ribbon-cutting of the pathway displaying 55 plaques that tell the history of Motueka. Full article, photos »

Talent quest reaches another high standard

(May 31): Judging by the performances at Motueka High School's Talent Quest 2013 held to an overflowing audience last night, Motueka indeed does have talent, and plenty of it. Full article, photos »

Lively meeting argues Motueka rezoning proposals

(May 30): More than 40 people attended a lively and sometimes emotional meeting at Memorial Hall last night to learn and argue about council's proposed zoning changes for Motueka West and Central areas. Full article »

Council urged to rethink on multiple dwellings

(May 29): Tasman District Council has been urged to reconsider its rules on multiple houses being built on rural properties, following the backing down of a Motueka couple in a much publicised legal battle. Full article »

First in new Motueka mural series finished

(May 23): One down and eight to go - that's the score for the Motueka Murals team as the last strokes are applied today to the "Adventure" mural on the Elevation Cafe wall. Full article, photos »

Entrance signs planned for incoming drivers

(May 22): Work is under way to design, build and install signs welcoming drivers to Motueka on the three less-used highways into town. Full article »

Community board submits wish-list for TDC annual plan

(May 21): A Motueka-based contractor to carry out much of the Council's simple maintenance programmes and minor capital works was one of the recommendations made by our community board for TDC's 2013-14 annual plan. Full article »

Free Expo for fundraisers returns

(May 20): The Nelson-Tasman free Funding Expo is back and bigger than ever, aiming again to help provide people with the skills to manage, fund and grow their not-for-profit organisations. Full article »

Choirs and brass combine for Pentecost concert

(May 20): The Catholic and Uniting Church choirs combined again to present, with the Motueka District Brass band, a good quality concert to an appreciative audience at St Peter Chanel Church yesterday. Full article, photos »

Innovative business collaboration launched

(May 18): A sizeable section of Tasman's small-business community attended the launch last night of what may be the most adventurous business collaboration in Motueka's history - the Dream Maker dream wedding promotion. Full article »

Negative attitudes are Motueka's 'biggest threat'

(May 17): The biggest threat to the ability of Motueka to strengthen into the future lies within the minds of its people, too often expressed in negative attitude, says Community Board chairman David Ogilvie. Full article »

Event list growing for Festival of Lights

(May 16): Planning for this year's Festival of Lights is now underway, and the leading organiser Our Town Motueka will be supporting community groups with the promotion of their events over the mid-winter period, July 18th - August 18th. Full article »

Vote on Motueka farmers market deferred

(May 15): The proposal for a Farmers Market in front of the District Museum was placed on hold at yesterday's meeting of the Motueka Community Board while it checks the rules on commercial activities in the space. Full article »

Beanie competition to warm Motueka heads

(May 15): Crafty, fun and appropriate for the season. Motueka Arts Council's latest project - a 'Make a Beanie' competition - will see Motueka's winter headwear a class above the rest. Full article »

TDC seeks public feedback on its performance

(May 14): As part of its on-going commitment to actively seek public opinion and involvement, the Tasman District Council is commencing its annual survey of residents from this Friday. Full article »

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

(May 14): For the Motueka area there was a sharp lift in the number of property sales recorded in April. However this was due to a large number of section sales that were released during the month. Full article »

Report analyses Motueka's stormwater handling

(May 13): Motueka's infrastructure "coped adequately" to the April 21st torrential downpour, but there are "some areas of concern that need attention", says Community Board chairman David Ogilvie. Full article »

Weekly farmers market proposed for Motueka

(May 10): Local business support group Our Town Motueka wants to start a weekly afternoon Farmers Market outside the museum to allow residents to buy fresh, locally grown produce and to showcase our growing region. Full article »

Protesters say 'no' to deep sea oil drilling

(May 10): The third running of the Hands Across the Sand event protesting deep sea oil drilling off New Zealand coasts will be held next Saturday, May 18th, with a gathering at Motueka Quay. Full article »

Youth Centre urged as part of new library / hub

(May 9): Tasman District councillors heard a submission yesterday urging a youth centre to be included as part of the Motueka library and community hub initiative currently being examined by council. Full article »

Approval given to plan for new pedestrian crossing

(May 7): Motueka will get a pedestrian crossing of High Street between New World and The Warehouse, although we will have to wait until funds are found to build the two mid-street traffic islands with hand rails. Full article »

Meet the Director at special movie showing

(May 6): The Gecko Cinema is hosting a special screening of award winning documentary Maori Boy Genius, followed by a question-and-answer session with the director/producer Pietra Brettkelly. Full article »

Residents view options for sewage system upgrade

(May 5): It may be a matter of 'out of sight, out of mind', but Motueka's Wastewater Treatment Plant needs urgent attention and upgrading it to an acceptable level won't be cheap. Full article, photos, plan »

Cycle trail coastal route to Motueka chosen

(May 5): The planned cycle trail from Mapua to Motueka will now follow a predominantly coastal route, because access could not be gained through private properties, according to a report in the Nelson Mail. Full article »

Library 'Hook Up' celebrations during Youth Week

(May 2): The final random books were taken home by teens at the end of the holidays, and now the rush is on to get ratings slips in for the prize draws being held during Youth Week. Full article »

Winter workshops offer wide artistic range

(April 30): The 2013 programme of the popular Winter Workshops series organised and run by the Motueka Arts Council was released today, featuring a lineup of 21 topics covering a wide range of artistic interests. Full article, programme download »

Vandals despoil War Memorial wreaths

(April 28): The wreaths laid at the War Memorial on Anzac Day have been vandalised. Coralie Smith saw them during her morning walk this morning in Pah Street this morning. Photos »

Elevation mural off to colourful start

(April 27): Ideal weather meant a brisk start to the painting of the mural on the Elevation Cafe wall on Saturday morning, with many volunteers offering time to contribute their part of the jigsaw. Full article, photos »

Commander Cozens gives Anzac service speech

(April 27): Motueka-based Commander Peter Cozens gave the address at the Anzac Day remembrance dawn service at the Motueka War Memorial, and for those not able to make it, here is the text of his speech to read and ponder. Full article, speech text »

Floods lead to water and shellfish warnings

(April 25): The recent floods have caused Tasman District Council to issue warnings about Motueka's drinking water and possible shellfish contamination in our coastal area.
Full article »

Councils gearing up for Youth Week events

(April 24): Young people and youth agencies in Nelson-Tasman are gearing up for a week-long programme of youth activities, events, workshops and exhibitions as Youth Week for 2013 is celebrated across the globe and in the Top of the South. Full article »

Rare blue duck sighting in National Park

(April 24): The sighting of a blue duck or whio in the Abel Tasman National Park has given hope a population of the rare native bird may be established in the park. Full article, photo »

Motueka to host sheep breeders conference

(April 23): Motueka Top 10 Holiday Park will be the host venue early next month for the AGM and national conference of the Black and Coloured Sheep Breeders Association of New Zealand. Full article »

Motueka Murals team ready to go

(April 22): Organisers are confident the recent persistent rains will not hamper preparations for the painting of the first in the series of nine Motueka Murals, scheduled to start on Friday. Full article »

Downpour drenches Motueka in near-record event

(April 22): All residents now know, from the lead news on TV and radio, that yesterday's extreme rain event neared historic record-breaking levels for Richmond, and Motueka received a decent share as well. Full article, photos »

Community survey shows approval for hub concept

(April 20): The proposal for a Motueka community hub built around a new library received a cautious tick from residents through a High Street survey of 251 people by Motueka High School students taken in May. Full article »

Vision Motueka planning community Christmas dinner

(April 19): Community development group Vision Motueka celebrated its first birthday last night with a big tick beside a set of projects now up and running, and the addition of another new community project. Full article »

Memorial Hall renewal one step further on

(April 18): The next stage in a long project to bring Memorial Hall's facilities into the 21st Century has seen the installation of an air conditioning plant into the hall's ceiling, says an article in the Motueka Guardian. Full article »

Memoir recalls difficult childhood in Motueka

(April 18): Former Motueka resident Lynette Robinson, who spent some of her childhood years in Motueka, has written and published a memoir titled Where the Rainbow Fell Down. Full article »

Moves to improve two major town assets

(April 17): Community organisations are planning to develop two of Motueka's prime but sadly underused spaces - the port and the riverbank - for recreational use. Full article, maps »

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

(April 16): The median price across the Nelson/Marlborough region rose by $13,500 compared to March 2012, with prices in Richmond and Motueka rising the fastest. Sales volume was 22% higher than the previous month. Full article »

Second exhibition under way at Resurgence Arts

(April 16): Motueka's newest art gallery, Resurgence Arts at the clock tower corner, has opened its second exhibition featuring work by Sandra Campbell, a local artist and composer. Full article, photos »

Music at high school continues to impress

(April 15): The range and depth of musical talent at Motueka High School was again on show at the annual Showcase concert held in the school hall yesterday afternoon. Full article, photos »

Counting down the first of Motueka Murals series

(April 13): The countdown is on for the creation of the first in a series of nine themed murals on Motueka business walls, and people wanting to help in the painting are being invited to a briefing session. Full article, photo »

Annual plan opinions aired for Community Board

(April 12): At least the audience easily outnumbered the Community Board members and Council people this time, but still it was only 15 ratepayers who contributed opinions last night on the Council's draft annual plan. Full article »

Strong protest marks local 'Love DOC Day'

(April 12): About 50 people gathered between noon and 2pm yesterday in front of Motueka Museum to show their support for the Department of Conservation on "Love DOC Day". Full article, photos »

Random book selection a fun library promotion

(April 12): 'Hook up with a Random' is the latest catch-phrase for Tasman teens in a reading promotion at their local libraries over the next month. Full article »

Fabric arts to feature in next exhibition

(April 11): The second art exhibition to be mounted in four Motueka businesses starting Wednesday April 17th will showcase the work of Moutere textile artist Rowena Lukomska. Full article »

Riverside reserve proposed beside Motueka bridge

(April 10): A riverside reserve near the northern end of the Motueka River bridge, similar to the one beside the Appleby bridge over Waimea River, was proposed at yesterday's Community Board meeting. Full article »

Shake-up signalled for Tasman's i-Site operations

(April 10): Tasman District's three i-Site businesses at Murchison, Takaka and Motueka are due for a huge shake-up, although the outcome is still unknown for Motueka's better-performing i-Site operation. Full article »

Councillor says Motueka River ecology imploding

(April 9): Conservation group Forest & Bird is asking all New Zealanders to show their support for the Department of Conservation this coming Thursday, 11th April, on "Love DOC Day". Full article »

Conservation advocates say 'Don't knock DOC'

(April 8): Conservation group Forest & Bird is asking all New Zealanders to show their support for the Department of Conservation this coming Thursday, 11th April, on "Love DOC Day". Full article »

Local action urged on footpaths and cycleways

(April 7): The apparent lack of development work by Council on Motueka's footpaths and cycleways has prompted a proposal for a citizens' advisory group to be formed to plan a development and maintenance programme. Full article »

Motueka groups aim for Think Water prize

(April 4): Three Motueka community organisations are vying with dozens of others in New Zealand for a $50,000 project grant offered by irrigation system supplier Think Water, and your vote will help. Full article »

Blathwayt printing business changes hands

(April 3): Award-winning local signwriting business Image Creators has purchased Blathwayt Print Ltd, the well-known printing company beside the Decks Reserve car park. Full article »

Time to nominate voluntary groups for awards

(April 1): The call goes out for nominations of community volunteer groups that you think should be recognised at the prestigious annual TrustPower Community Awards. Full article »

Renowned blues artist to play Memorial Hall

(March 31): Memorial Hall will be the venue for another international music star in April when multi award-winning American blues singer/guitarist Watermelon Slim plays here as part of his New Zealand tour. Full article »

Churches combine to celebrate shared faith

(March 29): For the first time in many years, the St Peter Chanel Catholic Church and St Andrews Uniting Church communities conducted a combined service of worship this morning to remember Good Friday. Full article »

Poor attendance at draft annual plan talks

(March 27): There were more councillors and council managers than Motueka ratepayers at the Annual Plan question and answer meeting at Memorial Hall last night. Full article »

Stone mats the latest crafty skill

(March 26): A dozen more stone mats now adorn Motueka doorsteps and tabletops, following a creative workshop run by Crafty Tarts yesterday to learn the technique. Full article, photo »

Pro drummer to run public workshops

(March 25): Motueka-based professional drummer Gabor Irmalos is offering a workshop for people who have tried drumming and would like to know more, and even those who would like have a go for the first time. Full article, photos »

Plan to remove and recycle obsolete TV sets

(March 25): Nelson City Council and Tasman District Council are doing their bit to ensure unwanted televisions are recycled responsibly. Full article »

Network to connect and promote musical Motueka

(March 22): Calling music teachers and performers in the Motueka area. A web-based network is being set up to connect and promote the town's abundant musical talent and to showcase the music scene in Motueka. Full article »

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

(March 21): The median price for Motueka homes rose to an average of $380,000 with the median days on market at 131. These figures reflect the sale of a number of higher value properties that had been on the market for some time. Full article »

Motueka's history recorded along Decks Reserve path

(March 16): A series of 55 plaques summarising key aspects of Motueka's history is being installed along the path around Decks Reserve, giving visitors and locals a glimpse into what made our town what it is. Full article, photos »

Big promotion to encourage local shopping

(March 16): Our Town Motueka has organised a "Shop in Motueka" promotion over the coming two months, with a prize of over $5,000 in vouchers for products and services from local businesses. Full article »

Low rate rise signalled in TDC's Draft Annual Plan

(March 15): Tasman District Council's Draft Annual Plan for the 2013-14 year, which will be open for viewing and submissions by ratepayers next Wednesday, signals the lowest overall rates increase for many years. Full article »

Vinnies raise donations for children in foster homes

(March 14): Kids helping kids in need was exactly what St Peter Chanel Vinnies of Motueka were up to on Thursday March 7th as part of Purple Cake Day celebrations. Full article, photos »

Motueka West development plan ready to view

(March 13): The revised plan for the proposed long-term Motueka West development will be presented to Tasman District Council in April and then be publicly notified for consultation, Motueka Community Board members were told yesterday. Full article »

Board wants halt to camping at Beach Reserve

(March 13): The community board has asked council to close the camping area of Beach Reserve, and to report on options to solve the ongoing problems caused by non-complying freedom campers using and abusing the area. Full article »

Big art auction to raise funds for Tasman School

(March 11): Twenty-eight local Nelson artists have donated work for an art auction, to be held as part of the centennial celebrations at Tasman School this coming weekend. Full article, photos »

Parklands School celebrates cultural diversity

(March 9): A good crowd filled the front playground of Parklands School yesterday for this year's multi-cultural festival, celebrating the Motueka's growing ethnic diversity. Full article, photos »

Solution plotted for sewage treatment odour

(March 5): Work is under way to monitor objectionable odours from Motueka's wastewater treatment network and the sewage plant, and to try different techniques aimed at eliminating them. Full article »

Steiner School to hold autumn harvest fair

(March 5): Motueka Rudolf Steiner School will hold its first ever Autumn Fair on Saturday April 6th, to celebrate the region's summer of abundance and have fun with a "Saint Michael and the Dragon" theme. Full article »

Range of activities celebrate our children

(March 4): A variety of events were held around Motueka over the weekend as families celebrated their treasurers - the children who will grow up to create the future of our town. Full article, photos »

More opportunities for local artwork displays

(March 3): Tasman artist Jane Smith is taking her work to the public, as more Motueka businesses open their walls for exhibitions of local artists. Full article »

Scouts wash and buff to raise funds

(March 3): Scouts Susanna Adams, Hamish Knowles, Joe Cunningham and Awatea Teaukura, with the help of a few parents, washed and buffed there way through a epic morning of car washing. Full article, photos »

Parklands pupils go on strike over Novopay

(March 2): Parents and children of Parklands School went on strike yesterday to protest about the way the failing Novopay payroll system has affected the teachers at the school. Full article, photos »

New ideas for Arts Council events in 2013

(February 27): Several ideas for new art-related events were put forward at the Motueka Arts Council annual general meeting held last night, but the winter workshop programme remains the jewel in the group's crown. Full article »

Hub concept strikes chord in Golden Bay

(February 27): Vision Motueka's proposal for a community and visitor hub is striking a chord in Golden Bay, where similar issues of best utilisation of public buildings are becoming evident. Full article »

Help sought for whitebait spawning site survey

(February 26): TDC scientists are seeking help from people keen on understanding and protecting our environment to help with the annual survey of the volumes of inanga in our waterways this month. Full article »

Celebrated cook takes on local food challenge

(February 25): Motueka Library and the Motueka Community Gardens have challenged well-known local author and chef Chris Fortune to transform a mystery box of fresh produce into tasty treats to share. Full article »

Have your say on Tasman road speed limits

(February 25): Council is proposing raising the speed limit from 50kph to 70kph on parts of Marchwood Park Road, Queen Victoria Street and Lower Moutere, plus speed reductions around the Tasman settlement, and wants to hear you opinion. Full article »

TDC signs off Development Contribution policy

(February 22): The Tasman District Council has confirmed its "Once Paid Always Paid" Development Contribution policy at yesterday's Council meeting. Full article »

Remembering the February 22 earthquake

(February 22): A poem written by a Motueka resident for the first anniversary of the main Christchurch earthquake, which is still appropriate on the second anniversary of the February 22, 2011 quake. Read the poem »

Motueka hosts national aero club championships

(February 20): The skies over Motueka will be buzzing for the next few days as the Motueka Aero Club hosts the Royal New Zealand Aero Clubs' national championships. Full article, photos »

Extra activities this year for Children's Day

(February 20): A range of creative activities, along with a repeat of last year's big family Pool Party, have been organised this year to celebrate Children's Day in Motueka.
Full article »

KMB begins path to new strategic direction

(February 19): With most of the town's off-road walkways now built, Keep Motueka Beautiful (KMB) is turning its attention to smaller beautification projects including tree planting and improvements at Port Motueka. Full article »

Council report examines future of Motueka library

(February 18): Tasman District Council's options for the upgrade of the Motueka Library have been set out in a report by Property Services Manager Jim Frater to be considered at the full Council meeting on Thursday. Full article, report »

Romantic dreams come true in Motueka

(February 18): For the past few weeks our region has been a hot spot for couples coming from further afield to make their vows to each other here rather than in their home town. Full article, photos »

Arts Council planning for another year's work

(February 18): The Winter Workshops, run for the Motueka Arts Council by coordinator Jane Wells, saw a record high in 2012 for the number of workshops as well as attendances. Full article »

Permaculture village expansion approved by TDC

(February 18): Tasman District Council has just approved a second stage development for the unique Atamai permaculture village 10 minutes' drive from Motueka. Full article »

Views of recent migrants sought for project

(February 18): Calling people who were born overseas and who have recently settled in the Tasman region - your viewpoints are sought for a focus group on your experiences.
Full article »

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

(February 14): For the Motueka area there were a surprising good number of new listings over the holiday period. Sales for the month showed a continuing strong growth in the sale of sections. Full article »

Council drops library plan in favour of hub development

(February 13): Council will defer its planned upgrade of Motueka Library possibly for a year while a working party investigates building a new community and visitor hub, with library, in Decks Reserve. Full article, plans »

Cruise ship pays visit to Kaiteriteri

(February 13): The first cruise ship in at least a decade visited Kaiteriteri yesterday, leading to a busy time for local water operators ferrying tourists to parts of the national park. Full article, photos »

Hub-based proposal prepared for library upgrade

(February 11): A proposal that may advance a proper upgrade of the cramped Motueka Library, as well as provide a starting point for a community and visitor hub, will be put to the Motueka Community Board tomorrow. Full article »

Solutions sought for affordable housing in Motueka

(February 9): Work to address problems with housing affordability in Motueka took a step forward today when 20 people met to offer views on the problem's causes and possible solutions. Full article »

Challenge put to local body politicians in election year

(February 8): Local politicians are being challenged to work together this year to achieve positive results for the people who elected them to their positions on Council and the Motueka Community Board. Full article »

Litter cart returns to the streets

(February 7): The litter cart operation is operating again in the Motueka central business district, with Nolan Duff starting as the operator on January 9th. Full article, map »

Weather just right for Waitangi Day festival

(February 7): Goldilocks weather - not too hot, not too cold - was the ideal setting for a relaxed, happy Waitangi Day festival hosted yesterday in the back fields of Motueka's Te Awhina Marae. Full article, photos »

Vision Motueka building on solid first year

(February 2): After a solid start in 2012, the community development group Vision Motueka is preparing to deliver a set of initiatives and programmes this year that should help get Motueka moving. Full article »

Superb farewell performance from young actors

(February 1): A superb dramatic performance by the Imagine Youth Theatre ensemble last night showed just how sadly Motueka will miss a group of young thespians who have risen through the High School ranks and are now heading off to follow their dreams. Full article »

New art gallery opens in Motueka

(January 31): Resurgence Coffee and Retrotonic have created an art gallery at their premises on the corner of High and King Edward streets, for use by local artists to exhibit their works. Full article »

Weather affecting Freeview picture quality

(January 30): If your Freeview terrestial TV viewing has been patchy in recent days, don't start blaming your TV unit or set-top box. Instead, blame the current string of warm days. Full article »

Library offers advice on using electronic books

(January 29): Motueka Library is offering to help book readers wanting to join the popular trend of reading electronic books using e-reader devices currently available on the market. Full article »

Resources and help offered to community groups

(January 25): Vision Motueka is offering support, resource and advisory services to community groups wanting help with applying for funds, setting up charitable trusts or simply connecting with other groups. Full article »

Opinions sought on further cemetery beautification

(January 23): Residents are being asked to give Tasman District Council feedback on concepts that have been published by Council for further aesthetic developments and beautification at Motueka Cemetery. Full article »

Quilting exhibition to benefit St Andrews church rebuild

(January 22): A quilting exhibition by local expert craftswoman Bev Dyke will be a great fundraising start for a programme to rebuild the St Andrews Uniting Church after the building was condemned as being an earthquake risk. Full article »

Subjects chosen for nine town murals

(January 22): Vision Motueka has settled on the themes, designs and contents of a set of nine wall murals to be painted in the Motueka CBD over the next few years, starting with the first two hopefully over the next couple of months. Full article »

Bumper season for sky diving business

(January 18): If you thought you've been seeing more people falling out of the sky this summer, you're not wrong. The December business figures at Motueka-based Skydive Abel Tasman have seen the largest in the firm's 21-year history. Full article »

Opening ceremony for Great Taste cycle trail

(January 18): The first stage of the Great Taste cycle trail that will soon extend out to Motueka, Riwaka and Kaiteriteri and up the valley, will be officially opened next Saturday at a ceremony at the new Waimea Cycle Bridge, near Richmond. Full article »

Deluge flushes toxic algae from local rivers

(January 17): As well as pleasing domestic gardeners, a positive outcome of the recent deluge of rain has been the flushing of the District's rivers of the toxic blue green algae.
Full article »

Imagine Youth Theatre tackles 'surreal' comedy

(January 16): Imagine Youth Theatre is tackling New Zealand playwright Angie Farrow's surreal comedy 'Amnesia' for its summer production which opens in two weeks. Full article »

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

(January 16): The number of new listings was up slightly on December, and about one-third of the properties new to the market were located outside of the immediate town area. Considering the short working month a strong number of sales were recorded. Full article »

Another happy community craft fair at Pokororo

(January 14): Uncertainties over the weather may have caused the turnout at the annual Pokororo Fair to be down a bit on previous years, but those attending yesterday's event enjoyed warm weather and colourful stalls. Full article »

Al fresco summer movie a popular drawcard

(January 10): Around 70 people (it's hard to count in the dark) packed into the surrounds of the Jester House restaurant last night to enjoy a "golden oldie" movie in balmy conditions. Full article »

Council offers free bike check-up

(January 9): Does a flat tyre, squeaky chain or worn out brake mean your bike has taken up residence in the shed? Now is the time to get your bike out and come to one of the Council's free Big Bike Tune Ups during January. Full article »