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Summer retailing off to a bumper start

(December 31): If you thought the traffic through Motueka this past week has been exceptional, you may well be right. Full article »

Abel Tasman National Park goes "live" with WiFi

(December 30): The Abel Tasman National Park has gone "live" with 12 WiFi hotspots now available throughout the Park along with a "virtual visitor centre" for smart phones. Full article »

Near full house for Community Christmas dinner

(December 26): About 240 people and 43 volunteer servers enjoyed the second Motueka Community Christmas dinner yesterday, thanks to the generous provision of food and other goodies by donors and community organisations. Full article, photos »

Tasman Skatepark Tour returns to Motueka

(December 24): The Tasman Skatepark Tour returns to the region this January, with six competitions scheduled and over $5,000 of prizes on offer for the annual extreme sport festival. Full article »

Rob Francis reporting in from New Ireland

(December 23): In May this year Rob Francis, a Motueka resident, started a two year assignment with Volunteer Service Abroad, based in New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea. Full article, photo »

Families enjoy storytelling in the park

(December 21): An estimated audience of 200 people of all ages were entertained on Friday by stories, humorous and emotional, at 'Stories in the Park' on Decks Reserve. Full article, photo »

Online resource created for environmental management

(December 21): The Environment Foundation has launched a new web-based guide to the management of New Zealand's natural environment. Full article »

Buskers invited to Riwaka Market Day

(December 20): Musicians are invited to come and busk at the Riwaka Market Day, to be held on Friday January 2nd from 9am to 3pm in the Riwaka Domain. Full article »

Council to explore external funding options for dam

(December 12): The issue of affordability is central to the Council's decision yesterday to reject the funding models put forward in the recent consultation regarding the proposed Waimea Community Dam. Full article »

Imagine Theatre production an hilarious winner

(December 12): A packed house of 75 people laughed their way through an excellent production of the (very) adult comedy "Stiff" at Imagine Theatre last night.
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Funding obtained for community consultation project

(December 11): Vision Motueka has received a $7000 grant from Canterbury Community Trust to carry on work begun at the recent Economic Summit and gather ideas on how to make Motueka a stronger community long term. Full article »

Group to investigate restoring old wharf

(December 10): Hopes of restoring the dilapidated historic Motueka Wharf Quay have nudged forward with the proposed formation of a group of interested parties to advance the project. Full article »

Ratepayer feedback forces Waimea Dam rethink

(December 9): Contrary to the worst fears of skeptical ratepayers, TDC has heeded the feedback from consultation about the proposed Waimea Dam and will look at ways to significantly reduce costs, which they agree are unaffordable. Full article »

Cycle trail gets more government funding

(December 5): The Tasman Great Taste Trail maintains its place as one of the country's premier cycle trails in the latest round of funding from the Government. Full article »

Alternative proposed to Waimea Dam construction

(December 5): The "pipe dream" of piping water from Lake Rotoroa to feed the Waimea River, rather than building an expensive dam, is being advocated by Gary Watson, a candidate for Tasman District Mayor last year. Full article »

Free family fun at Riwaka Market Day

(December 4): It's a great way to start to the New Year. Put a note in your diary for after the New Year celebrations - the Riwaka Market Day is happening again the day after New Year's Day. Full article »

Books on Motueka's history available for sale

(December 2): For some interesting summer reading or a novel Motueka Christmas present, why not consider one of the journals of Motueka's past produced by the Historical Association? Full article »

Most Motueka people oppose dam funding model

(December 1): Motueka followed Richmond and Takaka submitters in being overwhelmingly opposed to the proposed funding models for the Waimea Community Dam. Full article »

Weather kind for 2014 Starlight Parade

(November 29): The weather stayed fine and sunny yesterday evening for the annual New World Starlight Parade down High Street, featuring the usual happy onlookers and colourful floats. Full article, many photos »

High school's trades academy programme expanding

(November 28): Motueka High School's flagship Trades Academy programme will be expanded next year to add an academy for Construction and Related Trades. Full article, photo »

Crafted poppies to commemorate Anzac Day 2015

(November 22): Preparations are under way for a community-wide commemoration of World War 1, with people being asked to craft red poppies to mark the centennial next Anzac Day. Full article »

Our Town gears up for busier times

(November 21): Downtown Motueka is getting ready for another big holiday season, kicking off on Friday night with the big annual Christmas Starlight Parade. Full article »

Tasman councillors right behind #Gigatown

(November 19): Tasman's mayor is urging residents to support Gigatown Nelson as the voting for the competition gets underway. Full article »

Record submissions received on dam proposals

(November 19): Submissions on the funding and governance options for the proposed Waimea Community Dam closed last week, drawing a record number of submitters. Full article »

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

(November 17): Our local Motueka market has continued on, with an increase in listings during October matched well to the increase in sales. The median days on market has also dropped. Full article »

Sheep and cattle return to A&P show

(November 17): The ITM Motueka A&P Show 2014 sees the return of the sheep and cattle categories to the Show, after many years. The show will be held on Sunday 14th December this year. Full article »

Fur seal relaxing by the recreation centre

(November 14): A young male New Zealand fur seal, pictured right, seen near the Motueka Recreation Centre is healthy and just relaxing in the area. Full article, photo »

Community Board makes Waimea Dam submission

(November 14): The Motueka Community Board has made a last-day submission to the Council's Waimea Dam proposal, following what chairman Paul Hawkes says was "lots of healthy debate surrounding the proposal". Full article »

Variety of topics at Board's 25th anniversary meeting

(November 12): The Community Board has agreed to ask Council to flag a plan to expand the parking space at the Recreation Centre, saying the money could better be spent on other more pressing problems. Full article »

Motueka flax weavers learn traditional skills

(November 12): Motueka Arts Council hosted Raranga harakeke flax weaving 2 day workshop last weekend for weavers with some experience in the craft. Full article, photos »

Vision Motueka readies for long-term development tasks

(November 11): Vision Motueka has re-jigged and enlarged its Board of Trustees in preparation for a multi-year project to help with future developments of the town. Full article »

Strategic support offered for storm-affected orchardists

(November 10): The devastation wrought by hail storms last week on a number of orchards in Riwaka, Motueka and Lower Moutere has seen the industry, Central Government and the Council take an active role in supporting the families affected. Full article »

DOC completes Kahurangi aerial 1080 drop

(November 10): The Department of Conservation has completed its Battle for our Birds aerial predator control work over about 257,000 hectares of Kahurangi National Park. Full article »

#LoveMotueka campaign a roaring success already

(November 6): The no-cost social media campaign #LoveMotueka has been a roaring success, developing worldwide conversations about Motueka involving tens of thousands of people. Full article »

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

(November 3): It's time for Motueka ward residents and ratepayers to tell their community board how they would like the $30,000 accumulated targeted rate to be spent on local special projects for the 2014-15 year. Full article, voting form »

Tasman Bay beaches get annual spring clean

(November 3): Tasman Bay beaches are clean and ready for summer after 3.93 tonnes of rubbish was removed on Saturday. This was up slightly on last year's 3.5 tonnes. Full article »

Waimea dam funding and governance issues debated

(October 30): About 35 local people attended the public meeting held by Council last night to hear opinions about its proposed funding and governance policies related to the highly controversial Waimea Dam. Full article »

Youth mentoring service returns to Motueka

(October 30): The world's largest children's mentoring programme, Big Brothers Big Sisters, is coming to Motueka, thanks to financial commitments made by Motueka Rotary and Lions. Full article, photo »

Temporary co-op art gallery opens in Motueka

(October 28): A new art gallery opened in Motueka last Saturday, the "Art Hub" located at 389 High Street opposite the Caltex petrol station. Full article, photos »

Moves to restore the quayside Tarrant Memorial

(October 27): When Gwyn Rees settled in Motueka in 2009 he chose to live by the Motueka Estuary. No surprise there as he is a former Royal New Zealand Navy captain. Full article, photos »

DOC offers week of activities in the great outdoors

(October 23): The Department of Conservation (DOC) is encouraging people to get out and about and enjoy the amazing world that is on their doorstep. Full article »

Motueka volunteers celebrated at entertaining event

(October 21): Ten special volunteers working in the Motueka area were recognised at the annual Volunteers Awards, held in entertaining fashion last Saturday. Full article, photos & citations »

Anti-violence campaign begins in Motueka

(October 20): Thursday last week marked the official launch of Motueka's "10 Good Men Campaign", profiling positive role models in the community who are promoting the 'families living safe' message. Full article, photo »

Time to enjoy Motuaka's Japanese garden

(October 20): Photographer Jan Baily says she was "blown away by the amazing display of bluebells under the maples in the Japanese garden" late last week. Full article, photos »

Help is at hand to resolve kea issues

(October 16): Advice and support with managing kea issues is now available locally from Andrea Goodman, the recently appointed Conflicts Resolution Community Coordinator for the Kea Conservation Trust. Full article, photo »

Dam issue dominates marathon Community Board meeting

(October 16): The Waimea Community (Lee Valley) dam dominated proceedings at the Motueka Community Board's marathon meeting on Tuesday, with two presentations and lots of public interaction. Full article »

Widening option mooted for Motueka River bridge

(October 15): NZ Transport Agency is considering a new option for making the Motueka River bridge safer to use - adding about a metre to its width to serve for the next 20-30 years. Full article »

Opinions vary on the Waimea dam issue

(October 15): Construction of the Waimea Community Dam (commonly known as the Lee Valley Dam) will be Tasman District Council's most expensive infrastructure project ever, and likely its most contentious. Full article »

Nominations open for Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve Board

(October 15): Nominations for the Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve Board are now open, for a five year term commencing 25th February 2015. Full article »

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

(October 14): The Motueka market appears to have held up reasonable well with regard to the number of new properties coming on to the market, and while numbers are down on August they are up when compared with this time last year. Full article »

Riwaka Scouts celebrate the past, prepare for future

(October 13): Parents and youth from the Riwaka Scout Group gave their hall a tidy-up recently, in preparation for a special occasion. Although the Hall is only about 50 years old, the group itself was formed 100 years ago. Full article »

Motueka to host expert in affordable housing design

(October 10): An expert in affordable house design will speak at a public meeting next Thursday about some of the urban planning and design work he has been involved in. Full article »

Motueka's popular phone directory goes on sale

(October 10): The 2014-15 edition of the popular Motueka telephone directory is now available, sporting yet another great cover photo showing a local scene. Full article »

Waimea Dam consultation process to begin next week

(October 9): A special consultative process related to the proposed Waimea Community Dam will begin next Monday, 13th October. Full article »

Paul Hawkes slams Council's library decision

(October 8): Community Board chairman Paul Hawkes has slammed the Tasman District Council over its decision to postpone the library redevelopment, saying it will exacerbate the rift between Council and the Motueka community. Full article »

Anti-violence campaign to launch in Motueka next week

(October 7): The Motueka Collaboration of Agencies (CoA) is preparing to launch the 10 Good Men campaign, in which a collection of local leaders say publicly that family violence Is Not OK. Full article »

Families enjoy free engine-testing cruise

(October 5): The power of social media was shown on Saturday when a message on Facebook rapidly drew a full passenger list of 125 for a sea trial of Wilsons Abel Tasman's new Vista engine. Full article, photo »

TDC relaxes building consent rules

(October 3): A new policy was adopted at TDC's Environment and Planning Committee meeting yesterday allowing some buildings to be exempt from the need for a building consent. Full article »

Improved recycling services to start next July

(October 3): The Tasman District Council has accepted a proposal from their waste management contractor, Smart Environmental, which will divert more waste from landfill over the next eight years. Full article »

High-tech flight simulator no longer a Motueka secret

(October 3): A world-leading flight simulator has been developed in Motueka, offering exciting experiences for ordinary people as well as great export potential for our local budding high-tech industry. Full article, photos »

Motueka's war the subject of museum exhibition

(September 30): The Motueka Museum has opened its doors to its latest exhibition - Motueka's War, and WWI 100-year (WW100) commemorations. Full article, photos »

Council plans further upgrades to cycle trail

(September 30): Tasman District Council is hoping to secure more than $300,000 for work on the Great Taste Trail, to be used on several sections that need improvements, including some sub-standard spots in Motueka. Full article »

Grand opening arrives for Great Taste bike trail

(September 30): New Zealand's latest cycling asset, The Great Taste Trail, has now reached the sands of Kaiteriteri Beach, and to celebrate there is a grand opening on Saturday 11th October. Full article »

New organisation promotes local tourism and events

(September 27): A new organisation was launched last night that aims to use business collaboration to attract more tourists to the Nelson/Tasman region and while here to spend more money on local products and events. Full article »

Residents ponder Motueka's long term future

(September 26): About 60 people attended the first public follow-up meeting after the Motueka Economic Summit on Wednesday night to put their views and aspirations for a more successful Motueka toward 2030. Full article »

Breakfast served again for Motueka dog walkers

(September 26): Motueka dog owners are once again being invited to a free breakfast while taking their dogs for a walk at the Motueka foreshore. Full article »

Report shows accounting surplus for Council

(September 26): The Tasman District Council has reported a $14.5m accounting surplus in its Annual Report presented to the Councillors yesterday. Full article »

Lee Valley dam cost estimate rising rapidly

(September 24): Council Staff have recently advised the Tasman District Mayor and Councillors on the recommended approach to forecasting the likely cost of the proposed dam. Full article »

Arts Council offers holiday programme for kids

(September 23): The Motueka Arts Council is trying a new initiative to encourage young people into arts - a series of school holiday courses to introduce kids to various artistic skills. Full article »

Council: No new library for at least three more years

(September 20): Tasman District Council has put the Motueka Library redevelopment on hold for at least another three years, and possibly much longer. Full article »

Community-led development techniques explained

(September 19): Proven ways of bringing together "community, council and commerce" to jointly share decision-making and plans for the future were presented at a public meeting hosted by Vision Motueka last night. Full article »

Cycling mob adds Sunday rides to its calendar

(September 19): The Thursday morning cycling group has become so popular that the organiser Ian Miller is trying to also get a Sunday morning group going. Full article, photo »

Birdwatching webcam now operating at sandspit

(September 19): A webcam has been installed at the corner of Harbour Road and Motueka Quay, offering round-the-clock views of tidal flows and bird feeding along a stretch of the sandspit. Full article, photo, webcam link »

#LoveMotueka campaign off to a roaring start

(September 18): A Facebook page has been launched to engage Motueka residents and visiting tourists in the best that our town has to offer, as part of a beefed-up public relations campaign by Our Town Motueka. Full article »

Follow-up meeting planned for economic summit

(September 18): The positive vibe generated in Motueka by the successful economic summit three weeks ago continues with a public meeting next Wednesday to seek further ideas from businesses and the community. Full article »

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

(September 18): The strong number of new properties coming to the market has continued from July into August and looks set to remain firm continuing into the spring. Full article »

Pruning aims to deter antisocial behaviour

(September 5): The Wallace Street hedge of the Kiyosato gardens has been trimmed to waist height with the aim of allowing people to look in and hopefully deter vandalism and poor behaviour that is prevalent inside. Full article, photo »

Work to begin on Beach Reserve redevelopment

(September 5): An ambitious, multi-year project to redevelop the port quay and Beach Reserve environment kicks off next weekend with a working bee for plantings in the project's first stage. Full article »

Good crowd hears election candidates' pitches

(September 5): A crowd of about 70 people listened attentively as six election candidates pitched their policies at Motueka's traditional Grey Power election meeting in Memorial Hall yesterday. Full article »

Community-led development techniques to be explained

(September 3): How to unite business, government and community organisations in community-led development projects will be the subject of Vision Motueka's next public meeting to be held in two weeks. Full article »

Elevation becomes new sponsor of Motueka Online

(September 2): This website has a new sponsor in Elevation Cafe, Restaurant & Bar, helping the site to remain an economically viable part of Motueka's community life. Full article »

Second Hand Sunday extends to Motueka

(September 1): After a successful trial in June, Second Hand Sunday returns to the Nelson and Tasman districts and this time includes Motueka residences. Full article »

Parklands School entrance area opened up

(August 30): Working bees over the past two weekends has already seen the Parklands School's High Street entrance opened up to a variety of "place making" opportunities. Full article, photos »

Economic summit challenges Motueka businesses

(August 29): The Motueka Economic Summit held on Wednesday featured speakers from a range of local industries who challenged the 120 people present to plan for the future of the local economy. Full article, meeting report »

Local schools combine to rock Memorial Hall

(August 28): Last Tuesday night, August 19th, saw the first of three 'Rock Da House' performances at the Motueka Memorial Hall consisting of over 200 students from Ngatimoti, Parklands and Mahana Schools. Full article, photo »

1080 operation completed in Abel Tasman National Park

(August 25): The Department of Conservation and Project Janszoon completed an aerial application of 1080 pesticide in the Abel Tasman National Park on 22nd August. Full article »

Residents indicate preferences for hub complex

(August 23): A visitor information and booking area, public toilets and gallery space for local arts were the top facilities that a good community and visitor 'hub' should have. Full article, voting results »

Questions sought to put to election candidates

(August 22): Grey Power is hosting Motueka's main 'Meet the Candidates' public meeting in two weeks, and want you to submit your own questions below for candidates to answer. Full article, put your questions »

Closing date nears for council funding applications

(August 22): Closing date is approaching for community groups need to apply to Tasman District Council for financial assistance with their groups activities in 2014/2015. Full article »

Motueka A&P Show continues to grow

(August 21): Work is under way to run the annual ITM Motueka A&P Society show at Marchwood Park, which this year will use a Christmas theme. Full article, trade forms »

Community gardens team celebrates 4th birthday

(August 21): Uptake of rented allotments at the Motueka Community Gardens has been so strong that there is now a waiting list for plots, the group's AGM was told in Tuesday. Full article »

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

(August 14): The wider Motueka market appears to have bucked the trend for new listings with a substantial increase in new listings compared with last month and this time last year this. Full article »

KMB year 'mostly busy but partly frustrating'

(August 14): The past year for Keep Motueka Beautiful is summed by chairman David Ogilvie as "mostly busy but partly frustrating" in his report to the annual general meeting to be held on August 25th. Full article, photos »

TDC changes tack on Mapua wharf development

(August 13): Tasman District Council have backtracked on funding for the Mapua wharf development, partly due to the outcry from Motueka people that the Port Motueka Port Endowment Fund was to be raided for that purpose. Full article »

Community Board debates traffic speed limits

(August 13): Debate over the best speed limits for Motueka's High Street and State Highway 60 through Riwaka took up considerable time at last night's meeting of the Motueka Community Board. Full article »

Renewed push by schools for positive behaviour scheme

(August 13): The four Motueka schools running the local PB4L (Positive Behaviour for Learning) programme are renewing a push to get businesses to sign up to the scheme and help encourage positive, respectful behaviour by their students. Full article »

Community ideas sought for library hub concept

(August 11): Vision Motueka is asking Motueka residents for ideas on what facilities and design ideas they would like included in any library-based community and visitor hub that may be built in Decks Reserve. Full article »

Historic settlers cairn relocated

(August 10): The Settlers Memorial cairn which sat on the hilltop above the Kaiteriteri Road for 80 years has been moved to flat land beside the road. Full article »

Tasman to lead work on sediment and erosion control

(August 8): Tasman District Council has received funding to work on understanding the science behind controlling sediment and erosion into streams and estuaries. Full article »

Motueka rezoning decisions mainly retained

(August 7): Tasman District Council has published its final decisions on the rezoning of land in central and west Motueka, with only a few small changes from the last round of consultations. Full article »

Repeat planned for community Christmas dinner

(August 7): The hugely successful community Christmas dinner held last year will be repeated in 2014, with the organisers aiming to keep running it for at least another five years. Full article »

New group planning celebration for godwit arrival

(August 2): Welcoming Motueka's own godwit population next month after their non-stop flight from Alaska will again be the focus of celebrations being planned by a dedicated team of organisers. Full article, photos »

Operation Cover Up donations to go on display

(August 1): The time has come for the big Operation Cover Up open day showing all the knitted, sewn and crafted items made by Motueka people that will be sent to orphans in Eastern Europe. Full article, photo »

Meeting to explain covenants on natural areas

(August 1): Farmers and lifestyle block owners interested conservation of parts of their properties can learn about the process of covenanting at an upcoming forum. Full article »

Govt funding to improve behaviour in Thorp Bush

(July 30): The Motueka branch of the Tasman Youth Council has received $20,000 in government funding to address negative behaviour occurring in Thorp Bush. Full article »

Creative beanies and dog coats in winter competition

(July 28): Some amazing creations figured amongst the prizewinners of this year's "Make a Beanie and/or Dog Coat" competition, run by the Motueka Arts Council. Full article, results, photos »

Litter collection to extend along High Street

(July 23): An anonymous donor is giving $1000 to Keep Motueka Beautiful if members could extend litter collection along High Street to the town's major entrances. Full article »

Cafe caters for parents with playful toddlers

(July 22): Giving parents a place to relax with a coffee while their toddlers play is the concept behind Sharon Rogers' business venture at Mot Tots Playland and Cafe. Full article, photo »

Ideas sought to improve Motueka's economic future

(July 21): An economic summit is being organised to examine ways in which Motueka's economy can be strengthened in the medium-term future. Full article »

Motueka community hub not a new idea

(July 21): As attention turns to the possibility of developing a library-anchored community hub at Decks Reserve, it is interesting to discover that the idea is actually more than 30 years old. Full article, map »

Local groups lobbying against TPP

(July 20): The Renewables of Motueka, along with Nelson TPP Action, have been lobbying local government authorities and councils in respect to the public interest on free trade and investment treaties including TPP. Full article »

Award celebration marks step-up for Vision Motueka

(July 19): Community development group Vision Motueka is preparing to take a "step up" by expanding its board of trustees and tackling some larger scale, longer term projects. Full article »

Five High Street trees for the chop

(July 14): Five golden elm trees near the High Street intersection with Pah and Greenwood streets will be removed in August as part of Council's street tree renewal programme. Full article »

Quilt nets $1142 for Fifeshire Foundation

(July 11): The local charity, Fifeshire Foundation, has received $1142.00 to bolster its funds as a result of the raffling of a beautiful quilt made by the Crafty Tarts. Full article, photo »

All is not lost for new library plans

(July 9): A new library for Motueka remains part of Tasman District Council's thinking and work begins to plan a library-based community facility for Decks Reserve. Full article »

Wait and see strategy for Kumaras cycle path

(July 9): The Kumaras walking track will remain part of the Great Taste cycle trail at least for the time being, while a longer term solution to its erosion due to storms is plotted. Full article »

Work steps up on old church building

(July 8): The next use intended for the old Motueka Methodist Church, aka The Gothic, remains a mystery as the building continues to be remodeled behind a timber screen. Full article »

Board chair demands better TDC project monitoring

(July 7): Community Board chairman Paul Hawkes is getting stuck in to TDC staff over the lack of feedback and action on long-promised projects in the Motueka ward. Full article »

Colour rules at Festival of Crafts

(July 5): Motueka's Festival of Craft got off to a colourful start this morning, with a stream of visitors admiring the skilful work of a variety of local crafters. Full article, full photo coverage »

New officers step up for Historical Association

(July 4): There were a few changes in office at the annual general meeting of the Motueka Historical Association last Saturday. Full article »

Feedback sought on erosion and sediment control guidelines

(July 3): To help improve development practices and reduce the effects of sediment discharges, the Tasman District Council has developed a draft guideline for erosion and sediment control for land-disturbing activities. Full article »

Vision Motueka receives top community award

(July 2): Vision Motueka won the top award in the Arts and Culture category of the Nelson/Tasman Trustpower Community Awards ceremony in Nelson last night. Full article, photo »

Webcam proposed to view sandspit shorebirds

(July 2): A proposal is being put together to install a webcam at the end of Harbour Road to view Motueka Sandspit, allowing web users to view birds, the sea, tides, and recreational activities from anywhere in the world. Full article, photos »

Motueka artists in Christchurch exhibition

(June 30): Three members of the Motueka Art Group exhibited their works at the inaugural Christchurch Art Show in June, held at the Wigram Airforce Museum. Full article, photos »

Planning continues for power line undergrounding

(June 21): The undergrounding of power lines for the lower southern section of High Street looks likely to be confirmed in Council's annual plan which will be adopted next week. Full article »

Children's theatre off to successful start

(June 20): Imagine Theatre's two-week season of 'The Wind in the Willows' got off to a successful start last night. Full article, photo »

Survey seeks opinion on rural burn-offs

(June 17): Residents of the Motueka ward who have opinions about the use of fire to burn off orchard waste have the opportunity to voice concerns or support through a large-scale online survey. Full article »

Crowd farewells popular minister

(June 16): A large crowd farewelled Rev Peter Norman over a pot luck lunch at Memorial Hall as he and his wife Lynnette prepare to shift to take up his new ministry in Takapuna. Full article, photo »

Lionesses prepare celebration of local crafts

(June 13): The range and quality of products made by the many talented crafts people in our district will be on show at the Festival of Craft weekend, to be held on early next month. Full article »

Learning to live with the inquisitive kea

(June 13): An opportunity to learn all about the inquisitive kea and how to live together without conflict is coming to Motueka on Tuesday 24 June. Full article »

New Zealand's councils in sound financial health

(June 13): A newly released independent report from Grant Thornton shows councils are in a sound overall financial position. Full article »

Surplus cash in Board's discretionary funding pot

(June 12): The Motueka Community Board approaches the end of its financial year with less than half of the budget for discretionary funding of community groups spent. Full article »

Library deferral decision angers board members

(June 11): Council's decision to yet again defer the Motueka library redevelopment brought emotional and angry criticism from two Community Board members yesterday. Full article »

Urgent action needed to address bridge vulnerability

(June 11): Fears about the vulnerability of the Motueka River bridge during the Easter storm has caused the Community Board to demand that a new bridge be put back on the New Zealand Transport Agency's agenda. Full article »

Thankful Sue riding again after lengthy rehab

(June 10): Sue Clark is back in the saddle and thanking the many people who supported her through the horrific accident she had in January when a large, old tree fell on her in her Thorp Street property during a massive storm. Full article, photo »

Board to debate future of Kumaras cycle track

(June 9): The Motueka Community Board tomorrow will debate the future of the cycle and walking path between the golf course and the Kumaras reserve, as weather damage continues to threaten this part of the Great Taste cycle trail. Full article, photo, map »

Steering group chosen for development trust

(June 6): A group of nine people with experience in building organisations will take on the task of defining the goals and constitution of the proposed community development trust (CDT) for Motueka's future. Full article »

Council targets low rates in Annual Plan

(June 6): The focus on reducing the reliance on debt and lessening the impact of growth and provision of essential services on ratepayers was evident when Tasman District councillors concluded their Annual Plan decision-making yesterday. Full article »

Outstanding service awards for unsung heroes

(June 4): Tasman District Council is calling for nominations of long-term "unsung heroes" to receive this year's Outstanding Community Service Awards. Full article »

Council to go ahead with pedestrian lights

(May 30): Council hopes three signalised pedestrian crossings will be built in central High Street, and the three current zebra crossings removed, by the end of this year. Full article »

Entries open for beanie and dog coat competition

(May 27): Following the success last year of Motueka Arts Council's winter beanie making competition, this year it has been extended to include warm coats for our canine friends. Full article, entry form »

Ideas flow for Parklands entrance improvement

(May 26): The High Street entrance to Parklands School will become a more inviting and usable space, thanks to ideas thrown into the melting pot by interested residents at Motueka's first place making session. Full article »

High School talent quest among the best ever

(May 24): Talent Quest 2014 was celebrating 50 years as an event at Motueka High School on Thursday night, as well as 25 years of support from Talley's. Full article »

Motueka bids farewell to church leader

(May 23): Motueka will shortly lose one of its best loved church and community leaders, as Peter Norman packs to take on his last ministry assignment in Takapuna. Full article »

Lotteries funding to control weeds in National Park

(May 23): The New Zealand Lottery Grants Board has granted the Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust $200,000 to control invasive weeds in Abel Tasman National Park. Full article »

Public meeting to debate pedestrian crossings

(May 23): A public feedback session is being held in Motueka next Thursday to discuss the proposed pedestrian crossings for High Street, their location and the best way to progress the project. Full article »

Community contact details updated on database

(May 22): The 2014 update of the community contacts database provided by Vision Motueka is now available online, but organisers still want to hear from clubs and groups that are not listed. Full article »

Colourful displays at big annual quilt show

(May 20): Crowds flocked to the Motueka Quilt Show last weekend, enjoying a colourful and beautifully displayed setting of quilts, merchants selling their wares, sewing machines and lots of very interested people. Full article, photos »

Early history of Riwaka family online

(May 19): One of the earliest settlers in the Motueka/Riwaka area, William Ryder, is featured in a detailed and fascinating online memoir as part of the Ryder family history. Full article »

Community ideas sought for Parklands entrance revamp

(May 16): Parklands School is preparing to rejuvenate its High Street entrance space, and they want all residents to share their ideas on how it could be made into a more inviting place. Full article »

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

(May 16): Motueka had a strong listing month across all property types, which may have just been a market catch up due to a slow March. Sales for the month were steady and the demand from buyers remains firm. Full article »

Motorhome users propose camping area at port

(May 14): Local members of the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association want to develop the old Motueka beach camp into grounds for certified, self-contained motorhome users. Full article »

Board supports idea of a community development trust

(May 14): The Community Board has endorsed a proposal from Vision Motueka that would result in the establishment of a community development trust to focus on the town's medium to long-term future. Full article »

Council changing tack on sewage treatment upgrade

(May 13): The use of laser sensing from an aeroplane has provided Council with information meaning it must change its strategy on upgrading the Motueka wastewater plant. Full article »

Music quiz night pays off music network website

(May 12): Hotel Motueka was near full house last Saturday night as music enthusiasts and fun seekers battled it out for prizes at the Music Pub Quiz, raising money for the Motueka Music Network. Full article, photos »

Council plans renewal of High Street trees

(May 9): The decline and age of some of the street trees within Motueka is of some concern to Council, which is calling for a staged renewal and replacement programme over the next three years. Full article »

Motueka needs an economic development strategy

(May 7): More local strategic planning is needed if Motueka's "vulnerable" economy is to survive and grow in an increasingly competitive world, MP Damien O'Connor told business managers last night. Full article »

First kakariki released into Abel Tasman National Park

(May 7): Twelve kakariki or yellow-crowned parakeet released into the Abel Tasman National Park today are the first captive raised kakariki to ever be released onto the New Zealand mainland. Full article »

Arts Council unveils winter workshop programme

(May 6): The big event of winter calendar, the Motueka Arts Council's Winter Workshops, is ready to start, with 21 mostly new courses available to choose from. Full article, programme download »

Council offers free fix for faulty culverts

(May 5): Tasman District Council is offering to remediate any culverts on private rural land that have become barriers to the passage of freshwater fish. Full article »

Rapid progress made on Horticulture mural

(May 3): Nine days of painting by about 25 volunteers so far has produced a remarkable start to the next large mural in Motueka, with many details already starting to take shape. Full article, photos »

Library, tourism and debt dominate annual plan hearing

(May 1): Hearings held today at Memorial Hall for submissions to Council's draft Annual Plan were dominated by three issues - the Motueka library redevelopment, funding for tourism and i-Sites, and controlling debt levels. Full article »

Help sought to complete local gardening survey

(April 30): A local orchard block manager is seeking help from the Motueka community for for her Diploma in Horticulture university research project, to survey residents as a market research exercise. Full article »

Community Board makes annual plan submission

(April 30): The Motueka Community Board's submission to the draft 2014-15 Annual Plan urges action to be taken by TDC on a range of issues including a library replacement, river works and waste water treatment. Full article »

Anti-bullying music album ready for release

(April 28): During the past couple of months young people across the Nelson Tasman region have been busy writing songs and recording music inspired by there experiences with bullying. Full article »

Painting of horticulture mural begins today

(April 26): Despite the threat of poor weather, preparations for the third Vision Motueka mural were completed this week and painting will begin today. Full article, photos »

Textile student creates multi-purpose wedding dress

(April 26): Motueka High School student Celia Kent has combined with The Dream Maker to design a wedding dress that will be used in the company's wedding promotions. Full article, photos »

Motueka dodges another major storm bullet

(April 19): Our first 1-in-100 year rainstorm for 2014 has finally eased but not without some damage to some places in Motueka, particularly the Tasman Bay beachfront. Full article, photos »

Concern Port Motueka fund may be spent elsewhere

(April 18): Some of Motueka's leaders and community groups are concerned that money in what was the Port Motueka Endowment Fund is being considered for funding projects in other parts of the Tasman district. Full article »

National award for Motueka's Industry mural

(April 16): The much-admired 'History of Industry' mural in Decks Reserve took out a silver medal at the NZ Sign and Display Association's annual awards in Auckland last Saturday. Full article »

Motueka 'not getting a fair shake': Alastair Paulin

(April 15): Tasman Leader editor Alastair Paulin believes Motueka "is not getting a fair shake from the Tasman District Council" and that "having staff based in Richmond leads to a form of bias". Full article »

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

(April 15): The median price trend for the Nelson/Marlborough region is now steady, although the volume trend continues to ease. The days to sell trend is now steady as well, with the overall trend for the region continuing to be steady. Full article »

Board's finances in good shape for 2013/14 year

(April 13): The Motueka Community Board's finances are in good shape, with a year-end (June 30th) balance forecast of around $18,000 despite a year of heavy spending on special projects. Full article »

Community groups urged to apply for DOC funding

(April 10): Nelson community groups are being urged to make the most of the Community Conservation Partnership Fund, which was recently launched in the region by Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith. Full article »

More care needed when cyclists pass cars

(April 9): A Motueka parent/cyclist/driver is urging cyclists and drivers to take more care when drivers are getting out of their cars, after a near-serious accident on Monday. Full article »

Volunteer painters gear up for next Motueka mural

(April 9): The Vision Motueka murals team is preparing for the third in its series of nine large town murals telling the Motueka story to locals and visitors. Full article »

Teen Bingo aims to expand young reading habits

(April 8): Are you a teenager and struggling to find something to read? Tasman libraries have got the answer for you with their new Teen Bingo game. Full article »

Working bees planned for two environmental projects

(April 4): Those wanting to help make our environment more attractive get their chance to help at two Keep Motueka Beautiful working bees coming up soon. Full article »

Museum forecourt ready for major redesign

(April 3): One of Motueka's best known public spaces, the museum forecourt, is to be redesigned to make an inviting "town square" where people can meet, relax and explore. Full article, photo »

Recreational cycling group becoming very popular

(April 2): What began as the gathering of a few buddies for occasional cycle rides has grown into a sizeable group of recreational cyclists exploring the relaxed Tasman countryside. Full article, photo »

Festival of Light scrapped for 2014

(April 2): The mid-winter Festival of Light will not take place this year due to insufficient enthusiasm for the event from businesses and its organiser, Our Town Motueka. Full article »

Water website a first for New Zealand

(March 29): A new website housing water quality data from New Zealand's freshwater monitoring sites has been launched - Full article »

Roadworks coming up for High Street

(March 28): The NZ Transport Agency will be resurfacing State Highway 60 (High Street) in Motueka, between Wratt Street and Whakarewa Street from the 3rd to the 9th of April. Full article »

Local rally to oppose TransPacific Partnership

(March 25): Motueka's climate action group The Renewables have organised a local version of a nationwide anti-TPP (TransPacific Partnership) rally in Nelson on 29th March. Full article »

Landmark church to be reopened this year

(March 24): After a year and a half as a no-go zone, the historic St Andrew's Uniting Church will be seismically strengthened and re-opened by the end of this year, with the help of further fundraising. Full article »

Beautification projects encouraged by TDC

(March 21): Keep Motueka Beautiful is firming up several small to medium-sized improvement projects for the remainder of this year, encouraged by TDC's Horticultural Officer Kathy Curnow. Full article »

Time to replenish community garden scarecrows

(March 21): The Community Gardens scarecrows provided an unexpected highlight in the Motueka landscape last year, and a fresh new set of creative creatures will replace them shortly. Full article »

Children to be celebrated again in Motueka

(March 19): Children's Day will be celebrated again this year with a big family event at Parklands School Grounds on Sunday 30th March from 10.30am to 1.30pm. Full article »

Ideas sought for Festival of Light 2014

(March 18): Our Town Motueka wants businesses and residents to give them a steer on this year's Festival of Light - whether or not it should be staged, when and for how long. Full article »

Signage to clarify directions around estuary

(March 18): Walkers and cyclists confused by the numerous paths and cycleways around and near the inlet estuary will be helped by new information sign boards to be erected shortly in the area. Full article »

Annual plan provides talking points for Motueka

(March 16): Tasman District Council has released its Draft Annual Plan for the 2014-15 year, leaving some questions about the future of key projects in Motueka. Full article »

Mixed results from Motueka planning changes

(March 13): The final draft of the plan changes for the Motueka West and Motueka Central developments is now out for a final round of submissions and consultation. Full article »

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

(March 13): The Motueka market had a steady month, with listings down on the previous month and sales up. Sales for the month exceeded new listings which is a rarity. The median freehold house price nudged up to $430,000. Full article »

Pedestrian-operated lights planned for High Street

(March 12): After 15 years of proposals, knock-backs and anguish, Motueka's CBD will get two sets of pedestrian-operated traffic lights and better control of traffic flow through the town. Full article »

Rec Centre to finish off major upgrade

(March 12): The Motueka Recreation Centre is preparing to begin stage 2 of its upgrade, beginning with the installation of a lift to access the first floor mezzanine area. Full article »

Music project aims to tackle bullying

(March 11): A series of music workshops are about to get underway in Motueka, Richmond and Nelson with a focus on raising the awareness of bullying behaviours in our communities. Full article »

Dogs and birds breakfast together

(March 10): Around 50 dog walkers turned out to breakfast with the birds on Saturday morning at the Kumaras in Motueka. Full article, photo »

Motueka to host Community & Whanau gathering

(March 10): Motueka's Community & Whanau group will host a hui of all such groups in the region, following a successful similar event last year. Full article »

Time for Motueka community to 'shape its own destiny'

(March 7): The community must wake up and start planning for itself to make "a better Motueka for our children", rather than expecting our cash-strapped district council to provide solutions. Full article »

Council supports TPPA, but with firm conditions

(March 7): The Tasman District Council has conditionally agreed to support the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations. Full article »

Council supports trusts option to protect local wharves

(March 6): The Council has given its support for the establishment of independent trusts to protect repair and maintain local wharves in Golden Bay, Westhaven and the Quay at Motueka. Full article »

Application for Council amalgamation turned down

(March 4): The Local Government Commission has declined an application from a Nelson resident for Nelson City Council and Tasman District Council to become one local authority. Full article »

'History of Industry' mural gets finishing touches

(March 3): A day spent adding some final details and signwriting has brought the second Vision Motueka mural to completion after thousands of person hours offered by contributors since last July. Full article, photos »

Public seminar to examine inequality in NZ

(February 28): Motueka will host a public seminar this month on the topic of "Inequality in Aotearoa/New Zealand", drawing attendees from across the top of the south and a handful of top-notch speakers. Full article »

Value of art discussed at Arts Council AGM

(February 27): A panel discussion on the value of having art in Motueka topped off an otherwise routine Annual general meeting of the Motueka Arts Council (MAC) on Tuesday. Full article »

Council seeks thoughts on use of open spaces

(February 26): The Council is preparing an open space strategy to help improve the management and provision of our parks, reserves, natural areas and other types of open space. Full article »

Community snorkelling day at Tonga Quarry on again

(February 26): The opportunity to put on a snorkel and find out what's under the water near the Tonga Island Marine Reserve is happening again this year as part of Seaweek. Full article »

Men's Shed needs help to find a home

(February 25): The Motueka Men's Shed has run out of space and is looking for a home to call its own to cater for men looking for fellowship and a creative outlet. Full article »

'Dog's breakfast' aims to protect sandspit birds

(February 25): Motueka dog owners are being invited to a free breakfast while taking their dogs for a walk on the Motueka foreshore, at the first 'Dog's Breakfast' to be held in New Zealand. Full article »

District business delegation to visit China

(February 24): A business delegation representing the Nelson and Tasman area, which will include Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne, will visit strategic business interests in China in April. Full article »

Farewell concert by Motueka piano prodigy

(February 21): One of the best young musicians produced in Motueka in recent times, Louis Lucas-Perry, will perform a special concert tomorrow before leaving to study at Victoria University. Full article »

Reflections on a Motueka River flood

(February 20): As has been widely reported in recent weeks, Tasman District Council has pretty much decided to scrap the Motueka River stopbanks project, but will talk about their reasons at a public meeting in March. Full article, photos »

TDC's Draft Annual Plan process begins

(February 20): This year's Annual Plan process has begun in Tasman following the Council making decisions on projects and activities to be included in the draft Annual Plan for the 2014/15 year. Full article »

Sensory trail project aims to help disabled riders

(February 19): Motueka Riding for the Disabled (RDA) is looking for help with its special project to create an Interactive Sensory Trail to help riders gain a healing experience. Full article, photos »

Schools "adopt" areas of National Park

(February 19): Four schools will adopt and improve sections of the Abel Tasman National Park, with Motueka High School being responsible for an area between Anchorage and Watering Cove. Full article »

Sculpture marks ATET's 25th anniversary

(February 18): Staff, students and trustees past and present gathered at The Abel Tasman Educational Trust yesterday to witness the unveiling of a sculpture commissioned to mark the 25th anniversary of ATET. Full article, photos »

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

(February 18): The Motueka market had a very consistent January with new listings and sales very much in line with this time last year. The median sale price is up from $337,500 in Jan 13 to $410,000 for Jan 14. Full article »

Local groups offered fundraising opportunity

(February 17): Motueka community groups, schools and sports clubs can use an upcoming comedy hypnosis show in Nelson to raise money by selling tickets and running raffles and auctions. Full article »

Motueka Moments to air weekly with new sponsor

(January 29): The Fresh FM radio show 'Motueka Moments' has been so well received that it has moved from a fortnightly broadcast to a weekly broadcast this year. Full article »

TDC to explain local implications of climate change

(January 28): The ways Tasman District Council is managing the effects of climate change and the effects on Motueka will be explained at a special public meeting to be held in two weeks. Full article »

Vision Motueka marks first official birthday

(January 27): The community development group Vision Motueka this week celebrates its first official birthday after a year building a solid base and mounting several successful projects. Full article »

Art group exhibition among the best ever

(January 26): The Motueka Art Group's exhibition of paintings held at the Chanel Arts Centre over the past three weeks was among the best patronised in the show's long history. Full article »

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

(January 22): The Motueka market had a recovery in the number of properties listed in December back to almost the level of the previous year. Sales remained strong considering the lower number of new listings over the last 3 months. Full article »

Four beautification projects on standby list

(January 21): Keep Motueka Beautiful has chosen four development projects as potential replacements to spend its budget in case the Council confirms its intention to defer the High Street power line undergrounding work. Full article »

Natural dispersion to clear harbour diesel spill

(January 21): Officials are relying on natural forces to disperse yesterday's minor diesel spill into the Motueka harbour and estuary. Full article »

Compact defibrillator installed at aerodrome

(January 13): Skydive Abel Tasman has installed a potentially life-saving automated external defibrillator (AED) at the Motueka Aerodrome. Full article »

Motueka hops promoted by US brewery

(January 12): A United States brewery has let us know that it is promoting hops grown in Motueka in its 2014 product line. Full article »

It's time to raise two flags in Ngatimoti

(January 10): The Motueka Valley Association (MVA) has begun fundraising for a project to replace Ngatimoti's old flagpole with two modern ones to commemorate the World War I fallen soldiers of both New Zealand and Australia. Full article »

Slow uptake of volunteer service by Motueka groups

(January 9): Motueka community organisations who would like more volunteers to help in their work may find their search easier if they checked on the Volunteer Nelson website. Full article »

Art exhibition excels with vibrant colour

(January 4): A treat is in store for Motueka people and visitors to the town, with the opening last night of the annual art exhibition by local artists at the Chanel Arts Centre. Full article, many photos »