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Council advisory on the freedom camping issue

(December 25): With freedom camping again becoming an issue to many people over the summer season, Tasman District Council has posted an "advisory" on how it can tackle the inevitable problems. Full article »

Skatepark Tour ready to roll round the region

(December 24): The Tasman Skatepark Tour returns to the region, with six rounds scheduled and more than $5000 of prizes on offer in the District's annual extreme sport festival. Full article »

Abel Tasman islands off limits to protect seals

(December 23): Visitors to Abel Tasman National Park are advised that landing on Tonga and Pinnacle Islands is no longer allowed, to protect breeding colonies of New Zealand fur seals. Full article »

Marahau beach restoration finished in time for summer

(December 22): Sand replenishment work has restored pedestrian access to the beach at the northern end of Marahau in time for the busy Christmas period. Full article, photo »

Taking the sting out of Abel Tasman National Park

(December 21): A wasp control programme will be undertaken in the Abel Tasman National Park this summer in an effort to greatly reduce wasp activity in the popular park. Full article »

Music festival planned for new year

(December 17): A half-day festival featuring mainly local musicians and hosted by Motueka's young people will be staged at Riverside Community at the end of January. Full article »

Riwaka market set for its New Year tradition

(December 16): For the last three decades on January 2nd, the Riwaka Market has been something of a New Year tradition for locals and visitors.
Full article, photo »

Bus service to Kaiteriteri proposed

(December 15): A Motueka woman is working on a proposal to operate a regular bus service between Motueka and Kaiteriteri over the summer school holidays.
Full article »

Mayor welcomes report into local government finances

(December 15): Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne has welcomed a new report commissioned by Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) that reveals councils are in good financial health. Full article »

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

(December 15): Sale numbers were down on October but up on November 2014. The median days on market were a very realistic 52 with the median freehold house price dropping back to $422,750. Full article »

Our Town Motueka ramps up its online activity

(December 11): Our Town Motueka is redeveloping its website and increasing its social media presence in an effort to increase the town's appeal and profile to tourists and potential new residents. Full article »

Kaiteriteri to get new sewage pipe system

(December 10): Tasman District Council is working on a project to improve the transfer of sewage from Kaiteriteri to the Motueka wastewater treatment plant. Full article »

Community Board ends 2015 looking forward

(December 9): The Motueka Community Board ended its year of meetings on a relatively upbeat note yesterday with progress being made on its Special Projects and Long Term Plan. Full article »

Apples celebrated at colourful museum exhibition

(December 7): The importance of the apple industry to the history and future of Motueka is highlighted in a special major exhibition that opens today at the Motueka Museum. Full article, photos »

Dam project to seek expressions of interest

(December 7): The process for appointing a contractor for the Waimea Community Dam is likely to begin in early 2016 so TDC can have a fully informed discussion with the community about its cost and implications. Full article »

Street parade + market + weather = great celebration

(December 5): A combination of sunny summer evening weather, a well organised parade with lively floats, and a vibrant night market made last night's Starlight Parade one of the best in recent years. Full article, photos »

Strong TDC performance means smaller rate rise

(December 3): Tasman ratepayers are set to benefit from the Tasman District Council's sustained focus on debt reduction and reduced spending, with a lower than predicted rate increase next year. Full article »

Packed hall captivated by classy dance troupe

(December 3): Memorial Hall was packed out on Tuesday night with over 500 people enjoying the upbeat presentation by the visiting international contemporary dance troupe Black Grace Dance. Full article, photo »

Christmas lunch ends busy year for Historical Assoc

(December 1): The Riwaka Hotel was once again the venue for the Motueka and Districts Historical Association to celebrate another busy and successful year. Full article, photos »

Community Board drafts long term plan for Motueka

(December 1): The Motueka Community Board will next week discuss a draft of its proposed Long Term Plan (LTP) for projects to ensure a stronger future for Motueka. Full article »

Motueka riders win prizes at Murchison Gymkhana

(December 1): Motueka Pony Club had a good showing at the Murchison 60th Anniversary Gymkhana. Full article, photo »

Community celebrations lined up for a great Motueka Christmas

(November 25): With a month until Christmas Day, a great programme of festivities and community celebrations is set to play out in Motueka. Full article »

State Cinema changes pricing structure

(November 24): The State Cinema in Motueka has been pushed into raising some of its admission prices in a deal with its major distributors. Full article »

Tarts celebrate a productive year of crafting

(November 23): The Motueka crafts group Crafty Tarts celebrated another busy and productive year with an indoor picnic (thanks to a rainy day) at Eyebright and a theme of crafty hats. Full article, photos »

Motueka faces special sea level rise challenges

(November 20): Motueka is one of nine coastal towns and cities in New Zealand which will be greatly affected by forecast sea level rises through the 21st century. Full article, map »

Second strike at pest vines in Riwaka Valley

(November 20): Project De-Vine, set up to clear pest vines out of Golden Bay and around Abel Tasman National Park, is holding its second working bee in the Riwaka Valley next Saturday. Full article, photos »

Final Second Hand Sunday for 2015

(November 18): Second Hand Sunday is returning for the final time in 2015 on December 13th, offering a chance to clear out some clutter before Christmas or grab a treasure or two. Full article »

Swimming club backs pool project with big donation

(November 18): An indoor swimming pool in Motueka means so much to young competitive swimmers and learners that their club has donated $5,000 to help start the fundraising effort. Full article, photo »

High school launches construction trades academy

(November 16): Motueka High School last week launched a trades academy to train and prepare students for a career in the construction industry. Full article »

Rec Centre's first fundraisers recall 'heady days'

(November 15): On Thursday Brent and Jodi Maru welcomed to the Motueka Recreation Centre a group of women who were influential in getting the Centre started. Full article »

Call for local leadership on environmental issues

(November 13): The Motueka Community Board should "take leadership in promoting Motueka as a town that deliberately and intelligently takes care of Nature", environmental advocates say. Full article »

Logo design competition for swimming pool

(November 12): Here's a chance for creative types to win free cinema tickets in exchange for designing a winning logo to be used in fundraising for the Motueka Community Swimming Pool. Full article »

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

(November 12): There were a strong number of sales for the month with the average sale price 4% above the current capital value and on the back of a number of high value sales the medium price jumped up to $457,000. Full article »

Community Board 'special project' preferences released

(November 11): The results of the online survey by the Motueka Community Board on how to spend their Special Projects fund next year have been made public. Full article »

Motueka River mural finished

(November 9): After three months of planning followed by six months of painting, the mural on Whitwells wall depicting the Motueka River is now effectively complete. Full article, photos »

Positive behaviour scheme to be reinforced

(November 6): The Positive Behaviour for Learning scheme (PB4L) is being reintroduced in Motueka shops to encourage positive behaviour among our students. Full article, photo »

Recycling volumes up in Tasman District

(November 5): An improved recycling service is proving successful at reducing the amount of waste going to landfill in Tasman District, with kerbside recycling volumes up 23 per cent since its introduction. Full article »

Night market to accompany Starlight Parade

(November 5): The first of what may be a regular Motueka night market will be held in Decks Reserve during and after this year's Starlight Parade. Full article »

Motueka pottery celebrated in museum exhibition

(November 3): A diverse exhibition by 11 potters at the Motueka Museum marks 40 years of clay play at the Motueka Pottery Workshop. Full article, photos »

Our Town takes steps to shore up its admin

(November 2): Our Town Motueka has contracted Jacqui Taylor, its paid coordinator up until four years ago, to look after the secretarial and accounting activities for the next three months. Full article »

Rec Centre to host open information evening

(October 30): The Motueka Recreation Centre is one jewel in Motueka's crown, but many people still don't know the range of services and activities that it offers. Full article »

Get out into nature for Conservation Week

(October 30): The Department of Conservation is inviting people to take part in Conservation Week by getting into nature to refresh their body and mind. Full article »

Local celebration of the godwits - bird of the year

(October 30): Friends of Motueka Estuaries are celebrating the arrival of the godwits back to the Motueka sandspit with an event on Sunday 15 November, between 11am and 1pm at the Old Wharf. Full article »

Freedom camping debated again by community board

(October 29): The thorny issue of freedom camping at Beach Reserve got members steamed up once again at the Motueka Community Board meeting on Tuesday. Full article »

New boss appointed for Kaiteriteri Reserve Board

(October 29): The Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve Board today announced the appointment of David Ross as its new chief executive. Full article »

Youth Council puts case for Thorp's Bush improvements

(October 28): A comprehensive report on attitudes to Thorp's Bush, and a plan for its future, was presented to the Motueka Community Board yesterday by the Motueka Youth Council. Full article »

Donations sought for bereaved Bennett family

(October 27): The Motueka community is rallying behind the family of Paul Bennett, a popular local who was drowned when the fishing vessel he was on sank off Banks Peninsular on October 18th. Full article »

Vision Motueka chooses its future project goals

(October 26): Vision Motueka has settled on a programme of projects, endorsed through community consultation, that it believes will make a stronger future for Motueka. Full article »

Progress being made on wastewater treatment plant

(October 24): An upgrade of the Motueka wastewater treatment plant is advancing with the second of three stages for this year completed. Full article »

Swimming pool fundraising under way

(October 22): The fundraising campaign for the covered Motueka Community Swimming Pool has taken off, with the first donation coming from one of the High School pool's regular users. Full article »

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

(October 22): The number of new properties coming on to the market remained steady compared with the same time last year, while the number of sales for September were up significantly. Full article »

Improvements make Sanctuary Gardens more accessible

(October 21): One of Motueka's quiet secrets, the Sanctuary Gardens, has been receiving some attention in recent months, with new paths making it more accessible to visitors. Full article, photos »

Council offers free microchipping clinics for dogs

(October 20): Tasman District Council will conduct free microchipping clinics during November for dogs registered in the Tasman district. Full article »

Project Janszoon wins international environment award

(October 20): Project Janszoon's environmental work in the Abel Tasman National Park has been recognised at the international Green World Environment Awards. Full article »

OTM seeks answers from its business members

(October 19): Our Town Motueka is looking to refine and prioritise its goals by circulating a questionnaire asking rate-paying members what they expect from their business promotion organisation. Full article »

Youth drop-in space opened at Rec Centre

(October 16): The provision of a safe drop-in space for young people after school hours is the aim of a new initiative by the Recreation Centre, the Youth Drop-in Lounge. Full article, photos »

Motueka phone book to support swimming pool project

(October 15): The Motueka Lioness Club has released for sale the 2015 local phone book, with all the proceeds this year destined to boost fundraising for the covered Motueka Community swimming pool. Full article, photo »

Spring gardening features at Motueka library

(October 15): A varied series of classes around the theme of spring gardening is running this week at Motueka library, and it's not too late to join in on one. Full article, photos »

First stage of power line undergrounding complete

(October 13): Have you noticed how open and clear the view is of late when driving along High Street between the roundabout and the clock tower? Full article, photos »

World-class dance troupe to perform in Motueka

(October 13): Motueka has pulled off another coup, with the highly acclaimed Black Grace dance troupe choosing us as one of only four South Island centres it will perform in as part of its 20-venue tour. Full article »

The Community Game to have its world launch in Motueka

(October 9): A new initiative aimed at up-skilling communities in creative ways to solve problems and make projects happen is having its world launch in Motueka. Full article »

River water quality improving in Tasman district

(October 8): Hard work and collaboration between the community and the TDC to clean up Tasman's rivers is paying off, with latest monitoring results showing a marked improvement in river water quality overall. Full article »

Have your say on Motueka improvement projects

(October 7): It's that time of the year again, when all Motueka residents are encouraged to exercise their democratic right to say how the Community Board's "special projects" fund is spent. Full article, link to survey »

New trustee for Atamai Land Trust

(October 5): Atamai Land Trust has new trustees, with Village Stewards Limited stepping into the role of Corporate Trustee for the trust and aiming to continue work towards the completion of the Atamai Village project. Full article »

Library gives novice gardeners a hand

(October 2): Are your green fingers itching with the arrival of spring? Motueka Library has planned a full week of activities aimed at providing a range of comprehensive information to inexperienced gardeners. Full article »

Motueka 2030 project evaluation begins

(October 1): At least 1000 Motueka people will be interested in seeing the conclusions of the giant community-wide consultation held this May to look at the long-term future of the town. Full article »

Record profit for Motueka i-Site announced

(September 30): A record AGM attendance of 35 last night heard about a breakthrough year for Tasman Bays Promotion Association, which announced its largest ever profit. Full article »

Entrance space now a High Street delight

(September 25): For those with short memories, it's time to recognise how well some simple, inexpensive renovations have already transformed one of Motueka's dingiest spots. Full article, photos »

Feedback invited on Abel Tasman foreshore

(September 25): The public now have just two weeks left to have their say on proposed changes to the Abel Tasman Foreshore Reserve Management Plan. Full article »

Gateway sculpture goes up at Tasman

(September 25): Six years ago when the Ruby Bay bypass was about to open, the locals got together to look at ways of retaining traffic and business. Full article, photos »

Surplus up, debt down in Tasman District

(September 24): A sustained focus on prudent financial management by the Tasman District Council is paying off. Full article »

Much-loved Motueka performers to make comeback

(September 23): TDC has submitted the district's Digital Enablement Plan in the second part of a two-stage application process to the funding announced by the Government. Full article, photos »

Tasman and Motueka UFB submission completed

(September 18): TDC has submitted the district's Digital Enablement Plan in the second part of a two-stage application process to the funding announced by the Government. Full article »

Our Town Motueka gears up to promote growth

(September 18): The business promotion group Our Town Motueka is gearing up to tackle some of the major issues faced by local businesses in an uncertain economy. Full article »

CBD security camera upgrade under way

(September 17): The first four of 20 high-quality security cameras have been installed in Motueka's central business district, and are already achieving great results. Full article »

Plans afoot for picnic area beside Motueka River

(September 17): A simple plan to begin the development of a recreation area on the bank of the Motueka River was presented to the Motueka Community Board on Tuesday. Full article »

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

(September 17): There was a lift in August of new properties coming on the market in Motueka but this was still well below the level for the same month period last year. Full article »

Short list of 'special projects' chosen

(September 16): The Motueka Community Board has selected 12 local projects as candidates for targets of this year's Special Projects Fund. Full article »

New name, same goals for large funding agency

(September 15): The funding agency which has helped many Motueka development initiatives, Canterbury Community Trust, has a new name to better reflect its work through the top of the south island. Full article »

Renewed efforts to highlight the value of the godwits

(September 14): The Friends of Motueka Estuary (FOME) are bouncing back from mourning the loss of foundation member Pauline Samways with renewed efforts to highlight the importance of the Motueka godwits (kuaka). Full article »

Our Town Motueka examines its future direction

(September 10): The business promotion group Our Town Motueka will be looking at some significant changes to its operation when it holds its annual general meeting next Thursday. Full article »

Hanging baskets spring up in High Street

(September 8): A set of over 100 small hanging flower baskets were installed yesterday to fill the seasonal gap in CBD decoration between the winter art works and the summer flowers. Full article, photo »

Second Motueka 'food forest' planted

(September 7): A team of volunteers got together on Saturday afternoon for the second planting of edible trees on public land, led by volunteers from Keep Motueka Beautiful. Full article, photo »

Local projects submitted for fast broadband

(September 4): The submission to government by Tasman District Council for fast broadband for Motueka has been drafted in time for its September 18th deadline. Full article »

Community ready to restart river mural

(September 3):It's not much fun painting on a cold wall in winter, but with the days now lengthening the murals team in Motueka are preparing to finish the River mural on Whitwells wall. Full article »

Sporting volunteers to be recognised

(September 2):The annual Motueka Volunteers awards event is coming up, this year celebrating the outstanding efforts put in by the town's sports coaches, administrators and organisers. Full article »

Innovative business programme coming to Motueka

(August 27): An innovative, intensive program aimed at incubating new and entrepreneurial economic initiatives, called Co.Starters, is coming to Motueka. Full article »

Winter workshop artists bloom

(August 26): Green is bursting out around Motueka. The rhododendrons are in bloom - so too are the many artists who took part in the Arts Council winter workshops. Full article, photos »

Bullying prevention project takes to the road

(August 21): The results of over a year of creating music to address the issue of bullying has culminated in a range of youth activities based around a regional concert tour. Full article »

Experts urge better business use of online media

(August 19): An enthusiastic group of 75 people were given the lowdown on better business use of online media at a BNZ-sponsored workshop last night. Full article »

Second Hand Sunday rolls around again

(August 19): It's time again for a spring clean and the opportunity to offer to others the stuff you no longer need that could be the treasure someone else is looking for. Full article »

KMB plans for another productive year

(August 18): Keep Motueka Beautiful is preparing for another year of positive improvements to the town's environment, with several busy projects on the go. Full article »

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

(August 18): While REINZ reports prices up 17% in Motueka, looking over the wider Motueka area, at $422,500 the median sale price is within 1% of the previous month's median. Full article »

Report details community priorities for Motueka

(August 14): A small crowd braved wintry conditions last night to attend the presentation of the findings from the Motueka 2030 program which was run during May by Vision Motueka. Full article »

Local mountain bike trails get global recognition

(August 12): The Kaiteriteri Mountainbike Park has played a big role in Nelson being accredited last week as a Gold Level Ride Centre by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA). Full article »

Motueka agent receives high accolade

(August 10): Motueka real estate agent Nicola Chambers has been rated eighth out of 13,000 colleagues for customer satisfaction in the Ray White Group's worldwide network. Full article »

Websites provide advice on funding searches

(August 9): Tasman District Council's support for community groups - on top of offering grants - includes access to other resources for those seeking funding. Full article »

Colour and funk galore in tea cosy competition

(August 7): Colourful creations, both traditional and funky, were on display today at the exhibition and prize-giving for the Motueka Arts Council tea cosy competition. Full article, photos »

Workshop, questionnaire to help build case for UFB

(August 6): Work to build and support Motueka's bid for government money for an ultrafast broadband (UFB) rollout is gathering pace. Full article, photo »

Progress made on restoration of old wharf

(August 6): Work to restore and make safe Motueka's old wharf at Motueka Quay has taken another step with the formation of a Trust dedicated to restoring all old wharves in the Tasman District. Full article, photos »

Our Town Motueka looking for new name and brand

(August 5): Our Town Motueka is looking for a new name and brand, and its offering a $500 voucher to spend locally for the winning idea. Full article »

Report to shed light on Motueka's future hopes

(August 5): A comprehensive report will be presented at a public meeting next week detailing and summarising the results of the Motueka 2030 community consultation programme. Full article »

Team sought to make Motueka's case for UFB

(August 4): A steering group has been set up to plan the introduction of ultrafast broadband (UFB) to Tasman rural towns, and now it's time for the Motueka connection to get its own group together. Full article »

Community Board considers formal planning process

(August 3): The Motueka Community Board is being asked to consider developing a Long Term Plan and Annual Plan process to guide its future advocacy and project work. Full article »

Business meeting to address modern challenges

(August 2): Motueka businesses are being encouraged to attend an evening meeting to learn more about the challenges - and opportunities - that new technology brings them. Full article »

Hand-crafted quilts donated to Motueka's elderly

(August 1): Over the past month the Crafty Tarts have made 11 colourful quilts and donated them to elderly people in Motueka, to be distributed by the Salvation Army and other church agencies. Full article, photos »

Ultrafast broadband - we're only half way there

(July 31): Motueka businesses and citizens keen for better local Internet broadband coverage are being asked to "use it or lose it" with regard to our application to government. Full article »

Food forest first for an 'Incredible Edible Town'

(July 29): Ledger Goodman Park is the place of the first food forest for Motueka. Its aim is to provide a meeting point for the neighbourhood, free snacks, and education for all in regards to growing food. Full article, photos »

New principal appointed for high school

(July 29): Ex-Motueka High School student John Prestidge has been appointed the new principal of the school, beginning in term 4. Full article »

Next phase of broadband application under way

(July 25): Work to bring ultrafast Broadband to Motueka is moving into its second phase with a small working party being established to develop a Digital Enablement Plan (DEP). Full article »

First public food forest ready to plant

(July 22): The first of "several public food forests" in the Motueka urban area will be planted out on Saturday on part of Ledger-Goodman Park, on Ledger Avenue. Full article »

Meeting to promote conservation of keas

(July 18): An opportunity to learn more about the inquisitive kea, and the role communities may have to play in its future survival, is coming to Motueka.
Full article »

Tradies go online to 'keep it local'

(July 17): Tradespeople in the Motueka area are uniting as part of a new initiative to promote the wide range of professional services in the building sector. Full article »

High school student wins naming/logo competition

(July 16): The Motueka Collaboration of Agencies (CoA) has chosen the winner of the logo and re-naming competition held in April this year. Full article, photos »

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

(July 14): The median price of property sold in Motueka moved up to $424,239 on the back of a number of higher value sales, the average sales price was 3% above the current capital value. Full article »

Submissions sought for 'special projects' funding

(July 11): The Motueka Community Board wants input from residents on how best to spend its almost $50,000 "special projects" fund on improvements in the Motueka Ward over the coming year. Full article »

Funding provided to help Waka Ama grow

(July 8): The sport of Waka Ama will become more easily available to the youth of Motueka, thanks to a new grant from the Canterbury Community Trust. Full article »

History of St Thomas Church updated

(July 8): A new book has been published that updates the history of the the Motueka Anglican Parish from 1959 to the present day. Full article »

Another productive year to clothe European orphans

(July 7): The goods made by local knitters and crafters for Operational Coverup were on colourful display at St Thomas Church auditorium on Monday, ready for sending off overseas. Full article, photos »

Pool fundraising committee ready to begin

(July 1): A core fundraising committee has been set up to begin work on creating a covered and ultimately heated swimming pool for Motueka, and they are seeking more active members. Full article »

Youth project teams take their first steps

(June 30): Three small youth-oriented projects will kick off during July as a result of the follow-up meeting last night of the Motueka Youth Summit. Full article »

Old Wharf the main concern at Historical Assoc AGM

(June 29): Getting the Old Wharf fixed was a big agenda item at the AGM of the Motueka and District Historical Association, held at Community House on 27 June at 1.30pm. Full article »

Darts players encouraged to 'try our kai'

(June 26): The business promotion group Our Town Motueka is organising an event that will run through the month of August, encouraging people to experience locally produced food. Full article »

Tasman District Council adopts its Long Term Plan

(June 25): Tasman District Council has formally adopted its Long Term Plan 2015-2025, which Mayor Richard Kempthorne says presents a clear and prudent approach to building a better district for the future. Full article »

Board to fund 'bricks and mortar' only

(June 24): The Motueka Community Board has decided to use its enlarged Special Project fund for "bricks and mortar" projects only, and to disallow formal contributions of project ideas from residents. Full article »

Manoy-Talbot walkway link to be constructed

(June 24): After years of negotiations and argument, a walkway link between Manoy Street and Talbot Street will be constructed by the end of August. Full article »

New skills learnt at Winter Workshops

(June 23): The Motueka Winter Workshop Program is under way with people challenging themselves to learn new skills. Full article, photos »

Bigger 'Motueka projects' pot subject to tighter rules

(June 22): Council has approved a request to raise the Motueka targeted rate for "special projects" and has recommended policies and rules around how it will operate from now on. Full article »

Performance talent alive and well in Motueka

(June 22): Motueka High School continues to develop skilled and confident performers, as evidenced by the impressive 2015 drama production "We'll Meet Again" which closed last Saturday night. Full article, photos »

Youth activities planned to liven up the town

(June 17): An informal group of young people and youth leaders are organising a variety of activities around Motueka aiming to inject some life and colour to the town. Full article »

A first in wedding tourism for Dream Maker

(June 17): Motueka wedding celebrant Terri Everett has become the first Celebrant and Event Manager in New Zealand to be awarded Qualmark and Enviro Bronze standards. Full article »

Atamai's trustees put their side of the story

(June 16): Jack Santa Barbara and Ben van der Wijngaart, Trustees of Atamai Land Trust, say that "Repeated reports of [Atamai's] death have been greatly exaggerated". Full article »

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

(June 16): For the wider Motueka market new listings were on par with last month but down by 30% on May 2014. Sales were up a fraction on the previous month. Full article »

Swinging art to brighten Motueka over winter

(June 15): A creative initiative to get more interest and activity in High Street during winter was launched on Saturday, with the opening of the "Swinging Art on High" art walk. Full article, photos »

Get cosy with a winter cup of tea

(June 12): Tea anyone? What a cosy thought for winter! And now is the time for crafty people to create their entry for the Motueka Arts Council's winter Tea Cosy Competition. Full article, photos »

Keen crowd discuss faster broadband opportunities

(June 10): Ultrafast broadband will have a huge benefit for Motueka well into the future, a crowd of 50 people agreed at a public meeting last night to provide input for a Council application on UFB. Full article, photos »

Motueka Online finalist at industry awards

(June 10): We are mightily chuffed to announce that Motueka Online has been chosen as one of five finalists in the annual Australasian Internet awards in the Community Websites category. Full article »

Fundraising set to start for indoor pool

(June 9): A sub-committee of Good Sports Motueka is set to begin public fundraising to create an indoor heated swimming pool facility around the present high school pool. Full article, drawings »

High participation rate for Motueka 2030 programme

(June 8): Organisers are pleased with the number of people who engaged in one way or another in the Motueka 2030 programme run throughout May. Full article »

Marae development concept approved

(June 8): A concept plan for the future development and layout of Te Awhina Marae was agreed at the annual general meeting of the Marae board yesterday. Full article »

Creative talents on show outside museum

(June 7): The Motueka Museum forecourt was a focus of creative activity for a while yesterday when people gathered to express their artistic talents while listening to live background music. Full article, photos »

Annual community grants programme now open

(June 7): Tasman District Council Community Grants Applications are open for Tasman District Council's Community Grants. Full article »

Meeting to explore broadband improvements

(June 5): Motueka businesses and internet users will have the opportunity next week to show support for a proposal to provide better broadband access in and around the town. Full article »

Community shows preferences for the future

(June 5): Vision Motueka has published the results of the core survey conducted in its month-long community consultation programme called Motueka 2030. Full article, survey results »

Project Janszoon takes supreme Green Ribbon award

(June 5): Project Janszoon was last night honoured to win both the Supreme Award and Philanthropy and Partnership category, at the 2015 Green Ribbon Awards. Full article »

More mentors sought for Motueka kids

(June 2): Nelson man Allen Knott found an ideal buddy to enjoy the great outdoors with - a nine-year-old boy with energy to burn and a willingness to give anything a go. Full article »

River mural takes a break for winter

(June 1): The mural depicting the Motueka River and what it means to the town is now on pause as winter chill makes painting impractical. Full article, photos »

Programme aims to help parents of 'yadults'

(May 31): A programme aimed at helping young people ready to leave school, or that have left school, is coming to Motueka courtesy of one of our own emerging young leaders, Marlen O'Donnell. Full article »

ATET to offer free community classes

(May 29): Abel Tasman Educational Trust (ATET) is modifying its strategy to offer free community courses on subjects that appeal to young people. Full article »

Time running out to 'have your say in May'

(May 28): There are only a few days left now for Motueka people to have their say in the community consultation process, "Motueka 2030", being run by Vision Motueka throughout May. Full article »

Facebook group looks at youthful creative spaces

(May 28): The first product of the Motueka Youth Summit held on Monday has been born - a dynamic Facebook group called "Motueka Youth Creative Spaces". Full article »

Survey out to measure our broadband needs

(May 27): A pitch by three Top Of The South councils for government funding for the installation of ultrafast broadband (UFB) is asking for residents to provide hard data through an online survey. Full article, survey link »

Positive outcomes emerge at Motueka Youth Summit

(May 27): A new Facebook site to promote and coordinate creative youth activities in Motueka was one of the positive and tangible outcomes of the Youth Summit held on Monday. Full article, photos »

Two courses kick off Arts winter workshops

(May 26): Decorating pottery and Maori flute making are the first two courses to run during the Arts Council's winter workshop series, starting the first weekend of June. Full article, photo »

The real Robbie Williams talks about Port Motueka

(May 26): Tom Rowlings introduced his good friend Robbie Williams to an audience of over 40 people at the Motueka and District Historical Association meeting as the "real Robbie Williams". Full article »

Big wedding promotion for Tasman region

(May 22): Motueka wedding planner and celebrant Terri Everett is putting together the next promomotion to highlight the Tasman region as a world class wedding destination. Full article »

Good crowd discuss local business issues

(May 21): The cornerstone event of the Motueka 2030 programme, the Economic Summit Sequel, lived up to its aim yesterday with four interesting presentations and lots of useful discussion. Full article, photo »

Youth to provide input to Motueka's future plans

(May 19): The final event of the month-long Motueka 2030 programme will explore how the town can better cater for, engage with and retain today's young people. Full article »

Another round of Winter Workshop arts classes

(May 17): The Motueka Arts Council is ready for another of its popular Winter Workshops series, with 17 classes available covering interests ranging from playing African Marimba to the Art of Bonsai. Full article, registration »

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

(May 15): April saw a drop in listings and a drop in sales compared to the previous month - hardly a surprise considering now busy our local market has been over the last couple of quarters. Full article »

Packed house hears Maori view of Motueka's future

(May 14): A large crowd of just under 100 people attended a hui at Te Awhina Marae last night to hear representatives of the five different Maori entities talk of their vision for the long-term future of Motueka. Full article »

Traffic lights, roundabouts again under consideration

(May 13): NZ Transport Agency is reconsidering earlier negative decisions about traffic lights and roundabouts in Motueka's High Street, as part of a holistic study of State Highway 60 from south Motueka to the bottom of Takaka Hill. Full article »

Wallace St pedestrian crossing shift confirmed

(May 13): The pedestrian crossing at the town end of Wallace Street will be moved three metres further from High Street during the next month or two. Full article, plan »

Deadline approaches for Motueka Economic Summit

(May 13): Registrations close next Monday for the Motueka Economic Summit, to be held on Wednesday morning, May 20th, at Memorial Hall. Full article »

New recycling bins ready for home delivery

(May 12): From next Monday, 18th May, new 240-litre recycling bins will be delivered to over 17,000 properties throughout the Tasman District. Full article, photo »

Community Board proposes new meeting formats

(May 11): The Motueka Community Board will decide tomorrow if it will change its monthly meeting schedule to a six-week cycle, with a less formal public forum held between each meeting. Full article »

Inlet Garden work celebrated and acknowledged

(May 10): Ten years of visionary work clearing scrub and restoring the Inlet Gardens by Keep Motueka Beautiful were celebrated by about 50 people yesterday. Full article, photos »

Special forum to hear Maori goals for the future

(May 9): The vision held by local Maori for the future of Motueka will be explained and discussed at a special public forum to be held next Wednesday at Te Awhina Marae. Full article »

Local anti-bullying project gets more funding

(May 8): A local youth-oriented bullying prevention programme has received funding to expand on the project and to work with a younger, intermediate-school aged group. Full article »

Ultrafast broadband initiative under way

(May 7): An initiative has begun to get Ultrafast Broadband (UFB) installed and available in Motueka, with an indication of support by Tasman District Council. Full article »

Motueka 2030 programme off to solid start

(May 4): The Motueka 2030 programme officially began yesterday with a light-hearted but thought-provoking drop-in day at Memorial Hall, attended by a little over 100 people. Full article, photo »

Open Day to celebrate Motueka's parks and reserves

(May 1): Motueka is blessed not only with an outstanding environment but also volunteers who have been working for years to improve and restore places that have suffered neglect. Full article »

Seminar seeks innovative ideas for Motueka's future

(April 30): The first public meeting of the Motueka 2030 forward-looking programme will take place this coming Thursday, aiming to explore some innovative ideas to secure Motueka's future. Full article »

Council to begin annual performance survey

(April 29): From this Friday until May 10th, Tasman District Council is conducting its annual survey of residents to find out how Tasman residents think it is performing. Full article »

Two competitions approach entry deadlines

(April 28): Two high-profile competitions being run over the next month are approaching their deadlines for entries, so this is a reminder for those who are interested. Full article »

Motueka 2030 begins with #LoveMotueka day

(April 27): The "Motueka 2030" programme kicks off this Sunday with a family-oriented drop-in event as an informal way of promoting thoughts about the future of Motueka. Full article »

Anzac ceremony thanks to huge community effort

(April 27): The Anzac dawn parade on Saturday, attended by a record crowd estimated at over 1000 people, was the result of a huge community effort. Full article »

Library tops community board's LTP submission

(April 22): The Motueka Community Board has made a detailed submission to TDC's Long Term Plan (LTP) hearing, with a range of requests led by a plea to lock in money for a new library. Full article »

Motueka 2030 event programme announced

(April 21): Vision Motueka has finalised the seven major public events organised for May, as the visible part of its ambitious "Motueka 2030" community information gathering project. Full article, programme download »

River-themed mural to start this weekend

(April 21): Do you love those murals that have been painted recently in Motueka? Well, work on the next one in the series is starting this weekend. Full article »

Freedom camping problem needs money to fix

(April 17): The vexed, seemingly endless issue of freedom camping was discussed again at Tuesday's Community Board meeting, with the focus shifting to money for enforcement of by-laws. Full article »

Upgrade sought for town security cameras

(April 16): The Motueka Community Board will look for ways to fund a long-overdue renewal of the 17 security cameras in the central town area. Full article »

Senior Citizens to get heated up

(April 16): A grant from Pub Charities has enabled three new heat pumps to be installed in the Senior Citizens building, allowing for more activities to be provided over winter. Full article »

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

(April 16): A rise in March sales included a diverse range of property from leasehold through to million dollar homes with a good variety of sections and lifestyle properties as well. Full article »

Flora Hut gets an upgrade and spruce up

(April 15): The much-loved Flora Hut in Kahurangi National Park is warmer and looking fresh after a spruce up by the Nelson Tramping Club. Full article, photo »

Hub, youth training, broadband and swimming pool head survey wishlist

(April 11): A central community hub, a youth training centre, better-looking shops, high speed broadband and a covered swimming pool are the five main improvements wanted by Motuekans, according to an initial sample of 40 people. Full article »

Motuekans rate their environment as top strength

(April 9): Motueka people say their natural environment and climate is the main strength of the town and area, according to a survey conducted by Vision Motueka during March. Full article »

Anti-violence group seeks new name and logo

(April 7): The Motueka Collaboration of Agencies is offering a prize of $500 in a competition to find a new name and logo that reflects the purpose and vision of the family-violence intervention group. Full article »

Article explains key aspects of Motueka 2030

(March 30): The Motueka 2030 development project being conducted by Vision Motueka received a boost on Saturday by an article in the Nelson Mail explaining the key aspects of the initial community consultation process. Full article »

Second Hand Sunday is back

(March 30): Due to popular demand, Second Hand Sunday is back on Sunday 19th April from 10am to 1pm, and registrations are now open for the opportunity to get rid of second hand items. Full article »

Saltmarsh restoration project making great advances

(March 27): Visitor interest is growing in the combined walkway and cycle trail around the Motueka Inlet reserve. The area has become a popular walking and biking area. Full article, photo »

Residents urged to be heard on Council's TLP

(March 26): Motueka residents need to make submissions to TDC's draft Long Term Plan (LTP) if the town is to see progress, and especially a new library, says Community Board chairman Paul Hawkes. Full article »

High Street art to swing high through winter

(March 26): An initiative by the Motueka Arts Council aims to use the summer hanging baskets hooks to hang community works of art and sculpture along High Street through winter. Full article »

Anzac poppies start to sprout in High Street

(March 25): The month leading up to Anzac Day, in the WW1 centenial year, has begun with several shops today installing displays based around red poppies and remembrance. Full article, photos »

Low turnout for long term plan information session

(March 25): The small number of people who attended last night's public information presentation by Tasman District Council at Memorial Hall suggests that most residents are happy with TDC's strategic direction. Full article »

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

(March 17): The Motueka market saw an increase in properties listed over both last month and February 2014. Sales were also firm with numbers at last month's level and up slightly on February 2014. Full article »

Local wins national tourism photo prize

(March 16): A photo competition run by the New Zealand Tourism Industry Association to showcase Kiwi holiday attractions has been won by local woman Sophie Holt. Full article, photo »

Goodman Park to get floodlights for soccer

(March 12): The desperate need to upgrade drainage at Memorial Park to make it fit for winter football has led to a recommendation that $65,000 be spent on installing floodlights at Goodman Park. Full article »

Long Term Plan document open for submission

(March 11): Tasman District Council's consultation document for its Long Term Plan for the 2015 - 2025 period is now available for scrutiny and submissions. Full article »

Motueka economic summit sequel coming up

(March 11): 'Business as usual' will be off the agenda at the Motueka Economic Summit being planned for May, a follow up to the hugely successful local business event held in August 2014. Full article, registration »

Rat and mice found on Adele Island sanctuary

(March 10): DOC is reminding visitors to Abel Tasman National Park's predator-free islands to make sure no rodents are on board their boats after a rat and 13 mice were caught on Adele Island/Motuarero-nui. Full article »

Weekend rain means water restrictions lifted

(March 9): All water restrictions in Tasman District for both water permit holders and urban consumers have been lifted with immediate effect. Full article »

Council and KMB co-operate on reserves projects

(March 7): Agreement has been reached between Tasman District Council's Reserves staff and Keep Motueka Beautiful on how to develop, maintain and improve Motueka's parks and reserves co-operatively. Full article »

National Park memories archive growing quickly

(March 6): The Facebook page set up to build an archive of photos and memories of holidays spent in the Abel Tasman National Park has grown in leaps and bounds. Full article, photo »

Funds grow for cultural education centre

(March 5): Motueka High School has now raised $468,000 toward building a new cultural education centre that will be the heart of the school's efforts to raise Maori student achievement. Full article »

Co-ordinator begins work on Motueka 2030 project

(March 2): Vision Motueka has begun its promised community-wide consultation and information gathering project, "Motueka 2030: A Stronger Future Together" with its paid co-ordinator on board. Full article, photo »

Celebration of bumper whio breeding season

(February 26): The Department of Conservation is celebrating this year's bumper whio/blue duck breeding season in eastern parts of Kahurangi National Park with a public whio day event. Full article »

Crafted poppies will 'paint the town red'

(February 26): The response to the Anzac crafted poppies project has been so great that the organisers are confident the town will be "painted red" by Anzac Day. Full article, photos »

New film captures Kahurangi conservation work

(February 24): Local conservation group Friends of Flora have produced a 13-minute video that tells the story of their work in partnership with the Department of Conservation. Full article »

Family support service listings updated

(February 24): An updated listing of the main support services for those needing help in Motueka, titled "First Aid For Families", has been published. Full article »

Info wanted for Port Motueka centenary

(February 20): In 1916 the third and present Motueka wharf was opened for warehousing and shipping. To commemorate its centenary the Historical Association will publish a book on the wharf, its operation and its people. Full article, photos »

Submissions open for sewage plant upgrade

(February 20): The Tasman District Council has received applications for resource consent to upgrade the Motueka Wastewater Treatment Plant. Full article »

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

(February 19): Our market remained steady for January with a healthy number of new properties coming on to the market. Sales also remained strong with similar numbers sold compared to last January. Full article »

Community Board special rate may be raised

(February 11): Most members of the Motueka Community Board are keen to see the ward targeted rate increased from five dollars to $10 per year, as long as it is spent well. Full meeting report »

'Special projects' chosen for targeted rate

(February 11): Projects that will account for around $18,000 of the "special projects" targeted rate were confirmed at last night's Motueka Community Board meeting, with more possibly to come. Full article »

Wallace Street pedestrian crossing to be shifted

(February 11): The problematic pedestrian crossing at the entrance to Wallace Street is to be moved eastward about five metres, enough for a car to wait safely as a pedestrian crosses. Full article, photo »

River-themed mural ready to begin

(February 11): Work has begun on the next Motueka mural, themed "Our River (Te Awa)", on the Whitwells Menswear wall. Full article, photos »

Church tries cloud-funding to help building restoration

(January 29): The Motueka Uniting Church congregation is asking for donations to pay the final one-quarter of the costs required to strengthen the Heritage NZ-listed building against earthquake risk. Full article »

Motueka 2030 project announced at Vision AGM

(January 29): What would a stronger, successful Motueka look like to you in 2030? How would you like to see Motueka develop? Soon you will have your chance to have your views heard and recorded. Full article »

Facebook group allows swapping of surplus fruit

(January 29): A new Facebook group set up to enable Motueka people to share and swap their fruit surplus has reached its first 100 members in little more than a month. Full article »

Water restrictions back on for many Tasman areas

(January 28): TDC's Dry Weather Taskforce convenor said today that low January rainfall and declining river and groundwater levels have meant that restrictions need to be imposed. Full article »

Growing congregation forces new Sunday venue

(January 28): Increasing numbers attending Sunday services and other factors have forced the Motueka Satellite Branch of the Latter-day Saints to moved to larger premises. Full article »

Poppy making a popular library activity

(January 27): Crafting poppies for the Anzac Day centenary celebration is becoming so popular in Motueka that the library is now hosting weekly knitting sessions for people wanting to do their bit. Full article »

Museum to build a 'snapshot in time'

(January 26): The Motueka District Museum is holding a photographic competition which will be used to build an exhibition showing what Motueka looks like in February 2015. Full article »

Successful fundraiser for local music network

(January 24): Motueka musicians provided a great evening of laid-back entertainment on Thursday while raising $565 to further develop the Motueka Music Network website. Full article, photo »

Port Motueka project plans to be explained

(January 20): Plans to redevelop the Eastern Quay and Beach Reserve areas of Port Motueka will be presented at the Annual General Meeting of Vision Motueka on January 29th. Full article »

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

(January 19): Sales in Motueka were well up on November and the previous December with a noticeable increase in the number of rural properties sold. Full article »

Tasman sculpture fundraising nears its target

(January 19): Fundraising for a large sculpture to be installed near the Tasman village as an entrance point to the Ruby Coast area is only $9,000 away from the final target cost of $58,000. Full article »

Motueka past and present features in TV show

(January 18): Motueka as it was decades ago and now was the feature of a TV One programme that aired yesterday and can be viewed on TVNZ On Demand. Full article »

Wedding tourism offers economic potential for Motueka

(January 17): Wedding tourism in the Motueka area offers great economic potential for the town, says an avid promoter of the concept, Terri Everett. Full article, photo »

Music Fiesta to raise funds for local music network

(January 14): Some of Motueka's best musicians will be performing on Thursday next week at a family music fiesta to raise money for the Motueka Music Network website. Full article »

Community workers featured in Maori TV show

(January 13): Two of Motueka's most active community workers were featured in a 10-minute slot on the Maori TV news programme, Te Kaea, last week, which also provided some great video of our 2014 Starlight Parade. Full article »

Set netting care urged after dolphin deaths

(January 13): The Department of Conservation is urging fishers to take care using set nets in Tasman and Golden bays after two endangered Hector's dolphins were found dead in Tasman Bay in recent days, one in a set net. Full article »

Online tool helps community groups to improve

(January 9): Community groups and organisations seeking to improve their effectiveness can use a new self-assessment tool that aims to help identify an organisation's strengths and weaknesses. Full article »

Group seeks memories of Abel Tasman National Park

(January 8): Wilsons Abel Tasman has set up a Facebook group, called "Memories of Abel Tasman National Park", to capture classic local stories about life, work and holidays in the park. Full article »