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Four standing for vacant Community Board post

(December 23): Four people have put their hands up to stand in the by-election for the vacant fourth position on the Motueka Community Board. Full article »

Proposed ferry offers more jobs, travel savings

(December 22): The proposed Motueka to Whanganui ferry service would bring upward of 200 new jobs to Motueka, said the man behind the initiative. Full article »

New school speed zone for Motueka High

(December 19): New 40kmh variable speed zones will be installed at Motueka High School and Brightwater School in the next phase of school safety improvements by the Tasman District Council. Full article »

TDC debt and rates expected to be lower in 2017

(December 16): Tasman ratepayers can expect a lower than forecast rate increase and lower than forecast Council debt levels next year. Full article »

New community board gets down to business

(December 15): The Motueka Community Board ended 2016 in businesslike fashion with members eager to tackle several long-standing issues as soon as the holiday season is past. Full article »

Review of the property sales market in the Motueka area

(December 15): Properties are still selling fast with the median days on market for November down to just 36. The average sales price remained around 20% above the current capital value. Full article »

Community board broadens criteria for special projects

(December 14): The Motueka Community Board is sticking to its guns and asking TDC to allow it to fund small projects that are not strictly 'Bricks and Mortar'. Full article »

Guthrie Bowron pledges paint for new swimming pool

(December 14): Guthrie Bowron Motueka has made the second 'in-kind' donation pledge of materials for the construction of the indoor Motueka Community Swimming Pool. Full article »

Kai Fest team planning 'edge events'

(December 12): The Motueka Kai Fest, to be held for the first time next April, will include workshops, talks and demonstrations related to food production and use. Full article »

Tasman District gets credit rating upgrade

(December 7): Independent credit rating agency Standard and Poor's has upgraded the Tasman District Council's outlook from stable to positive. Full article »

Time to register for Big Beach Clean

(December 6): Organisations and individuals are invited to register for the Nelson Tasman Big Beach Clean, which has been scheduled for Saturday 4 March 2017, to coincide with Seaweek. Full article »

Another big crowd for Motueka's season opener

(December 3): The summer season opened last night with another successful running of the Starlight Christmas Parade, followed by the Night Market. Full article, parade photos »

Exhibition to highlight Motueka's first settlers

(December 2): The fascinating stories of Ngati Rarua and Te Atiawa and their relationship with Motueka will feature in a new exhibition opening at the Motueka District Museum on Sunday. Full article »

Tasman decides against Easter Sunday trading

(December 1): The Tasman District Council has decided Easter Sunday should remain a non-trading day in the District. Full article »

Know what to do in case of emergency

(November 30): With recent earthquakes and tsunami alerts fresh on the minds of Motueka people, a meeting has been organised to remind us of how to stay safe in a civil emergency. Full article »

Community store donates proceeds to pool project

(November 29): The recently opened Motueka Community Store in Whakarewa Street has made its first donation of proceeds, with the recipients being the indoor swimming pool fundraising committee. Full article »

Mitre 10 store expansion and makeover unveiled

(November 28): Mitre 10 Motueka has undergone a major store renovation and expansion which is finally ready to be unveiled thanks to help from the community. Full article »

Parks and reserves review process to be explained

(November 23): The management and use of Motueka's reserves is up for review, and the Community Board wants to make it as easy as possible for people to get their ideas and concerns into the mix. Full article »

Barry Dowler to stand for community board

(November 22): Barry Dowler is standing for the vacant fourth position on the Motueka Community Board, having just missed out on retaining his District Council seat in the October local body election. Full article »

Website promotes shopping locally for trades firms

(November 21): Encouraging Motueka people to use local trade businesses wherever possible is a vital way of strengthening our local economy, says iBuild Motueka administrator Sheryl Riordan. Full article »

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

(November 20): October was a quieter month than normal with listing well below the number that usually come to the market and as expected the number of sales were also down. Full article »

Show your preferences for Motueka projects

(November 18): The Motueka Community Board is consulting on which special local projects it should fund in the coming year, so here's your chance to show your preferences. Full article & link to survey »

Street Art Walk an opportunity to view local talent

(November 18): Art collections can be viewed in a variety of ways, and a new opportunity is coming up in two weeks with a Street Art Walk at artists' studios on Trewavas Street. Full article »

Pool fundraisers offer big 'membership' draws

(November 17): The swimming pool fundraising team are taking on their biggest project challenge to date, selling 1000 tickets in a 3-month long "membership" draw. Full article »

Solution found for Kai Fest alcohol dilemma

(November 16): Another piece in the Motueka Kai Fest planning jigsaw has fallen into place, thanks to a collaboration between the planners and the MOTropolis owner to provide alcohol tastings off-site. Full article, photos »

New sign highlights our mountain outlook

(November 15): We all know Arthur and Campbell, but what about all those other mountains in the ranges to our west that make up our everyday outlook? How many can we name? Full article, photo »

Funding key constraint on providing growth infrastructure

(November 14): The Tasman District Council is aware of the demands growth is placing on development infrastructure in the District, and is working to balance growth demands with an affordable works programme, Mayor Richard Kempthorne says.
Full article »

Sunday market continues to build numbers

(November 11): The Motueka Sunday market continues to build in popularity, thanks in part to some marketing innovations introduced by coordinator Judy Roper.
Full article »

New community board gets down to business

(November 9): The new Motueka Community Board has hit the ground running, using its first business meeting to sort out some targets and priorities for its three-year term. Full article, photo »

Swimming pool project half way to target

(November 7): The Motueka Community swimming pool fundraising team have set up shop as a base for their continuing efforts, as the campaign passes the halfway mark. Full article, photos »

Motueka shop opening hours a growing issue

(November 4): Motueka retailers need to look at extending and making changes to their opening hours to better serve customers at the times that the town is busiest. Full article, photo »

Cheerleading team scores well at National comps

(November 4): Motueka High School's "Intensity" cheerleading team had several podium results at the New Zealand Cheer Union Nationals competition in Auckland last week. Full article, photo »

New TDC grants fund open for applications

(November 4): Tasman District Council's new Special Grants Fund, designed to encourage and support significant new events or projects within Tasman District, is now open for applications. Full article »

Help plan the future of Motueka's reserves

(November 3): The management regime for Motueka's many and varied public reserves is due for a refresh - and the Tasman District Council needs your help to bring it up to date. Full article »

Councils seek views on Easter Sunday trading

(November 3): The Tasman District and Nelson City councils are seeking community feedback on whether to allow Easter Sunday trading in the region. Full article »

Brent Maru to head Community Board

(October 28): Two popular Motueka community leaders, Brent Maru and Peter Canton, have been elected or appointed to key roles in local politics. Full article »

TDC finally adopts its Annual Report

(October 27): The Tasman District Council was able to adopt its Annual Report today at the first Council meeting of the new three-year term. Full article »

Community support wanted for big cycle challenge

(October 20): Organisers of the inaugural Abel Tasman Cycle Challenge event are asking Motueka people to help out as riders pass along the cycle trail around Motueka. Full article »

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

(October 18): September was a good listing month with 34 new properties listed. The median sale price dropped back a bit to just under $500,000. Full article »

Motueka recognises its outstanding volunteers

(October 17): The invaluable contribution to the Motueka community of volunteers was recognised at Memorial Hall yesterday at a social event culminating in the presentation of 10 special awards. Full article, photos »

Public meeting to focus on Riwaka issues

(October 12): Riwaka residents have an early opportunity to tell their new political leaders about issues that particularly affect them. Full article »

Our Town Motueka settles on marketing plan

(October 11): An all day workshop attended by 14 Motueka business people has settled on a focus and plan for Our Town Motueka to promote Motueka to the world. Full article »

Ogilvie, Canton and Hawkes win Council seats

(October 8): With Council election preminary results completed, the Motueka Ward will be represented for the next three years by David Ogilvie, Peter Canton and Paul Hawkes. Full article »

Oil vessel safety system wins top award for Coppins

(October 4): When an international oil company needed a safety system for a massive oil processing vessel being towed from Korea to the North Sea, they found their solution at Motueka's Coppins Sea Anchors. Full article »

Phone app helps local research on dolphins

(October 4): Local people on the waters and along the beaches in Abel Tasman and surrounds are being recruited to help fill in knowledge gaps of endangered Hector's dolphins. Full article »

Ideas sought for summer season weekend opener

(October 3): The new Our Town Motueka committee is casting around for ideas to build the first weekend in December into a big community, retail and visitor weekend. Full article »

i-Site services count 'more than ever'

(September 30): Although i-Sites are facing huge challenges in a digital world, they still have a vital role in providing the first impression of a town to many visitors, says new NRDA boss Mark Rawson. Full article »

Whanganui - Motueka freight ferry service proposed

(September 27): A bold plan to start up a ferry service between Whanganui and Motueka could make make major savings in both time and money for those needing an inter-island link. Full article »

Motueka gets better deal in TDC project timings

(September 25): Motueka is receiving a better slice of the TDC cake over the coming nine months, following Council decisions to approve or bring forward some infrastructure projects. Full article »

Sunday Market offers Kai Fest full support

(September 24): The new harvest celebration event, Motueka Kai Fest, will be even bigger thanks to the Sunday Market operators offering their full support. Full article »

Perfect weather for jumping out of a plane

(September 23): Could the organisers of the Good Vibes skydiving event have ordered better weather conditions than what they've dished up for the town and its adventurous visitors these past few days? Full article »

Motueka calendar ready for holiday season

(September 23): A 2017 calendar featuring photos of Motueka's attractions has been printed and is ready for sales leading into the Christmas and tourism retail season.
Full article »

Council ends term in strong financial position

(September 23): Tasman's annual wrap-up of its finances and achievements confirms the Council's strong financial performance continues, with net debt reduced from $141 million in 2015 to $129 million at the end of June 2016. Full article »

Fitness classes aim to 'get Motueka moving'

(September 22): A new physical activity initiative aiming to "get Motueka moving" will start next week at Decks Reserve. Full article »

Community Board meeting frequency questioned again

(September 21): The frequency and timing of meetings will be one of the earliest decisions the incoming Motueka Community Board is likely to make following the upcoming local body elections. Full article »

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

(September 20): The warmer weather delivered a surge in new listings with number up 100% on the previous month and 30% on this time last year. Full article »

Documentary highlights quality of Tasman water

(September 17): A high-quality documentary about the health of Tasman District rivers and the people caring for them is available for viewing on TDC's website and YouTube. Full article »

Golden Bay favourite stands for District Health Board

(September 16): Only one Tasman rural candidate, the popular Golden Bay retiring councillor Martine Bouillir, is standing for the election of board members for the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board. Full article »

New OTM leader aims for a thriving Motueka

(September 15): The man who created the "Love Motueka" success story wants Motueka businesses to "work together for the greater good, so we can all enjoy the benefits". Full article, photos »

Joint regional landfill a step closer

(September 15): The Tasman District Council has agreed to amend its Long Term Plan, paving the way for a regional landfill to be established. Full article »

Our Town looks to optimistic business future

(September 12): Our Town Motueka has stabilised its financial position and elected a new leadership team, aiming to take a more strategic approach to building the Motueka business community. Full article »

Help make a difference in Conservation Week

(September 9): New Zealanders can help improve their physical and mental health and wellbeing by getting out and helping to look after our natural spaces, says the Department of Conservation. Full article »

Community Board agrees on special project options

(September 9): The Community Board used the final meeting of its three-year term to agree on the list of special local projects which will be put out to the community for consultation. Full article »

Flooring Xtra donates materials, labour for pool

(September 7): Motueka's Flooring Xtra has made the first 'in-kind' donation of materials and labour for the construction of the indoor Motueka Community Swimming Pool. Full article, photo »

More unity than dissent at Council candidates meeting

(September 7): The three councillors who will be elected to represent the Motueka Ward have promised to work together to further promote and advocate for Motueka. Full article, photo »

Dawn blessing planned for arrival of godwits

(September 6): A dawn blessing is being organised by the Friends of the Motueka Estuaries group this year to mark the arrival of Motueka's iconic godwit (kuaka) birds. Full article »

Fresh FM seeks site for Mot Valley transmission

(September 5): Motueka Valley residents have seen a reduction in the quality of reception for the Fresh FM community radio station for the past year. Full article »

TDC gives $218,000 boost to community groups

(September 4): The Tasman District Council has provided a funding boost to 137 community projects and services through its 2016 Community Grants. Full article »

Crafty quilters provide warming winter treats

(August 25): Ten Motueka people have received welcome gifts of colourful, warm quilts, thanks to the work of a group of Crafty Tarts. Full article, photo »

New web-based business starting in Motueka

(August 24): A new company has been set up in Motueka offering specialised business skills and knowledge training delivered to anywhere in New Zealand using the latest webinar technology. Full article »

Tasman District CEO offered contract renewal

(August 24): The Tasman District Council has offered its Chief Executive an employment agreement for a further two years. Full article »

Coordinators appointed for big community events

(August 23): Two of Motueka's biggest community events now have contractors appointed to provide professional event planning and coordination. Full article »

Healthy result from pool fundraising festival

(August 22): Memorial Hall was picture of health yesterday with people learning about and shopping for health, fitness and beauty products and services. Full article »

Retailers challenged to step up this summer

(August 19): Motueka retailers need to look at four key areas if they are to grow their business in the modern competitive environment. Full article »

Occasional drivers wanted for mobility services

(August 19): A call is going out for drivers to offer occasional services that will at least partly compensate for the loss over the past year of a taxi service in Motueka.
Full article »

Rock Da House to play four nights

(August 18): A record number of 14 schools means that the bi-annual primary school music extravaganza Rock Da House will play an extra fourth night at Memorial Hall in two weeks. Full article »

Further developments planned by KMB committee

(August 17): Further improvements to Port Motueka and Sanctuary Garden lead the project list for Keep Motueka Beautiful for the coming year. Full article »

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

(August 16): Another month passes where more homes have been sold than have been listed, which continues to put buyers under intense pressure to move quickly and pay more than they expected. Full article »

Wellbeing festival to raise money for pool project

(August 15): Memorial Hall will be the venue for a Festival of Health, Beauty and Fitness, a large fundraising event for the Motueka Community Swimming Pool project. Full article »

Surprises in nominations for Community Board and Council

(August 12): Nominations have just closed for the local body elections, throwing up some interesting scenarios in the Motueka ward. Full article »

Business get-together to scotch winter blues

(August 12): Our Town Motueka is hosting another information and social evening to help business owners network, expand their horizons and get out of the "winter blues". Full article »

Household de-clutter day returns next month

(August 12): Sunday September 11th is your next opportunity to spring clean and declutter your home and participate in Second-Hand Sunday. Full article »

Camera reveals one of the flood culprits

(August 10): One large plastic Coke bottle compounded the misery of Wilkie Street residents this year when exceptional flooding hit their neighbourhood on several occasions. Full article »

OTM coordinator to stand for Community Board

(August 9): A call for younger people and women to stand for the Motueka Community Board has been answered by the Our Town Motueka coordinator Claire Hutt.
Full article »

Food forest team celebrates first birthday

(August 7): Sixteen hardy souls braved cold but clear weather yesterday morning to celebrate the first birthday of the Motueka food forest in Ledger Goodman park.
Full article, photos »

Colour and creativity at toy competition finale

(August 6): A vast range of creative, hand-crafted toys are on display at Memorial Hall over the weekend, the results of the Motueka Arts Council's winter "Make a Toy" competition. Full article, photos »

Motueka to stage national hot rod weekend

(August 5): The New Zealand Hot Rod Association's annual National Hot Rod Run is expected to bring 150 or more mechanical marvels to Motueka for three days in November. Full article »

Community access radio promotion for Fresh FM

(August 3): Throughout August Fresh FM is taking part in The Big Listen, a nationwide campaign to celebrate Community Access Radio services in New Zealand. Full article »

Kai Fest planners receive Rata funding boost

(August 2): Vision Motueka has received a grant of $12,000 from Rata Foundation to help administer and run the inaugural Motueka Kai Fest event next April. Full article »

New lease for Motueka Top 10 Holiday Park

(July 29): The Tasman District Council has agreed to grant a new lease for the Motueka Top 10 Holiday Park in Fearon's Bush Recreation Reserve. Full article »

Community Board settles on special project list

(July 28): The Motueka Community Board has settled on a list of local projects on which to spend its "special projects" fund from its targeted rate for the coming year. Full article »

Reverse donation a highlight of board meeting

(July 27): Yesterday's Community Board meeting had its usual assortment of complaints and criticisms. But this time a small, happy highlight was a donation back to TDC by a volunteer group. Full article »

Labour leader briefed on Motueka's social issues

(July 27): Labour leader Andrew Little met with about 15 representatives of community agencies today to hear about community social issues that are of most concern in Motueka. Full article, photos »

Council pressured to fix flooding problems earlier

(July 27): Anger about ongoing flooding events in Motueka came to a head at last night's Community Board meeting, with council engineering managers being told to get on with implementing solutions. Full article »

Remaining winter workshops still have places left

(July 26): The Motueka Arts Council's Winter Workshop series is underway, and many workshops still have a few spaces left for late enrolments. Full article, photos »

Craft group shows broader uses of libraries

(July 25): The potential for the use of libraries as community hubs was demonstrated clearly this morning when about 30 people took part in a paper flower making workshop at Motueka Library. Full article, photo »

Brent Maru to stand for Community Board

(July 22): Popular community worker and youth advocate Brent Maru has decided to stand for the Motueka Community Board at the upcoming local body elections. Full article »

Motueka to celebrate local food production

(July 20): A team of people from a range of community organisations are planning a new annual event that will celebrate the great kai produced around Motueka. Full article »

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

(July 20): The average sale price was 9% over the current capital value with the median house price at $460,000 for June. The level of inventory available for sale has risen slightly from 6 to 8 weeks. Full article »

OTM adopts sound financial strategy for 2016/17

(July 18): The business support organisation Our Town Motueka has adopted its 2016/17 budget, placing more emphasis on broad promotion of the town and a more coherent online strategy. Full article »

Another professional show for Memorial Hall

(July 17): Motueka's Memorial Hall will be the venue for another piece of professional theatre, staging the show "Wicked Women of the Stage" on Saturday, 30th July.
Full article, photo »

New kohanga reo prepares for first occupants

(July 15): It's been 12 years in the making, but the spacious and warm new early childhood Centre, Te Kohanga Reo Te Awhina, is almost ready for its young occupants. Full article »

Motueka litter cart operation gathers support

(July 15): The ability to maintain Motueka's litter cart operation has received a boost in recent weeks with some added sponsorship and fundraising. Full article, photo »

Lions back pool project with big donation

(July 13): The Motueka Lions have provided the biggest boost yet to the project to build a local covered swimming pool, with a donation this week of $15,000. Full article, photo »

Paul Hawkes to stand for Council

(July 11): Community Board chairman Paul Hawkes will stand for Motueka Ward Councillor at the local body elections in October. Full article »

Problematic pedestrian crossing moved

(July 9): The makeover of the pedestrian crossing at the western entrance to Wallace Street is now complete, apart from garden bed planting. Full article, photos »

New community policing model being trialled

(July 8): Community disquiet about policing levels in Motueka have helped prompt changes to prevention strategies in the region that should help Motueka people.
Full article »

The people's beach is just a click away

(July 8): Keeping an eye on the people's beach at Awaroa in the Abel Tasman National Park is now a whole lot easier with a new webcam capturing real-time images of the beautiful spot. Full article »

OTM ponders low uptake of free website ads

(July 5): What is it with Motueka businesses, that they ignore an offer for free advertising on one of the region's premier websites that reaches a global market?
Full article »

Mapua investment provides lessons for Council

(July 1): Tasman District Council will fund the extra costs associated with work at the Mapua Wharf precinct through income from its commercial activities and by bringing forward next year's budget for landscaping at the wharf. Full article »

Highly respected Motueka artist dies

(June 30): The Motueka Art Group is mourning the death of one of its founding members and a much-respected figure in the local art scene, Don Halls. Full article »

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

(June 30): Moving into the coolest part of the winter the local property market does not appear to be easing up and it look like we will see the current hot level of activity continue into the spring. Full article »

Another good attendance at Community Board forum

(June 29): Another good crowd turned up at the Motueka Community Board open forum last night, where once again flooding issues took centre stage. Full article »

New cheerleading team aims for national level

(June 27): A high school-based team of cheerleaders is fundraising to enable them to take part in competitions in their newly emerging sport. Full article, photo »

Driveway improvements for Memorial Hall set to begin

(June 21): Long overdue driveway improvements around Memorial Hall will mean restrictions on vehicle and pedestrian access for two weeks, starting next week.
Full article »

Swimming pool fundraising gains crucial backing

(June 18): The campaign to build an indoor community swimming pool has received a vital boost with an agreement by Lotteries to pay for an independent professional feasibility study. Full article »

Community board focuses on flooding problems

(June 15): The recent series of flood events in Motueka and Riwaka was the main item of business at yesterday's Community Board meeting. Full article »

Port parking area gets long awaited facelift

(June 15): The next stage of the project to develop Beach Reserve and the Motueka harbour entrance was begun this week with work on a new parking area. Full article »

Planning under way for saltwater baths upgrade

(June 13): Planning is under way to upgrade Motueka's saltwater baths to remove health and safety risks associated with its regular cleaning schedule. Full article »

Three extra classrooms for High School

(June 8): $1 million will be invested under Budget 2016 to expand capacity at Motueka High School, say Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye. Full article »

Calendar to promote Motueka's top spots

(June 8): A 2017 calendar featuring photos of Motueka's attractive parks and scenery is being developed in time for the Christmas and tourist retail season. Full article, photo »

Music party to shake off midwinter blues

(June 6): The midwinter blues will be off the playlist at the upcoming Matariki Party, a celebration of local musicians performing in aid of the Motueka Music Network. Full article »

Community survey indicates need for new library

(June 1): A wealth of feedback and ideas for improvement has come out of the Community Board's online survey about the future of Motueka's library. Full article, survey data »

Donated sewing machine to help Vanuatu village

(May 31): A sewing machine and packages of haberdashery and fabrics are on their way from Motueka to a village in Vanuatu to help the women there make and repair their clothes. Full article, photo »

Unwanted cellphones needed for women at risk

(May 30): Had a cellphone update recently and have no need of the old one? It could be a life-saver for a woman isolated by domestic violence. Full article »

Library survey building clear message

(May 20): With one week to run, the survey of opinions of Motueka people about their library and a future one is producing clear messages to those dubious of the future of libraries. Full article »

Motueka environmentalist advocates the use of biochar

(May 19): A Motueka scientist is working on an initiative to introduce biochar as a way to improve soil productivity and reduce some major environmental issues. Full article »

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

(May 19): The number of new listing matched the number of sales last month. Along with the last couple of months where sales exceeded listings, we now have a market that is very short on properties for sale. Full article »

New Facebook group to debate issues

(May 18): A local Facebook group called Motueka Uncut has been set up to allow and encourage people to air their concerns on any topics or issues that are important to them. Full article »

KMB sets project list for 2016/17

(May 17): Keep Motueka Beautiful has confirmed its budget for the 2016/17 year, with the development of Port Motueka and improvements to Sanctuary Ponds being allocated most of the funds available. Full article »

TDC brings library project timeline forward

(May 13): Tasman District Council has agreed to a compromise on starting the Motueka library project by bringing forward the required feasibility study and community consultation into the 2017/18 Annual Plan. Full article »

TDC confirms 1% rates income increase for 2016

(May 12): The Tasman District Council has adopted its Annual Plan for 2016, confirming a 1% rates income increase and progress on certain projects. Full article »

Winter workshops offer wealth of learning

(May 10): With winter on its way the Motueka Arts Council is again planning to provide opportunities for locals to participate in the arts. Full article, programme »

First business sponsor for community swimming pool

(May 10): The fundraising campaign to cover the Motueka Community Swimming Pool has received its first business sponsor. Natural House Company has signed up for advertising signage and made a cash donation. Full article, photo »

Imagine Theatre's latest comedy 'delivers'

(May 9): Imagine Theatre's latest foray into adult New Zealand comedy has been highly successful with the staging of Joe Musaphia's 'Mothers and Fathers'. Full article »

Survey gauges community opinions on Motueka library

(May 6): Putting debate about a new Motueka library "to bed once and for all" is the aim of a survey being run to gauge the community's attitudes and opinions.
Full article »

Campgrounds insist offensive campervan slogans be hidden

(May 5): Campgrounds owned by the Tasman District Council are asking those with campervans displaying offensive slogans to cover them before entering to camp.
Full article »

Two projects under way, others argued over

(May 4): Two long awaited projects - a re-sited pedestrian crossing on Wallace Street and the completion of High Street power line undergrounding - are now under way. Full article »

Library project still on Community Board agenda

(April 29): Debate about the timing of construction of a new library is set to continue at next Tuesday's meeting of the Motueka Community Board. Full article »

Tsunami evacuation maps now available

(April 29): Nelson Tasman Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group (CDEM) this week published comprehensive tsunami evacuation maps for the entire region. Full article »

Residents to have say on Council's performance

(April 27): From Friday 6th May, the Tasman District Council will conduct its annual survey to find out how Tasman residents think the Council is performing. Full article »

Tasman community grants open next week

(April 26): Are you planning a great community event or project - but need a little help to make it happen? The Tasman District Council may be able to help.
Full article »

KMB addresses path maintenance cost issues

(April 26): Ongoing maintenance costs have forced Keep Motueka Beautiful to close off some of the paths in the "Adopt-a-Plot" restoration area off Old Wharf Road.
Full article »

Port entrance car parking area to be constructed

(April 20): The next major phase of the rejuvenation of Motueka's Beach Reserve is about to begin with the creation of a proper quayside car parking area. Full article, plan »

Godzone team sparks business celebration

(April 19): The trials and triumphs of the Team Motueka Godzone competitors were shown and told at a social gathering held last night by Our Town Motueka to wrap up the busy summer business season. Full article, photos »

Street piano ready for first public performance

(April 19): It's taken the time of a human pregnancy, but the idea and creation of a Motueka street piano has finally given birth and will be literally wheeled out to the public on Thursday. Full article, photo »

Community feedback shows Motueka needs new library

(April 18): Feedback obtained through a popular Facebook page suggests that most Motueka people feel a modern library is a community need, not just a "nice to have". Full article »

Mapua project brought forward in Council plan

(April 15): Less than a week after Motueka residents were told there would be no unbudgeted spending by TDC in the 2016/17 year, Council has decided to release $300,000 for an unbudgeted Mapua project feasibility study. Full article »

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

(April 15): The median price across the region is now over $400,000 with strong price growth coming from Motueka and Marlborough/Kaikoura. Full article »

Motueka the feature town on 'Neighbourhood'

(April 14): Motueka is the location to be featured on the half-hour TV One programme 'Neighbourhood' showing this coming Sunday, April 17th, at 11.00am, and then available on TV On Demand. Full article »

Workshop offered for community organisations

(April 14): Trustees and committee members of community organisations have an opportunity to sharpen their governance and management skills and understanding at a workshop to be held in Motueka next month. Full article »

Craft sharing group celebrates fourth anniversary

(April 13): The Motueka craft sharing group Crafty Tarts this week celebrated four years of productive activity and learning new skills. Full article, photos »

Pool fundraising committee seeks "friends"

(April 12): The fundraising committee for the Motueka Community Swimming Pool want to set up a network of supporters - "Friends of the Motueka Pool" - who can help sell raffle tickets, man information booths and other small tasks. Full article »

Call made to acknowledge true value of libraries

(April 11): Motueka resident Beth Bryant has sent an open letter to Cr Jack Inglis following his remarks at last week's community forum, and over recent years, that libraries are no longer important to communities. Full article »

TDC confirms its commitment to dam consultation

(April 11): The Tasman District Council has confirmed its commitment to run a timely, well-informed engagement process about the proposed Waimea Community Dam with its residents and ratepayers in 2017. Full article »

Community Board forum draws record crowd

(April 8): The presence of the Mayor and Council CEO brought a record crowd of 20 to the Motueka Community Board open forum held last night. Full article »

Sewerage plant upgrade progressing well

(April 8): The final stages of work on a major upgrade of Motueka's wastewater treatment plant are about to begin, and progress so far is already showing big improvements in bacterial concentrations and odour. Full article »

Facebook page widens Motueka Online readership

(April 6): The move to post Motueka Online news items onto Facebook is proving a success, providing a wider readership and more immediate news delivery. Full article »

Call for 10% of Council surplus for community projects

(April 3): A call is being made for TDC to use a small amount of its unexpected surplus this year for much-needed community development projects. Full article »

St John's big annual appeal runs next week

(April 1): St John is holding its Annual Appeal Week next week from 4th - 10th April, with the theme of Supporting Team Green, the ambulance teams which are so essential to our service. Full article »

Special concert to celebrate hall re-opening

(April 1): The re-opening of Memorial Hall after renovations will be celebrated on Sunday by a special choral concert performed by the Nelson Civic Choir. Full article »

TDC to review development contribution charges

(March 31): The Tasman District Council will review the way it charges developers for the infrastructure needed because of growth. Full article »

Parkes' car boot sales to help fundraisers

(March 31): Motueka's car repair firm Parkes Automotive is setting up a regular weekly car boot sale for non-profit organisations to raise funds. Full article, photo »

Vision Motueka confirms its 2016 project list

(March 30): The Vision Motueka Board of Trustees has decided upon its 2016 annual plan for community development and projects. Full article »

Project De-Vine extends to Motueka Valley

(March 29): Project De-Vine leader Chris Rowse will share expertise with Motueka Valley residents on how to deal with vines like old man's beard, banana passionfruit and climbing asparagus. Full article »

DOC investigates wheelchair access to park

(March 29): The Department of Conservation is looking at ways to improve access to its longer tracks and trails for people with mobility issues. Full article, photo »

Council investigates Wicked campervan ban

(March 25): The Tasman District Council will look into the feasibility of banning Wicked campervans from Council campgrounds in response to the growing public concern at the company's controversial slogans. Full article »

TDC listening, but mind made up on annual plan

(March 24): Tasman District Council is asking Motueka residents what they think about the 2016/17 annual plan, but is unlikely to make any changes to it. Full article »

Rainfall records broken in latest flood event

(March 24): Rainfall records were broken last night in Motueka (179mm) and especially Riwaka (227mm) in the downpour that lasted locally about 15 hours.
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Litter cart operation to be discontinued

(March 23): The litter cart operation for the Motueka CBD will be discontinued shortly due to lack of funds to continue the part-time contract. Full article »

Mitre 10 development ready to start

(March 23): Work will begin this week on the expansion and redevelopment of Motueka's Mitre 10 hardware store. Full article »

Cohesive national response to freedom camping needed

(March 23): Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne has welcomed the Prime Minister's offer of Government assistance to council's to deal with the issues of freedom camping. Full article »

Board chairman's report slates TDC decisions

(March 21): Community Board chairman Paul Hawkes has strong criticisms of several Council decisions and policies in his report to be presented at the Board meeting tomorrow. Full article »

Great Taste Trail grows business opportunities

(March 20): Tasman's Great Taste Trail is providing greater opportunities for small businesses in the District, particularly those outside the main urban centres. Full article »

NZ movie premiere to show at State Cinema

(March 9): Motueka's State Cinema will host a premiere red-carpet party and showing of Taika Waititi's new film "Hunt for the Wilderpeople", with proceeds going to the Community Swimming Pool project. Full article »

Steady-as-you-go annual plan for Tasman

(March 3): Tasman District Council has released its annual plan for the 2016/17 year, reflecting a largely steady-as-she-goes strategy based on last year's Long Term Plan. Full article »

No rates to be used for swimming pool project

(March 3): The fundraising committee for the Community Swimming Pool are frustrated in their efforts by people who continue to believe that funds to enclose the High School pool will be paid for through their Council rates. Full article »

Nelson-based policing model for Motueka criticised

(March 2): Nelson-based police chiefs defended the current policing model for the district in the face of numerous criticisms and complaints at a public meeting in Motueka last night. Full article, photos »

'Incredible Edible' founder speaking in Motueka

(March 1): A founder of the "Incredible Edible" project that has turned the West Yorkshire town of Todmorden into a world-renown tourist attraction is speaking in Motueka tomorrow. Full article »

Entries open for inaugural toy making contest

(February 29): Entries are now open for the Motueka Arts Council's inaugural 'Make a Child's Toy Competition'. Full article »

Popular fishing contest back on for 2016

(February 25): The big annual family fishing contest run by the Motueka RSA Fishing Club is coming up again in three weeks, with some great prizes on offer. Full article »

KMB sets project plans for 2016

(February 23): Keep Motueka Beautiful has firmed up on its project plans for 2016, including partnership work with Tasman District Council for further enhancement of the Sanctuary Ponds. Full article »

Speed limit changes come into force in April

(February 22): Keep an eye on your speed over coming months, as new speed limits will come into force in 26 Tasman roads on 1st April 2016. Full article »

Our Town Motueka's year off to flying start

(February 20): The business promotion group Our Town Motueka is off to a flying start for 2016 with news that it's new promotional video and website are proving a great success. Full article »

Radio New Zealand now on Freeview HD

(February 19): Motueka and Nelson missed out when Freeview HD (the UHF service) came to the Nelson/Tasman region because Radio New Zealand did not feature on the Channel list. Full article »

Open meeting to discuss Motueka policing

(February 17): Is police work in the Motueka ward adequate to serve the community's needs? This question will be put to the new Police Area Commander at a public meeting in two weeks. Full article »

Port Motueka centenary warmly celebrated

(February 15): Caps and sun hats were the order of the day when over 200 people gathered at the Motueka arena under a blazing sun to celebrate the 100th anniversary of today's port. Full article, photos »

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

(February 15): Demand for property in the under $450,000 price bracket is currently exceeding supply with multiple offers becoming common. Full article »

Changes to rural subdivision and land use rules proposed

(February 5): TDC is planning to change some of the rules that apply to rural land to better protect the District's best productive land, while also offering greater flexibility for landowners. Full article »

New blood to help Vision Motueka tackle challenges

(February 4): Two new trustees were elected at the Vision Motueka AGM last night as the community development group looks to new challenges in project work and community engagement. Full article »

Book launch the highlight of Motueka Wharf centenary

(February 3): Celebration of the centenary of the present Motueka Wharf will be marked by the launch of a 176-page book detailing the facility's 100 year history. Full article, photos »

Local music festival a huge success

(February 1): A huge gamble by music enthusiast Stephen Evans paid off, at least in spirit, when a great crowd enjoyed day-long entertainment by local musicians at Riverside on Saturday. Full article, photos »

ATET offers free hospitality and life skills course

(January 28): Abel Tasman Educational Trust is offering a fees-free Hospitality and Life Skills course aimed at building foundation skills to enable easier movement for 16-19 year olds into further training or employment. Full article »

Marae plans to be explained at Vision Motueka AGM

(January 27): Plans for the development of Te Awhina Marae in Motueka will be the subject of the guest speaker, Ann Martin, at the annual general meeting of Vision Motueka next Wednesday. Full article »

Toy making contest planned for autumn

(January 27): The creative folk at the Motueka Arts Council will this year hold a "Make a Child's Toy" competition to keep inventive people busy over autumn. Full article »

Big crowd entertained at teddy bears picnic

(January 25): "This is how this part of Thorps Bush should be used," was the comment made by one parent as the annual Teddy Bears Picnic happily frollicked along in the picnic area yesterday. Full article, photos »

Hub for RSE workers taking shape

(January 23): A place to give Motueka's RSE orchard workers a home away from home is taking shape and fulfilling the dream of its dedicated founder Renee Docherty. Full article, photos »

Givealittle page begun for swimming pool donations

(January 22): The Motueka Swimming Pool committee have made it easier for people local and distant to make a donation to the pool development project by starting a Givealittle Internet page. Full article »

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

(January 22): The number of sales were down but not substantially when compared with the average December. Days on market stretched out to 62 while the median price remained steady around $420,000. Full article »

Art and crafts add to Motueka summer holiday treats

(January 19): Summer holidaying in Motueka doesn't just mean beaches, sun, boutique shops and great eateries - there's also fantastic arts and crafts on display. Full article, photos »

'Love Motueka' promotion draws huge global audience

(January 18): The high-quality video promoting Motueka to the world has proved a huge success, with an audience of nearly 20,000 views recorded in the first 24 hours. Full article »

We're celebrating our sixth birthday!

(January 15): Motueka Online has marked its sixth birthday by launching a Facebook page that will allow followers to see and read items of local news directly after they are published online. Full article »

Young artist wins pool logo competition

(January 13): The cheerful drawing by 11-year-old Georgia Abrey was chosen as the winning entry to design a logo to be used for the fundraising campaign for the Motueka Community Swimming Pool. Full article, photo »

New OTM website to better promote local business

(January 13): Use it, it's free, and it will help your business. That was the message given to Motueka business owners at the launch last night of Our Town Motueka's new website. Full article, photo »

Equestrian offers free coaching and event management

(January 9): A Motueka coach and event organiser is offering free "taster training sessions" as part of her dream of helping equestrians of all disciplines achieve their dreams. Full article, photo »

Search for 'accessibility' advocate for Motueka

(January 8): Motueka's sole representative on the combined councils' Accessibility for All (A4A) forum is stepping down and wants to find a replacement. Full article »

Busy walkway to be resurfaced

(January 7): Improvements will be made this month to the increasingly popular cycle and walkway linking Thorps Bush with the Recreation Centre. Full article »