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News items for 2017.

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Johny O'Donnell resigns from Our Town Motueka

(April 28): Chronic health problems and time pressure from his own growing business have forced Johny O'Donnell to resign as chairman of Our Town Motueka. Full article »

First Boomerang Bags in Motueka shops

(April 27): The first Motueka Boomerang Bags are making their way into local outlets, as efforts are underway already to replenish stocks. Full article, photos »

'Giving back' the motive for huge pool donation

(April 26): A strong desire to "give back" to the Motueka community has led Leeon Johnston to pledge $25,000 to support the Motueka Community Swimming Pool fundraising effort. Full article »

Is Motueka TDC's 'forgotten settlement'?

(April 23): While supporting Council's stance on reducing debt, the Motueka Community Board nevertheless said a lack of movement on key infrastructure is hurting Motueka. Full article »

Survey seeks opinions on Motueka-Whanganui ferry project

(April 21): Motueka people have the opportunity to give their opinions on the proposed ferry linking Whanganui with Motueka through an online survey. Full article »

Anarewa Reserve plan needs further work

(April 20): Efforts by Tasman District Council to develop the reserve area between Anarewa Crescent and Tapu Bay have resulted in "dissension within the community", residents said. Full article »

Record crowd at community board public forum

(April 19): What must be a record number of people at the Community Board public forum yesterday is a testament to the increasing faith Motueka people are placing in the effectiveness of their new representatives. Full article »

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

(April 19): After a slow February Motueka had a bumper run on sales in March with a very low median days to sell of just 38 and a median price of $536,000. Full article »

John Wright launches music career in Mot

(April 11): About 150 people were fortunate to be present when legendary Kiwi cricketer John Wright launched his songwriting and singing career in Motueka on Sunday. Full article, photo »

First Motueka Kai Fest a popular success

(April 10): A roaring success and definitely do it again next year - that's the reaction from most people at the inaugural Motueka Kai Fest held yesterday at Decks Reserve. Full article, photos »

Future of Ingram kindergarten on the line

(April 7): Parents and friends of the Laura Ingram Kindergarten met with Motueka councillors today to protest suggestions that the kindergarten be replaced by car parking for an extended library. Full article »

Thankful gesture leads to prize quilt

(April 6): Expressing thanks for a helping hand led to a Motueka woman winning a beautiful quilt made by the Crafty Tarts, raising money for the Motueka community swimming pool. Full article »

Youth to gain voice in local government

(April 6): The Tasman District Council is moving ahead with plans to give young people a voice in local decision-making. Full article »

Kai Fest team ready for the big day

(March 31): Nearly two years of concept development and detailed planning will come to fruition next Sunday, April 9th with the running of the inaugural Motueka Kai Fest. Full article »

Project to strengthen management of youth events

(March 30): A new project funded by the Ministry of Youth Development to strengthen the local youth events scene is about to get underway. Full article »

Quay memorial a challenge for some drivers

(March 28): Atrocious reverse driving around the car parking area beside the old Motueka wharf have led TDC to use rocks to keep out cars while the old Tarrant memorial is repaired. Full article, photos »

Big management change at Motueka i-Site

(March 28): A management shakeup will see the Motueka i-Site managed by Nelson Regional Development Agency on a three-month trial to seek "a more sustainable business model". Full article »

Vision to support Whanganui ferry investigation

(March 27): Vision Motueka will act as the main support group and conduit for information at the southern end of the proposed Whanganui to Motueka ferry service, at least until the completion of the feasibility studies. Full article »

High Street entrance a better look for visitors

(March 25): Visitors' first impressions of Motueka will be much better with the completion of the undergrounding of power cables in the remaining part of High Street south of the CBD. Full article, photos »

Motueka must wait for desired improvements

(March 24): A new library for Motueka is "absolutely needed", Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne said, but only as it fits into Council's district-wide planning. Full article »

Community board approves three discretionary grants

(March 23): Three community groups received discretionary grants to help with current projects at the Motueka Community Board meeting on Tuesday. Full article »

Boomerang Bag production in full swing

(March 18): After three sewing bees involving more than 40 people, the number of cloth Boomerang Bags ready for use freely by Motueka shoppers has passed the 100 mark. Full article, photos »

Demonstrations show less speed means less harm

(March 17): Schoolchildren will receive a vivid demonstration of why the road is not a playground - and grown-ups will be reminded to slow down - during stopping distance demonstrations throughout Tasman District in April. Full article »

Workshops to explore sustainable living at home

(March 17): A series of workshops about sustainable living at home will be run in Motueka over the coming two months. Full article »

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

(March 15): The median days on market have remained fairly static at around the mid 50s with the median price pushing up to $593,750 for the month of February. Full article »

Kai Fest team offer educational food workshops

(March 11): Planners of the Motueka Kai Fest, in conjunction with the team from Our Kai Motueka, have unveiled a program of educational workshops, tours and seminars for the week prior to the April 9th celebration. Full article, programme »

Motueka South School to be in variable speed zone

(March 9): A proposal to install a school speed zone on High Street near Motueka South School is being put out for submissions and consultation by the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA). Full article »

Library offers workshops on health options

(March 8): It's healthy lifestyles and wellness month at Motueka Library, offering a series of workshops providing the opportunity to learn about a variety of health options. Full article »

No consultation process for 2017-18 Annual Plan

(March 7): Tasman residents will have to wait another year before they can make any formal submissions to TDC's annual planning process, with next year's Annual Plan having been decided without consultation. Full article »

Community spruces up Tasman Bay beaches

(March 7): Almost 300km of Tasman Bay beaches are cleaner after 4.77 tonnes of rubbish were removed on Saturday. This was significantly up on the 3.93 tonnes that was collected in November 2014. Full article »

Tasman rates bills to remain steady in 2017-18

(March 6): Most Tasman ratepayers will see very little change in their rates bill in the coming year, with Council's total rates income increasing by 0.63%. Full article »

Entries open for Arts Council 'hold-all' competition

(March 3): Entry forms are now open for the Motueka Arts Council's 2017 crafting competition, to make a "hold-all" used for holding ... well ... anything. Full article, entry form »

Workshop planned for youth employment initiative

(March 2): The next step in a Motueka youth employment initiative will be a "Pro-action Cafe" workshop later this month involving local businesses, youth and training providers. Full article »

Vision Motueka continues with new blood, new projects

(March 1): The signing up of three new trustees and adoption of two new projects means Vision Motueka will continue for at least another year. Full article »

Positive behaviour scheme gets a boost

(March 1): Motueka schools are giving the Community Congratulations ('Gotcha Being Good') Card initiative another push this term, and want to get more local businesses involved. Full article »

Cricket legend to launch album at Motueka Kai Fest

(February 28): Kiwi cricketing legend John Wright will launch his new music video and album "Red Skies" at a special concert in Memorial Hall to wrap up the Motueka Kai Fest event on April 9th. Full article »

More picnic tables for Decks Reserve playground

(February 27): The Decks Reserve playground will be made more family friendly with the addition of four more picnic tables and eventually a shade sail for shelter. Full article »

Big submission by KMB on Motueka reserves

(February 26): Keep Motueka Beautiful has grabbed with both hands the opportunity to influence the future development of Motueka's reserves, with a 37-page submission to TDC's Reserves Management Plan Review for the ward. Full article »

Boomerang bags coming to Motueka shops

(February 23): It's time to start cutting back on the use of plastic bags for taking home shopping. Boomerang bags are set to arrive in Motueka. Full article »

Community Board to revisit freedom camping issues

(February 22): The Community Board is to have another crack at a solution for Motueka's freedom camping problems, while also encouraging self-contained campers to the town. Full article »

Quality quilt to be raffled for swimming pool

(February 20): A top-quality bed quilt made by the local crafting group Crafty Tarts will be raffled over the next two weeks to raise money for the Motueka Community Swimming Pool project. Full article, photos »

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

(February 20): The number of property sales for January were about half what they were in January 2016, with the median price up from $390,000 to $535,000 for the same period. Full article »

'Special projects' funding ready to be spent

(February 16): The allocation of funds to Motueka Community Board's "special projects" will near completion next week with the board to decide on a recommended list that was based on community input. Full article »

New sewer pipe to meet growing Kaiteriteri demands

(February 13): The Riuwaka to Kaiteriteri road will undergo further disruptions this year as the main sewer pipe from Kaiteriteri and Tapu Bay is replaced. Full article »

Twilight market to add buzz to Motueka Fridays

(February 9): Summer Friday evenings in Motueka will have a greater buzz with the opening of a Summer Twilight Market beside Decks Reserve tomorrow. Full article, photo »

Big prizes on offer in annual fishing contest

(February 9): Motueka RSA are organising the annual fishing contest for the first time this year - three days for fishing and a grand weigh-in in the RSA car park. Full article »

Community Board by-election voting closes next week

(February 8): There's little more than a week now for voting for the vacant fourth seat on the Motueka Community Board. Full article »

Marae packed for 'open day' Waitangi celebration

(February 7): The wharenui at Te Awhina Marae was packed with more than 150 people yesterday for a low-key but highly meaningful local Waitangi Day celebration. Full article, photo »

Riuwaka to miss out on UFB upgrade

(February 1): It looks like Riuwaka residents and businesses will have most to complain about in the Tasman area with maps showing where ultrafast broadband (UFB) will be available over the next few years. Full article »

Celebrate Valentines Day with poetry

(January 31): Love is in the air! And you can celebrate Valentines Day this year with the Romantic Poetry competition at Motueka Library. Full article »

Vision Motueka mulls possible winding down

(January 27): A shortfall in nominations for the required number of trustee positions has prompted Vision Motueka to consider closing down or spinning off its projects and assets. Full article »

Ultrafast broadband plan for rural towns re-emerges

(January 26): Government has announced the roll-out of fibre ultrafast broadband to 151 towns, including Motueka, Kaiteriteri, Mapua and Takaka over the period 2018 to 2024. Full article »

People power to clean up the beaches

(January 23): Duane Major and Adam Gard'ner, the team behind the Givealittle campaign to buy the Awaroa beach, are encouraging people to sign up and take part in the Nelson Tasman Big Beach Clean. Full article »

Kai Fest team gears up for action

(January 20): The signs are positive for the inaugural Motueka Kai Fest on April 9th to be a huge success, with the planners signing up an experienced team of people to manage all key activities. Full article »

Review of the property sales market in the Motueka area

(January 19): Sales numbers remained at a similar level to the same period last year, the medium house sale price was $477,000, and the median days on market were down from 62 to 42. Full article »

Motueka youth employment findings to be presented

(January 18): Creating more employment and training opportunities for Motueka's youth is the subject of a comprehensive report to be made public at the upcoming Vision Motueka AGM. Full article »

Challenge to increase cycling among workers

(January 17): Motueka businesses and organisations are being invited to take part in a new nationwide biking programme, the Aotearoa Bike Challenge. Full article »

Move to set up multicultural women's social group

(January 14): Do you want to be part of a group where you can share something from your birth culture or just have a chat and a cuppa with other women? Full article »

Plans for youth voice at TDC, Community Board

(January 10): Plans are afoot for the views of teenagers to be heard as of right around the tables of both Tasman District Council and the Motueka Community Board. Full article »