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Current Roading and Infrastructure Works

TDC is weekly updating a list of current roading and infrastructure works being carried out throughout the Tasman District. See what's happening in your area »

Water Rationing and Restrictions

Over summer TDC lists the current restrictions. Details here »

The following news items, many of which are already posted on this website under the general news section, relate to TDC activities:

TDC reduces debt, runs operating surplus

(September 29): The Tasman District Council has reduced its debt for the third year in a row and continues to strengthen its balance sheet, its latest Annual Report shows. Full article »

Council prepares for library feasibility study

(July 7): The first step in the process of developing a new Motueka Library was taken yesterday when TDC's Community Development Committee agreed to work on the required feasibility study and community consultation. Full article »

Casting vote used to keep dam project alive

(June 15): Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne used his casting vote to keep the Lee Valley Dam project alive, but the result will likely mean more costs to ratepayers. Full article »

Council to consult on draft Freedom Camping Bylaw

(June 2): The Tasman District Council next week will seek public feedback on a draft Freedom Camping Bylaw. Full article »

Council's community grants open for applications

(May 4): Applications are now open for Tasman District Council Community Grants funding, with $219,000 available this year to help pay for community projects. 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 »

Tasman rates bills to remain steady in 2017-18

(March 3): 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

TDC confirms 1% rates income increase for 2016

(May 10): The Tasman District Council has adopted its Annual Plan for 2016, confirming a 1% rates income increase and progress on certain projects. 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Council to explore external funding options for dam

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

Cycle trail gets more government funding

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

Record submissions received on dam proposals

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

Waimea Dam consultation process to begin next week

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

TDC relaxes building consent rules

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

Improved recycling services to start next July

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

Report shows accounting surplus for Council

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

Lee Valley dam cost estimate rising rapidly

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

Second Hand Sunday extends to Motueka

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

Closing date nears for council funding applications

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

TDC changes tack on Mapua wharf development

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

Tasman to lead work on sediment and erosion control

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

Motueka rezoning decisions mainly retained

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

Feedback sought on erosion and sediment control guidelines

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

Council targets low rates in Annual Plan

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

Outstanding service awards for unsung heroes

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

Council to go ahead with pedestrian lights

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

Council plans renewal of High Street trees

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

Council offers free fix for faulty culverts

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

Annual plan provides talking points for Motueka

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

Mixed results from Motueka planning changes

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

Council supports TPPA, but with firm conditions

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

Council supports trusts option to protect local wharves

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

Council seeks thoughts on use of open spaces

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

District business delegation to visit China

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

TDC's Draft Annual Plan process begins

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

TDC to explain local implications of climate change

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

Tasman Mayor sets the tone for the next term

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

Council appoints community development manager

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

All-male line-up for another local govt term

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

Annual report adopted by Tasman District Council

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

Tasman Council awarded AA- credit rating

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

Council purchases Kina Peninsular land

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

Council adopts annual plan for 2013/2014

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

New local government act allows existing TDC services

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

Time for groups to seek grants from rates

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

Tasman council adopts rates remission policy

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

TDC seeks public feedback on its performance

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

Poor attendance at draft annual plan talks

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

Low rate rise signalled in TDC's Draft Annual Plan

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

Solution plotted for sewage treatment odour

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

Help sought for whitebait spawning site survey

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

Have your say on Tasman road speed limits

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

TDC signs off Development Contribution policy

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

Council report examines future of Motueka library

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

Council passes updated liquor control bylaw

(December 8): The Council's updated liquor in public places bylaw was passed for adoption at the Council meeting last week and will come into effect next Friday, December 14th. Full article »

Kempthorne: new legislation will hamper growth

(November 30): The Local Government Reforms were passed by Parliament on Wednesday night, but their enactment "is not going to increase the efficiency of councils nor reduce costs", says Tasman District Mayor Richard Kempthorne. Full article »

Council to bring engineering work in-house

(November 30): The Council is to bring a number of engineering functions in-house as a result of a review of the professional services it receives via contracts with external providers and consultants. Full article »

Health of Tasman's coastline under scrutiny

(October 26): Tasman District Council will host a public meeting in Motueka at which it will present a comprehensive recent report on the ecological health of the Tasman Bay coastline. Full article »

Council manages well during challenging times

(October 19): Tasman District is shaping up well for the challenges it faces now and in the future as one of the fastest growing regions in New Zealand, Mayor Richard Kempthorne said when releasing the Council's Annual Report for the 2011-2012 year. Full article »

Mayor: 'No evidence to support local govt changes'

(September 21): There is no evidence to support the need for the amendments to local government legislation proposed by the Government, Mayor Richard Kempthorne told the Select Committee hearing submissions in Christchurch. Full article »

Port Motueka Endowment Fund's future secure

(August 16): Tasman District Council's Corporate Services Committee resolved today to continue to "ring fence" the Port Motueka Endowment fund and to use it to benefit the Motueka harbour and Motueka Coastal area. Full article »

TDC joins Top of South purchasing and service accord

(July 27): Tasman District Council today threw its support behind the proposed Top of the South purchasing and shared service accord agreed to by Marlborough District Council earlier this week. Full article »

TDC closer to setting up Commercial subcommittee

(July 26): The Tasman District Council took another step forward to the formation of a Commercial Subcommittee in agreeing to the proposed Subcommittee's terms of reference. Full article »

Tasman District representation model confirmed by Council

(July 20): The Tasman District Council has decided to retain its current representation structure for the next two elections in 2013 and 2016. Full article »

TDC seeks more 'community engagement'

(July 8): Tasman District Council is looking for more local involvement in decision making by asking the Motueka Community Board to become a "significant stakeholder within the Council-led Community Engagement project". Full article »

Abel Tasman foreshore management plan approved

(June 28): A management plan for the Abel Tasman foreshore has been approved and will come into effect from 1st November this year. Full article »

Council adopts LTP, sets lower rate rise for 2012

(June 27): The Tasman District Council today adopted its Long Term Plan (LTP) with a general rate increase for the 2012-2013 year set at 3.63 percent. Full article »

Council seeks feedback on aerodrome plans

(June 15): Tasman District Council has prepared a management plan and a development plan for Motueka Aerodrome and is now inviting the community to comment on those plans. Full article »

TDC to continue funding for regional tourism

(June 8): Tasman District Council will retain funding for Nelson Tasman Tourism (NTT) in its Long Term Plan 2012-2022 to continue operating the region's Visitor Centres and provide destination marketing activities for the region. Full article »

Council debates principle of spending surplus

(June 8): What does a responsible council do when it has a surplus in part of its roading and drainage budget approaching year end - spend it on other needed work or bank it to reduce rates for the next year? Full article »

Stopbank project and Kaiteriteri Road victims of spending cuts

(May 30): The controversial project to upgrade the lower Motueka River stopbank has received a funding cut from over $16 million to $5m, and the $1.65m upgrade of part of Kaiteriteri Rd has been shelved. Full article »

Council changes heart on cycleway project funding

(May 27): Tasman District Council has listened to the 93 submitters to its draft Long Term Plan who want the Great Taste cycle trail to be completed, and have reinstated in the final plan a commitment to finish it, albeit to a lower standard for now. Full article »

Significant find delays work at Turners Bluff

(May 21): The realignment of Riwaka-Kaiteriteri Road at Turners Bluff has been delayed after the discovery of the remains of an early Maori pa on the top of the bluff. Work has been suspended as the Council, iwi, NZ Historic Places Trust and the land owner work together to find a solution. Full article »

Court says TDC can access Motueka's water

(May 7): The Environment Court has found in favour of Tasman District Council's plans to access water in Motueka, clearing the way for council to access the drinking water it needs to meet the demands of a growing Motueka and Tasman area. Full article »

Joint regional waste plan okayed by Councils

(May 1): The region's joint waste management and minimisation plan (JWMMP) has been given the go-ahead by both Tasman District and Nelson City Councils. Full article »

Cycle trail, Kaiteriteri Road head council submissions

(April 25): TDC's dropping of support for the extension of the Great Taste Trail cycleway and delays in fixing the Riwaka-Kaiteriteri Road were the subjects of most of requests heard by councillors during submissions to its draft Long Term Plan in Motueka yesterday. Full article »

Birdhurst compost site tests give all clear

(April 20): Claims of possible water contamination from the Birdhurst compost site in Motueka have been quashed following the return of test results. Full article »

TDC amalgamation flyer found to breach rules

(April 13): The Auditor General has ruled that Tasman District Council's flyer sent to all Tasman households last week was in breach of the Council's resolution not to spend any money promoting or opposing the amalgamation proposal. Full article »

Applications for small community grants close soon

(April 12): The next closing date for Tasman District Council's Community Development Fund applications is April 30th, and the smaller communities in the Motueka ward such as Riwaka, Ngatimoti and Tasman are encouraged to apply for funds for development projects. Full article »

Council to hear submissions on draft LTP this month

(April 11): Tasman District Council received nearly 900 submissions to its Draft Long Term Plan (LTP) by the time the submission period closed last week. Full article »

BERL report reflects well on Tasman and Nelson

(April 3): The recently released 2011 BERL Regional Rankings identifies Tasman and Nelson as taking opportunities, not losing them. Full article »

Mayor pleads for 'myth-information' to stop

(March 29): The time for myths is over, Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne said. He wants a constructive relationship with Government MPs, not political point scoring against respective organisations. Full article »

Official website launched for amalgamation Q & A

(March 16): Aiming to encourage the residents and ratepayers of both Nelson and Tasman councils to make an informed vote by 21st April, the councils together today launched a website to help answer questions about the proposal. Full article »

Water seen as key to Tasman's future prosperity

(March 10): Tasman District Council's Draft Long Term Plan for 2012-2022 has identified the supply and quality of water and the management of wastewater and stormwater as key to the district's future prosperity. Full article »

Councils to cooperate for greater efficiencies

(March 3): Tasman District Council has joined Nelson City Council and most of the other councils in the South Island to form the South Island Strategic Alliance, aiming to produce efficiencies and increased collaboration in public projects. Full article »

Council's Long Term Plan ready for consultation

(February 24): The Tasman District Council has settled on its draft Long Term Plan and will release it for public consultation. One key feature is the proposal that works on roads, footpaths and cycleways will be cut sharply for the next three years. Full review »

Cuts and delays to services proposed in TDC's long term plan

(January 29): Money-saving cuts in services and delays in new projects are proposed in the new draft of Tasman District Council's Long Term Plan, which is being released for consultation from late February. Full article »

Tourism Rate to be spread across all Tasman ratepayers

(January 26): The Tasman District Council is proposing to change the way it collects the current Targeted Tourism Rate, which would lead to a $20 rates increase to general ratepayers. Full article »

TDC appoints Lindsay McKenzie as new CEO

(January 24): The Tasman District Council today announce the appointment of Lindsay McKenzie to the role of Chief Executive. Mr McKenzie is currently Chief Executive of Gisborne District Council. Full article »

Councils propose joint waste management and minimisation plan

(December 12): The release of the proposed Joint Waste Management and Minimisation Plan is a call for real behavioural change in the communities of Nelson and Tasman. Full article »

New rating valuations for TDC properties available

(December 9): The valuation rolls for Tasman District have been revised by Quotable Value Limited. The revised Rating Values are effective as at 1 September 2011 and the new notices of valuation will be posted to owners and ratepayers from today. Full article »

Council decides not to set up Maori ward

(November 24): Tasman District Councillors have decided after much consideration not to initiate a Maori ward before the Local Government elections set down for 2013. Full article »

Tasman Council's reporting seen as a model for others

(November 10): TDC's Annual Report for the 2009/10 year has been identified with 5 other Regional, District and City Councils as better than most, particularly in terms of performance reporting. Full article »

Easier access to TDC building staff in Motueka

(November 2): Residents of Golden Bay and greater Motueka will soon be able to call on the services of a Building Consent Officer in their local Council offices. Full article »

Tasman District Council maintains its sound financial performance

(November 2): The assets of the Tasman District are worth in excess of $1 billion - one of the many highlights within the Council's Annual Report for the 2010-2011 year. Full article »

TDC accepts the stopbank refurbishment option

(September 28): The Tasman District Council unanimously accepted the engineer's recommendation to solve Motueka's flood control problem by refurbishing the existing stopbanks. Full article »

Tasman District Council gets 75% approval rating

(September 23): Nearly three quarters of Tasman residents are satisfied with the way rates are spent on services and facilities provided by Council within the District, according to the independent annual customer survey undertaken for the Council. Full article »

TDC locks in Community Board delegations

(September 21): Last month the Tasman District Council agreed to a number of delegations to the Motueka and Golden Bay Community Boards following a process begun last year and further identified within the Local Government Commission's recent Draft plan. Full article »

Options clarified for community decision on river stopbanks

(August 26): Tasman District Council this week brought Motueka residents up to date with analysis and planning for the three possible options still in consideration for managing the risk of flooding from the Motueka River. Full article »

TDC chief executive resigns suddenly

(August 26): Tasman District Council CEO Paul Wylie yesterday morning unexpectedly announced his resignation to take up a new role as CEO of Buller District Council. He says his decision to move had nothing to do with the amalgamation issue. Full article »

TDC makes submission against amalgamation plan

(August 21): Tasman District Council has voted to oppose the proposed amalgamation of Nelson and Tasman Councils and has made and published its submission backing its opinion. Full article »

Tasman Nelson Environment Awards open for nominations

(August 10): The popular regional environment awards are now open for nominations until Friday 16 September. This year there are eight categories including a revamped Sustainable Design category, which has been broadened to include individual buildings. Full article »

TDC set to increase powers for community boards

(July 4): The Tasman District Council last Thursday considered a report suggesting that both the Motueka and Golden Bay Community Boards be given increased powers, and Chief Executive Paul Wylie has suggested that the Council approve them in principle. Full article »

TDC adopts 2011-2012 annual plan

(June 30): Tasman District Council adopted its 2011-2012 Annual Plan today (30/6), confirming the General Rate Rise of 6.05% identified by the Council earlier this month. Full article »

Extra targeted rate for Motueka ward projects

(June 10): The Community Board is to receive $25,000 from an increase to its targeted rate, to be used to tackle several small local projects which have languished for long periods on the Council's works lists due to lack of funds. Full article »

TDC proposes 6.05% general rate increase

(June 10): The Tasman District Council has taken another step in determining its General and Targeted rates for the 2011-2012 year. The coming year's total figure has been determined with a 6.05% increase to the general rate. Full article »

Submissions open on management of park foreshore

(June 9): The public is invited to make submissions on the Abel Tasman Foreshore Scenic Reserve Draft Management Plan that contains proposals for management of the foreshore along the Abel Tasman coastline. Full article »

Electronic waste recycling now available year round

(May 12): A newly launched initiative has brought electronic waste recycling to the Tasman/Nelson region. The Nelson ReUse and Recycle Centre at 6 Vivian Place, Tahunanui is now accepting electronic waste for recycling as part of the e-Cycle Project. Full article »

Nominations open for Nelson Tasman TrustPower Community Awards

(May 7): The once a year opportunity to celebrate and recognise local volunteers has arrived, with nominations now open for the TrustPower Nelson Tasman Community Awards. Full article »

Future design of Motueka township up for discussion

(Apr 29): Possibly the most important document ever to emerge from town planners about the future shape and function of Motueka has been released for all residents to study and comment on. Full article »

TDC passes bylaw banning freedom camping

(Apr 28): Tasman District Council has passed a bylaw that severely restrict, at least in principle, the activities of freedom campers in the district, after years of heated debate as to the extent and effects of the problem. Full article »

Cycle Trails Trust calls on local artists to design logo

(Apr 20): The Nelson Tasman Cycle Trails Trust is getting into gear with the appointment of an executive officer and the launch of a logo competition to raise the profile of the trust and what the region has to offer in cycle tourism. Full article »

Big projects coming up for community consultation

(Apr 14): Some of the most important infrastructure projects that will affect the growth and prosperity of Motueka for decades to come are up for community discussion and consultation this month, with hopes that ratepayers make their opinions known while plans are still at draft stages. Full article »

Submissions open for Motueka flood control options

(Apr 13): Tasman District Council is investigating improving the flood control measures for the Lower Motueka River near Motueka township and Riwaka. After an initial round of community consultation and investigation five options have been identified for further consideration. Full article »

Free internet to remain without restrictions at Motueka Library

(Apr 7): The partnership agreement between the Tasman District Council and the Aotearoa Peoples Network Kaharoa (ANPK), the central government authority that provides the free broadband internet access in libraries, has been extended through a Council decision. Full article »

Freedom camping bylaw may soon come into effect

(Mar 13): Some relief may be in sight for those concerned about the detrimental effects of freedom camping in the region. The Tasman District Council has voted to enter a consultation period for a new Freedom Camping Bylaw that will replace the current Freedom Camping Policy. Full article »

TDC's next Annual Plan up for discussion

(Mar 11): The Tasman District Council has prepared its 2011/2012 Draft Annual Plan and later this month will meet with Motueka ratepayers to discuss what it is proposing to do in the district for the next planning year. Full article »

Applications sought for Tasman Youth Council

(Feb 17): Recruitment for the 2011 Tasman Youth Council has begun, with applications currently being accepted for interested young people to join and make a difference in their local communities. Full article »

Motueka River flood control options presented to Council

(Feb 14): Tasman District Council's Engineering Services Committee has been presented with five options for Motueka's future flood control. Once approved by the committee, the five options would form the basis of ongoing public consultation begun last year in Motueka. Full article »

High Street North stormwater pipe to ease flooding

(Feb 14): Council will be installing new stormwater pipes in High Street Motueka, north of the shopping centre, to address flooding problems in this area. The Decks Reserve car park is also being resealed. Full article »

Council presents amalgamation submission to the Local Government Commission

(Dec 15): The Tasman District Council presented it submission with regard to the proposed amalgamation of Nelson and Tasman Districts to the Local Government Commission this morning. Full article »

Amalgamation submissions to be heard in Motueka

(Dec 13): The Local Government Commission received about 450 submissions on the proposal for the union of Tasman District and Nelson City. Submissions from Motueka residents will be heard on Thursday. Full article »

Top of the South Maps website launched

(Dec 9): Today sees the launch of “Top of the South Maps”, a mapping website showing property, recreation and services information in Tasman/ Nelson. Full article »

Speak Out Nelson Tasman tackles racism

(Dec 9): A reporting system for racist incidents in Tasman and Nelson was officially launched on November 29th. Speak Out Nelson Tasman is an initiative of the Nelson Multicultural Council with the support of government agencies, the Nelson Safer Community Council and the Human Rights Commission. Full article »

Water rationing for Waimea Plains from 6 December

(Dec 2): Tasman District Council’s Dry Weather Taskforce Convenor, Dennis Bush-King, said that water rationing for users on the Waimea Plains will be implemented effective Monday, 6 December. Full article »

TDC supports Pike River Miners Relief Fund Trust

(Dec 2): The Tasman District Council Offices are collection points for the Pike River Miners Relief Fund Trust, set up by the Grey District Council to help those affected by the Pike River Mine tragedy. Full article »

Council releases 2009/2010 Annual Report

(Nov 19): The Annual Report for the Tasman District Council was released today. The Council produces an Annual Report each year to account for the money provided to it by its ratepayers, financial institutions and government agencies. Full report »

TDC holds off water restrictions for another week

(Nov 17): Tasman District Council's Dry Weather Taskforce has met to review the water situation across the District and has deferred the introduction of water restrictions for at least another week. Full article »

Tasman District Council releases it submission on amalgamation

(Oct 28): The Tasman District Council discussed its draft submission to the Local Government Commission on the amalgamation petition today. The draft submission has been released publicly after the Council debate with the final draft to be released closer to the November 8th closing date for submissions. Full article »

TDC's Annual Report reflects prudent financial management

(Oct 28): The Tasman District Council's Annual Report for the 2009-10 year was debated today at the second meeting of the new Council. The highlights of the report include the acknowledgement that the assets managed by the Council on behalf of residents and ratepayers are now worth $1.075 billion. Full article »

The Motueka "Boil Water" notice has been lifted

(Oct 12): The "Boil Water" notice affecting the Motueka Town Water Supply has been lifted as of today Monday 12th October, after four consecutive days of tests free of E. Coli. Full article »

Council investigating reasons for Town Water Supply contamination

(Oct 1): The precautionary boil water notice, announced three weeks ago, is still in force for households and businesses connected to the Motueka Water Town Supply, and while the contamination has yet to be identified, some theories are now being tested. Full article »

Nelson/Tasman Council amalgamation process announced

(Sept 23): The Local Government Commission has called for submissions on a proposal to merge Tasman District and Nelson City. The Commission says submissions may be made on any matter relevant to the proposal. Full article »

Voting time commences for local body elections

(Sept 22): All Tasman residents and ratepayers should have received their voting papers over the last week and now have until noon on Saturday October 9th to make their decisions on who they wish to represent them. Full article »

Mayor urges role to play in amalgamation process

(Sept 10): Yesterday’s announcement from the Local Government Commission regarding the investigation into the possible union between Nelson City and the Tasman District is the first step in a process that all Tasman residents need to play a role, said Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne. Full article »

Community Grants closing next Tuesday

(Aug 27): A reminder that applications for TDC's annual Community Grants are closing Tuesday 31 August 2010. All applications must be in by 4:30pm. Full article »

Great environmental projects wanted by TDC

(Aug 18): Nominations for the Tasman Nelson Environment Awards officially open tomorrow, Friday 20 August. The Awards are a joint Nelson City and Tasman District Council initiative to recognise and celebrate people and organisations in our community who are making a difference both today and in the future. Full article »

Tasman District Council launches revamped website

(Aug 12): TDC today launched its much-awaited new website, a significant rebuild of the old site which had long ago become outdated and hard to use. The new site is bright, attractive and well organised. Full article »

Tasman will support the amalgamation review, not the outcome sought

(August 5): The Tasman District Council has reaffirmed that it will co-operate fully with the Local Government Commission in its investigation into the possible amalgamation of the Tasman District and Nelson City Councils. Full article »

Local Government Elections process begins

(July 22): Tomorrow sees the first milestone of this year's local government elections with nominations opening for Mayor, Councillors, Motueka and Golden Bay Community Boards and the District Health Board. Full article »

Council takes a creative approach to Graffiti Vandalism

(July 8): A creative youth-led approach could help to stamp out graffiti vandalism in Richmond and Motueka. The 'Pride of Place - Tasman Graffiti Vandalism Prevention Project' has had a productive first year, creating a plan on how to tackle the problem. Full article »

Tasman District Council Annual Plan adopted

(July 1): The Annual Plan for the 2010/11 year was adopted at the Council meeting yesterday. The total rates will approximately increase across a range between 3.57% and 5.71% depending on the location of ratepayers and services received. Full article »

Discount and GST rise provide focus on early payment of rates

(June 26): In its Corporate Services Committee meeting yesterday the Tasman District Council identified the benefits available to ratepayers in light of the impending rise in GST in October 2010. Full article »

Local body election details announced

(June 24): The next local government and district health board elections will be held on Saturday 9th October, just over three months off now. Full article »

Annual Plan keeps average general rate rise under 4%

(June 10): Tasman District Councillors have taken a hard line within their Annual Plan deliberations and managed the average general rate rise this year to less than 4%, down from 5.2% predicted in the Ten Year Plan. Full article »

Motueka Ward Councillors happy with water decision

(June 9): Motueka Ward Councillors Eileen Wilkins, Barry Dowler and Jack Inglis are happy with the independent commissioners' decision regarding water allocation to the Tasman District Council for community supply purposes. Full article »

Residents Views Sought on Council Services and Facilities

(June 5): Tasman District Council is to conduct its annual survey of residents to determine their level of satisfaction with Council services and facilities. Interviewing for the survey begins on Friday 11 June, and is expected to be completed on Sunday 20 June. Full article »

Consent granted for water take from Motueka Plains aquifer

(June 1): A Panel of Independent Commissioners has granted resource consent to the Tasman District Council's Engineering Department to take up to 16,000 cubic metres of water per day for the proposed Motueka Coastal Community Water supply. Full article »

Request for more funds for footpaths

(May 29): At the May 27 2010 meeting of the TDC Engineering Services Committee meeting, committee chair Trevor Norriss asked the Council to consider reinstating the Footpath Rehabilitation Budget to $100,000 district wide. He also reported on road works in High Street and High Street North before the bridge. Full article »

Annual Plan process continues after submissions end

(Apr 28): The second stage of Tasman District Council's Annual Plan process has closed with the deadline for written submissions at 4.30pm last Monday. There were nearly 250 submissions. Full article »

Residents provide feedback on the river stopbank proposals

(Apr 20): Residents of Motueka, Riwaka and other villages near the Motueka River have been attending meetings held by the Tasman District Council's consultants to tell the council what they think of proposals to upgrade the river's stopbanks. Full article »

Groundwater levels at record lows

(Apr 15): The Tasman District is experiencing a 1-in-10 year drought at present, and groundwater levels at Waikoropupu Springs and in the Hau Zone in Motueka have reached their lowest recorded levels for this time of the year. Full article »

Changes to rates for tourism-oriented businesses

(Mar 31): The Council is proposing increases in targeted rates for businesses which benefit from tourism, partly to match inflation but also to include more part-time accommodation providers and larger shopping centres.
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TDC seeks feedback on river stopbank plan

(Mar 23): The Tasman District Council's 10-year Plan identified the need for a review of the current flood control measures for Motueka, and in particular the Motueka River, and is asking residents to express their opinions. Full article »

Draft Annual Plan released

Tasman District Council released its Draft Annual Plan 2010/2011 for public consultation on Monday 22 March 2010. Submissions on the draft plan close on 26 April 2010. Copies of the draft plan and supporting documents are provided on the TDC website here. Details of work planned for Motueka have been extracted from those documents and are listed on Motueka Online here »

Offer to purchase land

The council's Community Services committee said that council has made an offer to purchase land adjacent to Sports Park Motueka, which is currently leased by the High School from the Wakatu Incorporation.

Drop the water of appeal idea, local TDC councillors urge

(Feb 18): Motueka-based Tasman District councillors have called on the Motueka Community Board to abandon its plans to appeal to the Environment Court about water resources. Full article »

Ecofest organisers seek locals with green thumbs

(Mar 3): Do you have an urban garden full of incredible edibles? Ecofest organisers are seeking locals with green thumbs and green minds to open up their gardens and homes as part of the event’s home and garden tour series. Full article »

Tasman cycling events for Bike Wise Month

(Feb 1): Tasman district residents are being encouraged to dust off their saddles for a series of free biking events taking place throughout February 2010 as part of Bike Wise Month, an event funded by the NZ Transport Agency and the Ministry of Health, as New Zealand’s annual celebration of the bicycle. Full article »

Council discusses concerns about rural burn-offs

(Dec 19): Tasman District Council met rural industry representatives recently to discuss concerns about burn-offs. The Council's website reports that the meeting discussed how smoke from rural fires affects the environment, people's health, amenities and well-being, as well as how it damages Tasman's image as a clean and healthy place to live. Full article »

For more news releases direct from the Tasman District Council, visit the Council website »