Motueka-Golden Bay

Collingwood camp under new control

Chrissy and Gary Clements

Nelson couple Chrissy and Gary Clements have taken over the management of the Collingwood motor camp.

Hop researchers open brewery

The agricultural research station in Riwaka has bred some of the rock stars of craft brewing and can now make its own beer.

Treats for food bank donations

Lisa Jamieson

Golden Bay's food baron has turned 3, and he's celebrating by giving away sweet treats in exchange for tins of food, which he'll donate to the local food bank.

Dancing in the dark

No Lights No Lycra

Our inhibitions hold us back - but what if no one could see us dancing? Alastair Paulin goes dance-crazy with the lights down in Motueka.

The power of pink

fun run

Strong support for Motueka breast cancer run has organisers planning to make it an annual event.

Motueka set to claim place in history

Freshly discovered documents point to the Motueka Cricket Club being the oldest in New Zealand.

Fruits of labour celebrated

Nelson noise

About a dozen of the 54 volunteers who helped paint a large mural depicting Motueka horticulture have celebrated its completion.

Winter competition goes beyond racing

The Maitahi Outrigger Canoe Club headed home with a handsome new trophy after the final event in the Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka Winter Waka Challenge in Golden Bay on Sunday.

New name for revamped nature park


Golden Bay's nature park and bush cafe Bencarri Farm has undergone a winter overhaul, including its name, which has changed to Wild Earth.

Eviction threat angers residents

Marchwood Park

Controversial policy change could have seen three-quarters of Marchwood Park residents evicted.

Totaranui renews booking system

 John Kennedy

Places are filling up fast at top holiday spot after new online booking system introduced.

Cow cruelty ruling to be appealed

Dairy cows

Takaka farmer appealing ruling that he was unjustified in firing a worker for cruelty to a cow.

Teen arrested after crime spree


A 15-year-old boy has gone on a drunken crime spree, stealing two cars and crashing one of them.

Pedal power drives charity ride

Real estate agent saddles up for epic trip

Ginny and Pat Rickets


Doreeen Rudolf will head south for the ride of her life this month, planning to cover 1260km from Motueka to Invercargill in 16 days.

Girl helps capture drive-by gunman


Young girl's quick-thinking after gun pointed at her from car helps police identify and arrest man.

Police criticisms best made official

Residents frustrated with policing are being urged to complain directly to the source.

Residents call for policing boost


Motueka residents say they are fed up with policing in their area and want to see more police on the streets.

DOC shocked by death of penguins

At least eight little blue penguins were killed by dogs at Little Kaiteriteri over the weekend.

Peaceful revolution at Bencarri

Olly Stephens


Charlotte Squire visits a special place in Golden Bay - Bencarri Farm - which is now under new owners.

Taking hold of destiny


OPINION: If Motueka is thrive into the next generation, then the town needs to go it alone.

Seal pup dies after 'hours in net'

solar system

A dead seal pup has been found on a beach in Golden Bay after being caught in a fishing net.

Homeowner holds back blaze

house fire

A quick-thinking homeowner took matters into own hands to prevent his house from burning down yesterday.

New marina would generate $1.5m

A new 100-berth marina at Port Motueka could generate at least $1.5 million annually.

Outdoors were his great love

Emotional farewell to much-loved friend

 Rocks Rd

Tears flowed as close friends of Golden Bay's Ari Kingan came to grips with losing a loyal, athletically gifted young man.

Candidates agree children come first

Cross-party agreements to produce better policy outcomes for children were worth pursuing, candidates representing five political parties said in Motueka last night.

Huge haul of rubbish from sea

Craig Smith

A wood burner, oil filters, starter batteries, and a homemade bong and were among the rubbish divers retrieved from the supposedly pristine waters of Anchorage and Adele Island.

Rooftop larks backfire for teen

water balloon

Water balloon prank goes awry as teen plunges leg through skylight on Motueka jeweller's roof.

Vodafone tower still riles foes

Vodafone has changed its application to build a cellphone tower in Golden Bay , altering the design to a version that doesn't require community feedback.

Trail-blazers give thumbs up

cycle trail

The route might not have the final letter of approval - but who cares about the paperwork when you can take in some amazing country on a cycle ride between Mapua and Kaiteriteri.

Mayday call off Motueka


Two men and a dog were rescued from a boat sinking in Tasman Bay yesterday.

Collingwood store gets new lease of life

Meg Howie

Hungry whitebaiters in Collingwood can rest rest assured knowing they can stock up from the Collingwood supermarket, which has reopened.

Tourists in fight for life

Tony Lawton,  and Gaylene Wilkinson

After a boat trip turned into an 18-hour ordeal, a Golden Bay couple were forced to drink their own urine to stay alive. | Tourists survive sinking

Wastewater plan at Motueka firming up

A planned filtration treatment system for Motueka's wastewater will not only save Tasman ratepayers about $2 million but discharge cleaner water into the estuary.

Joyce rides shotgun into Motueka


Two tables pushed together in the corner of Motueka's Elevation cafe provided the venue for National minister Steven Joyce to informally meet and greet the party faithful yesterday.

Multisport menu proves popular

Sport has become a major part of the lunchtime menu at Motueka High School, with the expansion of a programme to get students active.

Poison battle flares again

Mapua Wharf.

A Golden Bay anti-1080 group says the public are being silenced in the leadup to a 1080 drop this spring.

Sea mining scrutiny welcomed

The fishing industry has welcomed scrutiny of Chatham Rock Phosphate's application and the company's decision to reduce the area of sea floor it wants to mine.

Mental health facility faces crisis

A facility treating people with chronic suicidal thoughts may close if funding cannot be found.

'Beach bum' is living the dream

 Dennis Petch

New Kaiteriteri Beach Motor Camp manager Dennis Petch has had to give up his camping spot of 30 years.

Peace vigil planned in Golden Bay

Ann Banks

Wander past the Village Green in Takaka on Monday evening and you'll come across a group of people standing in silent vigil, by candlelight.

Video store faces end credits

Tim and Linda McPadden

Piracy and downloads have spelled the end for video store which shut up shop yesterday after 15 years.

Motueka: Living the dream...

Collingwood Sthome is demolished

New Our Town Motueka co-ordinator Julie Jacobson plans to use her international marketing experience to help brand the town.

Man dies in DIY bicycle crash

bicycle accident

A man has died after crashing his motorised bicycle.

Man killed in motorised bike crash

St John's Ambulance

A man in his 50s has died after his motorised bicycle crashed into a ditch near Motueka.

Four hundred trees in 20 minutes

Jo Edwards

More than 400 trees and shrubs were planted in 20 minutes at a Golden Bay beach thanks to a group of enthusiastic Fonterra staff.

Man in $80,000 drug bust

A man found with one of the largest ever "street stop" drug seizures by a routine traffic patrol has pleaded not guilty in the Nelson District Court.

Cafe becomes winter studio

Muck the pig

An artist has found a new element for her work after moving her mountain studio to a busy cafe.

Bay turns out for health meeting

A packed public meeting has called for Golden Bay's voice to be heard in Nelson as changes are made to the new integrated family health centre.

Summit to give Motueka direction

Motueka's economy is "drifting" and needs a strategy and innovation, say local leaders.

Public cash needed for hub concept

The vision of a new Motueka library anchoring a community hub at Deck's Reserve has been given a cautious boost by Tasman mayor.

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