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Vision Motueka has worked on several projects. Here is a digest of some of the things that have happened over the past few years.

December 1, 2018 - YEAST project rises to youth employment challenge in Motueka

For the past few months, a group of young people have been working to identify how Motueka can better provide for its youth. The latest step in the ongoing Vision Motueka Youth Employment and Skills Training (YEAST) project has been to draw out potential youth leaders and hear what young people wanted and needed to improve their engagement in the wider community. Read the article.

June 14, 2018 - Vision Motueka's YEAST project rises with new leader

A youth action group is being assembled to help make Motueka a better place for young people to "live, learn and grow". The Vision Motueka Development Trust has appointed outdoor educator and teacher Anna Hughes to lead the Youth Employment and Skills Training (YEAST) initiative. Read the article.

October 30, 2017 - Volunteers recognised at annual Motueka awards

About 80 people from 22 community groups celebrated the contribution that volunteers make to the life and growth of Motueka. The annual event, organised and hosted by Vision Motueka at Memorial Hall, treated guests to a great afternoon tea and some superb musical entertainment, rounded out with the presentation of 18 awards to volunteers who have provided outstanding service in recent years. Read the article.

August 30, 2017 - Community contact database gets its annual update

The online database of contact details for all known Motueka community groups and clubs has had its annual spring-clean and update. The database is maintained by Vision Motueka and listings are free. Read the article.

April 21, 2017 - Survey seeks opinions on Motueka-Whanganui ferry project

Motueka people have the opportunity to give their opinions on the proposed ferry linking Whanganui with Motueka through an online survey. Vision Motueka, which is supporting the early work on the proposal at this end of the ferry service, has created an eight-question survey using Survey Monkey. Read the article.

April 10, 2017 - First Motueka Kai Fest a popular success

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. An estimated 3000 people were present at the peak period from about 11am to 1pm and probably another 1000 coming and going throughout the five-hour event. Read the article.

March 2, 2017 - Workshop planned for youth employment initiative

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. Linda Glew wants to hear from any Motueka business owners who would like to contribute ideas for taking the next step, or to investigate the issue more fully. Read the article.

March 1, 2017 - Vision Motueka continues with new blood, new projects

The signing up of three new trustees and adoption of two new projects means Vision Motueka will continue for at least another year. At its AGM in January the development group said it may have to wind up operations due to a shortage of trustees and therefore ability to take on projects. Read the article.

January 18, 2017 - Motueka youth employment findings to be presented

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. The information gathering project led by Linda Glew over the past six months has resulted in the identification of more than 20 organisations which already or could offer training or employment in and around the town. Read the article.

October 17, 2016 - Motueka recognises its outstanding volunteers

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. The annual event is hosted and organised by Vision Motueka. Read the article.

August 2, 2016 - Kai Fest planners receive Rata funding boost

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. The fund will be used by the event planning team to pay for a contracted event coordinator and for about half of the event set-up and running costs. Read the article.

July 20, 2016 - Motueka to celebrate local food production

A team of people from a range of community organisations (led by Vision Motueka) are planning a new annual event that will celebrate the great kai produced around Motueka. Read the article.

June 1, 2016 - Community survey indicates need for new library

A wealth of feedback and ideas for improvement has come out of the Community Board's online survey, run by Vision Motueka, about the future of Motueka's library. Read the article and full survey results.

April 18, 2016 - Community feedback shows Motueka needs new library

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". Read the article.

April 1, 2016 - Vision Motueka confirms its 2016 project list

Vision Motueka has decided upon its 2016 annual plan for community development and projects. Leading the project list are three challenging initiatives - the indoor swimming pool, a library and community hub, and a new signature event for Motueka based around food. Read the article.

February 4, 2016 - New blood to help Vision Motueka tackle challenges

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. Read the article.

January 27, 2016 - Marae plans to be explained at Vision Motueka AGM

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. Read the article.

October 26, 2015 - Motueka 2030 project list chosen

The findings of the Motueka 2030 programme have been analysed and evaluated, and our board have settled on potential (and achievable) projects for Vision to be involved in, either to lead, or to partner with other groups, or to actively support. Read the article.

October 1, 2015 - Motueka 2030 project evaluation begins

At least 1000 Motueka people will be interested in seeing the conclusions of the giant community-wide consultation held this May to look at the long-term future of the town. That's roughly the number of people who took part in one way or another in the Motueka 2030 programme. Read the article.

August 14, 2015 - Report details community priorities for Motueka

A small crowd braved wintry conditions to attend the presentation of the findings from the Motueka 2030 program. The report brought together the findings from the community consultation including the 45-item survey, questions discussed on Facebook and other comments recorded during public engagements. Read the article.

August 6, 2015 - Workshop, questionnaire to help build case for UFB

Work to build and support Motueka's bid for government money for an ultrafast broadband rollout is gathering pace. A new online survey is now available to help prove to the Government that people in our district would make great use of better internet both at work and at home if UFB was available. Read the article.

June 30, 2015 - Youth project teams take their first steps

Three small projects will kick off during July as a result of the follow-up meeting of the Motueka Youth Summit. More than 20 people, about half of them teenagers, attended the well organised meeting, aiming to narrow down ideas for youth activities into a few that could actually begin straightaway and not rely on the money and time of adults. Read the article.

June 10, 2015 - Motueka Online finalist at industry awards

Motueka Online has been chosen as one of five finalists in the annual Australasian Internet awards in the Community Websites category. The Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards (ANZIAs) are run jointly by the two organisations that administer the internet in Australia (auDA) and New Zealand (InternetNZ). Read the article.

June 5, 2015 - Community shows preferences for the future

Vision Motueka has published the results of the core survey conducted in its month-long community consultation programme called Motueka 2030. The survey was open to the public in both an online version and a paper version which many filled in at the table outside the museum through the month. Read the article.

June 1, 2015 - River mural takes a break for winter

The mural depicting the Motueka River and what it means to the town is now on pause as winter chill makes painting impractical. The colourful mural "Te Awa - Our River" has been filling out on the south wall of the Whitwells Menswear store, in the process drawing many favourable comments from passers by. Read the article.

May 27, 2015 - Positive outcomes emerge at Motueka Youth Summit

A new Facebook site to promote and coordinate creative youth activities in Motueka was one of the positive and tangible outcomes of the Youth Summit held on Monday. The meeting, the final public event of the Motueka 2030 consultation programme that has run throughout May, was held at the Motueka Top 10 Holiday Park conference centre. Read the article.

May 21, 2015 - Good crowd discuss local business issues

The cornerstone event of the Motueka 2030 programme, the Economic Summit Sequel, lived up to its aim yesterday with four interesting presentations and lots of useful discussion. Read the article.

May 14, 2015 - Packed house hears Maori view of Motueka's future

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

May 10, 2015 - Inlet Garden work celebrated and acknowledged

As part of the Motueka 2030 programme, 10 years of visionary work clearing scrub and restoring the Inlet Gardens by Keep Motueka Beautiful were celebrated by about 50 people yesterday. Read the article.

May 4, 2015 - Motueka 2030 programme off to solid start

The Motueka 2030 programme officially began yesterday with a light-hearted but thought-provoking drop-in day at Memorial Hall, attended by a little over 100 people. Read the article.

April 21, 2015 - Motueka 2030 event programme announced

Vision Motueka has finalised the seven major public events organised for May, as the visible part of its ambitious "Motueka 2030" community information gathering project. Read the article.

April 21, 2015 - River-themed mural to start this weekend

Do you love those murals that have been painted recently in Motueka? Well, work on the next one in the series is starting this weekend. Read the article.

April 11, 2015 - Hub, youth training, broadband and swimming pool head survey wishlist

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

April 9, 2015 - Motuekans rate their environment as top strength

Motueka people say their natural environment and climate is the main strength of the town and area, according to a survey conducted by Vision Motueka during March. Read the article.

March 30, 2015 - Article explains key aspects of Motueka 2030

The Motueka 2030 development project being conducted by Vision Motueka received a boost on Saturday by an article by Alastair Paulin in the Nelson Mail explaining the key aspects of the initial community consultation process. Read the article.

March 11, 2015 - Motueka economic summit sequel coming up

'Business as usual' will be off the agenda at the Motueka Economic Summit being planned for May 20, a follow up to the hugely successful local business event held in August 2014 Read the article.

January 24, 2015 - Successful fundraiser for local music network

Motueka musicians provided a great evening of laid-back entertainment on Thursday while raising $565 to further develop the Motueka Music Network website. Read the article.

January 20, 2015 - Port Motueka project plans to be explained

Plans to redevelop the Eastern Quay and Beach Reserve areas of Port Motueka will be presented at the Annual General Meeting of Vision Motueka on January 29th. Read the article.

December 11, 2014 - Funding obtained for community consultation project

Vision Motueka has received a $7000 grant from Canterbury Community Trust to carry on work begun at the recent Economic Summit and gather ideas on how to make Motueka a stronger community long term. Read the article.

November 11, 2014 - Vision Motueka readies for long-term development tasks

Vision Motueka has re-jigged and enlarged its Board of Trustees in preparation for a multi-year project to help with future developments of the town. It has also modified its constitution and trust deed to reflect a more collaborative, partnering approach to hearing and taking on larger projects that the community wants. Read the article.

October 9, 2014 - Horticulture mural finished

About a dozen of the 54 volunteers who helped paint a large mural depicting Motueka horticulture have celebrated its completion. With images of fruit and hops above them, the painters snacked on biscuits and fruit juice as they made the final brushstrokes on the six-month project. Read the article.

September 19, 2014 - Community-led development techniques explained

Proven ways of bringing together "community, council and commerce" to jointly share decision-making and plans for the future were presented at a public meeting hosted by Vision Motueka. Read the article.

August 28, 2014 - Economic summit challenges Motueka businesses

The Motueka Economic Summit featured speakers from a range of local industries who challenged the 120 people present to plan for the future of the local economy. Read the article.

August 23, 2014 - Residents indicate preferences for hub complex

A visitor information and booking area, public toilets and gallery space for local arts were the top facilities that a good community and visitor 'hub' should have. Read the article.