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$25,000 to spend
Projects that will account for around
$18,000 of the “special projects” targeted
rate were confirmed at a recent Motueka
Community Board meeting. The special
projects fund of around $25,000 comes
from a rate of $5.00 from people in the
Motueka Ward. The community board
chose projects, after a survey and consultation, and four projects are so far approved.
They are to contribute $3000 toward signage on the Tasman Cycle Trail encouraging users to take the trip into Motueka
Township, to give something toward the
ongoing running costs of the litter cart, to
contribute to a drinking fountain. And to
investigate lighting options and prices for
the Motueka sign at the southern entrance
to the town. More investigation is needed
before the implementation of two of the top
voted projects Road/cycle lane markings on
Pah, Grey and Whakarewa streets; and the
construction of a shared access way linking
Talbot and Manoy Streets.
A stunning exhibition
Don’t go up the Moutere Highway without
calling in to the Icon Gallery. There’s a
wonderful exhibition on in the White Gallery
until 3 March and it’s not to be missed.
It’s “(Outside) In – echoes of our primal
lands” featuring unique works by Jason
Tillman. From the moment you enter you’ll
be amazed. There’s a series of dramatic
sculptural works featuring lots of stainless
steel and other earthy components. Jason
lives in Marlborough.
“A great day”
Donna Smithies was delighted with the
crowd that came to Dovedale’s Country
Affair on Sunday. There hasn’t been a count
up yet but Donna said it felt like a lot more
people than ever before and stalls were
busier for longer. She thought having M.C.
Murray helped push the day along. “I was
really really pleased. It was a really great
event.” (See photographs page 10).
“Hippies brought intellect…”
“The Takaka Hill is a window that shuts
out the rest of the world” read Robbie
Robillard “Hippies brought intellect into the
bay” she added when she spoke and read
extracts from her book “Hard Country”
last week. It’s her story about the last 60
years at ‘Rocklands’, an inhospitable marginal farm which borders the Abel Tasman
National Park. There wasn’t a seat left
empty at the Motueka Library. Many came
because of their association with The Bay,
others because the book’s doing very
well and they wanted to meet the woman
Swimming incident
leads to serious
injury for school boy
By Kendyl Drummond
A Golden Bay High
School student sustained a serious injury
last Wednesday, 11th
February after diving
in to the school’s pool.
13 year old Josh
Scotland attempted
to ‘penguin dive’ into
the pool, when he hit
his head directly on
the bottom and consequently, suffered a
severe neck injury.
School staff and
students were quick
to respond by calling an ambulance to
the scene, before an 13 year old Golden Bay High School student
emergency helicopter is in Christchurch Hospital after suffering a
was also dispatched serious neck injury.
to take the student to
This is the second incident in the
Golden Bay High School
past eight months where someone
Principal Roger File says Josh’s
in the Tasman-Golden Bay area
family is hoping for him to be
has suffered a serious injury while
moved to the Burwood Spinal Unit
diving into water.
in Christchurch later this week and
Last May, Motueka’s Brooke
it is expected to be a six to 12 week
Waru suffered a serious neck and
back injury after diving into waist
He says the hospital staff have
deep water at Kaiteriteri Beach.
commended the teachers and stuGolden Bay High School is
dents that quickly responded to
holding a mufti day next week
Josh’s incident, and at this stage, it
where all funds will go directly to
is expected that he will be able to
the Scotland/Neal family and a
walk again, though it will be a long
Facebook support page has also
road to recovery.
been set up.
Josh is described by friends and
To donate in support of Josh
family as having a calm and gentle
and his family, payments can be
nature, with a cheeky personality,
transferred to the following bank
a big smile and a great sportsman
account: Josh Scotland Fund, 03
and team player.
1354 0342993 30 (NBS Takaka).
A river mural
Work has begun on the fourth
Vision Motueka mural, themed
“Our River (Te Awa)”, on the
Whitwells Menswear wall.
The painting will depict the river
from its source in the Golden
Downs pine plantation down to
the SH60 bridge and then the river
mouth, with different colours to
show the four seasons.
It will show common activities
on the river, including fishing, kayaking, swimming, whitebaiting and
other popular pastimes.
It will be painted by volunteers
during autumn, under the direction of the mural designer, Lower
Moutere-based Karin Fruhauf.
As with the other murals, all
paint is being supplied for free
through Dulux and Guthrie Bowron