Tasman Leader : July 4th 2013
THELEADER THURSDAY, JULY 4, 2013 Medieval madness hits Richmond Page 10 Motueka looking sharp By ALASTAIR PAULIN Sharp but in tune: Cameraman Dalwyn Reisima, left, and Seven Sharp reporter Jehan Casinader filming Tasman musician Aly Cook performing at the Motueka Quay for a segment promoting Motueka as NZ's sharpest town. Photo: ALASTAIR PAULIN Motueka's national exposure as one of New Zealand's sharpest towns is a gift from heaven'' according to the woman who kickstarted the campaign. It is one of five towns featured on Seven Sharp this week, with the winner of a public vote becom- ing the location for an episode of the TV One current affairs show. Motueka was first off the blocks, with the segment filmed last Thursday being aired last Monday night. The show had asked for nomin- ations and Kaiteriteri woman Terri Everett responded. After her nomination gathered steam with Facebook likes'', Motueka became one of the five contenders. The other nominees are Okai- hau, Ohakune, Oamaru, and Te Anau. Monday's three-minute seg- ment included stunning aerial shots, the snow-capped Kahuran- gis, cafe and organic produce store TOAD Hall, fly fishing, and a man working on his laptop while sit- ting on the town's foreshore. The scenes were part of a story highlighting that Motueka was a fertile area attracting people for the lifestyle and was less isolated thanks to the internet. People who live here make a conscious choice to live here. We're getting a whole heap of young people who work in IT and industries that need the internet to survive, so as we get faster broadband, which we are, then you get younger people coming in and bringing their businesses with them,'' said Tara Forde, fil- med at the community gardens. She highlighted the strong com- munity spirit of the town, shown by the large number of volunteers. I want Motueka to be the vol- unteer capital of New Zealand.'' Terri pointed out that a lot of people, like her and her husband who came on their honeymoon 20 years ago, visited as tourists first and then moved to Motueka. She also addressed the town's reputation, saying it had been renowned as a hippy town -- but I think we've all grown up a bit''. Terri had worked with reporter Jehan Casinader to develop the segment's storyline of Motueka being out on a limb but part of the world'' thanks to the internet. She had been amazed by the viral activity on Seven Sharp's Facebook page, with the Motueka segment liked by more than 1100 people at press time, far outstrip- ping other items, and hundreds of people chiming in with their stories about loving Motueka. We have to be in the running to win because of the response on Facebook and that marries so nicely with what the story was about. It was a gift from heaven to be given this opportunity -- that I happened to be sitting down eat- ing my dinner and watching Seven Sharp,'' she said. To see the segment, go to: http:/ /tvnz.co.nz/seven-sharp/towns- motueka-video-5483561. Speed limit changes delayed Judene Edgar The speed limit on Queen St and Croucher St through Sundial Square will remain at 50kmh at least until the redevelopment of Richmond's main street is com- pleted. The Tasman District Council has been reviewing speed limit bylaws throughout the district and reducing the limit on Queen and Croucher streets from 50kmh to 30kmh was on the list of propo- sed changes. A panel of councillors, Trevor Norriss, Barry Dowler, Judene Edgar, Brian Ensor, and Paul Sangster, considered 90 submis- sions on the changes before mak- ing its recommendations to coun- cil. Last Thursday council signed off those recommendations includ- ing keeping the speed limit on Queen and Croucher streets at 50kmh. However, Judene said the main reason they decided not to change the speed limit on those streets was that Queen St was scheduled to be redesigned in 2015-16. Judene said the speed limit for the existing layout of the two streets should probably be lowered to 30kmh but that may not be necessary once Queen St was remodelled. Queen St is going to be relaid and there could be changes in the parking layout and traffic direc- tion, for example, will cars feed into Queen St from Croucher St?'' Judene said. So we needed to take a stra- tegic view rather than just make piecemeal changes and that's why we didn't lower the speed limit.'' Judene said the panel also left speed limits on some roads near schools unchanged because the Government was reviewing speed limits outside schools. Any changes that the council may have made would have been superseded by national law changes. Key changes signed off by coun- cil included lowering the speed limits on Lodder Lane in Riwaka from 70kmh to 60kmh, Mapua Dr to 80kmh and on Stafford Dr and Pine Hill Rd in Mapua to 60kmh. New signs had been ordered and the public would be notified when the changes came into effect.
July 11th 2013