Government Liason Workgroup

Transition Towns mainly focus on what we as individuals and as a community can do for ourselves. We don't wait for the government to do it for us.  However, we do advocate having a good relationship with the government - for information gathering, for letting them know what we, their constituents, are thinking and planning and doing, for promoting support for our goals, and for working it out together. » Read more

Biocapacity Working Group

Biocapacity is the measure of the region's biological resources and its capacity to support its population.  Currently, the local population consumes far more resources than the region can provide. A portion of the vision for our town's future follows: » Read more


Education is the key to motivating change. People only modify behaviours when they are aware of information that makes it necessary or desirable to do so. We have groups working on spreading the word both to adults and to our children, who will be inheriting the world from us in whatever shape we leave it. Replace the "at" with the symbol "@" in the email address. » Read more

Heart & Soul

Heart & Soul is all about being together as a community, in meetings, in celebration, in life.

  • Entertainment and the Arts
  • Staying Sane, Having Good Meetings, and Resolving Conflicts
  • Living Simply

Contact Marian Lyders: marian at Change the "at" to "@" in the email address.

For information on plans and activities in Motueka, click links below.

Workshop Notes - Culture and Entertainment July 2008

Workshop Notes - Staying Sane, Having Good Meetings, and Resolving Conflicts July 2008

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Business and Economics

We have a growing group of people who are interested in money,  how it is vulnerable in the current economic situation, and what may be done to create local resilience. Replace the "at" with the symbol "@" in the email addresses. » Read more


Our main methods of transportation are affected by growing oil scarcity and affect the climate with their carbon emissions. There are alternatives, and we are looking for ways to encourage them within and between our local communities. There are many more ideas out there, so explore an existing group or add something new to the mix. Replace the "at" with the symbol "@" in the email addresses. » Read more


Creations are the things we make!  And the closer to home we make them, the less vulnerable we are to rising fuel prices and transportation interruptions.

  • Home Building
  • Clothing, Footwear, and Textiles

For information on plans and activities in Motueka, click links below.

Earth and Natural Materials Workshop rescheduled  March 2009

Retrofitting Houses  March 2009

Affordable Ecological Housing  February 2009

Earth and Natural Materials Workshop starting in March    February 2009

Harakeke Art on Display  November 2008

Spinners and Knitters October 2008

Workshop Notes - Homebuilding July 2008

Workshop Notes - Clothing, Textiles, and Footwear July 2008

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Food Working Groups

The rising cost of oil strongly affects our food supply in two areas: the cost of transporting food from the other side of the world and the increasing cost of inputs to grow, harvest, process, and store our food. We are, therefore, strongly motivated to create a local, organic food supply. Added benefits are the strengthening of the local economy and better health.

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About Motueka

Welcome to Transition Towns Motueka!

Transition Towns Motueka  is moving towards a lower energy lifestyle by re-localising our community, making it resilient and truly sustainable.  The community already has many projects underway, like a community lending program, a local Sunday market, and a program to install gardens in several local households. People are launching even more projects, workshops, skills sharing, and celebrations.

There are several working groups in areas such as food, transport, economics and business, etc. networking within the community. Click the links at the top of the page to get the latest events and news for each topic. These groups are working on ideas in more detail allowing everyone to gather information and participate in coming up with solutions. The outcome of these groups will ultimately form the backbone of Motueka's Energy Decent Action Plan (EDAP). We are also coordinating with Transition Nelson and Transition Town Mapua to create a cohesive Nelson-Tasman approach within our region. Progress and contacts will be posted on this site. Feel free to join in!


Looking for someone to keep the webpage up to date!  I am willing to show anyone or group of people how to do it.  Or look at the tutorials under the resources tab at the top of the page.  There has been a lot going on, really.

TTM Continued Momentum Gathering Meeting: Wednesday, 17 February at 7:30 at the Pauls' house at Riverside Community.


TTM Continued Momentum Gathering Meeting: Wednesday, 04 November at 6:30 at Eden Villa, 334 High  Street.

Parihaka Day performance at Riverside Community Hall Thursday, 05 November at 7pm. Performance followed by food and music.

Natural Health and Wellbeing workshop with Nadia Kaye at Riverside; Saturday, 14 November; contact verena asap: 03 5267033, ext. 19.

Scything workshop at Atamai Village; Thursday, 19 November (two sessions); Tutor: Christoff Schneider, trained with Austrian Scythe Association Scythe equipment available for use and purchase on the day; Cost: $60; Contact; Registration is essential, due to the number limit. 

Ecological Building Workshop; Saturday and Sunday 21, 22 November; a practic ally applicable workshop, which includes site selection, passive solar design, retrofit for energy efficiency & cost saving, different (hands-on) earth building methods, more... ; Main Tutors: Tanja & Florian Pauls, Robina McCurdy Cost: $100 - $150 (income-based sliding scale); Enquiries & Registration: Tanja Pauls: Ph 03 5267466; *This workshop is part of Riverside's 'Tending our Living Earth' Permaculture series.

Invisible Structures - Sustainable Social Design workshop at Riverside Community; Saturday, Sunday 5, 6 December;Tutor: Robina McCurdy Cost: $100 - $150 (income-based sliding scale); Enquiries & Registration: Tanja Pauls: Ph 03 5267466; *This workshop is part of Riverside's 'Tending our Living Earth' Permaculture series.

Workshop: Developing Our Inner Resources in Challenging Times; Postponed, new date TBA from 9:30 - 4:30 at Riverside Community; Pre-register; $60.




 If you have any queries or would like to be added to our database so we can keep you informed with developments and up coming events, contact Joanna Santa Barbara, e-mail:, phone 03 528 0386. 


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Permaculture Design Course at Tui Community, Golden Bay - FEB 2017

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Location / Venue: 
Tui Eventspark, Wainui, Golden Bay, South Island, New Zealand
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