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AUCTION Fri 3rd February 2012 - 6pm Ray Office, 21 Bow St, Raglan AUCTION FriWhite 3rd February 2012 - 6pm Ray White Office, 21 Bow St, Raglan NEW BEGINNINGS Solid brick 3 brm family home in rural setting Office & rumpus, single garage, internal access Plumbed shed (potential ancillary unit), well planted garden 3973m² fenced & ready for a new family Prior Auction offers considered.


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Fabulous -family / Easy care garden WATERFRONT WONDERLAND 68livingWallis St

3 dble brms + office, entertainers First time on the market in 34 years. Single level, 1930s home situated on kitchen 1239 m2. 2 double bedrooms Sun drenched open plan living & decks plus a single bedroom in the sleep-out. Additional self-contained unit with a double bedroom plus room for Large paved entertainment area an extra double bed, ideal for family, friends or income potential. Superbly situated right on the water’s edge Double garaging with internal access with riparian rights and boat ramp. Unobstructed views acrossoffersthe harbour to Te Akau’s shoreline. Prior Auction considered Mature fruit trees, avocado, grape, paw paw, and more. Privacy yet shortHOME walk to Raglan’s famous wharf, OPEN Saturday 1pm RAG#20923 23a Violet Street cafes and shops. Prior Auction offers considered. AUCTION On Site 12pm, Sunday 14 April 2013



Solid brick 3 brm family home in rural settingHouse In 2 Legal Flats • 2 Storey Office & rumpus, single garage, internal access

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Serving Raglan District Since 1996 Local Business supporting Local Business STEP INTO THE MARKET Stylishly redecorated this tidy little home $1.175000 has RARE WATERFRONT PROPERTY 98C Greenslade Rd Stylishly redecorated this tidy little home has Fabulous family living / Easy care garden all you need. With two bedrooms inside the Hope all you need. With two bedrooms inside the everyone has a great Easter weekend! Direct connection with the water kayaking, housefor andswimming, an additional room outside youpaddle boarding . Great north facing section, ID#RAG20938

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Saturday 12pm 335 Wainui Road


Saturday 12pm 335 Wainui Road


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will enjoy the open plan living and fully fenced enjoy the open plan living and fully fenced drenched plan3-4 livingbedroom & decks 1290Sunm2. A twoopenlevel double . On the upper level you will find thewillmaster section. home Relax onwith the lovely deckinggaraging while section. Relax on the lovely decking while enjoying thedecking. easy care section. pavedwith entertainment area drenched andLarge ensuite great sun The downstairs offers 2 more bedrooms, plus kitchen,enjoying the easy care section. Ideal opportunity for you to enter the fastIdeal opportunity for you to enter the fastDouble garaging with internal accessgrowing market in Raglan! bathroom and laundry. The double garage is spacious with a breeze way from it to the house. An extra growing market in Raglan! Prior Auction offers Prior Auction offers Prior Auction studio room provides an areaconsidered. for a couple OPEN of extra HOME guests. The property is superbly located 35 minutes to offers considered considered. OPEN HOME OPEN HOME Saturday A 1pm Hamilton and just 5 minutes toID#RAG20964 Raglan town centre. Saturday 1pm Saturday 1pm ID#RAG20964 RAG#20923 6 Violet Streetslice of true Raglan Paradise too good to miss. 23a Violet Street

SIZE IS NOT A PROBLEM ID#RAG21393 WOODEN IT BE NICE ID#RAG21421 SIZE IS NOT A PROBLEM WOODEN IT BE NICE OPEN HOME: Saturday & Sunday 2pm - 68 Wallis Street / Saturday 12pm - 98C Greenslade Rd. This 3 bedroom weatherboard home has many great features: Double garaging 2 bedrooms with ensuite + family bathroom Native timber flooring Private off road location Just a walk to the beach, on the bus route. Wonderful family home/ investment/ rental (Currently rented $300/wk) Prior Auction offers considered. OPEN HOME Saturday 1pm

4 bedroom home with endless options This 3 bedroom weatherboard home has Wonderful family home many great features: Double garaging Modern new kitchen 2 bedrooms with ensuite + family bathroom Large double garaging and workshop Native timber flooring Large shade houses with irrigation Private off road location Just a walk to the beach, on the busthroughout route. Wonderful family home/ investment/1212m² rental of land (Currently rented $300/wk) Prior Auction offers Prior Auction offers considered. considered. ID#RAG20907 OPEN HOME


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Cover : Walkers and supporters of the ‘Karioi Fundraiser Trek for Atea’ gathered in front of the Raglan Golf Club at the end of the walk. See story page 4 Image thanks to: Stuart Mackenzie Should you wish to aquire any images from this week’s Chronicle please contact us on 825 7076 or email your request to What started out as a great summer has transformed itself into the menace that is drought. Coming from a farming background, I realise just how tough people in our rural communities are finding it at the moment, and all of you have my deepest sympathies. We are a predominantly rural district, and this means that farming is the backbone of our economy. Unlike a flood, a drought is a slow, lingering crisis that can lead to a gradual buildup of stress levels for farmers, their families and their communities. I would ask any farmers that feel like they need help, reach out to someone such as the Rural Support Trust. We Kiwis pride ourselves on being tough and independent, but in circumstances such as this there is nothing wrong with asking for help; for your own sake and for your families. If the financial burden is starting to bite, your council can help out with a range of payment options for rates. Call one of the rates team on 0800 492 452 to find out more. For those living in town, I would ask you to please do everything you can to conserve water. Further information and tips on how to save water are available on the council website, http://www.waikatodistrict.

The rain we have had recently will probably not be enough to break the drought or replenish our supplies. Personally I can never remember seeing the Waikato River, the lifeline of our district, as low as it has been recently. Given that this is the second major drought in five years, and many scientists predicting drier years to become the norm, I think it is timely that we consider investigating options for water use, water storage and conservation in the years to come. Mayor Allan Sanson To the Editor, St John Raglan was out in force on Easter Monday with their donation buckets at the one way bridge on Wainui Road. Motorists were very generous in parting with their loose change and even $20 notes for the good cause of supporting our local St John Ambulance Station. Big thanks to everyone that participated, especially to The Maori Wardens for the event safety cover and Dan at DSigns for donating the fundraising signs. The grand total raised is $3851.80. Fantastic!! Thank you Raglan what a great town we have. Bush Barton, Operations Team Manager Raglan.

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Earlier Raglan accident for plane at centre of tragedy? Revelations that the plane which plummeted into the sea near Gannet Island 12 days ago with the loss of two lives may have also crashed at Raglan airfield a year previously have added a bizarre new twist to the tragedy. As the victims’ bodies were being recovered from the sunken wreckage last weekend, the Herald on Sunday broke a story that 2degrees chief executive Eric Hertz’s ill-fated Beechcraft Baron was the same plane which overshot the Raglan runway – ending up on the road near Kopua Holiday Park – in February last year. Mr Hertz, who with his wife Kathy died in the plunge off Ruapuke Beach, had reported engine failure moments earlier and the latest revelations – if substantiated – are expected to be checked out by Civil Aviation Authority investigators trying to establish the cause of the tragedy. The Herald on Sunday, quoting a source in the aviation industry, said the plane was understood to have been “severely damaged” in the Raglan airfield crash and that repairs back at Ardmore took 10 months.

But that came as a surprise this week to Raglan firefighter Bob MacLeod, one of the crew who turned out to the February 12 2012 incident. He told the Chronicle the damage did not appear to be extensive, and that he was “sure it later flew off from here”. There were also differing accounts of why the plane ran off the end of the airstrip, with the Herald on Sunday’s source citing wind shear – “a common occurrence at the coastal airstrip” – but Bob recalling the pilot did not know Raglan had just had a shower of rain and that the plane skidded on the slippery grass. He suspected the plane was on one of its first flights in New Zealand after being brought in from the United States because it did not display any call sign numbers. Ironically, one of the witnesses to the earlier crash was Waikato police spokesman Andrew McAlley, who has had a busy few weeks dealing with the intense national and overseas media interest in the tragedy off Gannet Island. “I was about 100m away and I saw the twin-engine coming into land but it overshot and smacked through the fence and ended up on the road,” he told the Sunday paper. Raglan fire chief Kevin Holmes told

the Chronicle this week it had been “all over and done” by the time he got there. “Locals had pushed the plane clear of the road, and nobody was injured,” he recalled. The CAA investigated the earlier mishap, but this week was refusing to release the incident report in the light of the fatal crash at sea. Last weekend’s operation to recover the Hertzes’ bodies was hampered by the sea swell, and one diver suffered unspecified injuries, but the head of the navy dive team says “we got there in the end”. “There’s some strong bottom currents there, underwater visibility wasn’t too good,” said Lieutenant Commander Trevor Leslie. “That, combined with the depth and the nature of the wreckage and the entanglement hazards the divers faced [meant] there were definitely some challenges.” The bodies were to be formally identified this week and a coroner’s inquest will then be held. Meanwhile the Beechcraft is to be cleaned of salt water and ocean-floor debris at Devonport naval base then moved to the CAA’s secure workshop at Lower Hutt for detailed examination. A. T


Culture shock as townies get a taste of farming life – and eels

Townie kids came to the country last week to work with one of Ruapuke’s oldest farming families, building an eight-wire boundary batten fence and learning to drive farm vehicles on hilly terrain overlooking infamous Papanui Point.

Their 100 metre-long fence is likely to be standing on the Swanns’ sheep and beef property 20 years from now, and year 12 student Sandra McGonigal – who helped build it – reckons she’ll be back one day to show her own kids her handiwork. She was one of the few girls among the 20-strong Fraser High School agricultural group to gain practical skills while staying at Ruapuke Motor Camp for three days with neither cellphone nor TV reception to distract them from achieving the industrybased unit standards on offer. The trip’s become something of an annual event for science teacher Simon Thompson, who’s from Te Uku, and his students. In the past two years, says Simon, Fraser students have built more than 300 metres of eight-wire batten fences on the Swann farm – run now for 150 years by generations of the family – and have whacked in at least 3000 staples by hand. And his year 12 students’ latest effort was “99 percent as good as (those built by) fencing contractors here”, he reckoned. But that wasn’t altogether surprising considering he had the services of local contractor Jim Munns, who’s fenced for 40 years and worked alongside the students for free. Fellow Fraser High tutor Rio Iti – his family also from Raglan – was there too, teaching the skills needed to ensure the teens are “work ready” when they leave school for the farming jobs they

want. Simon reckons Ruapuke’s a real experience all-round for these “townie kids” who had the campground to themselves and who also got to meet colourful Ruapuke identity Caroline Swann and her nephew Phillip, or “Swanney” as he’s called. Caroline – with baling twine for a belt and butchers’ knife at her side – supplies the homekill including her own Texan longhorns for the student camp cook-ups. On the day the Chronicle called, a handful of eels caught by the students the night before was on the menu along with 70 spareribs and 40 chops. Simon’s wife Honey Armstrong and Swanney’s wife Sioux traditionally rally and help organize the cook-ups. Besides learning how to fence – and cook the odd eel – the students also got tuition in the basics Teacher Simon Thompson checks over Sandra of farm machinery. With McGonigal’s new-found skills as a fencer Agribusiness Training tutor Rob Oakden keeping Farmers are looking to employ kids a watchful eye, they were all drilled on hill who not only have “animal awareness” starts and stops in light utility vehicles, or LUVs, down the end of Swann Access and basic fencing skills but are also safety conscious with machinery, Rob told Road high above Papanui Point. They got to turn, reverse and tow the Chronicle as he put the new drivers trailers with loads – which affect the centre through their paces. of gravity and stability of the vehicle. Edith Symes

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Having opened in 2002, Jet Collective has been a mainstay on Bow Street, showcasing some of the works of Raglan creatives. With some changes made over the past year or so, this week they unveil a new look for their retail space. Mainly operating as an artist-run gallery, the space features work from both local and national craft artists including the likes of Jo Sweeney, Jillian Lankshear, Karla Stevenson and Hayley Hamilton. Along with the make over, the collective have also added three new members to their crew.

Well-known local jewellery designer Sarah Steed will be bringing her signature sterling silver, pounamu and gem stone necklaces, pendants, bracelets, and earrings to the existing jewellery collection. Children’s clothing and accessories designer Jessie Galloway also joins the collective with her up cycled, colourful and fun range of original pieces and shoes. Finally, long-time local fashion brand Scintilla will also be making a

Brunet fails to rise in baking challenge Local MasterChef contestant Aaron Brunet ran out of puff in the kitchen this week as he and several other contestants struggled to produce a great sponge cake as part of the ‘baking challenge’.

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return to Raglan stores with designer Rebecca Dowling bringing the label “back to the people of Raglan.” While on a smaller scale, Rebecca brings a select collection of her gorgeous, original Raglan-flavoured pieces. Jet Collective will be having drinks and nibbles to celebrate their new look and members this Friday 12th from 6pm onwards. The Shack will be kindly providing the nibbles and the collective warmly invites the community to join them. Maki Nishiyama

The top 10 contestants had two hours to bake and decorate a sponge cake for guest chef Natalie Oldfield, from Auckland food store and cake shop Dulcie May Kitchen. Aaron produced a tangy tropical sponge with Mango, passionfruit, caramel and dried Lychee. “The top looks fantastic” said the judges but when it came to the taste test they found it to be ‘doughy’ and ‘dense’. “Everything you have given us in this competition has just been amazing’ said judge Simon Gault. “I thought here we go again....but it’s not here we go again, you’re human after all”. “I’m human indeed” said Aaron afterwards, “I’m not some cooking monster”. The latest episode illustrates that

anyone can be sent home for a bad dish on the day. It was a shock to see David Jamieson, who both Aaron and the judges, Aaron Brunet held in high regard, become the seventh contestant from the Top 16 to leave MasterChef. Keep watching MasterChef New Zealand Sundays at 7.30pm on TV ONE to track Aaron’s progress. At stake for the remaining contestants is the MasterChef New Zealand title and more than $100,000 worth of prizes. The remaining contestants are: Aaron Brunet (Raglan); Dana Leaming (Wellington); Ella Krauts (Christchurch); Eliott Brookes (Wellington); Jennis Hayes (Auckland); Kelly Kaihea (Auckland); Paula Saengthian-Ngam (Nelson); Sushil Ravikumar (Wellington); Vanessa Baxter (Auckland).

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Sarah Bright, Marcus Williamson and their daughter Maisy decided to make the move to Whaingaroa after losing their home and being deeply affected by the Christchurch Earthquakes in 2010/2011. These earthquakes killed 185 people and are one of the nation’s deadliest peacetime How long were you living in Christchurch? We lived in Christchurch for 8.5 years after emigrating from Cornwall in the UK. We were very happy in Christchurch and wouldn’t have moved if there hadn’t been earthquakes. We had good jobs, school and lifestyle near to friends and family. How were you affected by the Earthquakes? We were totally unprepared and ignorant about earthquakes. The first one in Sept was horrific and we were terrified when our house shook violently. Our house was badly hit and we had no toilets/showers and much liquefaction. The ongoing aftershocks were very nerve racking and everyone became very anxious, stressed and on edge. On the upside the community really pulled together and we felt we had strength in numbers and a sense of getting through it together. I think we could have gotten over it all if the February earthquake hadn’t had come along. Was it a difficult decision to relocate? Post February, after loosing many people we knew, it became

disasters. Sarah Bright who worked in the media had a close working association with CTV and lost many colleagues in the February quake. The Chronicle caught up with Sarah to talk about their experience and the decision to make Raglan their new home.

much more emotional and intense. It wasn’t just about buildings anymore but about the safety of our family. The financial stress of not knowing whether we would get our equity out was also mounting. We had to fight all the way with our insurance company as they had our house assessment wrong. We won in the end but it makes you angry to think there are vulnerable people who haven’t got the strength to fight as we did, and are coming away at a loss. What made you choose the Raglan area as a place to live? The decision to relocate was hampered by the fact we were stuck in the system. We wanted to go but couldn’t leave for 18 mths whilst the insurance process ran its course. We were the lucky ones and were at the front of the queue and eventually our land was red zoned by the Government. When we got the go ahead to buy another house we came to Raglan for a look around and immediately felt we could replicate our lifestyle here. We enjoyed living near the water in Christchurch and we felt Raglan would have a great small community feel like we had left

behind. Walking out of very good jobs and leaving behind friends and family didn’t seem a factor... we were so relieved to be able to go to solid ground and be able to sleep properly. The best thing about Raglan is.....? The best thing about Raglan is that it is away from any major fault lines! Obviously the natural beauty of the harbour and surrounding areas was an attraction. We enjoy the beach, harbour and countryside. Do you work locally or do you drive over the hill to work? Sarah drives over the hill daily whilst Marcus is stay-at-home dad looking after our daughter, animals and property. What’s happening in 2013 for your family? The earthquakes have put a lot into perspective for us and changed our lives and priorities forever. We really want to take time as a family to travel for a while. This June we are very lucky to be doing a houseswap to the UK and travelling around Europe for a few months, stopping off across the USA en route. Exciting times ahead!

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Councillor’s Column Even though autumn is upon us Raglan is still seeing many visitors enjoying what our town has to offer. On Friday 5th April the Raglan Coastguard group opened its new headquarters at the wharf. I congraulate Wally Hawkins and his crew for the great job they do. It has been a pleasure to be involved with this valuable group. To be able to open their new facility In a week when the coastguard volunteers were called upon to assist with a tragic plane crash off the coast reflects how skilled and valuable this group of specialists are to safety on and around our coastline. Thank you all for the service you give to Raglan. On 6th April the Raglan Land Company had an open day to present their proposal that they wish to make application for a private change to the District Plan. It is important to emphasise that this is a private plan change and not that of the Council. Everyone in Raglan will have the opportunity for input into the plan and I urge everyone to carefully consider how these changes might impact on Raglan and their lives here. The proposal has potential to have up to fivehundred houses built on the Rangitahi Peninsular and is a significant issue for Raglan. I am very interested in your views. On 18th April at 7pm the District Council will be holding a consultation meeting at the town hall on year two of the Long Term Plan (the draft annual plan 2013-14). Consultation is to continues until 6th May. Information is available from the council’s website or from the council office. Submissions can be made online. Some of the key-issues for Raglan ratepayers are a general rate increase of 1.87 per cent, but higher percentage increases on targeted rates including the hall rate moving from $15 per year to $25 per year. This is to allow improved maintenance and upgrade to the Town Hall and Old School Arts Centre. The Raglan recycling targeted rate is proposed to increase by $10.47 per property per year. There is also a proposal to provide a grant to the Raglan Chamber of Commerce to run the Sunday bus service. We are also proposing to set aside $20,000 for grants and donations. On 2nd April Council signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Ngati Maahanga to enhance our relationship. It has been a valuable experience to be part of developing the MOU – a first for Raglan and the district. The following day a Joint Management Agreement was signed in Te Kuiti with Ngati Maniapoto for the care and well-being of the Waipa River. There are many issues facing the District at the moment including the ongoing effect of new legislation in regards to earthquake strengthening of buildings, changes to the Resource Management Act and potential governance arrangements. Finally, a big thankyou to those who have responded to the request from the neighbour support group for volunteers and to the Chronicle for distribution of the registration form – fantastic response! Remember that all Council agendas and minutes are on the WDC website - If you would like to discuss council issues with me please contact me through the council office on 825 8129, on my mobile phone 021 155 3778, or email me

Peninsula plans pull in a crowd A community open day at the Raglan Town Hall last Saturday to acquaint locals with ambitious development plans across the Raglan West causeway attracted a “great turnout” of maybe more than 200 locals, says Raglan farmer and businessman David Peacocke. And he’s now looking forward to a second showing early next month – this time on the Rangitahi Peninsula itself – of the project he’s promoting as “a model for sustainable urban development”. People will be able to walk to the old stone jetty – later to be restored as an historic feature – and have a good look around, he told the Chronicle. They’ll also be able to get a feel for the walking/ cycling trail on the western side of the peninsula, past the golf course and out onto Te Hutewai Road. The planned development intersperses more than 10 kilometres of integrated walkways, cycleways and bridle paths among a maximum of 500 houses, as outlined in the Chronicle advertorial of the past two weeks. David’s convinced the peninsula is an ideal area to accommodate the town’s future growth and through his company – the Raglan Land Company – has launched a private plan change that will seek to have the area’s coastal zoning amended to the “Rangitahi Living Zone”. While the majority of Saturday’s feedback was positive, he says, a major concern was the increase of traffic on Opotoru Road where longtime locals have for decades enjoyed a quiet neighbourhood. David emphasises however that development will be “well managed and incremental, over a long period of time”. He foresees the project taking up to 40 years to complete. Small, staged developments of, say, 20 sections at a time – as consents are granted – will be the norm, he insists. Even with an eventual 500 homes, that would represent sustainable urban development on only 40

An urban designer points out features of the proposed Rangitahi Peninsula development at Saturday’s open day at the town hall percent of the peninsula’s land area. The Commonground urban design team engaged by the Raglan Land Company urged those who turned out for the open day to think “nice, clustery little communities” amid bush surrounds, pointing out the DOC reserve bushline on the edge of the peninsula which will be connected by walking tracks. It’s designed to be a neighbourhood of both weekenders and fulltime residents, they added, with reserves, community gardens, a few shops, perhaps even a vineyard-style restaurant to accommodate a lifestyle in which people do not necessarily have to use their cars. Despite Opotoru Road residents’ protests that their road will become too busy, David believes it’s the only viable access to the peninsula. But he adds there could well be linking roads to Te Hutewai and Maungatawhiri Roads in time to take the pressure off. A two-way bridge, which has already been consented, will be built across the causeway within three or four years, he says.

He contends peninsula traffic won’t impact as much as some residents have suggested on the one-way bridge linking Raglan town and Raglan West because of the “incremental” nature of the development. And he suggests it’s not local so much as visitor traffic heading out beyond Raglan West to the surf that will ultimately demand a wider Wainui Road bridge. Some Opotoru Road residents however have dismissed the development merely as “a money-making scheme” and told the Chronicle it’s a “huge issue” for them in terms of disruption to their lifestyle. “It’s going to be problematic,” said one resident, predicting an overload of the Raglan West side of town which would create major congestion. She was told by a designer on the day however there would be a management plan in place for construction traffic – which initially might come through another track – and that “staged development” afterwards would ensure minimal disruption. Edith Symes




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Bridge to bridge swim to make radio waves Raglan’s




bridge harbour swim on Sunday looks set to make a bigger splash than expected, with More FM now doing live feeds and compering the event from the Kopua boat ramp through the day. And not only has the radio station

This week the Chronicle talked to the well known local musician ‘Nickey Keys’ a member of Cornerstone Roots who you can catch playing down at the wharf in the weekends How would you describe the music you play? Like an ever growing ever developing beast that brings happiness to everyone in it’s path Do you come from a musical family? What instrument did you first play and when? Yes my dad is a singer guitarist, my first instrument was Keyboard I remember being able to play with 2 hands at age 6, running to school and saying “teacher i can play with 2 hands can i have piano lessons” Why Raglan? Needed to get off Waiheke and see the rest of my country, Raglans a nice place to create and be inspired What in your memory is your best gig ever? Playing in Sydney with Cornerstone Roots supporting Salmonella Dub, Kora and Budspells Song or tune playing in your head right now? The Heavy - Short Change Hero What would be your ultimate holiday? To go to a warm place where you can watch all sorts of bands eat nice food and be close to the surf all at once Are you a dog or a cat person? Dog person, dogs are a herd animal much like bands they hang in paks. Best piece of advice you ever got? Make sure your having fun, if not have a break then start again the fun will return. If money were no object what frivilous non essential would you buy for yourself? 100 inch TV Samsung do one for 17K Sony 30K If you could live any time in history when would it be? To be 20 in the 60s and 30 in the 70s, music was more complicated back then. In another life what career would you have? Electrician Where can we see you play next? Every weekend at the Raglan warf fish ‘n chip shop or in Cornerstone Roots

In Brief A new Sunday shuttle service between Raglan and Hamilton – a joint initiative by Raglan Chamber of Commerce, the Waikato District Council and the Raglan Community Vehicle Trust --began last Sunday. The trust’s minibus makes two return trips each Sunday and public holiday except Christmas Day, departing Raglan Information Centre in Wainui Road at 10am and 4pm and the Hamilton Transport Centre in Bryce Street at 11.15am and 5.15pm. The shuttle, promoted on posters as a “Discover Raglan” service, costs a flat $10 each way (cash only). It fills in the Sunday gap in the route 23 bus service operated through Waikato Regional Council.

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come aboard as a surprise sponsor, says event spokeswoman Lisa Thomson, but there’s also been a $150 grant from Raglan SuperValue’s community fund. The Raglan Swimming Cluborganised event is being promoted as a “fun water day”, with swims varying between 300 metres and two kilometres in length in the stretch of water between the Kopua footbridge and the one-way traffic bridge to Raglan West.

The day begins at 10.55am with an event brief and karakia, and runs through until about 2.30pm. The first races are scheduled for 11.10ish, and late registrations are being taken up to 10.45am on the day. Lisa says the mass swim is a fundraiser to help raise the $25,000 needed to heat the Raglan Area School pool for use by not only students but also the wider Raglan community.

Fresh comedy coming to Yot Club Comedy Capers presents another night of hilarity at the YOT Club with star of TV3’s AotearoHA next big things, Nick Rado with support from David Oakes and Hamilton’s own “The Tron Trinity” (Paul Douglas, Matt Stellingwerf and DB Brown). Nick Rado has performed stand-up comedy to critical acclaim in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Netherlands, the United States, China and NZ. David Oakes is originally from the North East of Scotland and a regular performer at the Classic Comedy Club

in Auckland. A semi-finalist in the 2012 RAW comedy Quest and 2012 nz comedy guild best industry friend nominee. Paul Douglas, a Raw 2012 Finalist was born in Kaitaia and raised in Hamilton, Paul has about as much natural class as a warm Waikato Draught, but don’t judge a book by its origin, because his story is full of much more than a few classic yarns. Matt Stellingwerf, a new face on the comedy scene and 2012 Best Newcomer winner. From his auspicious birth in Hamilton things would only get better, eventually moving from just-outside-

Paeroa to a-ways-from-Wanganui. It seemed from an early age that wherever Matt settled, laughter and increased instances of chlamydia were sure to follow! DB Brown’s subject matter is not so typical comedy fare. Winner of a Gold Star in Waitoa Primary Story Time 1975. Adults only rating applies, come to the dark side.’ Tron Trinity are doing this as a pre show to their nz international festival show in May. Friday April 12th, 8pm , $20 tickets from the YOT club/eventfinder or $25 on the door.

19th Annual Whaingaroa Hoe this weekend In it’s 19th year, the inaugural Whaingaroa Hoe regatta once again returns to Te Kopua Domain this Saturday 13th for a day of racing, activities and community. With the Whaingaroa Waka Ama Club now reaching close to 70 members, with ages ranging from eight to 60 years, everybody will be involved in organizing the day as well as competing in the races. With three race distance categories; 8km, 12km and 24km, there will be multiple Waka Ama divisions as well as SUP and Surf Ski racing. The Whaingaroa Club will have one junior crew, and two novice crews in the 8km, and 3 open crews in the 24km event.

“Revised Quote still to come… With three race distance categories; 8km, 12km and 24km, there will be multiple Waka Ama divisions as well as SUP and Surf Ski racing. The Whaingaroa Club will have one junior crew, and two novice crews in the 8km, and 3 open crews in the 24km event. “ Limited tickets will be available for the Wahine Moe spectator vessel, a great chance to watch the action from the water and enjoy a free hot drink and sausage sizzle. Tickets are $15 and the Bus leaves Te Kopua Boat Ramp at 1pm (email contact for tickets: Water Safety New Zealand will also be running activities at Te Kopua for the young ones (8-16 years) from 11am to 1pm.

Waikato Families get Funky with the Monkeys

Award winning Plunket Roadshow, in association with The Funky Monkeys, comes to Raglan Children and adults alike have fun with the Funky Monkeys at Waikato Plunket’s Dads Time Roadshow. Fronted by New Zealand’s music supergroup - The Funky Monkeys, this is the third roadshow to tour

Waikato towns. The road show, which is funded by SKIP (The Ministry of Social Development’s ‘Strategies with Kids, Information for Parents’), will visit 19 venues around the Waikato. The roadshow provides free, fun events for families whilst promoting the positive parenting messages championed by SKIP. The shows are specially written for Plunket by the Funky Monkeys and this year’s theme is Dads Time, celebrating Dads and the men in children’s lives. Each show has free entry and a CD of songs from the show is given away to families of preschool children who attend the shows. The shows are unique because they provide a fun time for the kids as well as sharing useful parenting information for parents. Raglan Show – April 14 at 2pm. Raglan Town Hall, Bow St.

Team Roofrack at last years event The first race starts at 9am outside the Te Kopua Estuary and the best vantage points will be the Walk bridge, Jetty, along Cliff St and at the Wharf. A full program is available at: www.

attachments/WH_2013_Programme.pdf The Club warmly welcomes the community to be involved in the event by coming down and watching the racing or Buying tickets on board the Wahine Moe. Maki Nishiyama

Chronicle office now closed on Fridays We have made some changes to the opening hours of the Chronicle office on Wainui Rd. The office will be remain open from Monday to Thursday (9-4pm), but will now be closed on Fridays - beginning from Friday the 19th of April. We have decided to close the office one day a week to free up time to meet

with clients and chase stories. We will be contactable via email and phone. There will still be time to physically visit the office for your advertising needs on Mondays before deadline for the coming issue. We hope this does not cause too much inconvenience to our valued customers. Copies of the Raglan Chronicle will be available at the Wainui Superette next door to the Chronicle office and at the usual outlets around town.

Get your dog chipped for cheap Waikato District Council is offering dog microchipping for just $20 – down from $37 – on Tuesday 16 April in Raglan. The service will run from 11am to 2pm and will be held at Joyce Petchell Park on Wainui Road, with Masterpet giveaways up for grabs. The event follows two other dog microchipping events which were held in

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Ngaruawahia and Huntly last month. The council’s Animal Control manager John Bowler said these events were well received by the community and he was hopeful that Raglan dog owners would also take advantage of this cheap and easy offer. “There has been an expressed desire from the Raglan community to have their own cheap dog microchipping event and it was great to see that enthusiasm, so we are hoping for a good turnout on the day.”

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