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R.A.T.S in the house

The Raglan Amateur Theatre Society (R.A.T.S) unveiled their first performance under the newly coined name at the Town Hall this past weekend. Formally known as Raglan Community Theatre, R.A.T.S presented a showcase titled ‘R.A.T.S In The House’, featuring four one-act plays in a two-hour event.

Margo, the mistress of ceremonies (aka Athene Jensen), played a fine hostess to the evening entertainment. Both Zsa Zsa Gabor and Cruella Deville, Margo captivated the audience with her glamorous affectations and also kept viewers on the edge of their seats when her biting anger Nannies Takeaways. 35 Bow Street............................................................................. 825 8842 sent daggers flying. In the line of fire was the equally stunning Sharron, performed by Brittany Holmes, who was a bubbly stagehand unable to meet an actor’s absurd demand for peeled grapes. And in the spirit of ‘The Muppets’, Jon Berczely and Roslyn Miles performed an outstanding Orca Restaurant and Bar. Dine in & Takeaway. 2 Wallis St...........................................825 6543 rendition of theatre critics, Bob and Cecil, who both slept and mused their way through the night with jokes and anecdotes. Raglan West Store. Takeaways.45 Wainui Rd...............................................................825 8293 The children of Dramatrix delivered a delightful adaptation of ‘How The Rhino Got Its Skin’. A story originally written by Rudyard Kipling, the young actors demonstrated through The Shack. Dine in or Takeaway. 19 Bow Street...........................................................825 0027 storytelling, fire dancing and magic how the rhino’s skin came to be after a hot safari adventure through the jungle. The Raglan Club. Dine in or Takeaway. 22-24 Bow Street............................................ 825 8278 Written by Graham Rhodes and adapted to fit a New Zealand setting, ‘Survivor’, was the second act of the show. Actor Colin Hodkinson spun a twenty-minute yarn about an experimental corporate team-building expedition in the Tongariro National Forest that went gravely wrong. Zaragoza . Restaurant. Cafe. Dine in & Takeaway. 23 Bow St.......................................825 0205 Isolated on his own for days on end, losing most of his food to a hungry dog and nearly drowning in his tent from a flash flood, the ‘survivor’ turned the lucky one of the lot, far from harm’s way when his corporate teammates, surviving elsewhere in the forest, turned violently mutinous. Matthias Goed of Waitetuna performed the second monologue of the night. Goed played a young man leaving home for the first time, trying to prove his worth in the world. ‘The Runaway Accountant’, a story written by Raglan resident Renee Boyer-Willisson, explores the angst of a young adult. Goed, with his stream of consciousness wit and the boyish charm of Harry Potter— somebody, please get this young man an agent. The final act of the night, ‘Chook Chook’, is a play written by New Zealander Fiona Farrell. The storyline looks at the lives of battery hens and makes parallels between the caged behaviour of the chooks and human behaviour when confined by societal norms. The questioning ‘chook’ Chrissy, played by Renee Boyer-Willisson, was sure there must be more to life than her daily habit: eat, sleep, lay and crap. Colette McEnery-Lane, as the character Bron, was the rebel ‘chook’ of the roost. With an ‘I-am-woman-hear-me-roar’ attitude, Bron was sure to shake up the passivity and unrealistic optimism reflected in Georgia and Valmai, played by Lindsey Turner and Kaz Tribe respectively. The third year in the making, Raglan Amateur Theatre Society shows it has staying power Athene Jensen, Colette McEnery-Lane, WeatherMap beta release within the local community thanks to the hard work of http://www.weathermap.co.nz/?p=raglanc Chrissy Hodkinson and many more. From stagehands to costume and set-design, there are dozens of people who make the entire production possible. Well done to the R.A.T.S. and we look forward to what you come up with next year.

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Extended skatepark gets immediate street skater cred Skateboarders of all ages and skills converged on Kopua Domain last weekend to trial Raglan’s new $164,000 skatepark extension after it was blessed by iwi and opened by Councillor Clint Baddeley under sunny skies early on Saturday morning.

And the designer “street-style” facility, with its snake run and taco at the end, clearly went down a hit with the skaters. The old existing bowl, they say, is for transition skating but the extensions allow a range of moves using stairs, step-ups, wedge gaps and ledges. Now Raglan has an all-round skatepark, they reckon, that keeps the town up with the trends as street skating becomes more popular. Clint Baddeley in front of the Taco Shell with Jason Parkes- who built the new part. Designer Jason Parkes of Premium Skate Designs – who works all over the country The snake run with its pumps and curves Cr Baddeley – who’s backed the skatepark and was on site for the opening, having been extension all the way since pro surfer and put up for free at Kopua Holiday Park while – reminiscent of the swell and the surf – can skater Miles Ratima organised a meeting at the extensions were completed – says the generate quite a lot of speed, says Jason, and its the Yot Club a couple of years ago, attracting skatepark’s been tailormade for Raglan with black oxide finish represents the west coast’s about 100 locals – says the facility is “unique” its dual surf-skate culture. ironsands. “Everything’s built for Raglan.” to Raglan and believes there’s “not a better “Every park is individual,” he points out, local one anywhere in New Zealand”. Seating around the facility also adds to “and for the size and budget we’ve done the its appeal as a spectator sport, and was put But it wouldn’t have happened, he points best we could do.” out, without financial support from Waikato to immediate use all day Saturday when the The stage two extension – the culmination District Council plus additional funding from of nine weeks’ construction work and about North Waikato Blue Light Skateboarding Trust Waikato and Wel Energy Trust. three years’ planning – boosts the size of the competition was staged in celebration of the original 2002 skatepark by 240 square metres. completed project. Edith Symes Image: Stuart Mackenzie

A new art studio and a spacious airy kitchen - a wonderful addition to the arts centre at the Old School.

No more struggling to feed hungry hoards from the tiny servery in the foyer, or cleaning up the theatre room after a messy arts workshop! Our long awaited new building is completed and already open for business, but is to have its formal blessing and opening on Friday 10 December. To be named the St Lazarus Art Studio after its major benefactor, the St Lazarus Trust, the new building has been a major goal of the Raglan Community Arts Council for the past three years, spearheaded by Raglan Community Arts Council chair Rodger Gallagher and the RCAC building committee. Mike Goodison’s design has carefully blended the annexe in with the

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Scholarship for young artists 2010 - 2011 The Raglan Community Arts Council has much pleasure in announcing that a scholarship of $1000 will once again be awarded to a young person resident in the Whaingaroa region who intends to go on to tertiary study in the arts next year. The aim of the award is to encourage those currently in Year 13 at school who aim to study any of a wide range of arts and design. The scholarship has been made possible through the generosity of those involved with the successful Raglan Festivals of Art held in recent years. Entries must be in by 28 January 2011, and short-listed applicants will be interviewed after that date. Young people between 16 and 20 yrs wishing to apply for the scholarship can get a copy of the criteria and application form from the secondary school they attended in Raglan or the Hamilton area, or contact the Old School Arts Centre on 825 0023, or email info@raglanartscentre.co.nz. To find out more about the scholarship, contact Ruth Port on 825 7267.

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Midden find halts work at museum site The discovery last week of a cockleshell midden probably dating back to Maori occupation has put a halt to work on Raglan’s new million-dollar museum almost before it started. But an archaeological report released to the Chronicle by the Waikato District Council suggests the find on the Wainui Road construction site bordering the Kopua inlet has “little value”, raising hopes early this week that Livingstone Building NZ contractors would be on the job again shortly. Old bottles, glass and bits of pipe and fibrolite also found on site mean it’s possible that the midden material has been brought in as part of fill from another source, says archaeologist Neville Ritchie in his report. A more likely scenario however – because the area is reputed to be a traditional Maori shell gathering spot – is that it was once an “in-situ midden on the site and now overlies European cultural material”. While rumour and speculation are rife within the community, says Raglan ward councillor Clint Baddeley, in fact nothing

much more interesting than old beer bottles has been unearthed along with the midden. Fill could well have been brought onto the site, he adds, before the building of the town’s original fire station, which in turn later became the museum. Cr Baddeley was confident last weekend the find was only a minor hitch, and project manager Steve Cox also confirmed that things were on track. The first four piles had been driven in before the temporary halt, he said, and pile testing done. “We hope to be doing the foundations in a couple of weeks.” Meanwhile the long-awaited museum project has come in for some 11th-hour flak from both Whaingaroa Harbour Care and outspoken environmentalist Malibu Hamilton because of the siting of “this type of activity” so close to the foreshore. The new museum, argues Malibu, should never have been extended beyond the rear of the old building. Its “extended footprint”, he says, will put the structure at risk of erosion from the sea. Harbour Care president Fiona Edwards

warns Raglan has an “incredibly dynamic” coastline and says the building of the museum on the mean high water spring mark, without a 20-metre buffer zone, will make it susceptible to rising sea levels. A seawall to hold the bank up is one solution, she suggests, though environmentally it’s “not good practice”. Without a protective seawall however, Fiona doubts the sustainability of the new structure. Fellow Harbour Care member Fred Lichtwark has also joined in the criticism, saying the only reason the museum is being located on the old site is because it’s councilowned land which can be built on again without the restrictions of the Resource Management Act which came in to play back in 1991. He says he has serious doubts about the building’s environmental impact on the land and on shellfish stocks. While he insists Harbour Care wants a new museum and is working towards minimising the environmental impacts created by the

structure, Fred says he doesn’t support the “non-sustainable type development” and fears the council is setting a precedent by building on the foreshore. He also believes that without a café as originally planned before project costs rocketed, the museum will become a burden on ratepayers. Raglan and District Museum Society member Rodger Gallagher however points out that the new development has been through the resource consent process and that the building has a rock wall below the level of the foundations. There’s also a financial plus, he adds, as the council will no longer be paying rent on its i-site information centre, which is to transfer across to the museum complex from its current location behind the Wainui Road Foodmarket. Cr Baddeley didn’t want to comment on the criticisms this week, saying “the focus now is to get the museum built”. Edith Symes

Solar trial makes Community House greener Raglan’s Community House has been chosen by WEL Networks as one of two sites participating in a trial funded by the WEL Energy Trust to test the feasibility of distributed generation using small-scale solar technology. A 1.2 kW photovoltaic system was installed by WEL Networks at the community centre today. Coordinator, Chrissy Hodkinson, says the Raglan Community House feels fortunate

to have been chosen for the trial.

“We see potential for wide-scale environmental benefits if a technology like this could be rolled out to the wider community. And our Community House is delighted that, if it proves viable, we will have been able to help make that vision a reality. “By using on-site solar power generation to supplement our electricity usage, there is also potential for our organisation to save money and increase our energy efficiency, which is also exciting,” explains Chrissy. The photovoltaic system being trialled by WEL Networks is a form of distributed generation, or generation of energy close to the point of use. Any excess power generated and not used by Raglan Community House, can be sold to its electricity retailer.

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innovative ways to manage and reinforce our network to improve capacity and reliability. “As we discover and implement alternative technologies, such as solar distributed generation, this will help us manage the electricity within our network more efficiently. “If the innovations we’re trialling prove to provide the advantages we suspect they can, rolling them out to the mass market could also help save customers money on their power bills while providing environmental benefits.” Images: Stuart Mackenzie

Summer buzz at the Creative Markets A number of new stallholders are adding to the fun and excitement at Raglan’s Creative Markets on the second Sunday of each month at the Old School in Stewart Street.

Among them is Tim Turner whith his colourful fire-engine, now converted into a mobile shop selling exquisite handmade jewellery. The splendid kitchen in the new building behind the arts centre is now the focus for a range of new food outlets while more arts and crafts stalls have spread round the back to the grassed area behind the kindergarten. On market days there is always something happening in the adjoining Clay Shed with some lovely items on sale, just right for Christmas gifts.

A recent addition to the new kitchen has been the installation of an espresso coffee machine by Raglan Roast – as well as fresh aromatic coffee to sip as you browse, you will be able to purchase freshly roasted beans. Market convener Jacqueline Anderson is delighted at how the market is growing with new stallholders coming on board all the time. She would love to see more people selling food not just to take away but to enjoy on site. She says the new facilities provide a great opportunity for a community group interested in a fundraising venture – at different times people have offered pancakes, fritters, chowder – the possibilities are endless. Warmer weather means people can sit outside and enjoy the music provided each

month by Felix and other groups. Be prepared for the occasional well known names from out of town who want to be part of the fun. Local musicians who would like to offer their talents – talk to Felix or call Jacqueline on 825 0023. Jacqueline is really grateful to all the regular stallholders and visitors who kept the market alive and well over the winter months when the weather did its best to spoil things. “ But now its summer - so come on down and bring your friends for a very special Raglan experience, 12 December to buy those unique ‘made in Raglan’ Christmas presents , and 9 January to relax and enjoy the holiday mood. Judith Collins

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Raglan’ s Kiwi Christmas n w o d t n u o C Its a wrap for the schools!

Christmas Dinner The town’s best-known foodie Colin Chung has thrown his support behind a small group organising a free community Christmas dinner to be held on Christmas day from 12-3pm at the Raglan Town Hall. Christmas can be a lonely time if people find themselves away from family and it can also put an added strain on families who have already struggled through the recession. It is times like this that communities must come together and Raglan has proven that it still has that generous community spirit. There has been a lot of food, drink, money and time invested in making this a successful and happy Christmas day for those in the community who may have until now found themselves alone on the day. The goal of the group is to ensure that no one is celebrating Christmas day on their own this year unless they chose to. The organisers would also appreciate if other members of the Raglan community could make a small donation of $5 gifts for boy, girl, man or woman to go under the Christmas tree for Santa to give out on the day. Ray White Real Estate will accept those gifts on our behalf in the meantime. Please contact Sue 825 7906 to confirm your interest so we can plan the number of dinners.

The sun is out and calling the children to the beaches for summer. But before the bridgejumping season officially opens for summer school holidays, several activities are on the agenda at our local schools. Raglan Area School finished up exams this week and sent year 7/8 students to the Kokiri Center for a three day camping trip. Year 11-13 student’s prize giving awards is set for Thursday, 2nd December. Ropu prize giving is the 15th December. Year 0-6 prize giving assembly is the final day of school, 16th December, which will also include a choir performance. The school year will not end, however, until the school takes a trip to see an up close tour of the wind farm. In addition, a trip to Rainbow’s End is planned as a thank you to the year 7/8 volunteers who form the Road Patrol and

ensure their fellow students arrive and depart school safely. Te Uku School’s year 8 seniors are gearing up for an end of year in-house triathlon taking place at the Kokiri Center. Fitness training commences this week in the pool. The prize giving assembly and fond farewell to the senior class is slated for Tuesday, the 14th of December. Waitetuna School is wrapping up the year with a big arts focus. The students enjoy visits from several local artists who spend time teaching the children about their art and how it represents a connection to their community. The students are using new artistic techniques and creating beautiful work to display in their school. The final farewell assembly is the 15th of December. Kate Waterman

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Christmas mix and mingle at the Club It was the end of year Christmas and wind up party held at the Raglan Club.

It was a wonderful day had by all after such a successful and eventful year. We had 6 trips away 2 of them overnight. We do have new members joining at just about every monthly function, which is great. We have made lots of new friendships among our local people also with other affiliated clubs which we visit. We start up again 23rd February 2011 at the Raglan Club at 11am. Come along we will endeavor to make you feel welcome and you just never know you might even enjoy yourself. For more information phone Rose or Geoff Meek on 825-0488.

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Robert’s retro look back at Raglan Come and view Robert Currie’s retrospective Raglan ramblings at his exhibition at the Old School Art Centre, Stewart Street. The opening, by invitation, starts on Sunday, December 5th at 2 p.m. and public viewing runs from December 6th through until December 16th.

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The exhibition is entitled Robert’s Retro Look Back @ Raglan. A well-known Raglan character, Robert will be hanging approximately 30 paintings - some borrowed back from friends and patrons who have bought his paintings over

the years, and other new works which will be for sale. For those who have already bought Robert’s works and wish to buy more there will be 20% discount on any new purchases, said Robert.

Using acrylic, his favourite medium, most of the new paintings will be smaller than his usual large canvases “to make suitable Christmas gifts and to suit people’s pockets” said Robert. Robert describes his style of painting as ‘realistic as opposed to abstract’. I find his pictures have a simplistic, almost primitive, and child-like innocence

about them, evocative of happier times when life seemed much simpler. But, please do not take my word for it! Come along and judge for yourselves just how much Robert’s confidence and growth as a completely self-taught artist has expanded over the last ten years since he first began paintings of his personal “Paradise” as he calls Raglan. He also calls some of his Raglan pictures “Paradise”. As simple and unassuming title as the artist himself! So, roll up, one and all, and enjoy this man’s “take” on the daily beauty of Raglan. Preview by Catherine C. Bullock.

Kiaido Ryu Raglan cleans up at 2010 Waikato MMA Comps

Locals Aram Higgins and Jordan Haworth of Kiaido Ryu Martial Arts Raglan definitely showed the rest of the Waikato martial art clubs a thing or two about how Kiaido Ryu competes in the martial arts world.

The boys put their hard training and skills to the test big time at the open club MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) Waikato comps last Friday in Frankton, Hamilton. The competitors consisted of many different styles of martial arts coming together to bash it out to see which style would come out on top. Aram went up first against a karate martial artist and took his opponent out with a T.K.O (technical knockout) in the first round. Jordan went up next against a kick boxer from Hamilton and had a close first round concluding with a draw. His second and third round came with a quick victory submitting his opponent both times with a rare naked choke. Aram was up again this time against a jiu-jitsu martial artist who was known for his expert fighting on the ground, Aram took him on head to head and escaped all his holds and even submitted his opponent with a guillotine choke winning his 2nd fight. Aram took out his last opponent, a kick boxer from Morrisville with a decision by points from the judges.

Jordan Haworth and Aram Higgins of Kiaido Ryu Martial Arts

The end of the night ended up being quite the surprise when we heard that Jordan had won Lightweight champion of the year as well! By the end of it all, the boys walked out of the ring with their heads held high and huge smiles on their faces ….great memory. Unfortunately there are no judges and rules in the real world, there are no timekeepers and low blows are a common practise. Come down and have some fun learning how to defend yourself, or if you just want to get fit, or have some you time. We don’t treat you like you’re in the military down here; we don’t do that to family.

Lastly I want to say a huge congrats to Aram and Jordan for their wins the other night and for showing the rest of the Waikato that Kiaido Ryu Martial Arts RAGLAN can go toe to toe with any style and come out on top. Well done boys. Dean Message Raglan School Hall Juniors start 5.30pm-6.30pm Everyone else 6.30pm-8.30pm Sundays & Wednesdays Contact Dean Message - 07 8250529 or 0226551703 Or ask for a flyer down at the vid store. Stay safe Rags.

Rebels roaring The Rebels are in their last couple of weeks of hockey.

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The week of 24th November the Rebels played Aberdeen School. We had a huge win 70, there was no match for our great attack - our defence was a little bored. We had some great passing in attack and well set up goals. Goal scorers were Matthew Hill 3 goals, Sean Dillon 3 goals, Hunter Sullivan 1 goal. The second game was a little different. The Rebels had to work. Our reputation was out, that the Raglan team was the team to look out for. People were asking me do you play winter league? Where do your players come from? So that was great to hear. The Rebels have rattled a few teams over the hill. We played Hillcrest School, they came out very determined to beat us. The Rebels were

down 2-1 at half time. The whistle blew for the second half and the Rebels went out wanting to win this game. Hillcrest are a very strong team in attack with great passing as they also play winter hockey, but the Rebels scored two early goals from Matthew Hill and Sean Dillon, with an amazing diving goal, with Sean ending up face first on the turf. Great effort! So the game went to 3-3 all. Look out next time Hillcrest. Well done to Brent Hayes who had an outstanding game dribbling through their defence. Well done to Hunter once again in goal, saving lots of the goals on the line. The score

would have been different. Tor Peterson and Chloe Hayes were strong in their tackling. Thanks for the loads of supporters that come every Wednesday. They let everyone there know that we are from Raglan. Keep up the good work, kids, it definitely pays off! The Raglan Rebels come off the turf smiling at their success! Thanks, Amanda Sullivan.


OPINION: Pike River Tradgedy... by Patsy Zohs Twenty nine miners at the Pike River Mine went underground that day. A massive explosion of gasses trapped them and their world came down around them and their families. They had joked and laughed as they went down to their places in the black forest of coal. The money was good, their mates were great and they had a seam to bowl. Bad news travels fast and the world has looked on as the experts rallied and rescue

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teams planned to save them. Big hopes turned to mayhem. The gasses, smoke and dust have won this ghastly underground battle where the men were trapped like cattle. The diamond tipped drill took hope down with it but it brought none back Doom circled the dark and the heat, in this hell hole of a pit where these men have been condemned to stay for now. They want to get their bodies out but they don’t know how yet. The families’ fear and stress strangled them

with an ever growing sense of their losses and their trust turned to anger against the bosses. The West Coast spirit has been severely tested, by the set backs and waiting. Now a blank acceptance. I ache for the miners, their families and the CEO of the Pike River mine. Peter Whittall who has fronted masses of media, day after dreadful day. Time and hope ran out with the second explosion. Total devastation to the families they belonged to.

Fire places in Christchurch and other locations are banned because of pollution, Coal burning a no-no, but mining and exporting the coal is O.K. for the money. Don’t you like me, find this horrifically hypocritical? Perhaps banning coal mining here is the proper solution. What about work for the West Coasters?. Like the rest of New Zealand and other parts of the world, I prayed for the families and hoped for a miracle. It didn’t happen. The church bells have tolled and New Zealand is grieving.

A Raglan Rumination... by Albert Einsteinlager

So the Labour government is looking at limiting foreign ownership of our green,green pastures. I would like to extend this policy slightly. We need to explore the possibility of a partial or even complete ban on foreigners driving campervans in NZ. Something needs to be done about these oversize turtles of the road. How many times have you been caught behind one of these feather footed fiends? Felt the blood pressure rising as they power along at 30 km per hour. Swerved to miss them as they suddenly stop to take a photo of a sheep or check their map to see how lost they are. To paint a picture of the chaos we are dealing with consider this scenario. A sixty plus couple from London touch down in Aoteroa. Pops has a license but is only used to driving his mini down to the High Street for milk. Now they are in NZ and they think it is a sterling idea to hire one of those motorhome thingies. In they hop. Bert’s hands become sweaty and shaky. “Don’t panic Mavis it

will be alright� Well Bert you are absolutely right. Little harm can occur when you are trundling along at speeds no greater than a sloth on valium. And yes Bert it does wind me up reading those infuriating messages on the back. “Jus cruising� and “Lazy Daze� are fine for your Highway Hippies but it just doesn’t cut the mustard when a little haste is needed. However with a little thought I may have found a solution. You will note that you very rarely see a Bogan driving a motor home. My proposal is that all such vehicles be fitted with my very own patented invention. It is called “The Pedal to the Metal Synchroniser.� It works thus. The speedometer is hardwired to the stereo. From zero to eighty kilometres per hour heavy rock will be played at alarming sound levels. When eighty is reached the music will then switch to something more befitting a motor home driver............for example, Neil Diamond. Happy Motoring Campers.

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what’s on SUN 28 NOVEMBER @ RAGLAN AREA SCHOOL. Surfside Kids zone. 10am. Enquiries 825 5199. MON 29 NOVEMBER @ THE UNION CHURCH HALL. Care & Craft. 9.30am. MON 29 NOVEMBER @ TE UKU CHURCH HALL. Surfside Mainly Music. 9.30am. MON 29 NOVEMBER @ THE RAGLAN CLUB. 500 cards, 1pm. WED 1 DECEMBER @ TE UKU CHURCH HALL. Surfside Mainly Music. 9.30am. WED 1 DECEMBER. RAGLAN RAMBLERS. Ruapuke Beach – a waterfall and 6km of wild beach at low tide, then lunch. WED 1 DECEMBER @ BLACKSAND CAFÉ. Knitting Circle from 9.30am. All welcome. Beginners welcome.

FOOD FOREST GARDENING, RAGLAN WEST. 8.30 – 9.30am Thursday mornings. THURS 2 DECEMBER @ COMMUNITY HOUSE. SurfsideYouth group van pickup 7.15pm. Enquiries 825 5199. THURS 2 DECEMBER @ THE RAGLAN CLUB. Euchre. All welcome. 6pm. HEALING ROOMS,1st and 3rd Thurs. 11am-1pm. At Plunket Rooms. SAT 4 DECEMBER 35pm, SUN 5 DECEMBER 8-10am, SHADOW YOGA WORKSHOP. Contact Jaymin 027 292 0193 / 09 8469 879. MONDAY 6 DECEMBER MAMA’S MONDAY Come to learn and share with local midwives about natural birthing, breastfeeding etc. Matapihi Gallery 11am - 1pm. Babes in arms welcome.

CHINESE BUDDIST SHRINE CABINET, ROSEWOOD. Right Up My Alley, Volcom Lane. www.ruma.co.nz 1 x TV & FREEVIEW DECODER $100. 825 7925.

20% off Summer Shoes Kathryn Wilson Chaos & Harmony ... til Dec 15th only

“ Xmas present with a difference “ Always thought you could sing or play an instrument, lets record it and make it happen - one or two track CD - a timeless present! ‘very reasonable rates’ Raglan’s Karioi Sound recording studio dave maybee (07) 825 8792, 0274 919 574 maybee@xtra.co.nz

Living Gifts

Lilypot Florist. Diana 021 448 104 Petals worldwide

IS YOUR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING SORTED OUT?

Christmas has come to the Union Church Op Shop and there is a wide range of interesting gifts at very reasonable prices. Open 9am to 11.30 Saturday morning from now until Christmas.

Notice Of Meeting Raglan Community Board

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Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the Raglan Community Board will be held in the Supper Room, Town Hall, Bow Street, Raglan on TUESDAY 7 DECEMBER 2010 commencing at 1.30pm.

F L O O R S A N D I N G EQUIPMENT for hire. Ph Raglan Flooring 825 8777. BOUNCY CASTLE FOR HIRE, entertainment for the kids. Vicki 825 7575. kids. Vicki 8257575.

This notice is given under section 46 of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987.

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WEDNESDAYS @ YOT CLUB. LOW KEY. Free pool, $5 beers. THURSDAY 2 DECEMBER @ YOT CLUB. FASTER PUSSY CAT KILL KILL. Fst playing, sharp shooting, whiskey swilling surf a billy, rock n’ rolly band. $5. FRIDAY 3 DECEMBER @ YOT CLUB. THE TWITCH. W/ Cobalt Trio, Maida Barker. More rock n’ roll. $5 SATURDAY 4 @ YOT CLUB. THE SURF TOWN BOOGIE. DJ’s T-Rice, Benn Morrison, Sammy G. $5

SATURDAY 4TH DEC @ ORCA. TONY PAINTING & THE POWER - Blues/ Rock $10 c/c

SUNDAY 28 NOVEMBER. SUNDAY SESSIONS in the YOT Club yard. Live DJs and good vibes in the sun. FREE. THURSDAY 9 DECEMBER @ BLACKSAND CAFÉ. COMEDY NIGHT with

Simon McKinney and Gish. 8.00pm start. $20 admission. Tickets available from Blacksand Café. FRIDAY 10TH DECEMBER @ BLACKSAND CAFÉ. COMEDY NIGHT with Jan Maree and Gish. 8.00pm start. $20 admission. Tickets available from Blacksand Café.

courses, classes & workshops RAGLAN LIGHT EXERCISE GROUP. Meets Mon, Wed & Thurs 10-11am @ the Old Gospel Hall, Raglan West.

For Sale

BEAUTIFUL FAIRY, BALLET dresses, sequined shoes, wands, headbands, really

good prices, Spiderman and Batman also available. Phone Vicki to view 8257575. MEXICAN TAKEAWAYS AVAILABLE. ENCHILADAS, burritos, nachos, 3 different flavours: chicken, beef and chili bean, all served with Mexican rice, salad and fresh salsa. Raglan West. 825 8293. BIKE, SUITABLE FOR 5 YEAR OLD, $40 ono ph 825 7344, Double bed $200. Ph 825 7344 3 PIECE LOUNGE SUITE $80, High chair $15. Ph 027 5839 939. UNISEX PORTACOT WITH MATTRESS $80.00. Adjustable height massage table $250.00. Baby backpack $50.00. All items in excellent condition, smokefree home. Ph 825 7390 MACADAMIA NUT TREES, $6.50 each, 65 available. Free delivery. 07 825 7577. VICTORIAN OAK EXTENSION TABLE. Right Up My Alley, Volcom Lane. 07 8257004. www.ruma.co.nz

HOLIDAY ACCOMODATION, FURNISHED modern home, great harbour views, all mod cons including sky tv, wifi etc. $200p/n, 021 888 596, email dougmclachlan00@hotmail.com

2 BEDROOM HOLIDAY HOME, very beautifully decorated, Harbour and Bar views, only 5 minutes walk to town and beach, $150 p/n. Ring Camilia 07825 8568. 3 BEDROOM HOUSE. $300p/w, must have rental references. Ph 825 6888.

Garage Sale

SATURDAY 4 DECEMBER. 34A Main Road. 9am. SATURDAY 4 DECEMBER, Snowden Place residents, 10am, wide range of goods.

Public Notices

JUNIOR MotoX RIDERS WANTED to start club. Weekly rides Monday’s 5.30pm. Local track. Ph Jardon 825 7313 or 0226053437

RAGLAN & DISTRICTS MUSEUM SOCIETY Meeting Monday December 6th, 10am at the Supper Room (Town Hall). All Welcome

(Formally Bliss) Half price Microdermabrasion treatments + FREE Sea-Chi Lymph stimulating treatment. & Environ skin specialist.

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H O L I D A Y ACCOMMODATION. Fully furnished home, Raglan. 20 Dec – 20 Feb. Huge lawn for boats and cars, 4 double beds, 2 single beds, 2 lounges, 2 kitchens, 2 bathrooms. Weekly linen change and house clean. $200 per night, 3 nights minimum stay. References required. Ph 07 825 7577

RAGLAN COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS

Finding yourself alone at Christmas (with no family around & need some cheering up) Like to share a Christmas dinner with your own Raglan community? RAGLAN TOWN HALL Christmas Day 12.00 - 3.00 pm Transport available phone Sue 825-7906 (so we can plan the number of dinners) - NO CHARGE Contact Sue on: 825 7906

have any Raglan Area School text books lying around your house? If so, please return to the school or drop into the Raglan Town Library return slot (Bow St). Thank you. WOODEN PLAYHOUSE. Condition ok. Ph 825 0946.

CASH PAID FOR CARCARS ENGINES TRACTORS TRUCKS OLD MACHINERY GOING OR NOT DERELICT & UNWANTED FREE PICKUP

DO YOU NEED YOUR HOUSE OR HOLIDAY HOME CLEANED? Reliable, honest. Call me, Edith on 825 6599 or mobile: 027 4748 944.

SENIOR CITIZENS ASSOCIATION. In lieu of our December meeting, our Christmas Luncheon will be held on Thursday 2 December at the Raglan Club at 12noon. Cost is $20.00 per member. First meeting for 2011 will be on February 3rd. Yuletide Greetings to all from the committee.

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AMNESTY. We are looking to reclaim missing books. Do you

OFFICE/RETAIL SPACE Tenancy available in Bow Street, Raglan with an administration area of approx 71m2, kitchen/bathroom facilities and two carparks. All enquiries to:

Casual work wanted COLOUR ME BEAUTIFUL (CMB) consultant now resident in Raglan. For appointments phone 021 745 007

0800 492 452 www.waikatodistrict.govt.nz

Wanted to Rent 3 BEDROOM HOUSE with garage. From end of January. Long term. Ph 825 7053.

Dawn Brock Bow St Tenancy P O Box 132 Hamilton 3240 Ph 07 834 3311 Email dawn.brock@jonwebb.co.nz

CAMPERVAN FOR 10-12 DAYS from 3 JAN. please phone 825 8595.

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OFFICES/ SHOP GALLERY or CLINIC

For lease in Raglan’s CBD. 70sqm approx, located on 1st floor above Raglan Hot Roast Shop. Suit offices, studio, clinic etc with massive harbor views, large deck & possible accommodation. Phone property manager on 021 363465

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