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04th February 2011 - Issue #231

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Photographer Stuart Mackenzie, and artists Julian Godfery & Jane Galloway at their home studio during the successful Raglan Arts’ Trail Weekend. Images. Stuart Mackenzie

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Inaugural Raglan ‘Open Studio’ weekend a stunning success

Art lovers descended on Raglan over Anniversary Weekend. They were easy to identify clutching the 2011 Art Trail guide with its distinctive dark brown cover. Saturday got off to a damp start after overnight rain, but this soon cleared providing a perfect day for visiting studios. Artists taking part in the Open Studio event reported large numbers of visitors, many coming specially to Raglan from Auckland, Hamilton and the King Country for the self-guided tour organised by the Raglan Community Arts Council. Locals also took advantage of the opportunity. Thirty-six Raglan Artists took part in the inaugural Open Studio Weekend. For three days our painters, potters, sculptors, and photographers, as well as mixed media, textile, and jewellery artists opened their studios to the public from 10am to 2pm for viewing. During the weekend Whale Bay based artist Miranda Jane Caird created a new painting, “Kea at Cloud Nine”, giving updates on Facebook. In addition to the artists with open studios, a number of artists were based at the Old School Arts Centre in Stewart Street where they worked on new creations. In the Clay Shed pottery behind the Old School Susanne Prinz did some intricate designs on a large clay work. Over 200 visitors came to the Old School on each day of the event. Event Coordinator Amanda Watson said the weekend had been a stunning success and thanked the participating artists and advertisers as well as the Raglan Community Board, Sky City Hamilton Trust and Creative Communities Waikato District who provided funding for the event. Amanda said that the Arts Council would be repeating the Open Studio in 2012. The Raglan Art Trail Guide, is available from the Raglan Information Centre, Raglan Old School Arts Centre, participating artists and I-sites throughout the region. The guide is current for the whole of 2011- just phone the artists for an appointment. The Arts Council is already planning a special Open Studio Weekend for September as part of the Rugby World Cup Festival. Rodger Gallagher/Judith Collins Weather Map

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Check for latest forecasts Forecasts Forecast generated on Wednesday 2 February Max Summary Wind Waves* Tides* Sun/Moon temp (C) (km/hr) (m) (High/Low) (Rise/Set)

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Dark deeds at airfield Her suggestion: put the “brainless” culprits in stocks downtown and pelt them with rotten fruit. Waikato District Council says the five damaged lights are similar to standard ones on octagonal-shaped poles, but were installed at ground level to avoid the flight path of planes and to improve security and visibility in the area.

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It’s going too far to suggest punching their lights out but one resident has called for some good old-fashioned punishment for the vandals who attacked the new street lights – like this one – at the Te Kopua Domain end of the Raglan airfield.

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It says steps are in place to replace the broken glass covers and vandal-proof them with steel fabricated mesh covers, which are having to be custom-made.

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The council says the cost of the work has yet to be confirmed, but the new lights should be installed within a month. Edith Symes

Police urge public to ‘walk away’ from trouble Raglan police this week urged people involved in heated disputes to “walk away” following a violent domestic incident last week in which a local man was seriously injured with the butt of a .22 calibre rifle wielded by a mate.

The 26-year-old was allegedly knocked to the ground unconscious after being struck in the head with the rifle butt after an alcohol-fuelled dispute. His 32-year-old attacker phoned for an ambulance which took the victim to Waikato Hospital where he was still in a critical condition early this week.

Hamilton were called in to assist local police at the Thursday-night incident. His advice for such situations was also to step away from any possible physical altercation. “Here is yet another example of where people allow themselves to get out of control in a domestic situation and what we would ask is that people who find themselves in such disputes take time out … because the consequences as we have seen can be very serious, ” Detective Sergeant Grace said.

Eye exams made easy Paterson Burn Optometrists and Raglan Community House have paired up to make things a little easier for you. Simply book an eye exam with us and you’ll receive $40 worth of gift vouchers through the Community House to put towards your travel and exam costs.

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While acknowledging that boys will be boys, Constable Dean McMillan warned it was “easier and safer to walk away”.

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The serious nature of last week’s assault, he added, was a one-off. “It’s quite rare (for Raglan)”.

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Bike Wise Month Tomorrow marks the start of New Zealand’s biggest celebration of twowheeled, people-powered transport - Bike Wise Month. Kiwis of all ages are being encouraged to give cycling a go and head along to one of the many events being held around the country during February. NZTA National Manager Road User Behaviour Michael Cummins said Bike Wise Month is aimed at highlighting the benefits of cycling and getting as many New Zealanders as possible onto their bikes. “Seventy percent of New Zealand families with children have one or more bicycles at home. So people of all ages and abilities should have no trouble in digging their bike out of the shed and giving it a whirl.”

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“One third of all vehicle journeys in New Zealand are less than five kilometres in length – which is an easy cycle ride, even for beginners. The bike always works out to be the cheaper, more environmentallyfriendly option, and in urban areas can often be as quick as the car.” Mr Cummins said cycling also had significant health benefits.

“More than half of all New Zealanders don’t meet recommended guidelines for physical activity each week, and according to the World Health Organisation, New Zealand has the third highest obesity rate in the OECD. Cycling just 15 minutes each way as your daily commute would cover the average adult’s minimum daily exercise requirement.”

Hundreds of bike-friendly events are being staged across New Zealand as part of the celebration.

Bike Wise Month 2011 Activities •

Go By Bike Day: Wednesday, 16 February 2011 - New Zealanders are being encouraged to bike to work or school instead of going in the car. Breakfast events, including free food and entertainment, are being held in more than 50 locations around the country.

Bike Wise Challenge: 1-28 February 2011 - open to any New Zealand organisation is a fun, free, online competition that encourages organisations to get staff on their bikes for Bike Wise.

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Mayoral Challenge: Held on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the month: New Zealand towns and cities will compete for the honour of the most ‘Cycle Mad City’ by getting as many people as possible to follow their Mayor on a gentle bike ride.

For detailed information on all of the events taking place during Bike Wise Month 2011 visit: The Bike Wise website has been upgraded and improved to become a one-stop shop and support centre for anyone interested in cycling.

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The children of Raglan Kindergarten are thrilled to announce that we have a wonderful new tree house tucked in the bushes at Raglan Kindergarten. The tree house is the result of a year’s hard fundraising. We would like to thank our fabulous parents who worked hard at fundraisers, to the community for supporting these fundraisers and to the children whose inspiration made it all happen. The tree house was built by Harder Buildings whose work was superb!

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Community remembers a ‘beautiful presence’ Multi-hued flags fluttered on bamboo poles and flowers were strewn underfoot at an open-air ceremony held high above the ocean in Wainui Reserve last Tuesday evening to mark the loss of young Frenchwoman Julia Borgoo , who died recently in a tragic car accident near Te Uku. Local kaumatua Sean Ellison led the simple ceremony at which hundreds of friends and close family paid tribute to the 29-year-old new mother, who left behind her partner Manu Le Gouais and four-month-old daughter Kaya.

Sean Ellison spoke of a woman who friends had seen grow spiritually and become “drawn into the energies of this place” during her four years living and working as an osteopath within the Raglan community. “We are here to pay tribute to Julia,” he said, “and offer words of solace and support to Manu and Kaya.” Julia’s parents from France were visibly moved at the commemoration service, and spoke of the warmth and the welcome they’d received from the Raglan community. “We can see why she loved it here,” they said through translator Dave “Smithy” WardSmith.

French songs were sung along with waiata during the ceremony, while baby Kaya was passed by her father to be breastfed by a friend with a six-month-old of her own. Local midwife Karin Bettley, speaking as a representative of the community, described Julia as “that gorgeous, elegant, French babe … thank God she couldn’t surf [as well]”. She added: “These shores, this soil will really miss that lady.” A former neighbour, Anna Kirby, likened Julia’s beauty to that of a gazelle “with her hands sort of floating by her sides and her head held high … a beautiful presence”. Schoolgirl Phoebe Balinska-Smith

paid her own impromptu tribute to Julia: “Her personality shone through [in] her face. She was a lovely person on the inside and the outside, and her baby takes on the beauty as well.” Julia Borgoo Local iwi performed a powerful haka at the end of the sunset ceremony. Edith Symes

“It’s worthwhile for me personally,” said Clint, who believed the big issue now was how achieveable those outcomes were given the timeframe.

the broad categories of accessible, sustainable, thriving, healthy and safe Waikato.

Last week’s Raglan workshop was the first of 14 throughout the Waikato. The summary of feedback will be district-wide, say council staff, who are looking for common themes and trends. “We are keen on getting some new (performance) measures.”

Feel-good workshop helps identify ideal community Raglan had its chance last week to have a say on a revised set of five “community outcomes” proposed by Waikato District Council – but the outcome of the brief workshop attended by about 30 locals at Blacksand Café isn’t clear, and won’t be for at least two months as feedback has to be analysed.

The outcomes, which once adopted will feed into the the council’s long term plan 2012/2022 process, were so broadbrush they generated less heat last week than a switched-off espresso machine but Raglan ward councillor Clint Baddeley still found it a useful exercise.

The challenge, he said, was “keeping ratepayers happy but still making progress”. The five outcomes currently under review have been condensed from an original nine identified by Waikato ratepayers as important back in 2004/2005. Educated Waikato was dropped because it was seen to be outside council’s role while others were combined and now come under

These community outcomes – detailed in a Powerpoint presentation – form the basis of everything that council does, staff told those gathered at the workshop before asking for their input. Coloured stickers were then provided for people to prioritise the outcomes and to suggest better outcomes or changes to existing ones.

The chance for others to have their say is ongoing as all residents will receive a community outcomes questionnaire in this month’s issue of WDC’s Link newsletter, which must be returned to the council by Friday March 18.

Locals also got the opportunity to comment on how the outcomes should be measured, and were assured that council “will use this feedback”.

Edith Symes

Making Raglan affordable But you know what? It’s changing. Some of the people who have been here for years are having to move out, even those who have been here all their lives. Old people who were born here used to retire to the Lazarus Village, but when the government reduced the subsidies, this was sold. Some of the early baches are run down, and families renting them are really cold in winter. Sadly, they decide it’s time for them to move out too. Maori want their komatua to come home, but there is no housing for them. What’s happening? The road’s getting better, which brings more people. And as more people come, the farm land disappears into subdivisions, and prices go up. Prices of land, and the cost of rates. That’s another reason people are going. The property is getting snapped up for holiday homes, and people come from outside for long weekends and school holidays, filling the carparks and the beaches. But when they go home, Raglan has acres of empty baches, and the cafes and shops suffer in the lean times of winter. Every winter, another cafe folds, and every spring, another hopeful buys in, in anticipation of the boom time. Some people care about it. Vera van der Voorden and Mike Vine have spent the last couple of years establishing the needs, and finding what sort of support might be available from outside. Julia and Ken Brown spend their

winters putting up thermal drape curtains for the people in cold baches, and locating surplus carpets for the floors. Enid Sincock is doing all she can to locate affordable land on the flat near the doctor and the shops, in the hope of establishing a replacement for the Lazarus Village for grandparents. That’s five people: nowhere near enough to solve the problems of changes in Raglan. The problem is too big for anyone. No one has the money to invest in a Retirement Village. No one has the time to build it free of charge. No one has the time to mastermind the whole project. Probably lots of people care, but what can we do? There is another way: list what help is needed, and cut it down small enough so that people commit only to what they can afford, in time or money. Here are some examples of what would help. • Julia and Ken will continue the curtains project, but find they can’t manage the carpets. Is there anyone with a trailer who could collect the occasional donated carpet and get it to a cold Raglan home that needs it? • Several people have surplus firewood, but there is no one to cut and transport it. Do you know anyone with a chainsaw they could lend, so firewood can be cut and donated to cold homes? Or someone to cut the wood? Or donate a chainsaw? • Are you good at sewing? How about making draft stoppers for people living in cold baches. The community house has agreed to take donated draft stoppers in until they can be collected and delivered. • No tradesman should be expected to give his time free, but how about offering just

one morning to advise on what is needed to upgrade suitable affordable accommodation? Builder, plumber or electrician, it would be great to have your advice. • Any lawyers out there who could advise on how to get an affordable housing project under way? • Anybody prepared to invest a small amount of money (say $10,000) at interest, for a fixed time, until a retirement village becomes self supporting? • Are you a good organiser? Anyone prepared to come to meetings, or talk to council? • Do you have a bach that you use only in holidays and long weekends? How about offering it to a long term tenant that could go and stay with their family in holidays when you need it? Everybody does what they can, and nobody has to do too much. We’ve seen it on TV: Jim Mora’s garden projects for people who are active in their communities, Marae DIY. Habitat for Humanity can lend for suitable projects, but they need input before they commit to a particular project. The Raglan project for 2011 is to establish a Goodwill Book which lists offers of help for the community. All we need to start is a list of names, and what is offered. The donor sets the limit, and may be contacted when the offer can be taken up. Small is beautiful: when we get enough offers, we can begin to change things. How about it? Fill in the form and drop it in the box at the Community Centre, or give me a call. Who knows: maybe we can keep Raglan beautiful and affordable too. We’d all benefit from that. Vin Glynn, Whaingaroa Affordable Housing Trust, ph.825-0235

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We all love Raglan. That’s why we’re here. Maori first, then farmers, beach bums, fishermen, greenies, artists, Hamilton commuters, shopkeepers, teachers, nurses, holiday makers... We all seem to get on with each other. And we like it the way it is. That’s why we came here.

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Art exhibition a ‘family affair


Raglan artist Gaenor Hunter is excited about her new exhibition opening on Friday 4 February at the Old School Arts Centre because it will showcase not only her own work, but also that of several family members, including children. Originally from England, Gaenor came to New Zealand in 1982, and while working as a midwife, continued her lifelong interest in art. She first came to live in Raglan 10 years ago, and with the positive influences here began to exhibit her work, having her first solo exhibition at the Old School last year. She enjoyed the experience vastly and is looking forward to this next one. Gaenor says she has always enjoyed the support, encouragement and influence of her family, especially those in New Zealand who include her daughter and her partner, daughter-in-law, brotherin-law, niece and sister-in-law. In this exhibition

Gaenor endeavours to pay tribute to them by showing some of their work, which she describes as amazing, as well as some of her own recent works. Since her exhibition last year, Gaenor has extended her own range of both subject matter and media and is enjoying her new studio perched on a hillside with stunning views of the harbour and the bar. Inspired by her beautiful surroundings, her painting style is impressionistic, with a charm and simplicity that works especially well with detail, for example flowers and the pukekos that feature in some of her landscapes. The exhibition ‘A Family Affair’ runs from Friday 4 – Friday 11 February, open every day from 10am – 4pm, and Gaenor extends a warm invitation to come along and enjoy something a little different. Judith Collins

Chamber of Commerce 10 reasons why you should join the Raglan Chamber of Commerce in 2011 1.

You meet interesting people running interesting businesses, and you make new friends.


You have the opportunity to network and develop some strategic relationships that can, in turn, help develop your business.


You get to hear some interesting talks from other members with certain areas of expertise, and guest speakers who will inspire and challenge you.


You can ‘sign up’ for some short training courses right here in Raglan at very affordable prices.


You can be put in touch with appropriate business mentors, should you want that, at a very reasonable cost.


As a local organisation we have a 100% commitment to do what it takes to help every business in Raglan become a roaring success, and to encourage and support ‘start up’ businesses to get off to a good start.


You become part of an organisation (and thereby a collective voice) to promote and advance business opportunities in Raglan. Please note as a local Chamber of Commerce we are affiliated to a national organisation that lobbies government and other agencies, and speaks out on behalf of business, especially for the small-medium enterprise.


The Raglan Chamber of Commerce membership is open to all people running a business – from the sole trader, to tradespeople, retailers, farmers, and in Raglan we have made provision for (non voting) Associate Members from community groups and other not-for-profit organisations.


It’s fun.


At $160 membership fee per year (or $40 per quarter) it is arguably one of the best, if not the best, advertising and promotional deal for the dollars you will spend.

So only one question remains. If you are in business why not join today. You can obtain a simple membership application form by phoning or emailing our secretary, Angela Williams on 825 7003 or angela@raglanchamber. Please note: The Raglan Chamber of Commerce exists for all businesses in the wider Raglan area, not just the retailers in the CBD. WHAT’S COMING UP? Networking Breakfast:

Tuesday, 15th February @7.30am

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DID YOU KNOW? As a business owner and Team leader,motivating others isn’t about the carrot and stick way of doing things. Here’s what some research has come up with as four of the top motivators*: 1.

Job Challenge


Accomplishing something worthwhile


Learning new things in the workplace


Personal development especially if the staff member had a hand in deciding what training they need.

Interestingly pay was 12th on the list.

Alan Vink, Chair of the Board. * Research by Rewick and Lawler

Gaenor Hunter at work in her studio

Boardies and Bikinis Boardies and Bikinis is Tractor FM’s annual summer festival based at the beautiful beach side campground at Ruapuke, 30 minutes from Raglan. Boardies is a safe family festival, where the kids can have fun and adults can boogie till dawn. Under 12s are free in a secure environment. This year the main area is complemented by

a separate acoustic stage tent “the Fringe stage” which will be run as a blackboard stage, so any muso’s out there wanting to have a gig, get a ticket and bring your instrument along and jam, register your details by dropping us a message, at A new stage location for bands and DJs, lighting and visuals by Clyngfilm (UK), massive sound system and of course an amazing line up of talent. Early bird tickets have sold out $45 general admission left on sale at Gag surf shop, Raglan Video, the Yot Club or, ticket price includes camping fee, added security measures this year will ensure the 100 or so fence jumpers of last year are left outside the party area . The Te Mata Rd to Ruapuke is closed so please use the Mountain Rd past Whale Bay. Please drive safely on the gravel roads and have fun !”

Sands of time

Continuing our occasional history series, we read this week of Whaingaroa a century ago – 1910, through the pen of the Waikato Argus Raglan correspondent.

A century ago life was very different, but changing. Most people in the area were farmers and farms supplied most local needs. Weekly Argus reports set out progress as the seasons went by. Fine January weather helped with the oat harvest and reduced blight in potatoes. However, in January the swede crop benefitted from rain, but by March it was, “in a deplorable state” from blight. A mild spring resulted in record lamb numbers. Dog trials were held in April. In December turnips were bring drilled and 21 pigs put on the SS Claymore for Waitara. “Pig-keeping is found to be one of the most profitable by-products of dairying.” Cream was sent to the dairies and the skimmed milk fed to pigs. This was the year it was proposed to amalgamate the Te Mata and Kauroa dairies, which in 1915 led to the building of the dairy still standing on Wallis St. The farming area was still being increased by “very good burns” of the bush. “Among others Mr C. King is having 600 acres felled, the balance of his Kakanui property.” The Whatawhata correspondent wrote,

“No district is showing so much advance. New houses are going up, fencing, clearing and manuring are going on, and when it is considered that most of the material for all this has to be carted over roads almost innocent of good metal, is it any wonder that their condition becomes such as to remind the traveller of the early days of Waikato”. In summer the roads were a little better. On 4 January the Raglan correspondent wrote, “Mr and Mrs E. Hill travelled over from Cambridge last Wednesday in a motor car in a little under five hours. This, I believe, is the second car that has astonished the natives of these parts.” Raglan had no petrol pumps in those days, but the Town Board decided to grant licenses for the storage of dangerous goods – up to 50 cases of benzine and kerosene, for £1 1s. However, not all was mud. Messrs Watkins and Belcher metalled the main streets with limestone in 1910, which accounts for the pristine state of the roads in the Gilmour Bros postcards of 1910 and 1911. In February the Argus correspondent wrote, “Raglan street improvements are now in full swing, and with plough and scoops going constantly the main street is transformed”. To avoid damage to the new roads the Town Board ended cattle grazing licenses along them from May. A £700 government loan paid for the roadworks. A more ambitious plan to spend £250,000 on a 25 mile railway from Ngaruawahia to the harbour was in a long list of planned railways announced by the Prime Minister. Many were never built.

Raglan from Town Hill - 1910

Raglan Regatta Day - 1911 The government, which had been keen on subdividing the Te Akau station, which had stretched to Port Waikato, also paid for roading there, but progress was slow. Building of the road to Mangati, on the north side of the harbour, restarted following grumbles from the new Te Akau settlers about the cost of transport.

recommended that the tramway on the long wharf at the end of James St be extended so that trolleys could run alongside ships and that £8,000 be spent on repairs. A decade later the outcome was the current wharf replacing the one at the end of James St. The wharf was still very important in travel for both passengers and freight. In January D. H. Bates resigned as lamplighter, pound-keeper and dog tax collector. It took a while for the Town Board to find new staff for the jobs. Lighting was clearly considered expensive, as there was disagreement over who should provide a lamp at the jetty, and a lamp on the corner of Bow St and Green St (Wainui Rd) was moved to the corner of John St and Cliff St (Puriri St).

Cliff Street - 1910 In 1910 the Town Board accepted Mr Kyngdon’s gift of a section at the top of Bow St, where the present road and water tower have been built. Originally Upper Bow St was a branch off the main road, which ran down to the ferry to Raglan West. Mr F. W. Marchant, engineer to the Timaru Harbour Board, was asked to report on the most suitable site for a wharf. It was

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Walter Bankart died in January 1910. He had been a politician and businessman. Bankart St was later named after him. It was also the year when the Patikirau monument (on the cliff opposite the wharf) was unveiled in memory of Tuaiwa Ngatipare, “a great chieftainess”. The Town Board had a special meeting to agree to keep Wednesday as the half day closing for Raglan’s shops under the Shops and Offices Act. By 1910 many of the buildings of today’s Raglan were in place, but life in them has changed much over a century. John Lawson

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Use of Club assets to be considered The committee of the Raglan Rugby and Sports Club realise the club has at their deposal a valuable community asset which is under utilised.

The Club is often asked whether the clubrooms are available for other groups to use for whatever reason and unfortunately quite often the actual layout of the building does not suit. We are calling all interested parties to come to an open meeting on Thursday 3rd February at the Sunset Motel at 7pm to put forward any and all ideas about the possible use of the club and importantly how we can make it happen. 2010 was a very good year for Raglan Rugby with both Senior teams making their respective finals and the A team taking out the top prize. Junior Rugby had a strong year once again with good player numbers and tremendous coaching and parental support. Indications are this year will also bring with it good player numbers and support.

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The committee is looking for people to give us their thoughts and ideas to spread the involvement further throughout the greater

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When: Mondays & Wednesdays 9.30am Where : Te Uku Church Hall When : $3.00 per family Contact : Surfside Christian Life Centre

Phone 825 5199

Raglan Kindergarten We Welcome all enquiries and enrolments We welcome all enquiries and enrolments for children 2 for Children 21/2 and over. 1/2 and over. We offer morning (8.30-12.30), afternoon We offer Morning or Afternoon sessions, (1-3) and ‘Kindergarten sessions (8.30-3.00). fully qualifiedday’ staff and a safe,We have fully qualified stafflearning and a safe,environment. fun, learning environment. fun, Using some of your child’s ‘20 free hours’ at Kindergarten could mean no fees for you!!

CALL IN ANYTIME AT: 9 STEWART STREET, RAGLAN or Phone us on 825 8674 Email

Whaingaroa Bee Club

The inaugural meeting of the Whaingaroa Bee Club will take place on Thursday 10 February at 7.30pm in the Supper Room of the Raglan Town Hall. All bee keepers (professional and hobbyist, conventional and top-bar) are welcome, as are interested people who have yet to get a hive. The aim is to discuss the formation of a local club with a view to supporting each other in beekeeping. With an increase in numbers of beekeepers in the area it was felt that a local club could provide both information, and a way for people to meet other locals for mutual support between meetings, when one may have more immediate questions, or a need for physical help. Raglan local Barbara Day, who has been a beekeeper for thirty years, will be at the meeting. For further information contact Cally Brown at 825 7980

This meeting is not about the rugby club standing aside and saying “here, you do it”. It is about offering a chance for others to work with us and make the whole thing a better place and incorporate a wider community presence in a valuable asset which has a central position on flat ground with regulations already covered for parking, wheelchair access and a licensed premises if required . Senior training starts on the same night at the club with all players and intending players welcome. Get down there guys,last year our fitness and teamwork won us a number of close games, lets make this another Raglan season to be remembered. For all interested people we hope to see you at the Sunset Motel at 7pm Feb 3rd. Rob Kirkwood

Year of the Rabbit

2011 is The Year Of The Rabbit in the Chinese lunar signs. There were twelve animals which were summoned to Lord Bhudda before he departed the earth.

The Rabbit is the third in the twelve year cycle. February the 3rd, ushers in this year which promises to be a calmer one than the ferocious Tiger Year which is now ending. A congenial time in which diplomacy, international relations and politics will gain a front seat again. We will act with discretion and make reasonable concessions. People will acknowledge that persuasion is better than force. The Rabbit year is said to bring a respite from conflict and wars. Rabbits are generally calm, gentle and loving people who can be very ambitious and intuitive. They are good listeners, popular and trusted friends. The Rabbit’s main object in life is self preservation.

Famous Rabbits: Tiger Woods, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Frank Sinatra, David Beckham. Albert Einstein and John Keats. Queen Victoria and Pope Benedict XV1. A New Zealand sample, Alan Crafer (and his farms) Bill Ralston, (journalist and public relations consultant). If you’re a Bunny, Easter is good for you and hopefully this year will be a “hop in the park”. Patsy Zohs

Panorama of Raglan Calendar half price Over 650 of the Raglan Ramblers/Friends of Wainui Reserve 2011 calendars have been sold raising about $1,500 for the Friends. Thank you to those who have bought them and sent them all over the world. The remaining 150 are now on sale at half price ($7.50) in the Bookshop and Trade Aid. There have been many suggestions about how to improve the calendar for next year. It seems everyone has a different idea of what a calendar should look like. Make the calendar a bit bigger. Show a summary of the previous and following month. Put the calendar at the bottom so the pictures can be kept without the calendar. Return to the larger format with a hinge. It’s hard to judge just what support there is for each of these ideas and there may well be others. If you’ve got any thoughts on them, put a comment on the Raglan Ramblers Facebook page, or phone 825 7866. If you’d like to see more of the places portrayed in the calendar, Raglan Ramblers meet at 9am each Wednesday (except mid

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Raglan community and we have no illusions about being possibly regarded as a closed shop. That may be the perception and here is an opportunity to have your say, please do so, we cannot learn anything if not told about it.

summer) in the Wainui Rd car park next to the Fire Station. All are welcome to join the 5 to 15km walks. There is no charge, except to share petrol costs, or for boat fares. If you’d like to help Friends of Wainui restore the bush area of the Reserve, join them from 9am on alternate Mondays - ring 825 8591 to check which.

OPINION: In praise of windfarms... by Ian McKissack Well, there it is, the Te Uku wind farm. Only a small grouping but I have become fond of those elegant structures on the skyline. With the blades rotating slowly they bring a new look to the whole business of generating the energy our modern way of life demands. Wind turbines are a more poetic structure than coal mines, power stations, oil drilling platforms and all the other dark satanic structures that many people have to live with in their daily scenery. (However, meeting the turbine towers and blades as they navigate the deviation is another matter altogether and there is nothing

poetic about my language while waiting at the roadside.) I doubt if I could feel the same enthusiasm for a solar power site. No problem with a single one on the roof of a house, well done that occupant. But a whole field of them is not appealing. It looks like a huge graveyard with technician designed headstones. So on balance, now that we have a way of life so dependent on energy, I’ll vote for wind farms first. The reason we are having to make quick difficult decisions about generation is that as a species we have been in too much of a hurry to move on to the next technological wonder, the

latest labour saving device, all dependent on a reliable energy source. Instead of allowing time to assess whether a new development is really life enhancing, what side effects it may have on society or our planet, we are hurried on to the next wonder. There is no government planning to curb the manufacturing and retail level of business that aims for the biggest profits in the shortest time. All this haste is a departure from the ways of nature where everything happens on a slow scale of evolutionary progress and if there are ill effects the new addition to life’s wonders just disappears as slowly as it arose. Take that

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amazing creature: the male bird of paradise, a result of leisurely evolution. He performs a most intricate dance, as a courtship gambit. Some male birds even perform hanging upside down on a branch. It must have taken many generations or millennia to evolve such complex behaviour. If there had been bad effects like getting legs tangled up, or falling off a branch, the dance would have slowly changed or died out. Nature takes its time, we are in a hurry. I like the wind turbines because they are a reminder of the virtue of being elegant, and moving slowly and gently.



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Matapihi Gallery - until Feb 6. Artworks by family. Artists Kahu, Chris and Jeanette Rata and Nici Palmer. Mixed media including raranga, waituhi, whakairo rakau, kohatu, uku and pounamu.

PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION BY WILDLIFE & NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER Trevor Penfold. Open everyday at ‘Show Off’ Aotearoa NZ. 2 Bow St. 825 8762.

Public notices

FOOD FOREST G A R D E N I N G , RAGLAN WEST. 8 – 10am Thursday mornings. THURS 10 FEB @ RAGLAN TOWN HALL, Supper Room. WHAINGAROA BEE CLUB Inaugural Meeting, 7.30pm. All beekeepers and other people interested in beekeeping are welcome. Gold coin donation. For further information contact Cally Brown 825 7980.

Gail & Solomon Penman would like to thank friends for their love, support & kindness whilst living here in Raglan. Big kiss to Jeana Grace from Solomon for all of your help.

* Waitangi Day 10am special prayer for Aotearoa/NZ Communion & shared lunch after.

MON 7 FEB @ THE RAGLAN CLUB. 500 cards, 1pm.

* Tues Feb 15th,


Children’s Challenge, led by students from Adventure Bible School, Cambridge.

MON & WEDS @ TE UKU CHURCH, 9:30am Mainly Music. TUES 8 FEB @ THE RAGLAN CLUB. Texas Hold’em. 6.30pm.

Housemates Wanted HOUSE TO SHARE, preferably non smoker and working. Ph 825 7363.


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WED 9 FEB RAGLAN R A M B L E R S . Motukokako reserve (bring lunch and boat fare) opposite the Wharf. This one we haven’t visited for a long time.

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WED 9 FEB @ BLACKSAND CAFÉ. Knitting Circle from 9.30am. All welcome. Including beginners!

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WHAINGAROA TOY LIBRARY WILL REOPEM MON 7 FEB Te Uku Hall 10.30-12noon. New members welcome.


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THURS 3 FEB @ THE RAGLAN CLUB. Euchre. All welcome. 6pm.


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MACRACARPA SLABS 5 SLABS, approx 3.7m x .500mm. Been shed stored for 8yrs. Reluctant sale, owner permanently living in Australia. Suitable for all indoor uses, NO BORER. Contact:munterz1@

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