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Cover: L- R: Colin Chung (Te Kopua Camp Board Chairman), fitness guru Jack Grace and Te Kopua camp ground manager Rob Clark in front of new exercise course at Te Kopua domain . Image Maki Nishiyama Should you wish to aquire any images from this week’s Chronicle - please contact us on 825 7076 or email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Dear Editor I like the juxtaposition of the Scenic Tours advert for a shuttle to Auckland Airport alongside your article on the 48% rise in Raglan’s child bus fares. If Scenic Tours can take 2 people 139km for $150, how come Regional Council is paying some 16 times Jo’s Takeaways. Te Kopua Domain...............................................................................825 8761 as much (assuming the shuttle has passengers only one way)? It may cost a bit more to run a big bus, but not that much more. The main issue as I see it is still the question of what has happened to the extra fares. That extra costly bus was necessary Marlin Cafe & Grill. Dine in. On the Wharf.................................................................. 825 0010 because there were extra passengers. Council says my estimate that those extra passengers are paying around $80,000 a year in fares is wrong. It probably is. It was based on the extra passengers in September and assumed that they were all children. Earlier in the year the passenger numbers were even higher and I’ve seen Namaste Kitchen. Eat in or takeaway. 31 Bow Street....................................................825 0300 quite a number of extra adults using the bus, so the extra fares are very probably closer to $100,000. It is good to know the extra fares are going to ratepayers, but 41% of my general rates bill goes to roading and only 1.6% of that to buses. Even most of Nannies Takeaways. 35 Bow Street............................................................................. 825 8842 that 1.6% goes to Huntly buses. Huntly has 5 times as many buses as Raglan for 3 times as many passengers. Cambridge has more than twice as many buses, but fewer passengers. Their $6.40 fare could well be Raglan West Store. Takeaways.45 Wainui Rd...............................................................825 8293 the explanation for the dearth of passengers, despite the better service. Huntly’s fare (33km) is still $4 for adults and $2.10 for children. Raglan’s $3.80 child fare (46km) is way out of line The Shack. Dine in or Takeaway. 19 Bow Street...........................................................825 0027 with that and the adult fare 5% too high, even ignoring the per km savings of a longer route. I wonder if the drop which has already occurred was due to the overcrowding. Why do I need to wear a seat belt on a The Raglan Club. Dine in or Takeaway. 22-24 Bow Street............................................ 825 8288 bus which is fitted with them, yet there are regularly a dozen children standing near the front of the Raglan bus on a winding 100kph road, with nothing but a windscreen between them and anything the bus crashes into? The solution is to provide enough Zaragoza . Restaurant. Cafe. Dine in & Takeaway. 23 Bow St.......................................825 0205 buses to avoid overcrowding, as has been done with the Orbiter in Hamilton to solve overcrowding on that bus. Fares went up on 1 January, not 1 February. Was this another error by those who supposedly know about our buses? Maybe they can also tell us why Raglan’s bus already covers 42% of its costs from fares, yet the rest of Waikato’s buses only covered 28.63% for the year to September, but they picked out WeatherMap - New Zealand weather forecasts http://www.weathermap.co.nz/?p=raglan the Raglan bus for a fare increase? Regards John Lawson, Raglan
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Check www.weathermap.co.nz for latest forecasts Forecasts Forecast generated on Wednesday 1 February Max Summary Wind Waves* Tides* Sun/Moon temp (C) (km/hr) (m) (High/Low) (Rise/Set)
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He’s hoping plenty of locals will be involved in the Manu Bay eco retreat’s intensive Permaculture Design Certificate course coming up early March, and which offers either full or non residential options. Permaculture – ecological design which seeks to work with rather than against nature – is “well received” as the most effective solution for the global crises faced by the world today, says Phil. And he sees it as particularly relevant to Raglan as it fast gains a reputation as a trailblazing community in grassroots sustainable development. At the same time, Phil and partner Bernadette Gavin say it’s awesome to now be aligned with Otago Polytechnic and they are looking forward to Solscape’s part in the Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Practice starting next month. Six “definites” including local artisan shoemaker Ben Galloway, a Waikato District Health Board staffer from Hamilton and a representative of the Auckland corporate world will be among the intake for the first North Island base of this unique course, which is centred in Wanaka where the tourism sector is driving change for more sustainable business. The course is for post graduates or those with equivalent life experience. Phil believes the partnership launched late last year between Otago Polytechnic’s Centre for Sustainable Practice and Solscape is timely. While Solscape has
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striven for several years to bring learning around sustainability and wellbeing into the mainstream, he says, it’s now about the mainstream coming to Solscape. He says the retreat is trying to build both mental and physical bridges between mainstream education and what’s been seen until now as alternative or “hippy” practices. “If people don’t start moving en masse in this direction we’re going to hit a wall.” Also on offer at Solscape through its link with Otago Polytechnic is an eightweek course starting in May on Social Media. It’s about how to be effective on a community or business level using today’s technological tools such as Facebook and Twitter. Skills learned should be particularly relevant to Raglan Chamber of Commerce, says Phil, and might prove an effective way of reinvigorating and promoting the Transition Towns initiative he introduced to Raglan several years ago. Meantime last week saw the successful “test run” of a five-day/four night eco logic workshop at Solscape, teaching sustainable
living with a bit of fun thrown in for good measure, says Phil.
Using Raglan’s natural resources, the experience includes everything from yoga and kayaking to gardening and earthbuilding. Connecting people back to nature and protecting the planet with a “lighter footstep” is at the workshop’s core. To accommodate Solscape’s greater educational thrust Phil and Bernadette have recently transformed their home there into a dedicated space for meetings and miniconferences. Their eco retreat is now also being booked by corporate and other groups coming into the community. Leaders see the value of trainees being away from their normal environment, says Phil, as this encourages new ways of thinking and doing. Building a catering kitchen is next on the list for Solscape, say the couple, who already have an organic garden at their fingertips and enough residential courses to justify the expense.
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Raglan baches ‘hot’ despite RAGLAN the weather TRUST The town’s climbed five spots to claim third place in Bookabach’s top 10 list – a feat bettered only by Lake Wanaka in leaping seven spots from last year to take second place behind Whangamata, which retains its crown for the fourth year in a row. Bookabach boss Peter Miles says booked nights for the top 10 destinations were up 25 per cent this summer, a good indicator that bach holidays are more popular than ever for Kiwis looking for the perfect summer getaway. “Staying at a bach remains an economical holiday option, with rentals in areas like Raglan providing great value at an average of $184 per night,” he says.
Raglan’s average nightly rate was the lowest of Bookabach’s top 10 destinations, with Whangamata $274 per night, Lake Wanaka $321, and Oneroa and Queenstown the costliest at $457 and $428 respectively.
Trailing Raglan in the Bookabach popularity stakes this summer were - in order -- Waihi Beach, Whitianga, Taupo central, Mangawhai Heads, Queenstown, Mt Maunganui and Oneroa. Meanwhile Bachcare, which promotes itself as New Zealand’s leading national full-service holiday home rental and management company under the slogan “it’s all taken care of”, says it has experienced a noticeable increase in bookings in Raglan for the past two summers.
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New exercise course opens at Te Kopua Domain Visitors to Te Kopua Domain may have noticed some structures going up around the skate park area and last week, the final touches were made on the Te Kopua Fitness and Exercise Course – a series of training stations made for the community to use as part of their health and fitness routine. Part of an initiative by the Te Kopua Camp Board to develop the park to support outdoor activities, the training course features 13 stations, starting from warm ups and stretches and going on to the centerpiece, a three-sided structure with different activities on each face. Local fitness guru Jack Grace in collaboration with the Camp Board and Te Kopua camping ground management designed the course to be “as easy or as hard as you want to work.” “The course is designed to transition from different body bits so you get a full range of everything. It’s free for the community and the best thing is it fits into an already wonderful outdoor lifestyle,” says Jack, noting the course’s ideal placement at the domain. Te Kopua Camp Board Chairman Colin Chung says the board has been planning to build the course “for some time now,” so the community and everyone that walks
created the perfect empty space for the course. Colin says sustainable materials were used where possible, using locally milled macrocarpa that contains no preservatives. “It was harder and more expensive but we tried to make an extra effort.” Now finished and passed on to Rob Clark, Te Kopua campground manager, the team stress that the training and exercise course is an asset for the community to use but not abuse. Each station is signposted with instructions to guide you through the course One of the 13 station signs you should look for on the course and while the stations accommodate any level and runs has something to enhance their of fitness, commonsense is needed to avoid exercise routines. getting hurt. “Part of the deed for the gifting of this Te Kopua fitness and exercise course is land was that it be used for the benefit of the community, something like this course now officially completed and open for the gives people a chance to get out and be community to use and Raglan residents can more fit without costing them anything,” further look forward to a new BMX track to open in the space next to the skate park says Colin. where the trees used to stand. While the Board had “nowhere to put it at first” recent felling of he trees that Maki Nishiyama bordered the soccer fields at the domain
Artists’ Open Studio Weekend attracts hundreds of visitors Fabric artist Jean Carbon was almost speechless early this week in the aftermath of Raglan’s Open Studio Weekend, her voice worn out from three days of talking to a constant stream of visitors to her home studio high on the hill overlooking Ngarunui beach. Art trail administrator Jacqueline Anderson doesn’t expect to have visitor tallies from
all 32 artists who took part in the Auckland Anniversary Weekend promotion until next week, but Raglan Community Arts Council chair Rodger Gallagher says it’s obvious things went “pretty successfully” overall. Many of the artists not only enjoyed the exposure but also made significant sales, he said. While the likes of Jean Carbon and sculptor Richard Page – working across
at the Te Ahiawa subdivision – enjoyed “strong interest” in their work, there were also 200 to 300 visitors a day through the Old School Arts Centre in Stewart Street to see artists at work on jewellery and colourful creations from the Clay Shed pottery behind. The event – staged for the first time last January – is driven by the artists themselves, Rodger says, “and if the artists want it then it’ll happen again”.
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Fatalistic air now over costly link-up to town wastewater Whaanga Coast homeowners appear to have now largely bought in – at what will be about $15,300 apiece, or just over $21,000 if they spread the cost over 10 years – to the controversial scheme to connect them up to Raglan town’s wastewater treatment system. A Waikato District Council-organised open day at the Raglan Surf Life Saving Club last Friday attracted almost 100 directly affected or interested people, and Raglan ward councillor Clint Baddeley said the general feeling was that “they did not like the price but that we have to move forward” on the issue. The 110-odd property owners affected originally faced footing the whole of the estimated $2.2 million bill to connect up, but then the council came up with a 60:40 funding split between Whaanga Coast ratepayers and the council – which will recoup its share from ratepayers across the district. Even with the new plan, some Whaanga Coast residents feared they might not be able to stump up with $15,300 and might have to sell up. As council staff began packing up their display boards at the end of Friday’s threehour open day, Clint told the Chronicle that affordability was “always a concern” with the project. “We just have to deal with it the best way possible.” He said no central government subsidy
was available for the scheme -- even though funding had been provided for a similar scheme elsewhere in the Waikato district -- as the Whaanga Coast area was deemed “wealthy” under government criteria. He recognised this was unfair on people who bought out around the coast years ago when land prices were low, and who in fact were not well off.
up later to the Raglan town system, but Friday’s open day also revealed the detail of a proposed bylaw that lumps heavy monitoring costs on ratepayers who want to continue using septic tanks and other on-site systems. The bylaw provides for regular pumpouts, inspections and maintenance at property owners’ own expense.
But he said Whaanga Coast residents were still lucky in one respect: they had a wastewater treatment system with plenty of spare capacity to link into. That wasn’t the case for a number of similar communities around the country trying to clean up their act environmentally.
Assessments of whether the on-site systems are still working effectively must be undertaken by a “suitably qualified” engineer and approved by a chartered professional engineer, and there is a complicated regime of flow and dye testing as well as regular soil tests.
Friday’s open day revealed two time-payment options to spread the cost of joining up: option one is for three instalments of $5130 over the first year, and option two for payment over 10 years. But the latter comes at a price and, while the annual amount payable decreases over the decade from $2658 to $1539, the payments of both capital and interest tally up to a whopping cost of $21,225.
Meanwhile Friday’s open day did throw up a couple of issues that Clint said would be worked through by the council’s water and facilities team headed by general manager Richard Bax before any final timeline for the project was settled on.
That’s $6000 more than for ratepayers able to pay up front. Meantime the council appears to be cranking up the pressure on Whaanga Coast ratepayers to connect up rather than go it alone with their wastewater disposal. The council has previously made clear that no 40 per cent subsidy will still be available for properties which join
Some ratepayers at the open day complained of getting differing answers to questions: one cited by Raglan Community Board chairman Rodger Gallagher on his website was what would happen to the remaining debt if a householder who’d opted for the longer repayment plan sold up before the 10 years was up. One staffer said the debt remained with the property but another said it must be repaid from the sale proceeds.
The recently commissioned site now supplies Raglan with all its electricity needs and is a major milestone for WEL Networks in its western network development to meet the future electricity needs of the region.
Raglan artist Robert Currie has had a brush with thieves – they’ve stolen his latest painting from right under his nose before he’s even had time to sign it. The 800 by 400mm work, entitled Raglan Footbridge by Night, was taken from his floodlit garage turned gallery in James Street while he was upstairs last Sunday evening. Robert says he was very proud of his newest artwork, which represented many hours of hard graft and which he suspects could be the first painting of the new footbridge. Several visitors had asked about the $875 painting but he had wanted first to properly frame and sign it, and photograph the completed work so he could run off prints. “I’m quite broken-hearted that someone would do this,” he says. The work is so easily identifiable that he thinks it will be hard for the thief to on-sell, and he hopes it won’t be found smashed up somewhere when the opportunist offender realises he or she can’t do anything with it.
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Substation well above par WEL Networks officially opened its Raglan substation last Wednesday in a presentation attended by staff, contractors, Iwi, Waikato District Council and members of the Raglan Community Board.
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Speaking at the opening, acting WEL Capital Works Manager Richard Morley said “The project team is very proud the work was completed with an excellent safety record, on budget and on time. An achievement which stands as a testament to Project Manager Jason Ganley and the spirit of his team working together. The $3.5 million project started in February 2010 and was bought forward as a result of the Te Uku wind farm. It is expected to increase security of supply and provide voltage improvements. The 23 megawatt capacity transformer will also allow for future load growth in urban, rural and lifestyle areas around the greater Raglan community. The building has a second room with a removable roof, for a second transformer to be installed when required.
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WEL Networks CEO, Dr Julian Elder said “The Raglan community is an important part of our network area. We are pleased to continue our involvement in Raglan with a robust and safe power supply”.
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The official opening of the Wel Networks Raglan substation
Recently WEL has started to rollout its Smart Box, a further provision of benefits which will enable WEL to restore power outages faster than ever before, minimise power spikes and dimming, thus improving power quality and use power wisely to minimise price rises in the long-term. image Stuart Mackenzie
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Five-year-old artist in the making holds exhibition While many of us at five are only just starting to go to school, Hazel Cranfield, only recently turned five, will be showcasing her very first art exhibition at Blacksand Café starting this week. Her mother Erin describes her daughter’s work as “quite abstract” with “lots of splatters” but that she first noticed her daughter’s talent for painting when the family were redecorating their home. “I bought some canvases for the girls and me, just to decorate the house really, and I noticed that Hazel’s paintings were quite different from my other girls,” says Erin. Developing her painting skills at daycare where Erin notes her daughter has been “really into it,” Hazel has collected the many canvases that she has painted in her few short years and will be presenting them during
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Back to school... Drivers watch your speed when driving past schools A child hit by a vehicle travelling at 60 km/h has only a 15% chance of survival. A child struck at 50 km/h has a 55% chance of survival while a child struck at 30 km/h has a 95% chance of survival..
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Be alert around schools Enjoy the thrills but know the rules Motorists are reminded to take care around schools as children start to return to school next week.
From 2006 to 2010, 51 pedestrians were injured in the Waikato district. Over half of these were children under the age of 15 years, Road Safety Co-ordinator for the Waikato district Megan Jolly said. “The faster you drive, the harder the impact. A person hit by a vehicle travelling at 30km has about a 95 per cent chance of surviving a crash, however the survival rate for someone hit by a vehicle travelling at 70km is only about five per cent,” she said.
“Some children have difficulty judging distances and may step out onto the road giving drivers little time to react. Motorists should therefore slow down around schools and be prepared to stop at any time,” Ms Jolly said. Parents dropping children off at school also need to take care. Tips include;
Park the car legally (parking restrictions are put in place for your child’s safety), always have children exit the car from the left, and if your child has to cross the road from your car, use a kea crossing if available or cross the road with them.
Boaties towing others on Waikato waterways are being reminded to follow basic navigation rules to help ensure they keep themselves, friends and family safe while biscuiting, waterskiing or wakeboarding. A fatality and two serious injuries in the Waikato this month have highlighted the potential consequences of not following basic navigation safe rules when towing, said Waikato Regional Council navigation safety programme manager Nicole Botherway. “These sorts of incidents have life changing effects. I still find it incredible that some people will use areas reserved for swimming and paddling for towing or jet skiing.” Mrs Botherway said boaties could help avoid mishaps by adhering to the following rules: • Always carry an observer on board that is over 10 years of age to watch the person(s) being towed • Carry lifejackets / buoyancy aids on board for everyone and those being towed must be wearing them • Keep speed below 5 knots (9km/h or a fast walking pace) within 50m of a structure, swimmer or another vessel, and 200 meters of the shore (30m of the shore on inland waterways) • Maintain an anti clock wise course • Keep right on the water • Carry at least one form of waterproof communication Mrs Botherway said the general level of safety precautions taken by Waikato water users so far this summer has been good. The navigation safety team had seen a visible increase in people using the jetski and towing lanes specifically designed for them. “So, as the saying goes, enjoy the thrills but know the rules,” said Mrs Botherway. For more information go to www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/navigation or call freephone 0800 800 401.
Outdoor Bowls club fundraiser New bowlers shine for Surf Lifesaving The Raglan Outdoor Bowls Club hosted another successful, annual fundraising evening for our local volunteer lifeguards last week. The event was well supported by regular bowlers and members of the Trust Waikato Raglan Surf Life Saving Club. Outdoor Bowls Club Secretary Eileen Stephens commented that “the numbers were down a bit on last year, but the participation by everyone was great to see”. The bowlers ranged in age from under 10 to over 70 years old, a real mix of Raglan locals. . The event also provided a unique opportunity for lifeguards to mingle with other community members away from the beach. Following the bowls and BBQ – thanks to Raglan’s Top-Cut Butchers – the much-anticipated fundraising auction was underway. There were tables full of items donated by community-minded people, as well as vouchers from many local businesses. Some were disappointed at the absence of an auction-table
regular: ‘Friar Tuck’. This little gem has changed hands regularly at fundraising auctions, but took the night off this time round. Maybe this will increase its value next year? The most surprising part of the evening was the incredible tongue-twister rhyme spouted by auctioneer extraordinaire Ian Gunderson. Ian’s energy and enthusiasm certainly kept the crowd entertained and in the giving spirit. Thanks to the support of all on the night, over $1300 was raised. Thanks also to the Raglan Club for their regular, generous support. “This money will help to fund further training for the many newly qualified volunteer surf lifeguards and provide more essential rescue equipment,” explained Brent Phillips, Surf Club Chairperson. He said it was “amazing to see such support in the community for the work that we do”. The Surf Club would like to send a huge thank you to the generous sponsors who donated items and vouchers: Waikato Security, Wahinemoe (Karioi Lodge & Raglan Surf School), Raglan 4 Square, Jo’s Takeaways, Sayers Landscaping, Raglan Eco Kayak Adventures, Orca Restaurant, The Herbal Dispensary, Raglan Lawns & Property Maintenance, L i f e g u a r d - g a r d e n e r, West Coast Lifeguard Adventure. And of course the night wouldn’t have been possible without the generous support of Outdoor Bowls Club team, especially Eileen Stephens and Ruth Rawlinson.
Surf Club fundraising night held recently at the Outdoor Bowls club
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Our new bowlers, ie. players who have been playing less than 5 years (Referred to as ‘Under 5 years’ or ‘5 years and under’) had a lovely sunny day in which to play their Championship Singles on Saturday 21st January.
The Round Robin system was used, meaning each player has to play every other player in the event, and the one with the most wins becomes the overall winner. From the three women playing, Sue Russell beat both Beti Broome and Pim Blair so became the overall winner. Pim beat Beti so was Runner-up.
Winners of the Under 5Years Singles Championships, Stan Francis and Sue Russell
Stan Francis was the outright winner of the Men’s section with three wins, leaving Des Bishop, Alex Lorenzen and Ian Barnard all with one win. A three way playoff for second place was scheduled but Alex had an injury and so withdrew. A 5end playoff went to the wire. The scores were 3 all after 4 ends and it was Ian’s very last bowl that took the shot to make him the runner-up. A great tussle for runner–up indeed. Congratulations to all of you. Well done. Good luck, Sue and Stan, in the Champion of Champions challenge on 28th January. Our efforts in the Waikato Centre’s Interclub event were tested on Sunday 22nd when we played against Hillcrest Club. Within the squad, Pair A won their game, Pair B lost theirs as did the Triples team, so Raglan become the Runners-up in the Mixed Sevens Grade of the Waikato Interclub. W.D. GRANTS CORNER TO CORNER BOWLS starts on Sunday 29th January at 3pm and runs for six weeks. Come have a go! BUSINESS HOUSE BOWLS (sponsord by Raglan Top Cut Butchery) restarts on Tuesday 7th February at 5.45pm. and runs for six weeks every Tuesday night. $30 per team of three persons. Heaps of fun. Get your team together and come on down to the Bowling Club on Tuesday nights. Any queries contact Bob on 8258690 or 021 825869. Happy bowling, Eileen Stephens
OPINION: By Mark Dobson When I go to downtown Raglan, I am immediately struck by the magnitude of physical domination that motor vehicles have. Urban planning in the 21st century has recognised that people focused planning is not only a social imperative, but brings significant increase to business revenue, liveability, amenity value and quality of the built environment. Currently motor vehicles have the number 1 position in terms of access, throughway and positioning. People come second to cars and navigate the network of roads, intersections and roundabouts at risk from motor vehicles. People centred planning moves cars to the periphery to make more room for more people to walk, shop, sit, interact and play. More of Raglan’s CBD could be made available for commerce. Our road network is expensive to maintain and does not generate revenue for Raglan. Relegating cars to the periphery will free up a lot of room for people to enjoy leisure activities, shopping, entertainment, cafés, dining and socialising. Bow Street from the roundabout to Orca and Lower Wainui are prime areas for conversion to a pedestrian precinct. We have a resource in downtown Raglan that is attractive and pleasant, but is underutilized and cluttered with cars. Some investment in the CBD would improve the amenity value, reduce the costs of road maintenance, improve health and safety for our citizens, attract more visitors and be good for business. It seems counterintuitive to walk around town and have to worry about being run over. Drivers as well as pedestrians seem to compete with each other. Have you ever noticed the individuals that seek refuge on the green strip that runs through Bow Street. They always look relaxed, happy and safe from the constant flow of traffic. What if all visitors and residents could relax shop and interact like those people sitting on that grass strip?
2012: The year of the dragon Buddha summoned all animals to meet him on a Chinese New Year. Twelve only came. Each had a year named after them. In order, rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep.monkey, rooster, dog, boar. Dragons are innovative, brave and passionate. Celebrity Dragons include John Lennon, Salvator Dali, Bruce Lee, Al Pacino, Joan of Arc, Mae West, Sigmund Freud, Colin Farrell, Sandra Bullock, and Courtney Love. In the Year of the Dragon, things appear better than they actually are. It’s a time to temper our enthusiasm and look twice before taking the plunge.This is a year marked by surprises and violent acts of nature. The dragon female is a no nonsense person. You can count on the dragon male’s support , for he will not let you down. The electric atmosphere of the mighty Dragon will affect us all. Revolt against constrictions world wide may affect us. Asians considers this to be an auspicious year to get married, have children, or start a new business as the benevolent Dragon, brings good fortune and happiness. Patsy Zohs
OPINION: Card Sending Etiquette by Ian McKissack It is often a problem when some relative or friend has a birthday or other significant event and you can’t afford to send the present you feel they deserve. A really good idea is to send them a card chosen with thought and affection. Provided you get it right they will have that warm feeling: you really know them well, and all this for less than $10 on your part (including postage). If you’ve read the preceding carefully you will be alert to the fact that you can get it wrong. An obvious example would be in the case of bereavement, then broad humour is out. A gentle wit when the departed is someone you both cared about but whose failings you knew well might just scrape through the propriety censor. Perhaps the greatest care is needed when you trying to endear yourself to someone who you are getting to know. Not only do you have to try and work out what their preferences are before you really know them well but also there is the question of what you want to convey about yourself. Do you want to appear attracted to gentle intellectual wit, or something a little more daring with a mild sexual aura? The latter is dodgy at this early stage and downright earthy humour is definitely out. Whatever your motives Raglan presents plenty of choice in cards. Suitable selections are well spread around town with the major browsing area, the Wainui Road and Volcom Lane T junction particularly useful in providing a good choice between several shops.
Letter Dear Editor Could I please ask the Raglan and surrounding district residents to slow down their speed whilst driving past Te Uku School especially before 9.00am and after 3.00pm. I cross the main road daily with my six-year-old, visually impaired daughter, my five-yearold daughter and my three-year-old son and cars going 100km/h past the school give me literally seconds warning of a vehicle coming around the bend. Taking a few seconds off your trip would be much appreciated. Regards, Anna Stevens, Te Uku
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FRI 3 FEB @ YOT Club DJ B.REX, 9pm, $5. SAT 4 FEB @ YOT Club, THE REBELS , MAIDA, AUTOSPOON, AFTER DAWN Original Rock 9pm, $10, 1st 20 free entry. SUN 5 FEB @ YOT Club, SUNDAY SESSIONS Good vibes & good sounds in the YOT
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QUEEN BED SleepMaker dura coil excellent condition. $200, ph: 078255104. L O C A L R E WA R E WA HONEY. New season’s $12 per kg. Ph 8250558 or 0277676434. F A B U L O U S WAITETUNA HOUSE for sale 4 bedrooms, warm, sunny, modern, l a n d s c a p e d beautiful views, 2 acres fenced. Call owner to view before Feb 8th, 13b Bush View Drive,$489,000. PH: 07 825 5375 / 0277 151516.
WED 8 FEB RAGLAN R A M B L E R S Patikirau (bring boat fare) – the area opposite the wharf, where the monument to Tuaiwa Ngatipare was erected in 1910 at the top of the 30 million year old, 40 metre high Patikirau Siltstone cliff. Bring lunch and boat fare – probably $5. WED 8 FEB @ BLACKSAND CAFÉ. Knitting Circle from 9.30am. All welcome! WED 8 FEB @ Raglan Club, Fun Quiz 6:45pm. RAGLAN LIGHT EXERCISE GROUP. Meets Mon & Thurs 10-11am @ the Old Gospel Hall, Raglan West.
Club yard.Free from 4pm – 9.30pm, drink special ‘til 6. SUN 5 FEB @ YOT Club BASS CULTURE with DJs Jamin-I & Dubsonic, 9.30 ‘til late $5. THURS 9 FEB @YOT Club SUPERMODEL with sleeping dogs. Psychedelic rockers from Wellington. 9pm $10.
THURS 8am TE UKU BEGINNERS YOGA CLASS @ the Te Uku Hall opposite the Te Uku 4-Square. All welcome. ZUMBA! @ Te Uku hall Monday 9.30am, Wednesday 6.30pm - ring/txt Sarah T for more info 8255844 or 0272106784
Group fitness classes at Raglan Gym Monday-6.00pm Re-balance Te Mata Hall (Laurie), 6.30pm spin (Jo). Tuesday-6am Pump (Laurie), 8am Spin (Laurie), 9am Re-balance (Laurie). Wednesday-6am Spin (Jo), 9am Spin (Gareth). Thursday-6am spin (Laurie), 7am Spin (Laurie),5.15pm Pump (Laurie), 6.30pm Spin (Gareth). Friday-9am Spin (Gareth) Cost $3 - $10 per class. (Price depends on if you’re a gym member and whether you are booking a 8 week block course).
49A GOVERNMENT ROAD, 9am-1pm, Sat 4 Feb. 26A MAIN ROAD, 8am-2pm, Sat 4 Feb. G I A N T GARAGE SALE - 4 household’s summer clear out, household goods, furniture, clothes, toys and lots more. 36 Taipari Avenue, For Sale not before 9am. Sat FLOKATI WOOL 4 Feb. RUGS, Indian Wool For Hire Pile rugs, calf hide & goat hide rugs. Right Up My Alley, FLOORSANDING for Volcom Lane. www. EQUIPMENT hire. Ph Raglan ruma.co.nz Flooring 825 8777. YAMAHA YZ 85 good condition, BOUNCY CASTLE, regularly serviced, Great entertainment hardly used. $1500, for the kids, call Vicki ph: 07 8255104. 8257575. LIVESTOCK + PET FOOD AVAILABLE NOW AT YOUR LOCAL FEED STORE
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Flatmate Wanted $130P/WK INC. POWER, phone, lawns, internet & some household expenses. Nonsmoker wanted, walk to town, sea views. Ph 0272946949. Wanted to Rent
HOUSE WANTED by local Kiwi, 1 or 2 bdrm bach, prefer sea views, private, excellent r e f e r e n c e s . 0211383028 or 825 8587. 07 825 5812 ACCOMMODATION WANTED for working NOW OPEN mum and 4y/o girl. MONDAY FRIDAY S h a r e / s l e e p o u t / 9am 4pm housesit suit. Ph 3205 SH23, Te Uku Viv on 8250593 or www.mirofeeds.co.nz 0212597452. firstname.lastname@example.org
YOGA AND MEDITATION for Well-being of Body, Mind and Spirit. Classes in Raglan starting Tuesday 7 February. Wednesday evening classes are underway at Parito. Contact Atmavidya (Accredited and Affiliated Satyananda Yoga Teacher) parito@ clear.net.nz/8258993/ www.parito.co.nz THURS @ the Old School Arts Centre. Spinners and weavers. 10am – 2pm. New members welcome.
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To Let F U L L Y F U R N I S H E D with stunning bay outlooks & deck, incl. outdoor furniture and BBQ for alfresco dining. 2 Bdrm, carport. Suit single person wanting a 6 month lease at Beachcomer Cottage (Raglan By the Sea). $295 p/w avail April. Ph Shirley 07 825 7380. WHALE BAY 2bdrm house. Sunny bush setting, large deck, private beach/Indies access. Available 28 Feb no smokers/ pets. $280 pw 021620262. LOFT APARTMENT water and bush views, private situation fully furnished, all services included in rent. $220 per week Available now. 8258904 or 0226042251. 2 BED UNIT Waitetuna. Suit single/couple. Fabulous bush views on quiet Old Mountain Rd. Avail end March. $260 p/w. Ph 8255161. V I E W S OVERLOOKING harbour, 2 bedroom + studio, spacious deck for outside entertaining, private setting. $310 pw ph Greg 0272942199.
SITUATIONS VACANT Following growing demand we’d like to extend our service to provide dinner foods & 2 full time cooks are needed. The job includes, baking and cooking Cambodian foods. Please contact by phone or by person to Blacksand Café. Ph 0210443608 or 07 8258588.
TE UKU SCHOOL: Teacher Aide – Fixed Term Position; approximately 10 hours per week; starting date 20 February 2012. This position is suitable for a person who likes to support children with learning needs. If you are interested in applying, please forward a CV and a letter of application to: The Principal, Te Uku School, C/- Te Uku Store, Te Uku PDC 3266 or principal@ teuku.schoolzone.net. nz. Te Uku School’s Phone No: 8255815. Applications close on Wednesday 8 February 2012. HOUSEKEEPING DUTIES required for house and holiday accommodation in Te Uku. Varied hours ph 8255813.
Wanted CARPOOLING, two students looking to share transport costs with commuters to Hamilton. Need to be at Ruakura (near Uni) by 8am and Melville High School by 8.30am MonFri. Ph: Heleina 825 0272 please leave a message or TXT 021 636104. Public Notices RAGLAN JR. RUGBY AGM on Tuesday, 7 February 6.30pm at the Rugby Clubrooms All welcome to attend.
THURS 8.00AM TE UKU BEGINNERS YOGA CLASS @ THE TE UKU HALL opposite the Te Uku 4Square. All welcome. THURS @ Raglan Community House 10 - 1pm CV Writing Assistance. FREE. All welcome. Appts required. Ph 825 8142. MAINLY MUSIC starting again Mon 13th Feb and Wed 15th Feb @ Te Uku Church Hall 9:30am $3 per family, all welcome. MON 6 FEB @ THE RAGLAN CLUB. 500 cards, 1pm. TUESDAYS @ Raglan Club -- Texas Hold’em 6.30pm.
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CAR BOOT SALE - RAGLAN CLUB CARPARK. Saturday 4 February 2012, 9am to 1pm. Site Donation : $5 per carpark. Organised by Raglan Residents & Ratepayers Assn President Bob MacLeod. Ph 825 8041.
Acknowledgements EILEEN MILLER died 24/12/11, she was a very good lady with a heart of gold, we had 25 years together going on tours of NZ and holidays overseas to visit my family and friends, they said she was a loving lady and I was lucky she looked after me when I was sick. Wally Frost. Public Notices CAR POOL AVAILABLE Raglan 7am - T.A 5pm Mon to Fri. $5 each way/$10 return per day. Call or text Craig 027 364 0195..
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FINAL NOTICE AUCTION Fri 3rd February 2012 !"#$%"&'(")*+,-"./01-2"34"567"8,2"&'9:';
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‘Te Akau Tours’ =023"+&bth&@%H#0"#+&[Y&R&[< Make the most of this opportunity to explore the Te Akau limestone coastline and view the unique selection of lifestyle properties on the market. Boat trips will be leaving from the jetty at Bow Street. Interested parities should contact the Ray !"#$%&'()*%&$'&+,-%&,.&,//'#.$+%.$0&'1&+%%$&,$&21*,&3%$$45 To view these properties featured on our website: www.rwraglan.co.nz Q21%#&1N%&?F`T&aK6<Y]]b9&aK6<Y]^<9&aK6<Yc^c9&aK6<Y]db9 aK6<Y]EY9&aK6<Y^dd9&aK6<Ycd^
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Saturday 11am&M&7 Tidd Drive – Auction 11th February Saturday 12pm&M&69d Otonga Valley Rd $380,000 Saturday 2pm&M&9c East Street $299,000
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10 Violet Street
Located close to town & beach. This is a 2bdrm immaculate home, fully lockable garage with C-.%#P&Q*%8"1%3&"23&/022+9&-2*+&()201%/&1-&1N%& nearest beach & town centre. The house has C-*)/N%3&1)(H%#&,--#)2$9&)/&'0**+&)2/0*"1%39&2%.*+& roofed, newly painted and has a newly decked spa pool area. The easy care, fully fenced section will make this home a pleasure to live in. Prior Auction offers considered.
SIZE IS NOT A PROBLEM 4 bedroom home with endless options Wonderful family home Modern new kitchen Large double garaging and workshop Large shade houses with irrigation throughout 1212m² of land Prior Auction offers considered.
MAKE ME YOUR OWN – I’M RATHER SPECIAL!!
Four double bedroom home on 625m² Two large living areas, 2 ½ bathrooms Fantastic designer kitchen, entertainer’s oven !"#$%&'"()*+&"#%"&,-./&-01&1-&/022+&3%45 or alfresco dining 6*-#)-0/&712&8)%./9&("$2):4%21&/02/%1/ & a glimpse of the harbour. Prior Auction offers considered.
OCEAN RETREAT BUSH BABY
ID#RAG20965 150 Whaanga Road
6 Violet Street
ID#RAG20907 55 Road 16Government Stewart Street
19 Manukau Road
A slice of Raglan’s best real estate nestled into 2"1)8%&H0/N&/0##-023/&2%"#&ON"*%&A"+P&7"/1%#& bedroom has its own private decking and huge 8)%./P&&<23&#--(D&/1-#"$%D&*"023#+D&/103)-P& Open plan living with cosy wood burner with wet back & sun drenched decking enjoying $-#$%-0/&-4%"2&"23&H0/N&8)%./P&&>)3%&"."+9& holiday ambiance. =)10"1%3&-2 1258m².
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WATER & MOUNTAIN
23a Violet Street
WOODEN IT BE NICE
335 Wainui Road
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Large paved entertainment area
Monday 11am&M&143 Riria Kereopa Mem. Dr $285,000
ID#RAG20938 297 Te Papatapu Road
10 12 Sunday&M&‘Te Akau Tours’ Open Day – Various
12 Seabreeze Way
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16 Stewart Street
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