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9th January 2014 - Issue #375


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Open Homes

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Large paved entertainment area Large paved entertainment area Ray White Office, 21 Bow St Raglan ph: 07 825 8669. Double garaging with internal access Double garaging with internal access Prior Auction offers considered


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dining guide Banteay Srey Cambodian Restaurant. Dine in or takeaway. 23 Bow Street........825 0952

Cover Local Kiaido Ryu Martial Arts instructor Dean Message

The Sports Project: A series of Q & A’s with top sportspeople in our community

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Marlin Cafe & Grill. Dine in. On the Wharf...........................................825 0010 This week the Chronicle talked to Dean Message. Tell us about what martial art you are involved in and what level you The Shack. Dine in or Takeaway. 19 Bow Street..................................825 0027 have achieved. Kiaido Ryu Martial Arts “KRMA” I am a 3rd degree black belt. What age were you when you started martial arts? I started KRMA when I was 13 The Raglan Club. Dine in or Takeaway. 22-24 Bow Street.................. 825 8278 years of age so I have been at it now for 18 years. Were you a sporty kid? Was sport encouraged in your family when you were growing up? I was an extremely sporty kid, I lived and breathed rugby, playing for Eastern United for most of my childhood, 1st 15 for Hauraki Plains College, and then Waikato Reps until I blew out my ankle when I was 16. I was already 3 years into my Martial Arts journey at the time. My mum didn’t mind what we did, as long as it wasn’t illegal. My aunty and uncle were the ones who came and watched my games though. What has been the highlight of your time involved in Martial arts? Highlight would be watching my students develop and grow, when they grade people just see another colored belt… but I see months of grueling hard work, discipline and patience. I know what they go through and it can sometimes be a really trying time, I Mass from Christmas till the end of January watched two of my student’s grade - New Zealand weather forecasts will be in theWeatherMap Raglan church to Black Belt a year ago and that was Caring for the ones you love (cnr James & Wallis Sts) pretty special. You get a real sense of 27 - 29 Manukau Road accomplishment when they accomplish SATURDAYS at 5 pm. Ph. 07 825 8306 something. All the hours, blood, sweat Further information: Fax: 07 825 8855 Phone Raglan 825 8135 Email:


and tears were all worth it. What advice would you have for young people wanting to excel at sport? Just do it! Start there and the rest will fall into place. And work your basics, no matter what sport you do practice the hell out of your basic skills. What advice would you have given your younger self? None… I would never want to change who I am today and how I learnt it…. I wouldn’t be me otherwise. Who do you feel inspired by? My children, they are perfect, there is no better inspiration a human being could ask for. What is your involvement in Martial arts now? I am Head Instructor at Raglan KRMA and have been teaching locally for just over 4 years now. I also travel teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu seminars to other dojo’s throughout Aotearoa. I hear you have been doing the 10 week challenge through Raglan Gym. How is it going? Awesome, I busted my shoulder really bad coming off my bike about three months ago and couldn’t exercise…. Along with eating really bad food I packed on the weight and soon realized that my students were fitter than me! I had to do something that could push start me in the right direction so that’s what the challenge has done for me. I recommend it, you learn a lot about nutrition which is definitely key to a healthy lifestyle. What did you want to be growing up? A police officer What is your ideal holiday? Going to Rome and visiting the Coliseum followed by all the other ancient ruins of Europe. Picture yourself at 70, what are you like and what are you doing? Retired from work but still teaching martial arts. As a person… I would hope that I am more humble, patient and understanding.

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aglan was looking to take a breather this week after an unprecedented influx of tourists and holidaymakers severely tested local resources and services over Christmas and New Year. Packed beaches and cafes, long supermarket and bakery queues and vehicles parked haphazardly all over the grassed centre islands in Bow Street underlined Raglan’s booming popularity as a holiday destination. Even the New Year’s Eve parade was bigger than ever, with 50-odd floats parked from the town end of Wallis Street all the way back to James Street before proceeding several times up and down Bow Street, to the delight of crowds cramming the footpaths and centre islands like never before. Raglan Pipe Band led the parade, as it always has in the 40 years the local Lions Club has run the iconic event. It just wouldn’t be the same without the pipe band, club president Bob MacLeod told the Chronicle. Despite the crowds in town over Christmas/New Year people have been “well behaved”, say local police, with only two arrests made at New Year’s. Breaches of the liquor ban were the biggest problem for the eight police on patrol but most people “complied” when asked to get rid of drinks, they say, and the holiday mood in town was buoyant. Raglan Fire Brigade had a few callouts during the holiday break with some damage before Christmas to the Cliff Street boardwalk from a fire beneath it, and a blaze on New Year’s Day inside the concrete bunker on the beach beside Raglan Kopua Holiday Park. Even without being able to include the bunker fire the service had 101 calls in the past year, which fire chief Kevin Holmes says is only the second time in the brigade’s 60-year history it’s exceeded 100 calls. Just about all the available traditional accommodation in and around town, from motels and holiday baches to campgrounds and backpacker-style digs, has been full up over the last fortnight although Te Kopua Whanau Campground in Riria Kereopa Memorial Drive and Kev’s

Place high on Maungatawhiri Road have provided invaluable last-minute overflow accommodation at around $10 per person per night. It’s the third year the whanau campground has opened its gates to the public, and spokesperson Heather Thomson is delighted at the build-up of business over that time. She says it’s the intention of the Kopua Three & Four Trust that runs the campground to provide “affordable family camping” and a safe environment for children, who stay for free. Kev Reily of Kev’s Place is also delighted at the business that’s come his way in this his second year of opening, describing bookings from soon after Christmas till this week as “solid”. He reckons he’s had nothing but positive feedback on his homestay prices and location, where people can pitch a tent or bunk down in a chalet or housetruck with expansive harbour views. Meantime Raglan Surf Life Saving Club had one of its busiest times ever at Ngarunui last week where the combination of strong surf and outgoing king tides created hazardous rips on the crowded beach during the day, says regional lifeguard services patrol captain Aubrey Panis. All up last Thursday, January 2, lifeguards carried out 11 rescues and 11 first aid treatments, nine of which were for stings from an onslaught of blue-bottle jellyfish. Overall for the two-week Christmas/New Year holiday period the Raglan club carried out a total of 22 rescues and 24 first aid treatments. Lifeguards also plucked two boaties from the sea after their boat overturned on the bar on New Year’s Day. While the pair were rescued safely mid-morning after the surf club raised the alarm, their boat early this week had still not been recovered, says Raglan Coastguard which was also involved in the incident. Coastguard’s Kevin Dreaver says that mishap and another boat’s mechanical breakdown at sea – which was soon righted by the boaties themselves who then got safely back to Manu Bay – have been the only major incidents since before Christmas. Other than that, this year, there’s been the odd callout to kayakers and kitesurfers in difficulty. E Symes

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Graham Hannah and partner Melanie Carroll


aglan may seem an odd place to live for a man who thrives on crowds – in the tens of thousands – and on big-city events, but Graham Hannah wouldn’t have it any other way.

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The burly marketing supremo – responsible for dreaming up some of the Waikato’s most iconic annual events – has called Raglan home for a decade now and says he loves everything about it. Graham, who lives in a charming 1940s bungalow on Cliff Street, left Britain as a young man to follow a dream of a slightly different sort … to buy a small block of land in the Waikato. He set out with 50 pounds in his pocket, he recalls, and took four years to get to New Zealand, travelling overland from England and staying in Australia a while before that final leap across the ditch. By then it was the mid ‘70s, and true to his dream he bought a lifestyle block in Whatawhata supplying wool from his black sheep to spinners and weavers selling their wares in craft markets. He’d picked up tricks of the trade working bazaars in Istanbul and markets in India on that overland trip, and had started a tour business in Australia to hone his marketing skills. “I’ve always been marketing driven,” he told the Chronicle just days before Christmas when his Hamilton-based exhibitions company Hannah & Associates – started 40-odd years ago – had closed for the holiday break. But fortunately, he says, he

The showroom for manufacturers of building products was based year-round in Anglesea Street and had 200 unstaffed displays, says Graham. Hannah & Associates was set up as a marketing company on the strength of that venture, out of which the Home & Garden Show – a “high energy” four-day annual exhibition – evolved. The show provided a different form of advertising for manufacturers and services involved in the building industry, he says, and allowed people who were interested in building, decorating, renovating and landscaping to see a full range of the latest products on the market. Years on, the recent re-build of Claudelands Event Centre itself has given the show “a whole new lift”, Graham adds. These days he and partner Melanie Carroll – who is in charge of Hannah & Associates’ special projects – sit back and enjoy their Raglan lifestyle whenever they are able. “I’m fortunate to live in such a beautiful town,” says Graham. He looks from his back deck over to the Raglan bowling green, which adjoins his own little piece of paradise which features a pizza oven and bar built beneath a flourishing grapevine. Graham’s proud of his back garden which, he says, can host 150-odd partygoers. It’s also fondly referred to as the Royal Raglan Petanque Club among close friends and family happy to while away their leisure time in more genteel pursuits. E Symes

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has no qualifications. “Sometimes formal education gives you boxes you stay in.” Those boxes of conformity were not for Graham. Hannah & Associates has built up and developed over three decades the Waikato Home & Garden Show, which is held annually at Claudelands Event Centre and attracts more than 30,000 visitors. And its popularity is as strong as ever: the show was recently voted in the Waikato Times Tempo readers’ choice awards as third best Waikato event after Balloons over Waikato and Fieldays. Graham can feel doubly proud because he also set up the balloon festival, or International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta to give it its full title. That was back in the ‘80s and he ran the event for 10 years – picking up the NZ Tourism Board Award for the best event in the country – before the concept was picked up by the Balloons over Waikato Trust. He’d taken a hot air balloon flight over Hamilton one day, he explains, and “fell in love” with the experience. It inspired him to go overseas, meet balloonists and organise major corporate sponsorship for New Zealand’s first balloon festival. “What an awesome event,” he says proudly. So what’s Graham’s secret to success? He credits it to creativity, communicating effectively with people and being a hands-on kind of person. When he decided marketing was his forte he opened a building display centre in Hamilton – one of the first of its type in New Zealand.

Waikato District Council for all fires in the open air with the exception for barbecues, hangis, brazier type fires and fires within a properly constructed incinerator fitted with a lid or mesh spark arrestor to stop embers. Principal Rural Fire Officer Andy Baker says the introduction of the restrictions is the result of the current

climatic conditions and despite recent periods of rain won’t be moved easily. “Any cost incurred to put fires out may be borne by the person responsible for lighting a fire or the landowner so care must be taken.” Applications for permits can be made by contacting Waikato District Council.

Changes keep on coming Freedom campers spoiling scenic spot to downtown landscape D makeshift ozens

young tourists in campervans have been overnighting at the Te Toto Gorge carpark this summer and fouling the scenic spot with their rubbish and faeces, says a Raglan fitness guru who takes training runs out there every day.

The Bow St Depot is a welcome addition to town


etro is on its way out but a dairy is back on Raglan’s main street amid changes downtown that have also seen Spanish-style cuisine added to the local café scene. Billed as a tapas bar and restaurant, the 80-seat Bow St DEPOT opened on Christmas Eve in the prime triangular site formerly occupied by Costa’s Pizza – and chef Tamati Edwards says he’s been turning out up to 250 meals a day as locals and holidaymakers dine indoors, on new covered decks and under sun umbrellas. “We’ve just hit the ground running,” owner-manager Heidi Tidmarsh told the Chronicle late last week. “It’s been crazy!” While acknowledging it’s the busiest time of year, the first-time restaurateur reckoned her venture had exceeded all expectations and said she would now close Mondays to give her 15-odd staff a break. It took seven weeks to transform the old Costa’s premises and Heidi said apart from having employed some young people on working holidays she’d made use of “everything local”, from tradesmen to produce. The plan is to have live music on Friday nights, and “unplugged” acoustics on Sundays from lunchtime. Meanwhile the new Bow Street Dairy further up town – where Burger Shack has recently come and gone – has also been doing a brisk holiday trade. The business will “most likely” stay a dairy while a liquor licence applied for back in November

goes through the legal processes, Venus NZ spokesperson Dave Marshall told the Chronicle. Waikato District Council has issued the lessees with a certificate of registration under the food hygiene regulations while local objections to plans for a retail liquor outlet on the site are considered. A few doors further up Bow Street it’s also a waiting game for Raglan Vintage & Retro, which is moving on February 1 to larger premises at Raglan wharf. The new location alongside Soul Shoes – which also moved from the main street last year – will hopefully see the retro shop’s regular customers “seek us out”, says Paul Marrow who with wife Sue set up business only a year ago after a lifestyle move from Auckland. Paul says they tossed up between the wharf and the Bow Street premises a year back but chose the more expensive Bow Street premises because of greater foot traffic. But with Soul Shoes “doing well” at the wharf they’ve decided to make the switch. Next door, Raglan’s PostShop is also on the move come February – possibly to be absorbed as an agency by the SuperValue supermarket – which will leave two empty shops at that end of town. But Paul insists his move’s got nothing to do with the building supposedly being an earthquake risk – the reason given by New Zealand Post for the PostShop’s closure. Edith Symes


Personal trainer Tom Welby, of Whale Bay Fitness, says he counted 28 vehicles blocking each other in at the carpark when he passed by at 6am one morning, but that on average 1214 vehicle-loads of backpacker-style tourists have been freedom camping there each night. “They’re not rentals, not self-contains, but ordinary old stationwagons and old campervans,” says Tom. “And they’re predominantly young and foreign – lots of Europeans.” He believes there must be some sort of forum promoting freedom camping there as, closer to Whale Bay, he’s often been stopped by van drivers asking “where’s the gravel road?” Tom says the carpark is so “rammed full” much of the time that he no longer drives clients doing ultra running out there to access the mountain tracks. Because they might well not find a park, they run out instead. And when they do get there they can be in for a nasty surprise or two. “One day there was this guy, who didn’t have good English, going to the toilet right in the middle of the track. It’s so wrong, leaving human faeces on the mountain tracks – it’s all pretty horrific.” Tom says they’ve recently got the local iwi and council involved, a notice is set to be erected shortly and some of the freedom campers are now being ticketed. “But anywhere else the fine’s about $250 and here [in Raglan] it’s just $40. Is this the arse end

of New Zealand that we have so small a fine?” He says rubbish and faeces are everywhere, and he doesn’t want to be picking up Red Bull cans and empty crisps packets every day – though he did collect a large number of beer bottles strewn about the area over New Year. While the freedom camper problem seems worst at Te Toto Gorge carpark, it is also understood to be a developing issue in other spots around town – including a layby up Maungatawhiriwhiri Road. The frequency with which i-Site staff and businesses around town are asked by young European tourists where they can freedom camp suggests there are widespread misconceptions about how cheaply they can tour around the country. Ironically even an unpowered site at Raglan Kopua Holiday Park costs a healthy $20 per person at this time of year ($23 per person for a powered site), so it’s easy to see a couple travelling in a makeshift campervan might think copping a $40 fine for freedom camping is worth the risk. Against that, though, the Te Kopua Whanau Campground on Riria Kereopa Memorial Drive has been charging just $15 a couple for a site and basic facilities. Edith Symes



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Hot springs not such a hot spot right now


hink again if you’re contemplating a luxurious soak or having the kids burn off some energy on the hydroslide at the Waingaro Hot Springs: it would be a wasted trip as the pools and slides are all closed until further notice. All that can be used at the complex are its motels, cabins and camping sites after the Waikato District Council shortly before Christmas served the owners of all the on-site buildings and facilities, Chuhar and Amro Singh, a raft of notices under the Building Act, the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act and the building code. The council, which ironically owns the land, insists the complex was not closed but for Raglan families accustomed to paying the odd day visit with togs and towels it may as well be.

Fencing has been erected to isolate sections of the facility the council deemed unsafe or posing a risk to the public and staff – and this includes the speed slide, hydroslide, utilities block, swing and slide and the takeaways building. The pools themselves aren’t specifically mentioned in information supplied by the council to the Chronicle but the Waingaro Hot Springs website makes clear they’re also closed. Council chief executive Gavin Ion told the Chronicle the council acted out of concern the tenants hadn’t met their health and safety obligations, and there was a high risk the public could be placed in a dangerous situation. He emphasised it was at the operators’ discretion whether they remained open for business. Edith Symes

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No beef in end over work on ‘notable’ pohutukawa


here’s nothing quite like a rumour a familiar tree – or stand of trees – about town may be under threat to root out the environmentalist or conservationist in people. Take the furore several years back over suggestions some of the phoenix palms that give downtown Bow Street its unique identity were diseased and might get the chop. Or the recent removal of a rotting but “notable” holm oak along the Cliff Street foreshore that brought the critics out of the woodwork. A fresh controversy – if it ever became quite that – blew up along with some stiff southwesters a week before Christmas when Whaingaroa Harbour Care’s Fred Lichtwark got wind work was about to be done on the biggest and oldest pohutukawa in town, the giant specimen fronting and just about obscuring the local butcher’s shop. The straight shooting environmentalist was leaving

for Auckland Airport so fired off an email to council watchdog and Whaingaroa Environmental Defence stalwart John Lawson asking for his help to find out what exactly was to be cut from this prime example of New Zealand’s “Christmas tree”. Fred’s concern was that no consent had been given and he wanted to know “what has been learned after the last time a protected tree was butchered”, a reference presumably – if we’re not barking up the wrong tree – to the diseased oak removed on grounds of public safety. An exchange of emails with council staff revealed little about the odd timing of the work – with pohutukawa around town mostly flowering by then – except that it was occurring before a new council policy was in place to separate out consulting and operational arborists’ roles so the one giving the advice was not also the one who’d do the work. The new policy, which also

provides for an inspection of Waikato district’s notable and historic trees during the 2013/14 year, is expected to be in place by the end of February. But all’s well that ends well. On returning to Raglan Fred had a butcher’s and found only minimal work has been done on the giant pohutukawa , “just removal of one live branch and a small amount of deadwood”. “So no big deal this time,” he emailed the council. But he reinforced that pruning “should not be done at this time of year” and in confirming it was a notable tree – no 169 on the council’s own register – questioned why staff did not seem to know how to find out such information. Council managers meanwhile have offered Fred an olive branch, saying they’ll look into the matter further as soon as key staff are back on deck in the new year and check out the situation around protected and notable trees. A.T

Local Artist painting Rugby Centurians

Sue Gordon painting All Black Richie McCaw

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first emerged when she was just three years old, though at the time her mother probably didn’t appreciate this.

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EL Networks (WEL) urging Waikato residents to opt for a safety first approach when it comes to managing vegetation on their properties this summer. Brad Ryan, Vegetation Management Supervisor at WEL, says trees often encroach on overhead power lines if they are not regularly trimmed and account for up to 20 per cent of unplanned outages to electricity supply on our network. “Encroaching trees are a particular problem during the spring and summer months when vegetation growth increases. Once a tree gets into contact with a live power line, electrocution becomes

a real hazard.” “Many DIYers attempt to trim their trees themselves to get their properties ready for the festive season - don’t take the risk. To ensure your safety, call WEL Networks and we can arrange your tree trimming or felling for you.” WEL’s team of qualified in-house arborists provides vegetation management services to the community – to ensure public safety and minimise disruption in electricity supply to the Waikato. Services on offer include tree trimming, felling and mulch deliveries. In an average month, the vegetation management team attends to more than 700 trees around the Waikato. WEL also routinely monitors the trees around its network to

identify any trees that may have an impact on overhead power lines, either as a result of encroachment, or during severe weather conditions such as storms or strong winds. If a tree poses a particular threat to community safety, a letter is issued to the property owner providing options for tree trimming or removal. “Work will not start without the property owner’s consent, and all work is carried out by our highly-trained arborists who carry WEL identification with them.” If you need a tree trimmed or felled, or for more information on our vegetation management services, please do not hesitate to contact WEL on 0800 800 935 or visit

“Mother had just finished wallpapering the front room and I did a mural in black crayon on it. She made sure I had something to draw on after that,” Sue chuckles. A passion for art has been with Sue all her life and as her artistic capacity evolved she has found herself drawn to portraiture. These days a good deal of her time is taken up on one very special project involving five of New Zealand’s rugby greats. “When Richie McCaw played his hundredth game wearing the black jersey during the World Cup I saw a photo of him with the number 100 behind it. It was a significant moment in time and it sparked the idea in me to paint the elite group of players who had played 100 matches” Sue explains. Since this time, she’s been busy working on the oil portraits in her cosy studio at home in Raglan west. Her partner Brian, taking on the role of marketing manager, general back-up support and frameconstructor, has been just as busy working his way through the heady and lengthy processes attached to gaining permission to produce and sell the unique series of portraits, to be called ‘The Centurians’ collection. “We hope to sell the portraits as a collection. It seems fitting given the subject matter and that these five players may well be the only ones to reach the century milestone.” The Gordons first had to gain written permission from the players themselves. Sue says that when they visited Richie McCaw, Kevin Mealamu, Tony Woodcock and Dan Carter in Hamilton not long ago to show them paintings she had completed of Richie McCaw, Kevin Mealamu and Mils Muliaina (who now plays rugby in Japan), response

from the players was excitement and enthusiasm all round. “Richie strolled around looking at his portrait, then Kevin came up and told me how talented he thought I was which was lovely to hear because he is a great illustrator in his own right.” Approval, including a list of terms and conditions governing how the series could be marketed, also had to come from the New Zealand Rugby Union through their legal division, along with permission from Getty Images, who own the copyright of the photo images Sue uses as her reference. “It’s been a process requiring a lot of fortitude and patience on our part,” Brian reflects. Sue recalls the moment that gave her the big boost to dabble in portrait work. “Brian just went ahead and enrolled me without me knowing in a portrait course in Auckland. It was the push I needed.” Oil is a medium she relishes. “It feels good and you can move it around. It stays paintable for a long time,” Sue says. Though new to Raglan, since shifting from Auckland the couple have settled well into the community. Sue is part of the Te Uku Art Group and her work featured with other artists from the group in the recent Town Hall exhibition. When Brian has any spare time away from marketing and carpentry processes he’s likely to be found rolling up a bowl or two at the local bowling club. Sue says it will seem strange to not have her ‘friends’ around the house when the collection is finally sold. “You build up a relationship with each one because they’ve been a part of your life for so long as they are being painted.” With the passage of time Sue believes that this series once completed will become a valuable record for New Zealand’s rugby history. Sue Russell

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‘What’s On’ this weekend @ the YOT Club

Police Report: by Raewyn McLachlan

Greetings Whaingaroa and Visitors. Tena Koutou Katoa ki nga whanau o te Rohe o Whaingaroa me nga manuhiri i tae mai. You have probably already heard that Constable Kevin Bailey has resigned from his position here in Raglan. We have enjoyed having Kevin on our team and will miss his dry sense of humour. We wish Kevin and his wife Lorraine all the very best for their future. The vacant position for a third Constable should be filled by the end of February. In the meantime, we have Constable Jerry Holmes filling the position. We also have had a couple of additional staff over the busy period, Constables Maree Fouhy from Hamilton and Asher Elkington and Joe McHugh from Huntly. INCIDENTS: Over October, November and December our town experienced in excess of 30 burglaries, which is unusually high. These burglaries mostly occurred on the eastern side of town, day and night. Some victim’s houses were burgled twice and in one case, 3 times. An offender has been arrested and charged in relation to many of these burglaries (refer below). In another unrelated burglary, 2 electric guitars belonging to a local 12yrold lad have been recovered. Enquiries are being carried out in Hamilton to locate, apprehend and charge this offender. ARRESTS: We are extremely pleased to be able to report that on 23/12/2013 police arrested and charged an 18 year old, local male for many of the burglaries mentioned above. He has also been charged with theft ex car and unlawfully taking a motor vehicle. During a search warrant executed at his home address on Violet Street, Police located a large amount of stolen property, including stolen Christmas presents. We were very pleased to be able to get the presents back to their rightful owners in time for Christmas. This male, who has been held in

custody since his arrest, will face further burglary charges. TRAFFIC: The national holiday road toll this year is the lowest, at 7, since 1965. This is still 7 deaths and many bereaved family members too many. We are still seeing way too many people travelling without their seat belts. They do save lives. You never know when you’re going to be involved in a crash, and yes .... they can happen when you’re just going around the corner, or just going down to the shop. FOUND PROPERTY : Some fishing rods were handed into the station this week. If you’ve misplaced yours, call in and see if they’re yours. MESSAGE OF THE WEEK : Too many people are still leaving their houses and cars unlocked and insecure. The recent spate of burglaries has shown that thieves are active during the day as well as at night. Please don’t leave your keys in your car or your car unlocked at any time, even if it is parked in your driveway. News Year Eve/New Year celebrations went off without a major hitch. The parade was great and the fireworks were awesome. Thanks Sayers Landscape Supplies for funding this event. Everyone seemed to have a great night and there were few problems. The following local people are ‘wanted to arrest’ for failing to appear in Court. Joseph Patrick WILLIAMS Samuel Patrick WATERS These people can make voluntary appearances at the Hamilton District Court to clear their warrant, or they can wait until police arrive at their home or workplace to arrest them on these warrants. We hope you had a very enjoyable Christmas and New Year. Please look out for each other and treat people the way you would like to be treated. Raglan Police Team. 825 8200

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fter a busy couple of over Christmas and New Years, the YOT Club still has heaps of great gigs lined up for the rest of the summer months. With some big acts lined up for this weekend make sure to check out what’s happening. Kicking things off on Thursday night, fresh from supporting the Datsuns and Head like a Hole on national tours, Husk are about to unleash their high energy on Raglan. Brandishing solid riffs, accomplished drumming and thunderous bass, HUSK create a refreshing dose of tight, psychrock music. They draw influence from classic Psych/ Blues/ Prog artists such as King Crimson and

Free, as well as their contemporary counterparts Graveyard. On Friday night pioneers of electronic music, the legendary Antix return to Raglan. Antix are Kiwi brothers, studio partners and seasoned producers whose achievements to date encompass 4 studio albums, successful international touring careers and over 500 heavyweight releases. Their musical background is rich with influences from Ritchie Hawtin to Rhythm & Sound, and a production quality that simply demands your attention. Building a solid reputation as one of the most in demand progressive acts on the planet and performing in some of the most respected clubs worldwide, if you ever get the chance to check out Antix, DO IT, you’ll understand why.

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On Saturday, Kiwi ex-pat Sammy J serves up a night of R&B, soul, scat jazz and funk. In 2013 Sammy J took the radio stations and NZ music scene by storm. His music is also smashing charts in Hawaii, Australia and is currently returning to NZ from his Las Vegas tour with Aarahdna. Jamin-I and the Sunday Sesh crew will be getting the yard pumping again this Sunday and things will be getting heavy in the club later in the evening with Bulletproof. One of the leading lights of Aotearoa bass music, Bulletproof brings to Raglan a high-energy bass heavy set encompassing all bass-heavy genres. Miss at your peril.... Check the YOT Club page on Facebook for details: www.

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Boat capsizes off Whale Bay

I surfboard smashing against

t’s not unusual to see the odd

the rocky shoreline at Whale Bay, but a pristine pleasure craft’s another matter.

Surfers were shocked on Tuesday to see this boat venture “much too close” to shore and then get flipped by a wave. The occupants reportedly made it

Opinion: No road signs! by Ian McKissack

ashore safely and some of their gear was also retrieved but the boat, named Woteva, was still taking a pounding on the rocks a few hours later.

A recent letter to the Chronicle was a complaint that a small hand made roadside sign had been removed. The author of that letter seemed to feel that the person who took the sign had violated democratic rights and freedom. I had nothing to do with this roadside posting or its removal. I think the sign was against seabed drllling as this appears to be the major current source of activist concern in Raglan, now that the Rangitahi peninsular issue has been turned over to bureaucracy. I feel that it is unwise to stick my nose into these matters, nor would I put my hand into a nest of hornets. My issue is with unofficial roadside signs. It seems to me very unwise if anyone who feels strongly about an

issue and does not trust others to see the light starts making little roadside signs to publicise the matter. Our highways will become even more dangerous. Drivers will be too busy keeping up with the latest signs of impending doom to keep a proper look out for traffic trouble. There are enough distractions for a driver what with garrulous passengers, cell phones, and various weather conditions. And if unofficial roadside signs catch on then people with more money and resources will install large flashy billboards. Think of Gareth Morgan and what he might come up with: ‘Kill cats and save our native birds.’ I think I might get to work on a roadside sign now. ‘Kill all roadside signs and save lives’.

Letters: Happy New Year folks and a big thank you to all those that take the time to sort out and leave good saleable clothing for our Opportunity Shop. It’s been another great year of contributing financial assistance back into our community to non-profit organizations and individuals from the sale of your contributions. I just have to say that at times we do get very frustrated at the number of people that just use us as a dumping ground. Obviously they are not prepared to buy blue bags. Today’s sorting bee was

just dreadful, old dirty torn work clothes and heaps of really grubby clothing that made us all want to jump into a shower just looking at it. We do cut up rags to sell to various business’s but they have to be clean, and it is so unfair to expect us to buy and fill blue bags for you, it just reduces the profit margin from our shop and leaves us less to give as grants. So have a care, look at what you put in that bag you are dropping off, if it isn’t saleable we don’t want it. Wendy Coxhead (Manager Raglan Lions Club)

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Talk to the Experts: This week we caught up with Richard and Glenn of ‘Chill-Rite Refridgeration ’

New Homes Renovation & Maintenance Specialists Friendly & Reliable Service Free Quotes Contact Silas: 027 66 Silas (74527)




RAGLAN ENGINEERING LTD For all your Welding and Metalwork needs, as well as Hydraulic Hoses and Fittings, pay a visit to Peter at Raglan Engineering.


Contact Peter on 825-8486 or see him 8am-5pm at 2 Park Drive, Raglan

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Briefly tell us about your business. Chill-Rite Refrigeration was started in 1994. We service all types of refrigeration and air-conditioning from commercial to industrial and farm to domestic heat pumps. We are an accredited Fujitsu dealer, which enables our customers to have a six-year warranty. Both Richard and Glenn are fully qualified engineers with over 36 years in the industry. Do you offer free quotes? We offer free quotations for all your refrigeration needs from on farm cool rooms, freezer rooms, commercial cabinets and air-conditioning. We provide a friendly efficient service with 24hr, 7-day-a-week service. Best way to contact you? Our office number is 8252640. Alternatively please call Richard on 0274460361 or Glenn 0274809765. Our email address is flower.power@xtra. Lookout for the new generation of Fujitsu heat pumps about to be released. Advertising starts early January.


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Raglan Real Estate Ltd Licenced (REAA 2008)

AUCTION 31st January 2014 – 6pm, Ray White Office, 21 Bow St. Raglan AUCTION 31.1.14: 51 Wallis St


AUCTION 31.1.14: 44 Wainui Rd

Solid and honest describes this house. Inspect this 3 bedroom home complete with large downstairs rumpus room, workshop and double garage. The location ticks all the boxes: north facing, close walking distance to the beach, boat ramp, school, shops. A large section of 971 m² offers opportunity for family time, caravan space or room for the tent. Inspect now – an ideal family home. Prior Auction offers considered.

• 2 Double Bedrooms • Open Plan Living - plus office area • Large Disabled Bathroom • Lock-Up Garage with 2nd Bathroom • Low Maintenance, fully fenced Prior Auction offers considered


AUCTION 31.1.14: 36 Kaitoke St


51 Wallis St Saturday 1pm


AUCTION 31.1.14: 531 Wainui Rd



36 Kaitoke St Saturday 12pm




This property sits proudly elevated in beautifully landscaped grounds taking in unbroken views encompassing Mt Karioi all the way round to Moonlight Bay. Breathtaking when you walk the wrap-around veranda and take in the beautiful views by day and night. The home features large open plan lounge/ dining and a well appointed granite kitchen, ceilings in this area are natural timber and there is a wood burning fire. There are lots of extras with this property like, solar water heating, heat pump, spa pool in the master ensuite, large ‘hobby shed’ (12m x 7m with a 2.7m stud and independent power) double garage and ample parking for visitors.





• Situated in popular Raglan West • Solid home, 3 bedrooms plus sleepout/ rumpus • Huge master bedroom (could convert to 2 rooms) with it’s own bathroom • Internal access garaging plus carport • Fully fenced, private courtyard with enclosed spa • Great family home or 5 star beach bach

Tucked away is this quality built, excellently maintained 3 bedroom home. Drive up the driveway and be impressed. The living area opens out to sun drenched decking, capturing morning and afternoon sun. The location is excellent – close to bush lined board walk, estuary for close kayak access, walking distance to town and school. A very well OPEN HOME planted 1413m2 site. 19 Tutchen Ave




Presented in top condition on a 3,775m2 section. This solid 3 bedroom home includes master with ensuite and walk-in wardrobe. Impressive with sumptuous space, timeless design and sleek modern décor. This home is designed to capture all day sun in a secluded setting. Featuring a double garage (131m2) and plenty of off street parking. Ideal for entertaining or family living including a generous lawn that adds to the indoor/outdoor flow. With Mt Karioi as a backdrop this rural setting is enjoyable. Take advantage of the summer beach life only minutes from the surf, beach and township. Location is key!




That good old country feeling to feed your soul. This property will appeal to those looking for something unique and with the guarantee of views and privacy. The high stud of barn style homes gives you the feeling of space and light and this property definitely provides you with both. Features 5 double bedrooms or 4 double bedrooms, 2 living, the choice is yours, 2 very cool bathrooms and 2 separate toilets complete the package. The property offers large open plan kitchen, dining and living with gorgeous polished concrete floors, there is underfloor heating installed ready to be connected and a wood burning fireplace. Large double internal access garaging, plenty of off street parking and just over 2 acres of land.


OPEN HOME 445 Wainui Rd Saturday 11am

Sat & Sun 12pm

OPEN HOMES this weekend 11th & 12th Jan Saturday 11am – 445 Wainui Rd Saturday 12pm – 36 Kaitoke St Saturday 12pm -19 Tutchen Ave Saturday 1pm – 51 Wallis St Saturday 1pm - 57 Government Rd Saturday 2pm – 531 Wainui Rd Saturday 2pm – 42a Wallis St

Sunday 12pm - 19 Tutchen Ave Sunday 12pm - 5b Sunshine Rise Sunday 1pm – 44 Wainui Rd Sunday 2pm - 42a Wallis St Sunday 2pm - 8 Puka Place

21 Bow St, Raglan Phone: 07 825 8669 Fax: 07 825 7410 Website: Email:

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531 Wainui Rd Saturday 2pm

The vendors are reluctantly putting their beach bach up for sale. Grandstand views of the Bar and Harbour and just steps across the road to the ocean beach. These Leasehold properties are becoming very popular with the discerning buyer wanting a MILLION DOLLAR location and view, under $300,000 plus a new lease in place. 3 bedrooms, open-plan living, wooden flooring, wood burning fire for cosy winter nights. The house has a brand new roof, great storage and ample of off parking.

This 2 bedroom house is elevated and enjoys estuary and Mt. Karioi views. Situated in a cul-de-sac location with close walking access to the water, ideal for kayaking and paddle boarding. Great investment.


44 Wainui Rd Sunday 1pm





This stylish and substantial home with a floor area of 312m2 is spread over 3 levels with 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and multi-level decking. You have a full kitchen on the top floor and a kitchenette on the 2nd floor, so set up to easily accommodate multiple families. Large double garage and situated on a 1017m2 section, the list goes on and on! Built to an extremely high standard and decorated with flare you will be amazed at all this fantastic home has to offer. Located only minutes to the beach and bays with beautiful sea and harbour views. Prior Auction offers OPEN HOME considered.

Quietly hidden down a waterfront street with great views of the Estuary and Mt Karioi is this lovely 2 storey home. The home is currently being used as one house but can easily be 2 flats, upstairs with open plan living and double bedroom, conservatory and water views. Downstairs open plan living, 2 bedrooms and sunny north facing deck. 812m² section with carport and off street parking. There is a boardwalk that you can walk all the way to the local school and easy walk to town. Not many like this, make your appointment to view this property today. Prior OPEN HOME Auction offers considered.



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