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Ben Poulter stole the show in the Under 18 Boys Division at the Hyundai National Surfing Championships at St Clair Beach on Sunday.

After finding himself so far behind in the final that many surfers would have given up. Such is the nature of the battler, Poulter fired back with some mid range scores in the last five minutes of the heat. Requiring an excellent score in the dying stages of the final, Poulter blasted several big backhand turns to score an 8.5 point ride and claim the victory. Daniel Kereopa was flawless in his pursuit for a second straight win in the Stand Up Paddleboard Division of the 2011 Hyundai Pro Longboard Tour. He eased to victory surfing ‘The Point’ at St Clair Beach. The win gives Kereopa a massive lead on the ratings but more importantly his first national title on Stand Up Paddle Board, a new division contested for the first time in 2010. The title is Kereopa’s sixth and will go alongside 2x Under 18 Boys Division, 1x Open Men’s Division, 1x Longboard Division and 1x Over 28 Men’s Division titles. Kereopa also placed fifth in the Longboard Division and now sits in fifth on the Hyundai Pro Longboard ratings after two semifinals finishes at the first two events. The next event for both disciplines is at Sandy Bay from the 4th – 6th of February. Current SOL Surf Series ratings leader Jessica Santorik (Rag) had to settle for third in the Open Women’s Division. The national title eludes Santorik for the sixth straight year despite her complete dominance of the Women’s Division which includes winning five of the last seven events contested. Other Raglan surfers to also show exceptional form at the Hyundai National Championships included Leon Santorik and Luke Hughes who were both eliminated from the Open Men’s Division in tight quarterfinal match ups. The next event on the SOL Surf Series is the Billabong Pro presented by Sony to be held at Whangamata on the 29th – 31st January. The Hyundai National Surfing Championships are the second of six events on the 2010/11 SOL Series. Surfing NZ

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Raft race salvaged but bridge too far Organisers have managed to salvage the hugely popular late summer event but only by moving the start and finish

of the race further up the Kopua inlet – which unfortunately takes away from the

excitement of paddling under the bridge, says Xtreme Waste co-ordinator Lindsey Turner. Going under the bridge is the “whole thing” of the raft race, she reckons. However, concedes Lindsey, “we’ll work with what we’ve got”. The clash, she says, could’ve been avoided and other arrangements made if only Raglan’s Waikato District Council office hadn’t told Xtreme Waste some time ago that work on the bridge would not affect the event they’d booked months earlier. As it turned out that, she says, was “clearly not the case”.

to the playing field opposite “as this is the only area where we will have sufficient space”. However they are now hopeful the contractors’ compound can be reduced on the day so the stage can be set up in front of the changing rooms, with access to power. And if not, the playground opposite is an alternative site with a generator for power.

Lindsey says she was then told only last month that when work begins on March 1, the contractors’ compound will enclose Kopua Reserve from the footpath to the rear of the changing rooms and down to the beachfront area, which traditionally is where the stage and registration point are set up.

Xtreme Waste runs the fun family day full of activities and performances along with Raglan Community House and Whaingaroa Environment Centre.

After establishing with the council that the contractors could not postpone their work to accommodate the raft race on March 12, organisers considered relocating

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Te Uku Roast Office and gallery The Te Uku Roast Office will host it’s first gallery evening this Friday 21st of January at 6pm, featuring an exhibition titled ‘The Cartoon Moon’ by Dunedin artist Mike Cooke.

Cooke is represented by Berlin based curator Christopher David, who has been in Raglan for the past three months.

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Christopher insisted Mike should bring some art works to Raglan when he came for the NYE party ‘Eye of the Tiger’ out at Ruapuke, as he was sure he could find homes for Cooke’s work. Cooke’s large bold acrylic works have a film strip quality, the influences are modern visual culture such as; Japanese manga, skateboard graphics, Michel Gondry’s music videos and America’s west coast graffiti, but Cooke is very determined that they are mere triggers for the viewers interpretation.

Using a particular visual language Mike Cooke attempts to illustrate the unexplainable. Much like a strange dream his painted works don’t necessarily have a lucid meaning or communication, but can be interpreted by the viewer on their own terms.

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Water lover off to help Cambodians use it There’s no denying James Oakley will miss the Raglan lifestyle when he wings his way next week to Phnom Penh for a year’s work with Rain-Water Cambodia.

Because while the Waikato University engineering graduate and surfer is very much looking forward to the chance of “actually living in Asia”, he admits the past five years spent flatting in Earles Place overlooking the beach and Manu Bay have been pretty much like paradise. But he’ll be back, he reckons, to surf again. “A year’s not a long time.” Meantime James, 28, who’s just completed his degree in materials and process engineering, will be focusing on new projects that will improve water availability and quality in Cambodian villages. And in preparation for the trip he’s even been learning to speak a bit of Khmer – the official language of Cambodia – from “the lovely people at Raglan Bakery” who are Cambodians themselves. Recently awarded a position with Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Australia, an organisation that works with developing communities in Australia and overseas, James has already spent time at an “inspirational” three-day national conference in Melbourne with predeparture training and workshops.

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He’ll be working in partnership with Rain-Water Cambodia – a local Non-Government Organisation (NGO) – as a water, sanitation and hygiene adviser or a WASH as the job’s more commonly called. His task , he says, is to help communities find solutions to access drinking water and sanitation. “I’ll be working with the local organisation to find the best and most efficient ways to collect and store rainwater, keep it clean and free from contamination.” The villagers are very dependent on the annual monsoon, he adds, and while they’ve always collected that rainwater it’s time to get more efficient systems in place with improved materials to prevent disease. James understands his work will also involve developing “pour-flush” toilets and setting up handwashing stations in schools. As a technical adviser, he says, it’s very important to educate and encourage the villagers to develop their own skills so they’re not doing just the manual labour but also the brainwork. While James – originally a Hamiltonian – has never been to Cambodia he has travelled widely, mostly in Asia and Africa, and made surfboards for a living before going to university. “So I started my degree always planning to return to places I’d visited with the idea of giving something back.” But he reckons that after four years of study, he’d almost lost sight of that – until now. James leaves behind surfing and his paid work making longboards with local ‘Mickey T’, but hopes to find some waves on the small coastline in the gulf of Thailand. He’s been doing a bit of research, he says, and reckons there’s definitely some “rideable” surf out there. Meantime he’s currently trying to raise $5000 to support his Engineers Without Borders trip. For more information visit james_oakley_cambodia Edith Symes

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Hazel a fundraiser to the end Longtime Raglan identity Hazel Edwards was always helping the community – and it was no different at her funeral last week.

Hundreds turned out in downtown Raglan last Friday for a funeral that was also Hazel’s final fundraiser. In lieu of flowers, she’d asked only that friends and family donate to the Motor Neurone Disease Association – just one of the many good causes that were dear to her. “She was a great fundraiser,” says Reverend Rhonda Chung who with local kaumatua Sean Ellison and Archbishop David Moxon led the service at St Peter’s Anglican Church to celebrate her life, most of which was lived in Raglan. Hazel, 78, had a huge network of friends and “seemed to be on every committee possible”, adds Rhonda. To acknowledge her service to the church and the community it was a fitting tribute, she says, that Archbishop Moxon – the Bishop of Waikato – came especially from Hamilton to read a letter of commendation to those gathered at the church on Bow Street. The procession of people walking solemnly up Bow Street to the church hall afterwards was another “wonderful way” to acknowledge the life of a woman who had been part of the community for so long, says Rhonda. Hazel came to Raglan as a 19-yearold, newly married to husband Leon. The family eulogy delivered by one of their daughters, Margaret – “backed up” by Margaret’s youngest brother Peter – told of a lifetime of community activities, from being instrumental in calling the first meeting of Raglan Kindergarten and the first for the amateur swimming club to serving on the PPTA, of which she was president for some years.

A large number of the Raglan community gathered at St Peter’s Church to celebrate Hazel’s life. Margaret also told of a mother who enjoyed swimming, badminton and all the local school activities her seven children were involved in over the years. Another passion of Hazel’s was reading “as Peter can attest to”, she said at the service. “She would read until the early hours of the morning and wake with a flurry to get us off to school.”

Hazel was also a Girl Guide captain locally for several years, at the same time that Leon was the local Scout captain. Raglan’s Celia Risbridger remembers her as “leader of the troop” when her own mother was a Guide commissioner. “Raglan is a richer place for having had Hazel in it,” she says. “She was involved in everything in the community … a real community spirit.”

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A “town icon” was how others described Hazel, who had also served on Raglan Community Board. Old friend Judith Bishop, who worked with Hazel at Raglan Geriatric Hospital – now Raglan Trust Hospital & Rest Home – says she’ll be sorely missed. “She was always there when you needed her.” Hazel died after a battle with lung cancer. She is survived by seven children, 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Edith Symes

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Shocked community pays homage to ‘wonderful man’ Raglan lost a “wonderful man so

“great coach well respected by the boys and

involved in the community” with the


death last week of Jason Waterman, whose body was found in steep terrain at Te Toto Gorge on Thursday.

Jason had two children, one of them a player at the club. AJ, the co-organiser of RATS, said Jason had a lead role in 2008

The tribute comes from professional

in “Elemental Behaviour”, and also a role

children’s storyteller Athene Jensen, who

in a variety show the following year. He

knew the 42-year-old both as a “natural

also toured schools in Hamilton and Raglan

performer” with Raglan Amateur Theatre

with “The Devil May Care for Dolphins”, a

Society (RATS) and through their paths

RATS production in which A J says he made

crossing as Waikato University students.

a fantastic King of Rock and Roll. “He did a brilliant take on Elvis Presley.” She says Jason was a huge talent and always so enthusiastic. “You’d give him his lines and he’d kind of learn them, but he was just a natural on the stage. And it worked, he’d have you in hysterics.”

Jason coaching his Raglan Junior Rugby side

He was also a talented sportsman, and is

Raglan Rugby grounds on Tuesday morning.

His body was discovered on the Thursday

in the United States as a loose forward. He

A haka was performed at the end of the

– after an extensive search by the Auckland-

toured Scotland with a team from the Eugene


based Eagle helicopter, search-and-rescue

Rugby Football Club in Oregon. Athene, better known about town simply as A J, said Jason was a “breath of fresh air” who was really good at working with kids – a view shared by Raglan Junior Rugby president Kevin Holmes who described him

Friend Lisa Thomson has described

Jason was also completing a doctorate

the entire Waterman family as being

on Maori and Native American literature at

“overwhelmed by the support offered by the

Waikato University.

local community”.

A broad cross section of the Raglan

Jason was last seen in Raglan about 4pm

community, including friends and family

on Monday of last week, and several locals

attended the commemorative service at the

report having chatted to him that day.

teams and friends and family - about 300 metres from where his stationwagon was found parked the day before. Police say his death is not suspicious and that it has been referred to the coroner. Edith Symes


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Lawn Bowls Singles Championships What glorious weather we have been receiving recently...just lovely for playing lawn bowls on our fabulous greens.

Sixteen members rolled along on Saturday 15th January to compete in our Open Grade Singles Championships. As there were only four women entered we played a ‘Round Robin’ system... that means we each have to play each other and the one who wins the most games becomes the Championship winner. But this year was different! There were three of us with two wins! So the winner was decided by a count-back on points to obtain a ‘points differential’...each player’s points were added together and then the total of points lost against them are subtracted to find the points differential... the player with the most points gained becomes the eventual winner. This as Maureen Wahanga with +25 points, Eileen Stephens gained +21, Sue Russell was on zero and Queenie Tukiri was on minus points. We had some very good challenges on the day, congratulations Maureen. Special thanks to Don Davis-Goff and Maurice Cook for availing themselves to be Markers for our Championships, such great dedication to our sport. Twelve men entered the men’s section, so played the ‘qualifying system’. They had to win

two games to qualify into the next day’s play. Six players qualified, G Stephens (Mouse), Jim Boggiss, Ross Turner, Terry Green, Denny Robertson and Les Schlager. Sunday 16th was the ‘sudden death’ stage...if you lose a game then that’s are out! In the first round Denny beat Les, Ross beat Terry, and Graham and Jim had a ‘bye’. Round two, Denny beat Ross, and Jim beat Graham. The final was played between Denny and Jim, with Denny becoming our 2011 Singles Champion. Well done, Denny, and congratulations too. There were some fantastic bowls played along the way with some great challenges between the players... great to see the fun and friendship happening along the way.

Through the bantering that flows throughout our club, one of the players managed to co-erce Ruth into making some ‘scones with jam & cream’ for morning tea. Thanks Ruth, they were right up to your usual style. The ‘gallery’ was cool to see too, such great support within our Club. Well done to all. Our Championship Pairs are scheduled to be played on Saturday/Sunday 22/23 January. Good luck to all entrants, enjoy your games. Meantime ...Happy Bowling Eileen Stephens

Whaingaroa Bee Club starting in February A Whaingaroa/Raglan Bee Club is about to be formed. The first meeting will be on Thursday 10 February at 7.30pm in the Supper Room of the Raglan Town Hall. Raglan local Barbara Day, who has been a beekeeper for thirty years, will be at the meeting. 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. World wide, honey bee numbers are declining. In the USA and Europe colonycollapse disorder is killing off hives at an alarming rate, and in New Zealand, as in other countries, the arrival and spread of the varroa mite has seen a large drop in numbers. It’s a matter of concern: honey bees are responsible

for the pollination of a large number of our fruits and vegetables and without them our diet would be sadly lacking in variety. However, an increasing awareness of the problem has also seen an increase in hobbyists keen to play their part in helping keep bees alive and well in our gardens and communities. The Raglan area has an ideal climate for beekeeping and in many places there are floral sources of nectar all year round. If you like the stronger bush honeys and live near bush you could well be harvesting valuable manuka or delicious rewarewa honey right now. The beautiful gardens around Raglan yield a tasty sweet honey which again could be harvested now, or a little later on in February. For further information contact Cally Brown at 825 7980

Visit local artists’ studios

Thirty six Raglan Artists will be participating in the Open Studio Weekend January 29th - 31st. For these three days painters, potters, sculptors, photographers, mixed media, textile artists, jewellers, and other artists will open their studios to the public for viewing. This is a unique opportunity to meet the artists in their studios and catch a glimpse of their processes and what goes into making their art. Pick up the revitalized and expanded Raglan Art Trail Guide at local businesses, Information Centre or the Old School Arts Centre to find the artists’ locations during the Open Studio Weekend. The Raglan Art Trail

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Guide 2011 lists 44 Raglan artists, most of whom will be taking part in the Open Studio Weekend. Local businesses will be participating during the weekend to promote the event which has been marketed to the wider Waikato, Auckland, Bay of Plenty, and other areas. We have support from CCNZ, Raglan Community Board, Skycity, twenty three local businesses, and the Raglan Arts Council. We expect a lot of locals as well as visitors from the wider Waikato, Auckland and beyond to make the trip to Raglan for the weekend, which is typically one of Raglan’s most vibrant summer periods. Terry Horn

Denny Robertson measuring for the winning shot watched by Jim Boggiss, his opponent, and Graham Stephens, who marked their game.

Raglan St John ambulance news

A column by St John Team Manager, Bush Barton. Greetings all and a Happy New 2011, I hope you all have had a refreshing break like myself and back into the swing of things. The Ambulance in Raglan has been busy towards the end of 2010 attending 47 incidents in November and 48 in December. We have been to a few incidents at our new pimped up skate bowl at the Kopua Domain. My advice to wannabe Tony Hawks is to wear protective helmets and arm/knee pads just like the master does, Tony says it is cool to ‘wear the gear’. Head injuries are very common with skaters as concrete and skulls aren’t compatible when they collide. Parents make sure your kids are well educated on safety at the bowl as it does make our job simpler. On Tuesday the 4th of January 2011 at 1900hrs there was a charity auction organized by Grant Cox at the Raglan Kopua Holiday Park. All proceeds came to St John Raglan; the total amount raised was $3052.40, fantastic! This money will stay within Raglan and will be utilized through our area committee. A big thank you to Grant for a great initiative, Rob and Mary Clark for use of their venue, Julie Hanna from Ray White Real Estate for her expertise in auctioneering and to the good people staying at the camp (and some locals) who kindly bid on all the items. Last but not least I wish to publicly thank the following local businesses and people who donated the auctioned items: Jane Galloway Husk Bohemian Wrap B Rex Piako Gliding Club, Matamata Intuitive Limited – Mobile Massage Therapy Jet Skoot Top Cut Butchery Raglan Wines and Spirits Scintilla Raglan Four Square Tony Sly Pottery Kiwi Surf Schools Raglan Kayak Raglan Book and Gift Shop Flaxen D Signs Raglan Surf Co Dave and Julie Hanna Raglan Kopua Holiday Park Commercial Spares, Hamilton Mark Bary Makuini Kerehi Zaragoza Restaurant and Café Craig Hedges Thanks take care and have a good month out there! Bush. For further information, please contact: Bush Barton, St John Raglan Operations Team Manager Phone 07 8250944 or 0272500543 Email

OPINION: The Invasion... by Ian McKissack If you are a petrol head it might be better to stop reading right here. What follows will be offensive to you. At this time of the year it is impossible to ignore the plain truth, the motor car rules the world. Raglan’s normally quiet streets are teeming with these four-wheeled parasites. Parasites, you may ask? Add up how much they cost you in a year. One day recently I was trying to get out of Manukau road on to Main road. There was a stream of them coming into town. Just as I thought there was going to be a gap the leader of another little bunch would appear around the corner. This

local invasion is of course nothing compared to the frightening television shots of the peak hour traffic entering big cities around the world, four lanes of multi coloured beetles. It has taken less than a hundred years for these demanding creatures to take over our lives, to become indispensable. Once upon a time people were happy to be born, live their lives and die in a rustic village or a small district of a city. Nowadays the motor car has convinced us that we must always be going somewhere more interesting or exciting. And even more subversively, they have become extensions of our egos. Men in particular

are prone to see their auto as a sign of their manliness. (There is a more basic way of putting it but this is a family paper). As the owner of a small car I refute this theory vehemently. For a time women were more prone to give their vehicle a name, as if it was a child, but this confusion seems to be rare now. Women’s autos have become symbols of independence.

parked in Bow Street. It will sit at the curb, preening itself, cleaning its whiskers, winking at people passing by. “Get your partner to buy you my cousin”, it seems to be whispering. All conquering tempters they all are. Buy a bicycle.

You may think this is just the raving of a small car owner who no longer enjoys driving, but look around you. It is a difficult search in modest Raglan, but you will find the odd Porsche or top of the line Mercedes

Ode to Raglan Christmas Function at the Town Hall We’ve just come from a banquet held in the local Hall With fun and food and fellowship, we’ve really had a ball. We were greeted at the door and a name tag was applied So that all knew who we were, then we hurried on inside. The walls were decorated and an enormous Christmas tree With lights upon the stage was set for everyone to see. On the tables wreathes of ivy, sparkling glasses, Christmas crackers And three pieces of homemade gingerbread in cellophane packets. Because we arrived early we had a choice of seating Table Three, just by the door, with a breeze, no overheating! The menu was amazing, salmon, turkey and roast lamb Mussels, pasta and roast vegies, salads and a huge baked ham. Bread and rolls with dipping sauces, there were several types to try All the tables were just loaded, very pleasing to the eye. For pudding; fresh fruit salad, chocolate log and strawberries too Christmas mince tarts and pavlova, ice-cream, trifles, quite a few. Christmas cake with almond icing, cut in slices small and neat Cups of coffee, tea or fruit juice, there were heaps of things to eat. There was musical entertainment and a chance to sing-along While two Santas were kept busy giving presents to the throng. All the items were donated, gifts and food, bottles of wine And the myriad of helpers there kept everyone in line. So we’re going home to Point Street with our tummy’s full of Kai We’ve had a marvellous afternoon, so it’s time for some shuteye.

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MON 24 JAN @ THE RAGLANCLUB. 500 cards, 1pm.

THURS 27 JAN @ THE RAGLAN CLUB. Euchre. All welcome. 6pm.

WED 26 JAN RAGLAN RAMBLERS. Climb Heretu, the 175m conical hill at the entrance to the Cogswell Valley. Bring lunch.

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MONDAY 17 JAN (onwards) @ BLACKSAND CAFE, GRAFFITO. Street art from around the world, on show.

courses, classes & workshops YOGA AND MEDITATION for wellbeing of body, mind and spirit. Term 1 classes (General and Progressive Beginners) in Raglan beginning 1 February. Contact MEDIC FIRST AID CLASSES. Workplace first aid. Ph 027 231 8805.

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Notice of Meeting Raglan Community Board Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the Raglan Community Board will be held in the Supper Room, Town Hall, Bow Street, Raglan on Tuesday 8 February 2010 commencing at 1.30pm.

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G J Ion Chief Executive

COLMAN ISOBEL ELIZABETH,loved mother of Delwin and the late Colin, motherinlaw to Ian and Robyn Grandmother to 5, Gt Grandmother to 9. Late of her loved Cliff Street. Passed away Christmas Eve 24/12/2010. In her memory donations to Raglan Surf Club would be appreciated. “The Soul takes flight to the world that is invisible and there upon arriving she is sure of bliss and paradise.” Communications Young family, 1133c River Rd, Hamilton 3210

During 2004/2005, the community identified their vision for the Waikato district. Nine community outcomes were developed, based on themes identified as the most important to the community. Council is now reviewing the outcomes. We’ve removed the ones that are outside Council’s role in line with changes to the law, and included some elements of Franklin’s outcomes, to assist with integrating the new part of the district inherited from Franklin. Community outcomes form the basis of everything that Council does. That’s why it’s so important that we hear from you. A public workshop is being held at 7.30pm on Tuesday 25 January at the Blacksand Café, Bow Street, Raglan, to discuss the revised outcomes and give you the opportunity for feedback and suggestions. A copy of the proposed new outcomes is available on our website, or for more information, call the Corporate Planning Analyst on 07 824 5879.

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