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2nd July 2010 - Issue #202

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Mid Winter Swim - ‘Best Dressed’: Community House Team. Chrissy Hodkinson, Colin Hodkinson, and Nicci Standley Image: Emma Brooks

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Swimmers forsake Sunday lie-in for a cold plunge

Grey skies didn’t deter a hard core group of Raglan people from braving the chilly waters of the harbour on Sunday morning. A determined group of around 30 locals took the plunge for the Annual Mid Winter Swim, which raises money for the Raglan Surf Club and Raglan Coastguard.


dining guide

Aloha Market Place - Sushi Takeaway. 5 Bow Street..................................................... 825 7440 Burger Shack Organic. Takeaway. 35 Bow St................................................................825 8117 Costas Licensed Pizzeria. Dine in, Takeaway & Delivery. 2 Bow Street.......................... 825 0976 Te Kopua Camp Store. Takeaway.Te Kopua Domain......................................................825 8761 Harbour View Hotel. Dine in & Takeaway. 14 Bow Street..............................................825 8010 Hong Kong Kitchen. Takeaway. 5 Bow Street.............................................................. 825 7172 Marlin Cafe & Grill. Dine in. On the Wharf.................................................................. 825 0010 Nannies Takeaways. 35 Bow Street............................................................................. 825 8842

Winner of the adult section: Colin Hodkinson who came dressed as a wine waiter. Winner of the children’s section: shared between several children. Winner of the bottle of sambuca for catching the ball: Mick Hodgson Thanks to all the sponsors, for their generous support: Four Square, Raglan Bookshop, Te Kopua Domain Camp Store, Raglan Wholesale, Zaragoza, Raglan Bakehouse, Atamira, Harbour View Hotel, Raglan Pharmacy, Jet, Wainui Rd Food Market, Burger Shack, Kanuka, Topcut Butchery, Blacksand.

Orca Restaurant and Bar. Dine in & Takeaway. 2 Wallis St...........................................825 6543 Raglan West Store. Takeaways.45 Wainui Rd...............................................................825 8293 The Shack. Dine in or Takeaway. 19 Bow Street...........................................................825 0027 The Raglan Club. Dine in or Takeaway. 22-24 Bow Street............................................ 825 8288 Zaragoza . Restaurant. Cafe. Dine in & Takeaway. 23 Bow St.......................................825 0205

The event raised around $100 with Ray White donating $500 and the Chamber of Commerce giving a further $200. Emma Brooks. Image below - thanks to Linda Holmes

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Contact: Administrator Jan Mitchell ph 825 5122

Raglan’s Iris honoured with volunteer award Iris Porter has volunteered at Raglan’s Community House for the past 16 years. From Monday to Friday she can be found hard at work downstairs at the Bargain Basement – sorting through donated goods and keeping everything shipshape.

something for me to aim for everyday instead of lolling round the house.” She was presented with her award at a ceremony held last Wednesday at Waikato Stadium. Winning came as something as a shock. “My son was sitting next to me,” she recounts. “He said, “Mum it’s you.” I couldn’t believe it.”

And her work doesn’t end there - after the shop has closed she often takes clothing home to wash and mend. Last week Iris’s dedication to her community was rewarded at the Volunteering Waikato awards, where she received the individual Volunteer of the Year excellence award, ahead of 24 other nominees.

the award by the Whaingaroa Environment Centre.

Volunteering Waikato general manager Heather Moore said she was thrilled that nominations had risen from 15 last year to 35 this year, and by the community support through donations and attendance at the awards night.

The Community House also nominated volunteer Barbara Rothwell for the excellence award. Barbara helps out at the House as well as volunteering at the Lion’s Op shop. Community House coordinator Chrissy Hodkinson says both ladies make a huge contribution to the community.

Iris says she loves her role at the Bargain Basement. “I get to meet lots of people and it’s

Raglan’s Helen Paki was also nominated for

Staff and volunteers of the Raglan Community House at a special afternoon tea, held last Friday. The event was organised by the House to coincide with Volunteer Awareness Week and to say thank-you to volunteers.

Barbara Rothwell & Iris Porter with her Volunteering Waikato award

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The unscheduled discharge began at 5pm on Tuesday 22 June and was completed at 1.30pm on Monday 28 June. The tertiary treated wastewater was pumped through an ultraviolet steriliser before being discharged through the Raglan harbour wastewater outfall pipe. Council is permitted to pump treated wastewater outside the daily tidal periods for up to 20 days per

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Feeling blue? Depression: A small word that describes a huge range of negative thoughts and feelings.

Emotions such as sadness, utter despair, hopelessness, fear, anger, guilt, frustration, loneliness and a sense of persecution all affect the body, which in turn affects the mind, and so a vicious circle begins. One in every twenty five people feels depressed enough to seek professional help at some point in his or her life, and on average twice as many women seek help as men. Depression is diagnosed by a practitioner when a person has been feeling down for a significant length of time, for months rather than weeks. Severe or prolonged depression requires professional help rather than self-help. Mild depression, however, can often be relieved by making minor changes in your lifestyle. If you

are under too much pressure, give up one or two activities. If you feel isolated, take up a new interest or hobby. If you have children, organize a babysitter so that you can have at least one a night a week to yourself. Food also plays a large part. Try to minimize your intake of sugar, alcohol, nicotine, caffeine and refined carbohydrates. Natural, proven medications may also help. The qualified team of practitioners at The Herbal Dispensary are able to assess and work out a tailor made treatment plan for you. All you need to do is make an appointment.

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2010 ‘Variety Mini Bash’ wants to help Raglan children The Variety Mini Bash is coming to Raglan during the weekend of 17-19 September, 2010 and wants to help children in need in the area. Variety - The Children’s Charity is currently seeking applications for funding to be considered for distribution during the Variety Mini Bash. Application forms are available online at www. or by phoning (09) 520 4111. Families and child-related organizations in need in Raglan should submit a grant application form to Variety, by the closing date of 31 July, to be considered for a grant for presentation during this year’s Mini Bash. A shorter but equally exciting version of Variety’s signature event, the Variety Bash, the Variety Mini Bash is a long weekend take on the main Bash. This year’s event will see a convoy of around 30 crazy Bash vehicles and support cars, travel from Papakura to Te Awamutu via Port Waikato, Raglan and Waitomo. Variety CEO Lorraine Taylor says that the mission of the Variety Mini Bash is to distribute grants to New Zealand children, as well as bring magic and fun to the schools and communities it visits. “We urge families and children’s welfare organisations to get their applications in for a Variety Mini Bash grant as soon as possible,” said Ms Taylor. Applications are considered by Variety’s Grants Committee and funds are granted to those projects the committee considers will make a tangible

difference to improving the quality of life for sick, disabled and disadvantaged New Zealand children aged up to 18 years. Examples of items that may be considered for funding include specialised trikes, computer equipment for special hearing and communications requirements, sport/play/art and cultural equipment, and customised equipment for children with special needs. Variety aims to plug the gaps that other organizations or the government can’t or won’t fill and is often a last resort of funding for families. Last year the Variety Mini Bash travelled from Auckland to Cambridge and distributed over $20,000 to children, schools and child welfare organisations in the areas it visited. Variety is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary in New Zealand and has distributed over $11.7 million in grants to Kiwi kids in that time.

Applications for grants to be presented on the 2010 Variety Mini Bash must be received by 31 July 2010. For more information on how to apply or to download an application form, go to the Variety website www.variety. or phone (09) 520 4111. For more information on the 2010 Variety Mini Bash (17-19 September), please go to

Wild ginger and woolly nightshade in Raglan

Environment Waikato is urging the Raglan community to get on top of wild ginger and woolly nightshade.

Under EW’s Regional Pest Management Strategy, wild ginger and woolly nightshade are designated as “total control containment pest plants”, which means landowners and occupiers are required to control them on their property. “Many Raglan people are being proactive in the control of these weeds already. Now we need other members of the community to step up to the mark and control the woolly nightshade and wild ginger growing on their properties,” said biosecurity contractor Philip Mabin. EW is happy to provide landowners with factsheets that give information on the best techniques for eradicating these plants. Pest plant biosecurity contractors may be contacted on 0800 BIOSEC (246732). Wild ginger was introduced from India to New Zealand as a garden plant. It has striking yellow flowers

with an attractive scent and shiny red seed capsules. Its massive rhizomes (root system) form dense layers. Wild ginger can be dug out, but all the roots and tubers have to be carefully removed. A herbicide may also be used to control wild ginger. Dispose of the rhizomes where they cannot re-grow. Do not dump them. Place them in household waste collection. Woolly nightshade is a shrub or small tree that grows very rapidly. The berries, which are poisonous to people, are eaten by birds which then disperse the seeds. Woolly nightshade has clusters of small mauve flowers and velvety grey-green leaves which give off an unpleasant smell when crushed. To get rid of this plant, cut it off at the stump and immediately paint the whole stump with herbicide. Pull out small plants less than 60 centimetres tall, shake all the dirt from the roots and leave the plant to wither and dry out. Larger trees can be drilled or slashed and poisoned.

Business Report This is the first of a monthly column from the Raglan Chamber of Commerce. One feature of this column is to answer your questions about business or related issues. So please email any questions to

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Why are you called ‘Chamber’ of Commerce. It sounds so old fashioned. We agree it does suggest we are a dusty old legal fraternity as the name may suggest.We can assure you we are not. Chambers of Commerce exist throughout NZ. It’s a well established organisation for business people. When we were looking at forming a group last year we decided to become a Chamber because we were ‘given permission’ to adopt their documents etc and so avoid having to reinvent the wheel. Why have you formed your group? For the last 4 years Raglan has not had a group dedicated to business owners and operators. A number of these people expressed a strong interest in such a group.

Q: How has it been going so far?

Q: A: A ‘Variety Bash’ street parade

A. The response in the first year of operation from the Raglan Business community has been very encouraging. We’re going from strength to strength as more business people recognise the personal and business benefits and opportunities they can obtain from membership.

What are the current issues you are concerned about? Road closures as it affects business.Harbour Board Leases and future town planning especially in and around the CBD.

Events This Month

Wednesday 14 July 7.00am – 8.30am BREAKFAST at Zaragoza. Networking, updates and the speaker is Dave Currie. Wednesday 28th July 5.30pm AFTER FIVES Find out about some of the other businesses in Raglan and the people who drive them.

Business Tip of the Month

Spend time developing your network of associates It has been well said “It’s not what you know but who you know that really matters”. While business acumen and skills are very important for successful business, who you know could save you a lot of time and pain. This is especially true for the small business owner who is not able to employ specialist staff. So spending time in developing a broad range of relationships is time well spent.

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It has been more than three years since Midge Marsden brought his band to Raglan but he returns for one special night on July 9th.








Midge has offered to play a one off fundraising concert to support Don and Otis Rowe. The two brothers have been fundraising hard to raise the required funds to get them to Serbia for the World Junior Kickboxing Champs. The boys’ father and Midge’s longtime manager, Jim Rowe asked Midge and local musician/artist/DJ Mark Kington if they would help out and the result is to be this one off concert at the Harbour View Hotel.


Midge Marsden is a legend in New Zealand. His professional career spans 50 years and he was named ‘NZ Entertainer of the Year’ in 1990. His many recordings include the critically acclaimed ‘Burning Rain’, which achieved gold status. More recently he has released albums with The Rodger Fox Big Band, Bullfrog Rata, NZ Harmonica sessions and his latest semi acoustic album TRAVEL ‘N TIME. Midge has played such famous venues as Ronnie Scott’s in London, Tipitinas in New Orleans, Antones in Austin and Beale St in Memphis.


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

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Midge was awarded the honour of New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to New Zealand music in 2006. Shortly after he was also awarded an honorary Bachelor of Arts from the Waikato Polytechnic. Midge’s backing band lineup includes longtime drummer Mike Abbott, Bassist Shane (Mo) Te Maru, acclaimed guitarist Chet O’Connell and special guest guitarist Gary Verberne. Gary has played with the greats of NZ music including When The Cats Away, Dave Dobbyn, Graham Brazier and has even toured the USA with Shona Laing.

Chet O’Connel is a star in his own right having toured NZ extensively with Shane Cortez and the class of ‘58’ as well as a guest appearance in the ‘World Series Guitar Festival Concert’ alongside Tommy Emanuel. Midge remains New Zealand’s pre-eminent rhythm and blues artist. His combination of excellent musicians and unstoppable energy combine to guarantee a great show every time. With the incomparable funk DJ Mark ’Fanger’ Kington providing the vinyl grooves this promises to be a night to remember.

Ticket prices

The first 100 pre sale tickets are $15 Remaining tickets and door sales $20 Doors open 7pm > 1am Raglan Net has two complimentary tickets to give away to Midge’s concert. Please visit amd click on Free Stuff. The boys’ mum Brenda - a trained chef, is selling raffle tickets for a dinner party in your own home. If interested please phone: 0274 592 240

Live at Greenslade 91c Tuesday 22nd June Singer Hannah Dewe’s debut performance at 91C Greenslade Road on Tuesday has initiated the platform for future gigs for songwriters, singers, musicians and artists to showcase their talents at this unique location. Hannah’s first-ever live performance was well received. The purity and clarity of her voice encaptured the essence of her intense passion which also comes forth in her collection of oil paintings, still exhibiting at 91C Greenslade. Special guest, Nick Stevens (Cornerstone Roots, Native Sons), featured his own compositions together with well-known works. Emily, guitarist/ songwriter,from Finland, added style with strong resonant sounds that suited the acoustics of the unique recording studio. Local bard, Robyn Rutherford delivered lyrics on humanity and our earth with a political slant.

The Dewes family, travellers from the USA and Europe and friends and supporters from Whaingaroa and Cambridge formed part of the receptive audience. Live gigs at 91C will be held on the first Tuesday of every month. Next at GREENSLADE 91C

School Holidays are here again and after a longer than usual school term it’s time to take a break from the routine and have some fun. The Old School Arts Centre in Raglan has a fantastic line up of activities for children over the break. Check out their programme on this page. Or why not take the time to explore the walks available around Raglan - you can check these out on It could also be the the time to venture outside of Raglan and visit friends that you’ve meaning to catch up with. Combine this with a look at Waikato Museum as it is definitely worth a visit for children these holidays. And for those needing a little extra help with learning - check out Kip McGrath Education Centres holiday opportunities on this page.

The Rollercoaster Adventures of ‘Boy’ Black Michael Jackson, Ford Mustangs, chalkboards.

Alamein (Taika Watiti), an alcoholic, immature, ex-con and his sons Boy (James Rolleston), an 11 year old boy with heroic images of his father and Rocky (Te Aho Aho Eketone-Whitu) a six year old who thinks he’s got super powers. These are just a few of the interesting characters you’ll find in the latest hit movie “Boy”. Written and directed by Taika Waititi, he also plays one of the main characters. This is a movie that’ll make you laugh, have you on the verge of tears and clinging to the edge of your seat, waiting for more. In the movie, filmed in a little Maori town located on the East Coast, Boy is left in charge of the house for a week. When his good for nothing dad Alamein shows up, easily annoyed Boy and gentle, innocent Rocky will have to cope with their father’s out of the blue mood swings. The week will turn out to be one giant rollercoaster ride for the young boys and yourselves. One of my favourite moments in this movie was definitely when Boy and his gang of friends are just enjoying being kids, playing a game of tag in a ramshackle old house on the beach front at sunset, an iconic Kiwi thing to do and not having to worry about the seriousness of Alamein’s almost bi-polar behaviour, lashing

out at them uncontrollably. It was a very happy and a lovely scene, one of many in this film. There are sad and serious moments in this movie too. It looks at the seriousness of alcohol and drug abuse and the greed of mankind. But don’t let that put you off, this is a wicked movie to go and see. For newbies to acting, James Rolleston and Te Aho Aho Eketone-Whitu are an amazing pair of young boys, who are learning how to handle their criminal father. As for Taika Waititi he fits the role of a manic ex-con almost freakishly well. If you liked Eagle vs. Shark and Two Cars, One Night, then I would definitely recommend you go see this movie. It has the perfect mix up of comedy and drama. Just enough to keep you from getting bored. Go and see it at a cinema near you now.

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holiday programme with Chris Mitchell and Yann Bordier

Soap making, French cooking, make a Drum, creations from beads and wood + lots more! Monday 5th July - Friday 9 July


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Serial storyteller tells it her way “AJ” keeps telling tales all over the place – but she’s no compulsive liar. While most of the Raglan woman’s stories are complete and utter fabrications, that’s simply the nature of her work.

AJ – full name Athene Jensen – has been on the road around the Waikato for five years now, enthralling kids with traditional tales and drawing them into imaginary worlds with her particular brand of interactive storytelling. She starts with her treasure chest – nothing fancy, just a big rectangular cardboard-box construction with rounded lid and a lick of paint – which she opens up to reveal some simple props. She might use a jar to tell the story of a troll and a butterfly, or a two-litre plastic ice-cream container on her head as a hat which kids get to rap on as another tale unfolds. Then there’s the golden goose from the treasure chest, and the kids are keen to “stick” their hands to it – and to each other – as the tale gets going. But there’s no such prop needed for The Giant Turnip fairytale. Any old adult can be the turnip, says AJ, and there’s no shortage of littlies clamouring to hold on tight to it and then to each other for effect. AJ’s rendition of Stone Soup, however, has her young audiences clasping various papier mache vegetables that she chooses from the chest, waiting for their turn to add each to the soup pot, real or imagined. All the time AJ’s delivering her compelling stories, she’s ad libbing, using different voices, and pulling funny faces. It’s all about

involving her young protégés as she rabbits on: getting them to “run” for instance by slapping their hands on their knees – fast – as the hare is hellbent on beating the tortoise to the finish line. They’re rollicking three-quarter hour storytelling sessions repeated in early childhood centres, kindergartens and at festivals all over the Waikato, and AJ reckons she’s told them so much now they’re “probably word perfect”. And yes, she still gets nervous when tackling new stories with her young fans. Sometimes too, she admits, “I tell stories and they flop”. It’s a bit like being a comedian, she says. But for the most part, AJ’s Travelling Tales business keeps her young clientele utterly

entranced and enthralled. It’s a business she says she doesn’t have to advertise; it’s all word-of-mouth. “I’m quite well known in the early childhood arena – in the Waikato anyway.” AJ was raised by parents who told stories. Her mum told of a youth which included growing up around the stockyards in Frankton, remembers AJ, while dad would take her and her sisters driving all over the country and would immediately launch into the Maori legend of Hinemoa and Tutanekai, for instance, when Lake Rotorua was spotted. AJ in turn grew up and got to tell her own stories to a captive audience as a young early childhood teacher at the age of 20. “Tell me a story, not with a book, with your mouth,” was the plea from the pre-schoolers, reminding AJ of herself begging her dad to “tell me about the one where the dog got the chicken”. She’s honed those skills since setting up in business with a healthy grant – an enterprise allowance – from the Government to kickstart Travelling Tales. “Storytelling is my passion,” says AJ. The 37-year-old, who lives in Raglan with her partner and a dog, admits to loving the “organic” nature of the art form. Stories travel around the world, she says, being re-told and adapted for eager listeners. “They reflect our past and present societies and ways of life.” AJ’s seen little ones soon learn to put simple well-structured stories together themselves, letting their own imaginations

run riot with liberal dousings of the princesses and dragons of old. Storytelling, she reckons, is just “paint for the imagination”. While working with kids is paramount, AJ also runs storytelling seminars for adults at Waikato University where she’s currently indulging another passion and studying parttime for her masters degree in theatre studies. “As adults,” she says, “we need to be honest and true to the kids in us. Kids are very cool.” “Adults are cool too,” she adds, “just some of them have forgotten how to be cool.”

The B game was both exciting and high scoring at 31 to 27 with five tries each and Raglan’s three conversions to one giving us the win. What an important victory, in that Frankton Bs are definitely a strong side ,and at the last encounter we won by two points. They have both been games worth watching. Frankton probably have a better disciplined team than us, but when our Bs put a bit more structure into their game the results start to come. In all, a good day for Raglan Rugby. The Club Administration and the players wish to thank the supporters for coming to the games

this year and some of the boys reckoned we had a bigger crowd than them out there this week. It is great to see, and the mission on Saturday is Campbell Park in Morrinsville where last time it was another huge defensive effort that kept the game from Kereone. That one was played in dust,we know there wont be a lot of dust this time and we are looking for another gutsy effort to keep the hopes of a home semi alive.

Braving the weather

A loyal band of Raglan Supporters braved the wet and windy weather at Swarbrick Park on Saturday and were well rewarded by both Raglan Senior Teams playing committed Rugby to Chalk up Two Wins against Frankton. The A Team, who spoke about pride in the jersey and standing strong for their teammates before the game, really did follow through on their commitments to work hard for a full 80 minutes . Frankton were ahead of us on the table going into this game, with three wins from three, and threw everything they had at us, especially in the second half when Raglan spent long periods seemingly camped on our own line. But that line was not breached and we scored in the final minutes to make it 20 to nil! This was the best game of the season so far in my book and even with the Captain

down for a ten minute rest behind the posts the boys stood strong as they had promised to do and kept the opposition out.

We have got a good team together this year showing skill and class both individually and as a unit which did put us deservedly above the old rivals Frankton. With players coming back from earlier injuries and well timed use of not just subs, but actual impact players at crucial times in the second half means we are in a stronger position than we were earlier on, now this is the business end of the season.

Edith Symes

Hope to see plenty of Raglan people there again. Robert Kirkwood




6th Cancelled 7th Cancelled 8th Cancelled 9th Cancelled 10th Cancelled 11th Lost 39-12

Flynn Bellerby Cullen Robertson

12th Lost 33-36

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Tobias Rangiawhia Towers above Frankton to dominate the lineout. Raglan won 20 to nil.

Opinion: A Raglan Rumination... by Albert Einsteinlager I am writing to offer my moral support for people in NZ who smoke. Now don’t get me wrong. I am a non smoker who used to find it particularly disturbing when you would go into a smokey English pub and lose your girlfriend. In a second she would be chatted up by a smooth talking limey and you would return home dateless and smelling like a long forgotten Pukeko’s nest. But us wowsers have gone too far......

We have banished smokers to little colonies where only the brave dare go. Freezing cold areas outside bars, cubicles at airports where they cram like sardines and all of Thailand. But now we have hit them in the pocket. A pack of ciggies now costs more than two Big Mac Heartattack combo meals with extra cheese. Close call which will shorten your life more. I was watching a programme on Nature TV

the other night (cool channel) It said that front part of an adolescent boys’ brain is virtually non existent. This part of the brain is involved in risk aversion. This is why they like to snowboard, party hard and leave those soiled underwear on the bedroom floor. When any mature adult would tell you that this is a perfect breeding ground for viral and bacterial infection. But as we age this part of the brain develops. Makes you think. Could lead to following

bar-talk. Young lad: Dude what is that massive lump sticking out of your head? Sensible older man: That is no lump my good fellow. That is my oversized Amygdala and it allows me to be sensible and not take any risks. Young lad: Sounds pretty boring Pops. Got a light? Sensible older man: No I have not. And you can’t smoke in here. In fact soon you won’t even be able to smoke

in our lovely park. Ah ha. WE are finally getting rid of that evil drug. It is a scourge of

our society ............. another double scotch when you are ready barman.

Opinion: Alarmed... by Patsy Zohs My smoke alarm went off at ten o’clock the other night. There were no appliances on in the adjacent kitchen this time so I whacked it with a towel. This usually worked quickly. Not this time. The gentle warning sound grew into a piercing crescendo. This shrill, morsecoded screaming, was doing my ears in. I threw the towel down and climbed up on my set of steps and finally with the aid of a torch, unscrewed this banshee from its mounting bracket. I tried to remove the battery. It wouldn’t budge. I did remember that I had been kindly provided with a spare alarm by the fire brigade. I finally found it at the bottom of my linen press, pristine in it’s packet. The next day, I rang my neighbour who kindly came to my rescue and installed the new one. I put the first one into a clear plastic bag of rubbish I had

on a hook by the kitchen. bag and plunged it into a bucket That night at approximately of water. It continued to emit the same time, the new one came drowning squarks, then died. I alive. Up the steps with the torch left it there until the morning and again to press the hush button. then poured the murky brownish It took no notice. It slowly built water on to the grass at the back up to a fully blown ear piercing of my section and disposed of call. Eventually I prized it off its the silent casing. fitting, cursing it as I did so. I managed to get the battery out but I could still hear an alarm. It wasn’t the new one. As I walked towards the kitchen I was horrified to see a red light flashing in the clear plastic bag amongst the banana skins and sundry rubbish. To my astonishment,the first alarm had Get JOhn key’s newsletter reactivated itself. I grabbed it out of the

Alarm number two is behaving itself, no doubt resting after it’s hectic activity. I’m beginning to feel like a Mrs. Bean. By the way, my T.V. has been on “rain fade� for the last two days. What next!.


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FRI 2 JULY @ THE YOT CLUB. KillaManRaro. DJ/ Video set from 8.30. $5. SAT 3 JULY @ THE YOT CLUB. YEBIISU. Live dub/ reggae. $10.


Thursdays 11am-1pm Plunket Rms. 43 Bow Street Ph 825 7286 FRIDAY

2ND JULY @ 4PM TE UKU SCHOOL’S MIDWINTER MOVIE MADNESS! “UP!” g rated, $5 @ Raglan Old School of Art, parents free! sponsored by West Coast Health Clinic, Wallis St, Raglan.

MOVIES AT OLD SCHOOL Saturday 3 July: 4pm & 7pm BOY (2010) NZ ‘Film of the year. (M) Delicious homemade snacks on sale. Price: Adults $10, Children $5 on the door. Phone 825 0023 to reserve seats. SUN 4 JULY @ RAGLAN AREA SCHOOL. SurfsideKidszone. 10am. Enquiries 825 5199. MON 5 JULY @ THE UNION CHURCH HALL. Care & Craft. 9.30am. MON 5 JULY @ THE RAGLAN CLUB. 500 cards, 1pm. MON 5 JULY @ TE UKU CHURCH HALL. Surfside Mainly Music. 9.30am.

MON 5 JULY 7pm-9pm


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Identify common garden weeds used in cooking for risottos, soups, salsas and casseroles. Bring a weed! $10. At the Old School Arts Centre. Ph 825 0023 RAGLAN COMMUNITY THEATRE MEET TUES 6 JULY @ Supper Room. From 7-9pm. All welcome. WED 7 JULY RAGLAN RAMBLERS Hamilton lunch. Meet @ the car park next to the Fire Station. 9am. WED 7 JULY @ BLACKSAND CAFÉ. Knitting Circle from 9.30am. All welcome. WED 7 JULY @ TE UKU CHURCH HALL. Surfside Mainly Music. 9.30am. THURS 8 JULY @ the Old School Arts Centre. Spinners and weavers. 10am – 2pm. New members welcome. THURS 8 JULY @ COMMUNITY HOUSE. SurfsideYouth group van pickup 7.15pm. Enquiries 825 5199. FOOD FOREST PLANTINGS, RAGLAN WEST, FRI AND SAT, JULY 9TH AND 10TH. Come support local food production with Global Works. For more info ring Jacqui 825 0364.


World-renowned Astrologist Jonathan Quintin is giving a multi-media presentation on sacred geometry eg. Metaphysical Science. Date: 8 July Time: 7.30pm - 9.30pm Location: Pioneer Women’s Hall, corner High Street & Freyberg Place, Auckland. Admission: Adults $15, Unwaged $10. For more info visit Car-pooling ph Belinda 027 540 7422

SAT 3 JULY @ ORCA. The Mad Hatterz $10 (includes 1 free house pour drink) CHEAP TUESDAYS @ ORCA. $4 Drink Specials +

We are inviting expressions of interest from local groups and/or organizations to be Providers of Transport for approx 1500 attendees from Rally site to their accommodation in Raglan. Applications must be accompanied by copies of your Passenger Service License and a Public Liability Insurance certificate. Please forward the above accompanied by a covering letter outlining your organization by email to or by mail to Shelley Sproule 2011 National HOG Rally PO Box 27041 Hamilton 3257 Applications will close on 8 July 2010.

WEDNESDAYS @ THE YOT CLUB. LOW KEY. Free pool, $5 beers, DJ B-Rex. FRI 9 JULY @ THE HARBOUR VIEW. Midge Marsden. $15 presales, $20 door sales. SAT 10 JULY @ THE HARBOUR VIEW. 1814. Presales $25.

courses, classes and workshops MEDIC FIRST AID CLASSES. Workplace first aid. Ph 027 231 8805. DRUM LESSONS available with Brendon Rickard, an experienced, professional tutor with over 15 years playing in bands around the Waikato. No prior experience needed. Lessons are $25 per half hour. Call 021894037 or brendon. YOGA AND MEDITATION FOR WELLBEING OF BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT. Term 3 classes in Raglan beginning 20 July. Contact

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FRUIT TREES Last orders taken this week. Otherwise we will be at the Creative Market 11 July. Ph 825 0096 To let

WARM TIDY 2 BDRM HOUSE TO RENT, new insulation $250pw. Pics on trademe Ph: 0212752273 or 8476289 3 BEDRM APARTMENT FOR RENT - Newly renovated. Wrap around decks. Bottom floor of two storey house on rural Wainui Road. Awesome views. Phone 0273355267.

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Situations Vacant RAGLAN TRUST HOSPITAL & REST HOME requires a parttime/fulltime experienced RN. Afternoon/night shift. Contact the Manager 07 825 8306.


ONE YEAR FIXED TERM CONTRACT Raglan Community House is seeking an Assistant Coordinator to assist the Coordinator in running the Community House on a day to day basis and to undertake specific projects as required. This position is part-time for 20hrs per week. The person we are seeking will be cheerful, positive, adaptable to changing circumstances, have excellent listening skills, a great telephone manner and above average computer skills in the Microsoft Office Suite. The successful candidate must be able to work school holidays and some Market Saturdays. Contact the Community House for further information or to collect a Job Description. Phone 825 8142 or call into the House Mon – Fri 8.30 - 4pm. Applications close Wed 14th July 2010

Public notices

moana day spa MASSAGE SPECIALS Evening Chill Relax in the spapool with a glass of wine, followed by full body massage. $60 (Available Tues & Thurs 6.00 – 9.00 p.m.) Raglan Residents one hour Full Body Massage only $50. Available 10 til 6 on Mon, Wed & Fri. Offer available until 31 July, conditions apply.

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Congratulations and hope

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Raglan Scout Hall as it currently stands on Cliff Street

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