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I just about ran a tourist over the other day. Around the corner from Solscape, on my way home to Whale Bay. It’s not the first time I’ve nearly run someone over on that bit of Wainui Road either and it’s not because I’m speeding or not paying attention, it’s just because there is, quite incredibly, no where for people to walk.

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I’ve lived in Raglan for about two years now, not nearly long enough to be considered a local (I hear it takes at least 10 years for that) but long enough to start wondering about things, and to start asking why.

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Like, why do I have to drive my son to the bus stop at Manu Bay every day, why isn’t there a footpath or walking track for him and all the other kids who live in this area to walk on? Shouldn’t our children be able to walk safely along a local road? Why isn’t it possible for people to walk safely from town to Whale Bay (which surely, is still considered Raglan)? The beach provides a good link from town to Earl’s place but where are people supposed to walk from there? Or are people not meant to be walking at all along this bit of Wainui Road? There are lots of bush walks, that’s great, but please, what about our basic right to just get from A to B?

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It’s not just a question of locals either, but also the thousands of tourists that visit us every year and who we all benefit from. Are we not prepared to ensure their safety while they’re here? What will it take for something to be done?

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It feels to me as if it is yet another example of council not spending our money in the right areas but I would really appreciate it if someone, anyone, could enlighten me with some facts. I want to know if the situation is hopeless or Zaragoza . Restaurant. Cafe. Dine in & Takeaway. 23 Bow St.......................................825 0205 whether there is any point to making some effort to solving this problem, and whether other Raglan people (locals or not) feel the same. Perhaps we could share ideas, information. My WeatherMap - New Zealand weather forecasts email address is

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Smurf’s Up and anything goes – Fat Bikers come to town Fat Bikers Motorcycle Club members admit unashamedly that some of them are “a bit wide around the waist� but they’ve also got big hearts, as Raglan is about to find out. The club will be heading into Raglan en masse on Sunday week, all wearing blue as they kick up a storm to raise funds for the Blue September prostate cancer appeal. Mark ‘Fat Max’ Hill, who runs the club – which now has about 300 members nationwide – says they organise monthly fundraising rides for various charities throughout the year. And while the fundraising’s for deadly serious causes, that doesn’t stop them having a helluva lot of fun along the way.

An undies raffle was a feature of one fundraiser, adds Mark, who’s obviously not always into the conventional. The Sunday event, aptly named Smurf’s Up, is in aid of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of NZ, which this year is also hoping to raise awareness for testicular cancer. Auckland riders will hit the road at 10am from their starting point in Papakura, heading down SH1 to Ngaruawahia where they hope to pick up more riders. Then it’s a relaxed “pootle� to Raglan, says Mark, “for a jolly nice day out on the wild west coast� – a first for the club. Because eating is quite a big part of Fat Bikers, admits Mark, the plan is to arrive in town at the Harbour View Hotel about noon “for a feed and a chin wag�. Then the real fun starts. Bikers will bring something blue for the ‘Blue Bits’ auction. “Who knows what we’ll end up selling?� says Mark

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– bike memorabilia, a desk lamp maybe. Anything for a laugh, he reckons. “It’s pretty loose.�

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Not exactly PC, the Fat Bikers seem to create some controversy wherever they go, says Mark. But then who wouldn’t wearing t-shirts with slogans like ‘Eat the Road’, ‘Diets are for Wimps’ and ‘Heavy Bones’?

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The perfect recipe The best way to learn the finer points of cooking is to begin with the right recipe. Over the last few months a group of Raglan women have had the opportunity to do just that. This is how it goes: Start with a fabulous kitchen, Add a generous dollop of laughter, Fold lightly with a gifted teacher who sprinkles in heaps of confidence, Mix in some good friends, Bake over a glass of wine. When former owner of Blacksand Café, Michelle Meenagh, asked her friend Stan Grime how she could make her soup tastier it sparked an idea to ask him to run in-home cooking classes. Michelle along with good friend Fran Currie contacted some of their

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friends and the cooking group was born. Stan, who is resident caterer at Woodlands Homestead near Gordonton, was initially cautious about teaching cooking. “Right from the start I was a little concerned they thought I could make them into top chefs. I’m a caterer who is entirely self-taught”, says Stan. Fran offered her superb kitchen as the venue for the monthly classes and over the last five months Stan has shared his tips on preparing appetisers, mains, desserts, platters, soups, sauces and more. It turns out he is a ‘natural’ at teaching. “He explains things really well and encourages us to be confident in our cooking and to use different ingredients. My partner is vegetarian and I’m not so it’s been great that Stan has included vegetarian options every night”, says Emily Hunter. Stan’s love for cooking began when he was young, baking cakes for family occasions. “I got lots of encouragement from my family and started to experiment with ingredients”, he says. It wasn’t surprising, therefore, when tomato and tamarillo soup featured during one of the cooking classes. The group, spanning several generations,

met last week for the final time. They sat down to a sumptuous five-course meal prepared by Stan with the help of Michelle. During dinner he reminded the group they were all capable of cooking everything he had that night. “Just be creative and trust your instincts. You’ll have lots of fun and it’s the very best way to learn.” Stan’s fish tips! 1) Learn to recognise what fresh fish looks like in a shop. It should have a translucent quality to it. Every hour that fish is in a bag and out of the fridge it ages a day. 2) Don’t be afraid to ask for a particular piece of raw fish if you don’t think the top ones look fresh enough. 3) Ideally prepare and eat fish the same day it is bought. 4) When buying fish from a supermarket or vendor, if it is placed in a plastic bag, remove the fish from the bag once home and wash the fish under running water. It is the fish juice that is inclined to go-off and smell.

5) Once washed, store fish flat in the fridge on a tray with a paper-towel on top. 6) Don’t over-cook. Fish will continue to cook awhile even once removed from the heat. Sue Russell

Do you want to be world famous in Raglan? Whaingaroa Environment Centre wants to help you to save water and money. We are looking for volunteer households from Raglan West to have their water use monitored for a month. After a month we will come in and show residents the smart things they can do to reduce water use, in and around their home. And show how much money you could save in the process! We will showcase your successes right here in the Chronicle and you get free gizmos to help save water and money in your home. Why Raglan West? Waikato District Council’s water meter rollout has started with Raglan West, and those properties have already had manifolds installed – which means they are basically “meter ready”. The rest of Raglan will have manifolds installed over the next year. Why do we all live here? Because of the fabulous harbour and beaches. Some of us make our living from it, some of us get out in it to surf, kite, swim or fish and some of us just like to sit back and enjoy the view. But we all want it to be clean and safe. Every home and business in Raglan has

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water leaving their property, and most of it ends up in the harbour. Less water leaving your house means less going in to the harbour. Less water used on your property means less going into the stormwater system – and that’s right, less going in to the harbour. If we all smarten up our act with water use, we will have plenty over the dry summer months. All of Raglan is going to be on metered water supply by 2013, so now is the time to get smart and make positive changes to how you use water. Using less water means lest cost to you – from the water directly, and from reduced power costs. So how much might you save? If your shower is using 24 litres a minute and you have a six minute shower every day, you will use 52,560 litres of water per year. At current charges, that will cost you $92 per year in water – for one person’s showers. You can potentially reduce the flow to 6 litres a minute, and have shorter showers, cutting the cost by more than half. If you reduce the water flow, and shorten your showers, you save power and water costs. Over the next six months Whaingaroa Environment Centre will be bringing you a series of tips to help your household reduce water use – in the kitchen, bathroom, laundry and outside. We even have a few free goodies and gadgets to help you get smart with water. If you want to be a smart water use guinea pig contact Kimberley at Whaingaroa Environment Centre. Phone 825 0480 or email

Esteemed writer to visit Raglan Library On Tuesday 20 September the Raglan Library will host Dr Jeffrey Paparoa Holman, the University of Waikato’s writer in residence. “Dr Holman is an esteemed writer and we are thrilled he wants to visit our Raglan Library to share his poetry and writing advice,” said Waikato District Council stakeholder relations general manager Jo Ireland. “During his visit, Dr Holman will discuss the writing process and share his experiences of the Christchurch earthquake, and the story of his father’s encounter with a Kamikaze pilot, which is the basis of a memoir he is writing,” she said. Dr Holman is a poet and historian whose interesting background includes experiences as a shearer, postman

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and psychiatric social worker. He grew up on the South Island’s West Coast and feels a strong connection with that part of New Zealand, which is why he took the name Paparoa. Holman has had several works of poetry published by Penguin, including The Best of Both Worlds : the Story of Elsdon Best and Tutakangahau, which was short-listed for the Maori Book Awards. Holman describes his poetry as “not high brow. They tell stories many people can relate to. They reflect different aspects of who we are and how we live.” The Raglan Library invites locals to come and hear Dr Holman’s history, creativity, and writing advice at 10.30am on Tuesday 20 September.

Back to the ‘olden days’ for local milk collective Five Raglan families who together run a local milk collective are literally living off the fat of the land – and loving it. “We’re drinking milk that has all the fat in it,” says Jenny Gaunt from her home deep in a valley, nestled between Wainui Road and Ngarunui Beach, where massive pumpkins sit decoratively on the deck and wwoofers – or willing workers on organic farms – potter about inside and out doing what needs to be done when you’re “trying to live with the land”. “It’s like the olden days with big lots of cream on your porridge in winter,” she adds. Jenny’s place is what they call the depot, conveniently within easy distance of the other four converts to old-fashioned, unpasteurised milk where bottles and jars are dropped off weekly and returned on Tuesdays, with the freshest of milk at about half the price of supermarket stocks. A large blue chilly bin sits on Jenny’s deck for collection of the glass containers throughout the week and she adds slicker

pads to the raw, untreated milk if it’s not picked up that day. The collective’s been running a good 18 months now, with one of the five families rostered each week to make the trip about 19 kilometres or so inland where a longtime farmer runs a fully certified organic dairy unit. There at the farm gate, the farmer has recently installed a purpose-built vat from which the collective fills its own bottles and jars, recording and paying for it on the day. “We don’t milk from the cow,” says Whale Bay’s Carolina Meade, who’s also in the collective, “we milk from the machine.” The system has grown by word-of-mouth over the past few years, and they say “it all works well”. But the spin-offs, says Jenny, are more than just a milk supply that’s economical and easy to access. Tending towards being “lactose-intolerant” herself and strictly nondairy till now – “I was a soy and oat milk girl” – she’s found she can tolerate the raw milk, feels good about drinking it and comfortable

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providing it for her young family. While admitting you need to be completely hygienic with untreated milk straight from the cow, Jenny says neither has the product had the “good, lively enzymes” boiled out of it, so people’s bodies can process and deal with it better.

Posthumous award for Dr Tom A posthumous Distinguished Service Medal will be awarded to longtime Raglan GP Dr Tom Ellison, who died recently after more than 45 years service to the community. His family this week told the Chronicle it was a “huge honour” and they were only sorry he couldn’t have been recognised during his lifetime. Dr Tom, as he was affectionately known by locals, was 75 when he died suddenly last month at Waikato Hospital. While he was due for assessment by the Royal NZ College of GPs and was looking forward to the possibility of a rare fellowship based in part on peer references, the service medal will make up for all the work he did and all that he achieved for Maori doctors in his lifetime, says wife Sybil. “He was very committed.” The Ellison family were invited last week to receive the prestigious award on Dr Tom’s behalf at a Fellowship Ceremony

in Auckland on the Friday, but have instead taken up the College of GP’s alternative suggestion of a more personal ceremony of their own choice. Oldest Son Sean told the Chronicle that while the family had considered Raglan for the ceremony, they’d now decided to accept the award at an Ellison reunion planned for early next month in Wellington for the many descendants – numbering in their hundreds – of Dr Tom’s parents.

Another plus, she adds, is that the collective “brings us together as a group”. Jenny enjoys “touching base” with Carolina and the others, and the neighbourly contact fits nicely with her lifestyle. Edith Symes





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Raglan Museum Society send another big cheque to Council The Raglan Museum Society has sent another big cheque to the Waikato District Council for the new Museum project. This time it is for $120,000. The cheque sent to the District Council came from a donation secured by the Museum Society from Trust Waikato. Museum President Patrick Day says, “Trust Waikato was the first community funder to commit to the Museum project back in 2005. They have been very supportive and displayed great patience while the project came to fruition. The Museum is largely financed from fundraising carried out by the Society and from donations of local residents and community funders. It is the generosity of supporters like Trust Waikato that have made it possible.” Pat went on to add, “At this time we are waiting on Council to complete the project and allow us access to the building. Indications are that the Museum Society and the Raglan Information Centre will be allowed into the building later this month. The empty Museum looks superb inside and our members are extremely keen to start work on setting up the exhibitions. I would like to thank Raglan Lions, Raglan Community Board, the Raglan Residents and Ratepayers Association, the Harbourview Hotel Trust and the WEL Energy Trust for their donations towards the cost of setting up the exhibitions.”

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Longtimer loves things just the way they are When Joyce Sweetman opens the bedroom curtains each morning and looks out from her Nihinihi Avenue home across the airfield to the bar, she’s thankful for the wide open space and its unspoilt coastline.

“I don’t mind a bit of progress,” Joyce concedes. “I love it to this stage … we’ve got to retain it.” Mind you, she’s “a bit concerned” about the new Kopua footbridge that’s being built, having seen some round safety rails added to the structure recently. Joyce admits she’d be sad to see the “I don’t want high-rises here,” she says. “I want to be able to tradition of kids jumping off the bridge into the tide come to an end, and likes to see “our kids pluck up the courage to do that”. walk up that beach. Husband Phillip agrees, and reckons he’s seen more changes in “It’s priceless – for everyone,” she adds. Now 65 and the grandmother of nine, she’s lived her whole Raglan over the past 20 years than in their entire four decades of life in Raglan and wouldn’t have it any other way. She certainly married life here. Joyce was just 19 and living with her sister Raewyn and mother doesn’t want a Mount (Maunganui) but a comparison to unique Rita Pooley on a farm in what is now Upper Wainui Road before Akaroa sits well, she says. marrying Phillip and moving out to Ruapuke on the Sweetman farm. The house she grew up in – now a luxury guest lodge called Four Elements – was built in 1952 by her father and grandfather who was a bricklayer. But tragedy struck when Joyce was only nine and the truck her father was driving over the old wooden one-way bridge to town slew and went into the tide. While Joyce and sevenyear-old Raewyn survived, their father and four-year-old sister drowned. Their mother Rita – now 91 and living independently just across the road from Joyce – sold much of the 600-acre sheep and beef farm after the accident, but held onto 29 acres of it until 1969, after which it became the Upper Wainui subdivision it is to this day. Tragedy struck again for Joyce when she and Phillip lost a son some years ago after he fell asleep at the wheel and drove off the road at Te Uku on a return trip home from Auckland. It was a “black day”, says Joyce. But tragedies can draw people together too, she insists, and despite it all Joyce is proud of their close-knit family, with son Hardy and his wife Yvonne now running their old farm  |  Phone: (07) 847 3440 while daughter Lara farms with partner Ken Benseman at Te Hutewai.









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Another daughter Lee lives further afield with her own family in Western Australia. As for Joyce and Phillip, they’re now enjoying semiretirement in the waterfront bach they bought 20-odd years ago, having built onto and around it over several years to make the comfortable home they share today. The couple have no desire to leave Raglan, except to get away often in the campervan they bought two years ago. And they have Joyce’s mother just a stone’s throw away to look out for. She too told the Chronicle “there’s no place like Raglan”. Her father, she recalls, helped build the divvy “and he used to show us where he camped when working on it”. Rita says the Four Square was, until recently, always Petchells “as far back as I can remember” – and small town business was based on trust. “Get what you want and pay for it when you can,” was how it worked back then. Joyce also recalls a time when Raglan was considered “quite progressive”. It was the 1960s, she says, and while much of the rest of the country closed at weekends the local shops used to open on Saturdays. Edith Symes


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             

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             




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        



            

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           

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                                                             

            










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Raglan Junior rugby awards Kia ora koutou katoa

Last Thursday night, the Raglan Rugby Club was packed with whanau and friends who came along to celebrate the awesome achievements of our Raglan Junior Rugby players. The following are recipients of some of our special awards but we must not forget – every player for the season is a winner! 6th Grade (Sponsored by: Raglan Earthmovers) Best Attacker James Newcombe Best Defender Kase Robbs Most Improved Player Oliver Wallace Coaches Award Lucca Page 7th Grade Green (Sponsored by: Raglan Earthmovers) Best Attacker Wineera Davey Best Defender Billy Mosen Most Improved Player Peatariki Patterson Coaches Award Hudson Bidios 7th Grade Black (Sponsored by: Ahuru Press) Best Attacker Maru Maniapoto-Whitiora Best Defender Angus Reeves Most Improved Player Julian Smit Coaches Award Sam Loten

8th Grade (Sponsored by: Nannies Takeaways) Best Attacker Tukorehu Falwasser-Anderson Best Defender Stewart Simpson Most Improved Player Jonty Parrott Most Improved Player Kora Cooper Coaches Award Sam Parker

12th Grade (Sponsored by: Emblems NZ Ltd) Best Forward Mitchell Robertson Best Back Cullen Robertson Most Improved Forward Sean Dillon Most Improved Back Reiki Ruawai Coaches Award Joshua Diprose Coaches Award Leroy Neels

9th Grade (Sponsored by: Raglan Four Square) Best Attacker George Reeves Best Defender Charles Jackson Most Improved Player Campbell Diprose Coaches Award Sky Reid

Sportsmanship Award (Wilfred Neil Trophy) Keith MacDonald

10th Grade (Sponsored by: Raglan Pharmacy) Best Forward Joseph Waitere Best Back Kyden Waitere Most Improved Player Dayton Keremeta Coaches Award Ned Pene

Also, we wish to acknowledge our 14 representative players from our club:- Ryan Larkins, Keaton Neels, Sam Armory, Leo Oliver, Tom Wallace, Sam Robertson, Cullen Robertson, Joshua Diprose, Oliver Parrott, Trent Robin, Nicholas Jeffcoat, Reiki Ruawai, Mitchell Robertson and Leroy Neels. The most ever in one season in the history of Raglan Junior Rugby! Thank you to our sponsors, friends and whanau, but more importantly, a big thanks to our players as it was really fun and exciting to watch you play throughout the season. See you all next year!

11th Grade (Sponsored by: Blueburst Berries Ltd) Best Forward Nicolas Jeffcoat Best Back Keaton Neels Most Improved Player Sam Armory Coaches Award Ben Broughton

Young boarder carves his name in snow Ronan Thompson is turning into a right little ‘ripper’.

The 11 year old from Waitetuna is passionate about snowboarding and he got to showcase his skills over the weekend at Turoa skifield during the Da Kine/Von Zipper sponsored ‘Boarder-X’ event. Competing against kid’s up to the age of 16 - in a race not generally recommended for anyone under 12, Ronan ‘ripped’ his way into third place. This was Ronan’s first attempt at

Snowboard cross (also known as Snowboarder X, SBX, Boardercross, Boarder-X or BX) is a snowboard competition in which a group of snowboarders (usually four) start simultaneously atop an inclined course, then race to reach the finish line first. Snowboard cross became an Olympic sport in 2006, and has been part of the Winter X Games since the annual event began in 1997.

Spring is here and it’s time to dust off the clubs and get out there pay some golf, have some fun and support your local golf club. Raglan golf club welcomes all new and existing members. The course is in excellent condition thanks largely to Jack and Phyllis who have worked hard maintaining the greens through a wet winter. I would like to invite all current members to come along and play in the first round of the Club Championship competition on Sunday 18th of September at 10.00am. There are three divisions, Seniors, Intermediate and Juniors depending on your handicap. If you can’t make it on the day please phone Pete Hogg, 825 6757, to register your interest, otherwise we will see you there. The other big Spring event at the Club is the ‘Wairau Farms - Century 21 golf tournament’ held on Labour weekend (Saturday 22nd October). All Raglan golfers and friends are welcome. This year we are running a ‘shotgun start’ at 11.00am. This is a real fun tournament with lots of great prizes and a meal provided. Twighlight golf will be starting soon, details to follow shortly.

Ready to rip: Ronan Thompson



5th Penguins

Lost 2-5 Samuel Christie

7th Sharks

Win 2-0 Chloe & Kahn

7th Orcas

Win 4-0 Finnbar Eadie

8th Manta Rays

Win 5-0 N/A

8th Kingies

Win 2-0 Levi White, Nicholas Forrest

9th Great Whites

Lost 1-5 Jackson Armstrong Mayes

10th Stingrays

Lost 2-5 Finn Gambrill

10th Bull Sharks

Win 5-2 Lennox Reynolds

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Niki Maniapoto Raglan Junior Rugby Committee

Computers 101 101 Computers By Scott Woods

a competitive Boarder-X race, having recently joined the Ruapehu freestyle snowboard team.

Swing into spring says Club

See you on the course! Peter Hogg

Most Promising Junior Player (Millward Shield) Trent Robin

Win 4-2 Mungo Bates

Computer History and Maintenance Part 2: The PC... continued from last week

A PC gets dirty through reasonable, everyday use. Dust accumulates on everything and the parts we touch, like the keyboard and mouse, become a reflection of our own personal hygiene. The dust is significant where it blocks that cooling air from flowing through your PC and lots of dust on electrical parts can create a short circuit. There are keyboards and mice out there that probably rate as bio-hazards. It’s a bad sign if the mouse has a dark layer of grime over the buttons and the keyboard has hairs. If a friend offers you the use of their hairy keyboard then just say that you prefer a Dvorak keyboard (an obscure but real alternative to the classic QWERTY layout) and that it’s in your car. If you can just make it to the car then you should be fine. Think about why you ever became friends. Cleaning a PC is about a little preparation and a light touch. Shut the machine down and disconnect the power cord at the wall. Turn off any related device that has its own power supply and disconnect its power cord as well. Give yourself access to everything and have brushes, cloths (those special wipes are good) and a vacuum cleaner ready. Disconnect cables only when you are confident you can put them all back where they came from. The arrangement of sound cables is often forgotten and USB cables (for devices like keyboards, mice, printers, external hard drives and network adapters) sometimes don’t like changing places. Plugs and sockets also wear out so there is value in leaving things connected where you can. However, always disconnect those power cords. Pulling everything out for a twice-yearly clean should be fine. From there it’s dusting and light blowing with the vacuum cleaner, then careful use of those wipes. Put everything back to what it was and switch it on. Beautiful. It might be tempting to open that case and give everything a proper spring clean. Unless you know about things like how to “earth yourself” and “static straps” then don’t go there. It only takes one thoughtless moment of over-cleaning to effectively fry your PC. Look after those core concerns of clean, reliable power and good ventilation and your PC will purr along. With a little care and attention you can look forward to years of hair-less Computers, emailing, web surfing software and Internet and Internet phone calls support (e.g. Skype). Next month we take a + Single standard service + No resolution, no charge look at networks.


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Speech contest a winner There are not many things in this ever changing world of communication that remain the same but I would have to say that school speech competitions are events that will transport you back to your younger days because so very little has changed. The skill of speech making is still encouraged and children of the Raglan area write a speech each year and share it with their peers. Last Tuesday Te Uku School hosted the annual Western Waikato Rural Cluster Speech Contest for finalists from seven schools. Whether you loved or depised speeches as a kid it was always fun to listen so I glady raced out the door right on a busy family dinner time to sit back and enjoy what was a truley entertaining evening I decided to listen to the year 7 and 8 speechs in the mixed final. However I hear the quality of the year 5 and 6s was brillant with Lennox Reynolds from Raglan Area school playing the role of a 911 reporter, American accent and all. This original idea was a winner

with the judges and he took home the trophy for his category. The students I had the pleasure of listening to were impressive. Topics ranged from the suffering younger brother of a teenage sister whom he labelled a B.A.D (being from another dimension) to a passinate plea from Amelia Penfold from Te Uku school to put a stop to hunting for fun in order to protect our wildlife. “Every life counts and every death is a loss”. The girls from Waitetuna Ayla Benseman and Niamh Cowley - Connolly made me smile but also well up as they talked about their treasured grandparents and recalled painful and priceless family memories. Katie Quirke from Te Mata entertained the audience with her delightful speech about the fashion sense of her ‘ crazy’ aunties. Her focus was that fashion should be a celebration of your uniqueness. Liam Dingle from Te Mata had a clear and direct message about how disgusting it was to smoke. To add to world cup fever the winner of the division Sam Cooper from Te Kowhai incorporated a performance of the

OPINION: The importance of eating by Ian McKissack It was a mystery to me why we are so obsessed with food. TV carries a variety of programmes that either have celebrity chefs being nasty in various restaurant kitchens, nervous young men and women competing to produce the best dish, or gastronomic gurus teaching us how to impress our friends. You would think that food is the centre of our lives. Come to think of it, it is. We affluent people feel a need to have three tasty meals a day, even if some are pies or takeaways. In other parts of the world it’ll be just two meal times a day, and sometimes one, and then only if you are lucky. But food is life. Tracing back to our distant ancestors, like worms, they were basically just alimentary canals, in one end and out the other. All the rest is evolutionary extras. I bet they don’t think of that when there is a state dinner for visiting dignitaries. Using their evolutionary extras like brain power they have deep and meaningful conversations. The real action is digestion. Not surprisingly, another frequent TV topic is seriously overweight people. Not content with eating more than is good for them, some of these people are prepared to flaunt the consequences of over indulgence before a worldwide audience. Personally, I recommend that such people should keep the results of sin behind closed curtains. At the other extreme we have the super slim catwalk models. I am prepared to believe that some of them are just the result of genetic endowment or parents who were mean with food. But I am sure that for many it is a commitment to not eating that is as unnatural as over eating. They probably get by on a poached egg with rice and a single lettuce leaf salad once a day. If everything turns to custard those super models will survive on the remaining small food rations while the rest of us die of starvation. A world mainly populated by lovelorn super skinny women, enough to keep foolish blokes dreaming all night, but not very cuddly on a cold night.

haka and Ashleigh Jeffcoat from Te Uku who was placed third, argued convincingly her school must reinstate the football goal posts to benefit the children.

During the open mixed final competition where brave students had a much larger audience, Sebastian Hart delivered a clever and quirky Ashleigh Jeffcoat and Lennox Reynolds speech in support of bringing back individuals whose public speaking confidence the afro hairdo. Paige Harris from Te Mata will be a skill for life. We are well aware as debated the importance of neutering pets. adults just how much of a skill this is, so long I may have witnessed future barristers, environmentalists and perhaps stand up comedians, or just some really courageous

Registrations for the 2011/2012 Raglan Business DiRectoRy are open now All new business wanting to be in this years directory need to contact WKH 5DJODQ &KURQLFOH RI¿FH E\ Friday 9th September. Existing advertisers will receive a letter regarding their advertising in the new edition. For all new businesses in the area the Raglan Business Directory is now in its 8th year. It is sent to all residents this side of the deviation free of charge and will be placed in all local accommodations and businesses. It is an excellent way of getting your product or services advertised to the community.

Across: 1. Windfarm, 6. Slate, 7. Dino, 8. Dip, 9. Replicate, 10. Rack, 12. Estuary, 15. Bored, 17. Sprain, 19. Salad,20. Science, 21. Atone.

Down: 2. Indicators, 3. Flora and Fauna, 4. Ruapuke, 5. State, 6. Spin, 11. Hamilton, 13. Tuesday, 14. Yard, 16. Sneer. 18. Prim.


Registration Registration closes closes friday! friday!

New ONliNe DirectOry This year we have an exciting new development. The Raglan Business Directory will be going electronic, both on a website and as a web app for mobile devices. If you advertise in the Directory you will automatically get an online listing. For an additional fee you can enhance your listing with your logo, a summary of your services, map location, with links to your email address, website, social networking pages and more. Get in touch with us to learn more.

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FRI 9 SEPT @ The Old School, Environmental Filmfest. 3 films for $5! ‘Cowboys in India, Tide of change & A Mongolian Couch”. Contact WEC 825 0480. SUN 14SUNDAY AUGUST, THIS

Raglan Creative Market. This Sunday 10am until 2pm at the Old School Arts Centre.

SUN 11 SEP @ Te Uku Church, service 7pm. MAINLY MUSIC. Monday & Wednesday 9:30am @ Te Uku Church. RAGLAN LIGHT EXERCISE GROUP. Meets Mon, Wed & Thurs 10-11am @ the Old Gospel Hall, Raglan West. MON 12 SEP @ THE RAGLAN CLUB. 500 cards, 1pm. ZUMBA. Now every Monday night @ Raglan Union Church Hall, Stewart Street. 7 - 8pm. $7. Contact Kim 8250512 / 0212820027.

TUESDAYS @ Raglan Club -- Texas Hold’em 6.30pm. ZUMBA! TE UKU HALL Tuesdays 6-7.30pm and Wednesdays 10am. Waitetuna School Wednesdays 6pm. All welcome. Sarah T 8255844.

Come and learn about what epilepsy is, Its causes, Recognition of seizure types, First aid for Seizures. Speaker: Meryl Hughson, Field Officer for Waikato Epilepsy Assoc. Date:Tuesday 13th September. Time:7pm. Venue: Raglan Community House. Ph: 078381433.

THURS 16 SEP @ THE RAGLAN CLUB. Euchre. All welcome. 6pm.

Courses, classes & workshops CAPEIRA ANGOLA Need new classes. Mondays, inspiration for your 7pm. Scout fitness Hall. goals? 0212010502. $5. Personal training using cool equipment; TRX & THURSDAYS @ Crossover trainers, Raglan Community balance boards and balls.

House 10 - 1pm CV Whale Bay WritingFitness Assistance. Studio FREE.CallAll welcome.. Tom, 825 0404 Appts required. Ph 825 8142.



**New Products** Organic Chicken Layer Pellets Kitty Kibble Cat Food Box 1 Dog Food Calf Salts ** Local Favourites** Calf Milkpowder Anlamb Lamb Milk Calf Pellets Horse Meal & Chaff Layer Pellets Pig Grower Pellets Chook Chow Scotties Dog Biscuits Rabbit Pellets Wild Bird & Aviary Mix EFTPOS AVAILABLE

Flatemate Wanted $120/WEEK PLUS EXPENSES, FREE wireless internet, Wainui Road near beach/reserve. Phone: 8257211 or 0276077737.

Wanted To Rent


WOMAN’S OAKLEY SUNGLASSES, lost friday 27th August,WHALE BAY/ Calvert Rd. Honest finder be rewarded. Ph/txt Bettina 02102867512.

Public Notices

3 BEDRM SPACIOUS HOUSE wanted urgently for longterm rental. Local family, have got refs. 0220340364.


Raglan Christian Fellowship has moved its Sunday services back to the Gospel Chapel, 7 Taipari Ave. All welcome at 10am. Ken Brown



Wanted To Buy


07 825 5812


3205 SH23, Te Uku


Lilypot Florist * Fresh flowers * Send flowers * Potted plants 021 448 104 2 Wallis Street

HEALING ROOMS. 1st and 3rd THURS. 11-12pm. Plunket Rooms.

SUN 11 SEPT @ YOT CLUB, ALIZARIN LIZARD & Brown Mad as a March Hare Tour. 8pm, small door charge.

Organised by Raglan Community Arts Council

WED 15 SEP @ BLACKSAND CAFÉ. Knitting Circle from 9.30am. All welcome!

SAT 10 SEPT @ YOT CLUB, LUGER BOA, with Black River Drive. 8pm. $20.

Whale Bay Fitness Studio Call Tom, 825 0404

For info phone 825 0023 or email:

WED 14 SEP, RAGLAN RAMBLERS. Aotea – a new walk from the eastern shore of the peaceful harbour - bring lunch.

FRI 9 SEPT @ YOT CLUB, SEX, DRUMS, FUNK & ROLL. Funky party tunes with DJ B-Rex. 9pm. FREE entry.

Personal training sessions that focus on core strength.

Make your way around Artist Studios and enjoy the work of 30 artists. Pick up your brochure from Raglan i-SITE, or at the Old School Arts Centre on Stewart St.

Free Epilepsy Seminar.

THURS 8 SEPT @ YOT CLUB, THE NUDGE. Album release tour with FRASER ROSS. 9pm, small door charge.

Reveal your inner abs!

Raglan Artists Open Studio Weekend 17-18 Sept 2011 10am to 4pm

1991 MITSUBISHI Lancer. 137,000 original kilometres. One woman owner. Offers. To view phone 02108244384.

w o w... love the Vibrant & Natural S U M M E R Sandals & Wedges New instore!

Situations Vacant

Interested in becoming an Educarer for Bizzy Buddyz?

Do you want to work from home? Are you a parent wanting more social interaction for your preschooler? Do enjoy working with and along side children? Why not become an educarer with Bizzy Buddyz Home Based Childcare. We offer a competitive payment rate with an extensive toy library, training provisions, medical insurance and on going support. Please enquire now!

0800 084 314 or (07) 960 9040

For Hire

FLOORSANDING EQUIPMENT for hire. Ph Raglan Flooring 825 8777.

Garage Sale

GOOD QUALITY FURNITURE and goods. All must go. Moving overseas. Pool table, glass cabinet, fridge etc. Saturday and Sunday 9am – 6pm. 19 Uenuku Avenue.

FIREWOOD Dry. Macrocarpa/native mix. $120 a load delivered. Ph 8255200. HAY, conventional Bales $10 each Waitetuna. Ph 8255080. FURNITURE FOR SALE, lounge suite, dressing table set. Enquiries Ph825 8586.

R E C L I N I N G CHAISE LOUNGE/ O T T O M A N , B e a u t i f u l l y upholstered. Right For Sale Up My Alley, Volcom www.ruma. FIREWOOD Dry 6 x Lane. 6 trailer load. Pine for $90, delivered. 30% OFF N.Z MADE, 0210771524. N.Z DESIGN COTTON FIREWOOD T-TREE T-SHIRTS by ‘Jill / Manuka. $140 Main’ at Right Up My delivered per m3. $100. Alley, Volcom Lane. Ex yard. Ph 825 0522.



RAY OR TIGER 0800 668 833 027 433 3338 07 823 6500

Intellectual Property Copyright, intellectual property, patent law? – come along and learn more about it RSVP: info@

Casual Work Wanted

PROFESSIONAL HOUSE-SITTER BRICKS WANTED, available. 31yr old non-smoking female. any number. Ph 825 References available, 0946 / 0277584381. 0276622043, Zenya.

To Let RETAIL SHOP becoming available High foot traffic, Prime downtown CBD. Ph 021 363465 3BDRM HOUSE single level large fenced section. No smokers. Heat/ airconditioning pumps, dishwasher, dble garage, large decks. Professional tenants only. No dogs. $330pw includes lawns. 0275407422. T E M P O R A R Y A C C O M O D AT I O N available from September until 23rd December. Raglan West. Ph 825 0154. MODERN HOUSE, Violet Street, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom. Large outdoor deck. $335/week. Long term tenant preferred. Phone / text Ray 021 2727097. HOUSE 4RENT, 3 bedroom fully fenced, west Raglan $320 a week 092336550 or 0272406563. 1 BDRM HOUSE.Quiet area, plenty of parking. Rent $220 wk. Short or Long term. References required. NO DOGS. Ph 0274520117.

Beautiful World Herbalist Final year Medical Herbalist student needs case study clients to come to student clinincs. All clinics are reviewed by a qualified clinical supervisior. So you get 2 herbalists to help you for the student price of $30 per consultation!

To book appointments please call Nikky 021 1806198.

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Raglan Real Estate Ltd Licenced (REAA 2008)

FORTHCOMING AUCTION 7th October 2011 RAGLAN AUCTION ct th O Fri 7 aglan N TIO t, R AUC Bow S 2 , 1 ffice

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SEAVIEW IN YOUR SIGHTS • Rose St - What a location! • Solid 3 bedroom home • Polished floors, 2 garages • Sunny large open plan living • Spectacular views • Situated on 812m² Prior Auction offers considered.

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· Lovely 3 brm character cottage · Fully fenced, large, flat section (885m²) · Woodburner, single garage & separate workshop · Close to town, shops, waters edge · Ideal first home or beach house · Bring your energy; add personal style & further value. Prior Auction offers considered.





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OPEN HOME Saturday 2pm 24 Cambrae Road

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Licenced Auctioneer Julie Hanna


• Building site in popular Waikowhai subdivision • Build new from scratch or bring in your favourite transportable • Covenants apply to ensure standards & protect wetland • Walk to town, beach, parks and public transport. • Waikowhai Lot 10 - 725m² Prior Auction offers considered. ID#RAG20889 20 Simon Rd

Viewing by appointment, contact the Team!


Eco living within 85m² approx multi container home Prime lifestyle block of 2.24 acres 2 dble brms, large bthrm featuring composting toilet 4 Solar Panels, with back up generators Large entertaining deck to admire hints of the Tasman Ocean & majestic Mt Karioi • Embrace the Eco–warrior within and benefit - utilise the elements via solar, wind & gas. Prior Auction offers considered. • • • • •


OPEN HOME Sunday 3pm

Sunday 3pm

200 Waimaori Rd


Excellent tenants waiting Call the Property Manager today for a free rental appraisal Russ Adams 825 8669 mob 021 0200 7665 ION CT er U y A mm D bthe ha L SO under


• Enjoy the massive ocean views from this warm home. • Luxurious 4 bedrooms with generous living areas. • Multilevel sundrenched decking with spa. • Stunning home, stunning location - seeing is believing. • .3122 ha secluded native bush setting in total privacy. Prior Auction offers considered.

Set your sights on an Island Cruise for two, or w.e. in Auckland! ALL* Sole Agency LISTINGS and all PURCHASERS, will go into a draw to win a Tropical Island Cruise for 2 (up to the value of $5,000) 2nd draw – weekend for 2 at Skycity Casino (up to the value of $500) Draw will be on December 9th 2011 at 8pm in the Ray White Office, 21 Bow Street, Raglan *Just list your property as a SOLE AGENCY or PURCHASE a property between 25th August & 8th December 2011 & you’re in the draw! (Includes current Sole Agency listings)- Conditions apply.

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• Panoramic views of a native bush valley • Perennial spring & pond, fully fenced, No convenants • Geotec report available, subject to title • Located 7kms from Waingaro, 20kms to Raglan • 1.59 hectares with native bush on boundary Prior Auction offers considered.


185 Whaanga Rd

Lot 1 1007 Ohautria Rd



• Elevated section bordering reserve • Walk to town, shops and cafes • Seabreeze Way Lot 16 - 580m² Prior Auction offers considered.

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17 Puka Place

2.3845 Ha’s BARE LAND $245,000 + GST

Situated on no exit road. Mixed contour - 4 acres of near flat, balance is rolling. 75% mowable, yielding up to 400 conventional hay bales. Fenced into 2 paddocks, grazing cattle, horses and sheep. Can be purchased with a further 10 acres with 4 bedroom house, 2 bathrooms, double garage and large shed on separate title.


• House site with great water views • Quiet, North East facing, cul de sac location • Stroll to Cox & Lorenzen Bays • Covenants apply • Waikowhai Lot 26 - 660m² Prior Auction offers considered.


21 Seabreeze Way



98 Matakotea Rd


THE RED BARN ID#RAG20857. 300 Whaanga Rd



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

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