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Aloha Market Place - Sushi Takeaway. 5 Bow Street..................................................... 825 7440 Burgershack. Takeaway. 35a Bow Street.................................................................... 825 8439

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I am absolutely thrilled at the prospect of a youth centre in our community! I myself have many times stated the need for such a venue in Raglan.

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In my work, I hear directly from youth how boring it can be in their spare time and that all they can think to do is roam the streets. Subsequently this often means getting into trouble by getting smart to others, picking fights or being the recipient of bullying/violence or at the very least being moved on by police or adults for loitering. This seems to worsen for some in the months when its not warm enough for swimming and other water sports.

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On several occasions I’ve also been told that youth around the age of 13 don’t know of any local school or rugby groups they can join and that apart from walking around aimlessly, the only other option they can think of is playing playstation or xbox mindlessly for hours on end.

Nannie’s Takeaways. 35 Bow Street............................................................................ 825 8842 Raglan West Store. Takeaways.45 Wainui Rd...............................................................825 8293

It’s my job to problem solve with young people and adults and on the brainstorming wishlist has been a youth centre. It would be really helpful if The Chronicle includes Mile’s contact details in the next print for those who wish to support this venture. Kia kaha Whaingaroa! I’m keen to help out - are you?

The Shack. Dine in or Takeaway. 19 Bow Street...........................................................825 0027 The Raglan Club. Dine in or Takeaway. 22-24 Bow Street............................................ 825 8278

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Zaragoza . Restaurant. Cafe. Dine in & Takeaway. 23 Bow St.......................................825 0205 WeatherMap - New Zealand weather forecasts Editor: If anyone wishes to contact Miles Ratima please contact the Raglan Chronicle office on 825 7076 and we can assist.

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CNN rates Raglan surfing school a class act The accolade was “very surprising� and “quite remarkable�, he told the Chronicle. “It reflects upon Raglan just as much as it does on us (at the surf school).� The longest left-hand break in the world was up there with skifields, lava flows and mud thermals. “NZ is virtually synonymous with vast tracts of unspoiled nature that provides everything from ski slopes to big waves,� said the report. For Raglan it suggests tourists re-enact their own “endless summer� – featured in the iconic 1966 film – at the classic surf town. “A particularly good wave can carry a surfer up to two kilometres,� it says, “which implies one mean paddle to get back to the original drop-in point.� Raglan itself is described as “laid-back and surfer-friendly as a Kiwi small town can be, with a pretty main street and plenty

of hearty fare, beer and accommodation on offer�.

Ironically American-born Charlie, who’s been running his surfing school for 13 years now, typically has his students find their feet on the beach at Ngarunui rather than on the famed series of left breaks further round the coast.

The players were spotted at

Barrier Island, Maruia Springs, Auckland’s west coast beaches, Milford Sound, the Milford Track, Tongariro National Park, Rotorua geothermal zone, Queenstown and Franz Josef Glacier. Edith Symes

Charlie reckons his ‘school’ was probably the first of its type in the country – and certainly the first to be approved by both Surfing NZ and Water Safety NZ. It’s paved the way for maybe more than 30 surfing schools around the country, he says. And for Raglan it’s helped take away the “scary� element of the west coast, he believes. Standing up on your first wave, says Charlie, is something “you never forget�.

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Welsh rugby side unwind in Raglan Members of the Welsh rugby team descended on Raglan this week to relax before their match on Monday against Pool D minnows Namibia.

Raglan Chronicle Issue 261, 15th September: The Raglan Chronicle would like to acknowledge and credit Denise Fort with the image of the proposed youth centre presented on page 3 of last weeks Chronicle.

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Swingin by the seaside in your blue tuxedo Swing culture is sweeping the world. Now the dance to fit, Lindy Hop, is swingin on in to Raglan this Saturday. Why Raglan, and Why Swing?! Well, starting from an unforgettable 30th Birthday party with a packed room of people dressed to the Nines dancing like it was 1929, 2 keen Raglaners then headed over the hill for classes. WE WERE HOOKED! Hooked on Lindy Hop’s countless charms! Its beautiful and dapper outfits; its cheeky and fun attitude, and its moves: Spins, kicks, and added quirky bits! Wouldn’t this be so good to see in Raglan, we thought... So with some ‘subtle’ suggestion in our teachers’ ears we convinced them to bring their swingin dance to the seaside! Result: A 2 hour workshop in the arvo learning the moves and an awesome band called Blue Tuxedo that evening where you can pull them out!

The workshop will be brimming with fun, energy and style. It’s easy - anyone from any dance background, age or ability can do it. Enjoyment is guaranteed! No dance experience or partner needed. The workshop will put you at ease with the basic moves danced to great music of the Ellington, Dorsey and Miller big band era. Just the sorta songs Blue Tuxedo will perform for you at Orca that night. This is a premier 5 piece swing/jazz combo perfect to swing your thing too. Come watch them take Orca back to its original ‘Milk Bar and Cabaret’ days! Teachers Simon and Michelle, met through their shared interest of all things 1930’s-1950’s. They now spread the swing bug at their Cats Corner Swing Dance club in Hamilton. Simon also plays in Blue Tuxedo. Michelle, known as ‘Retro Kitty Kat’ to her pals, recently performed as a character dancer in the internationally renowned World of Wearable Arts in Wellington. She’s been Lindy hoppin for 10 years now and with her engaging and friendly teaching style, is a wildly popular teacher. So what exactly is Lindy Hop?! An American Social Dance from the Swing family it evolved in 1920s/30s Harlem, NY. Its well known for its impressive ‘Air Steps’, although these are the domain of serious hoppers! Here the dancer leaves the ground in a dramatic acrobatic style... and in time with the music!! Lindy Hop today is throughout the media, featuring in music videos from

Christina Aguilera to Marilyn Manson! A mighty fine eg is ‘Baby Come On’ by NZ’s Elemeno P. Even Homer Simpson loves Lindy: Dancing it in an episode dressed in a Panda suit! Now if 3 people as different as Christina, Marilyn, and Homer all love Lindy, I bet you will too! Ben Galloway See Gig guide & courses, classes, workshops section for details. Facebook page: ‘Swing dance workshop and swing band in the evening’ & ‘cats corner swing’. More info contact or 0211837705

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A cup of tea or espresso coffee and a calm coastal-feel environment await clients at Raglan’s Essence Hair Beauty.

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When Essence owners Shannon and Chris Leuthart designed the salon, top of the list was creating a warm and friendly place where regular and casual clients alike would feel relaxed. “I think it’s important people feel comfortable and I hope we’ve achieved that with the cool colours and details,” says Shannon. Local art depicting beach scenes and the pebblelike feature wall all add to the ambience. The busy salon certainly doesn’t feel cluttered and crowded. A commitment to giving clients, both regular and casual, what they want starts with taking the time to really listen, something Shannon feels is the cornerstone of the salon and what makes it so special. Along with fellow top-stylist Carla Duncan and using only quality Wella professional hair products, Shannon aims to make every appointment a memorable one. “I want my clients to leave feeling fabulous, having had a rest from the busy daily grind,” she says. With the days stretching out and summer just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to look at treating your hair to some serious ‘good care’. One very special product called Moroccan Oil has become hugely popular, protecting and restoring the hair to an amazing feel. “The sun and environment are really tough on hair. The products I use help the hair maintain a natural healthy look and feel,” says Shannon. The team at Essence Hair Beauty look forward to your call, or just pop in to make an appointment. Essence Hair Beauty – The Essence of Relaxation – 12 Bow Street, Raglan. – Ph: 825 8944.

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Memories of Raglan inspire writer Raglan and Whaingaroa Harbour provide the setting and Mount Karioi the backdrop for part of writer Jacqui McRae’s first novel ‘The Scent of Apples’, just published and bound for the Frankfurt book fair in Germany next month. For Jacqui has fond memories of Raglan from her mother’s bach at Whale Bay on land opposite what is now Kaiwhenua Gardens. “My mother was from the Kereopa family,” she explains. From about the age of 10 Jacqui has holidayed at Whale Bay, so she included what was familiar for her about Raglan into the second half of her novel for young adults. She even loosely bases one of the characters on Tex Rickard, widower of Maori land rights campaigner Eva, who lives off Riria Kereopa Memorial Drive at Ocean Beach. “Raglan for me is such a special place,” Jacqui told the Chronicle from Te Arai, an

hour north of Auckland, where she lives with her husband and three teenage sons who now travel down to Raglan to surf. “A lot of the places in the book will be recognised by locals.” Jacqui vowed three years ago at the age of 45 to write. “It was now or never,” she says. Her book was launched at Te Papa in Wellington at the recent Pikihuia Awards, which are run every two years for Maori writers. She’d also been a finalist in the 2009 awards and had published a collection of short stories. Last year she was one of six writers in NZ to be chosen for Te Papa Tupu, a mentoring programme for emerging writers. “It was an intense six months of hard work and commitment,” says Jacqui. Both are necessary to complete a novel, she adds. “I am very excited to have the book published but also excited that this gives me a platform on which to encourage other

Growing radio stars Being part of a smallish community gives students opportunities that ‘city-slickers’ may not have. A case in point is Te Uku Year 7 student Flynn Bellerby whose interest in trying his hand as a radio host is being nurtured by Raglan Community Radio ‘old-hand with the golden voice’ Captain Pugwash, (aka Eddie Cross).

For the last two months, The Captain has encouraged and up skilled Flynn on the basics of broadcasting while keeping an eye on things as the budding DJ finds his feet. “I’m a bit nervous every time I start my session. That’s good though!” says Flynn. There’s a lot to being on top of presenting on air. It calls for a cool head when things don’t quite go according to plan. “We don’t want dead-air moments but they happen and you’ve just got to get through them and regroup,” says Eddie, adding that Flynn has coped well with the pressure. Beyond an interest in being on air, Eddie says students need to appreciate the commitment involved in hosting a show - something he emphasises right from the start. “As a radio host there’s a responsibility to your listeners who look forward to tuning in each week,” he says. To prepare for his weekly one hour session Flynn loads his favourite tunes onto his IPOD which is plugged straight into the radio consul. Monitoring volume levels, which show up as pulsating flashing lights on the board is critical – too much top level sound and the music can blur on the air. With the lights and the sound and the slide grips it is a dynamic environment that keeps you on your toes. Flynn has a good voice for radio, something Eddie says not everyone has. “You have to put a bit of energy into your voice, keep it on the up and up. A flat voice can put the listener to sleep,” he chuckles. Flynn is not the only student on the air. Ariana

Brunet, also from Te Uku School, has her own show but is currently taking a break due to other commitments. “Ariana is great and I hope she will be back on air again before too long,” says Eddie. When the Chronicle sat in on Flynn’s session last week his songs were a mix of his own favourites plus some of his dad, Frank’s. Flynn enjoys pop through to heavy metal, so there is plenty of variety. He structures his play-list around a different theme each week. Having a dad who is also into music – Frank plays drums in a local band – gives Flynn someone to bounce ideas off for the show each week. It was also graduation day for Flynn as Eddie explains. “Flynn knows what he’s doing now and he’ll be fine. I’m just a phone call away if needed,” adding Flynn won’t be completely on his own as it is station policy that students on air have an adult with them.

people to write … it costs nothing to put pen to paper.” *’The Scent of Apples’ was available from book stores last week and from Raglan Book & Gift Centre this week. Edith Symes

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Raglan conservationist in thick of North Sea whaling ‘havoc’ An “awesome” but challenging experience helping protect pilot whales in the North Sea – in the Faroe Islands just below the Arctic Circle – has left Manu Bay’s Bernadette Gavin with a renewed respect for the work of the Sea Shepherd conservation campaign.

As one of six crew members for more than three weeks recently aboard the Brigitte Bardot, one of Sea Shepherd’s marine conservation boats, Bernadette got all geared up at one point to “create havoc” for whale-hunters who traditionally slaughter the mammals in a festive frenzy. “We had an alarm and turned 360 degrees full-speed ahead,” she said. The whale-hunt, called “grind” in Faroese, was about to happen and all the crew donned protective gear – helmets and drysuits, knee braces to stop knives – as they were given a pep talk telling them to be ready for anything. “We were fully prepared for a hostile situation, trying to stop what’s been done for 1200 years,” said Bernadette. In the Viking tradition of these Danishowned isles, whales are stoned, speared, stabbed, slashed and clubbed by men and boys as an initiation into manhood, explains Bernadette, citing graphic images accessible on YouTube. Sea Shepherd crews have been been trained to deal with come what may – using jetskis, flares and various other tactics to throw the hunters right off course. It’s adrenalin-pumping stuff, but for Bernadette it ended there because by the time their boat had arrived at the designated bay the police had called off the grind to avoid unwanted publicity. The Brigitte Bardot also had aboard two filmmakers from Animal Planet, which was (07) 847 3440 making a documentary.









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“I’m relieved we didn’t have to see any whales being slaughtered because that would’ve broken me,” said Bernadette. Five days after leaving the islands, however, Bernadette said they were “gutted” to hear that the grind had gone ahead after all with 70 to 100 whales killed. “We knew it was going to happen as soon as we left … but it shows the Sea Shepherd presence there definitely does stop it happening.” Although the Faroe Island campaign was cut short by a week because of lack of funds, keeping two boats and a helicopter on it took place during two months of peak whale migration of which the highlight for Bernadette was “shepherding” for hours a couple of hundred pilot whales, fin whales and dolphins from the Shetlands to the Faroes. “It was amazing seeing hundreds of adults and babies playing around our boat,” she said. And she has a recording of their “songs”. 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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Students display art to treasure A taonga or treasures art exhibition by Raglan Area School’s youngest students goes on display downtown from Monday next week, running in parallel at Matapihi Art Gallery and the Old School Arts Centre.

Featuring photographs, print and clay work, carvings and papier-mache – all of which will be auctioned off on Friday night next week – it’s a firstever exhibition for Years 0 -6 students, aged from five to 11 years. The kids are “quite excited” to be exhibiting their work like artists do, says teacher Sarah Jayne McLachlan. “There’s a real buzz going through the school.” Among the more unusual exhibits, she adds, are unique bird pictures – and a lone lizard – with material woven through chicken-wire. ‘Our Journey and Exploration of our Treasures’

exhibition covers intensive term work, Sarah explains, looking at what is special to the children, their families and their community. It incorporates sustainability of resources in sympathy with the Raglan ethos. Skills learned included not only working on canvas but also stretching canvas, adds Sarah, and the young artists learned too from the older high school students, incorporating the principles of roles and responsibilities or tuakana teina. A silent auction will also be run at both galleries, with top bidder announced at the hammer auction on the Friday at 6pm. *The exhibition is sponsored by Matapihi Art Gallery and the Old School Arts Centre. It is open to the public during normal gallery hours from Monday 26 to Friday 30 September. Edith Symes

Club’s 90 year off to a rolling good start th

After enjoying a lovely reunion on 27th August we gathered again to get our 90th year into full ‘swing’... and ‘swing ‘we did!

Ruth Rawlinson, our President, welcomed those present , especially the Raglan Club President, Andy Thompson, along with Peg Limmer, Joyce Davis-Goff and Eunice Turner, all past members, and a new bowler Pim Blair.

Andy spoke briefly to us and then had the privilege to ‘ring the bell’ to start the season off. Rangi Sundvick had the privilege to ‘roll the First Jack’ of the season, while Ross Turner did us proud with rolling up the ‘First Bowl.

Ruth Rawlinson and Blue Stephens with their ‘Service Award’ bars

Community House Update Many in our community will know that there has been considerable discussion, with the retailers and within our community, over the road closures for the Community House monthly market days held during the summer season. The Community House tried over several market days earlier this year to operate on a “Road Open” layout but by the end of the market season it was apparent that this layout was neither popular with, nor particularly successful for, the marketers. We received public feedback that using the road open layout caused the markets to lose their market feel and it was also considerably more difficult for the Community House staff to operate. In late July we applied to the Waikato District Council Roading Committee for approval for road closures for the 2011/2012 market season. The dates were advertised by Council and we were advised that a large number of objections to the markets had been received. Following that advice we held discussions with members of the Roading Committee and others in the community. The WDC Roading Committee met on 6th September and after considerable discussion by that Committee our application for road closures was declined. The Raglan Community House Committee has therefore determined that the Community House will no longer run market days. We will work with other groups in our community to try and find a location and a group that might be prepared to take on the organisation of a community market and would be happy to provide whatever assistance we can to facilitate that. If any group is interested in picking up the organisation of the community markets, please contact Chrissy through the Community House Ph 8258142.

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Jim Boggiss, our Match Convenor, and his committee, had organised our Opening Day games. First activity was for all players to roll their ‘first bowl’ from one corner to the opposite corner

where many ‘jacks’ had been played to form a ‘90’. Beneath seven of these jacks were some playing cards, of which only a few had prizes allocated to them. Then came bowls ‘proper’ and ‘progressive’ style was used. This style mixes everyone around to play with different players, a great way to meet everyone. A special afternoon tea was shared between games and at this time we held some special moments. Firstly, Ruth conveyed to us the involvement Peg Limmer has had in our club, for which she gained a Service Award some years ago. Today we expressed our thanks again and wished her well with her move to Auckland. Secondly, Jim Boggiss spoke of Ruth’s involvement in many different aspects of bowls, and she was called her up to come and receive her special ‘Service Award’ Bar. Ruth has been Secretary, Match committee, caterer, and is currently our President. She also has been involved in Bowls Waikato Centre as vice President and President and is currently on

OPINION: Have a nice day.

the Match Committee there. Richard (Blue) Stephens was also presented with his ‘Service Award’ for his contributions since1999. He has been vice President, President, Greens Liaison Officer and Green-keeper. Thankyou Ruth and Blue for all you have done and continue to do for our club. May others learn from your commitment to bowls and strive to emulate your example. To qualify for a ‘Service Award’ one has to have given ‘meritorious service’ for a minimum of 10 years. Well done. The evening wound up with dinner and some good music to ‘rock our 90th year in’. All the best to our Team who are to play for the ‘Northern Zone’ trophy on 24th September at Huntly...bring home the shield again!!! Roll ups are on Wednesdays at 12.45pm See you there. Meantime... ‘Happy Bowling’ Eileen Stephens

by Ian McKissack

It has been suggested to me occasionally that I should look on the bright side, perhaps even write about it.

benevolently on us. (Not too sure where that last piece of luck will lead us in the end.)

I do find this sort of suggestion quite offensive since it implies that I tend to the negative, but it does contain a challenge so here goes. To quote Fred Dagg, ‘we don’t know how lucky we are mate’.

Looking at the broader picture, we are alive, something we take for granted too easily. If you believe that your existence is ordained by some spiritual power then of course luck does not come into it. But from an evolutionist perspective you are truly lucky. If your parents had not got together at that moment you would not be you. Of course you might be your brother of sister depending on various biological events. You might even be your cousin if your mother had decided that your father’s brother was more attractive.

New Zealand is a lucky country when you look around the world. We are not having street riots like London, not having our crops flooded like Pakistan, not divided by civil war like Libya or Syria, not having settlements built on our land like the Palestinians (you might have a different take on this if you are Maori), not subjected to hurricanes, typhoid and out of control U.N troops like Haiti. We are unlikely to become victims of the drug wars in Mexico. We do have the Rugby World Cup, lots of people visiting us for this reason and reputedly filling our coffers, and John Key smiling

So there you are, lucky to be you and even luckier to be you in New Zealand. Personally I wouldn’t mind being Johnny Depp, a good-looking talented actor, and live expensively in France, but I guess it’s a bit late for that change of life path now.

OPINION: A Raglan Rumination. Hello good people of Raglan. I have been at home quite a bit lately due to the fact that my body, after nearly 50 years of physical abuse and neglect, has spat the dummy and is now complaining. No argument from me there. I will take the tablets and be more respectful next time around. It has given me ample time to read the newspapers and watch some TV. What has jumped out of the pages is that our lucky country of aoteroa is becoming a hotbed of “but and however’s.” This is a very sad state to be in. It is right up there with the old “but I never seem to catch a break” syndrome. The best way to explain the “but/however” phenomena that is sweeping the nation is to give you a recent example. 2011 Rugby World Cup. What a great spectacle. What a great party. Hats off to kiwis who adopted another country and embraced them with a passion. Big ups to the family billeting a 130kg Romanian prop and

by Albert Einsteinlager

to the 30,000 spectators who erupted into a heartfelt cheer at Japan’s only try against the AB’s. Yet most of the story lines/World Cup banter over the first few days was about the monumental cock-up surrounding the Auckland trains and party central. So let’s look at the facts and see if we can turn that moan into a molehill. Most of the revellers were imbibing way too much of one of the key sponsor’s product. As a consequence they got up to some general shenanagans. This included pushing the emergency stop on the trains and boorish behaviour at the viaduct. Consequence.......... great opening ceremony, but............ much gnashing of the teeth and telling ourselves that we couldn’t organise a piss up in a brewery. Well Albert is here to tell you to take your buts and howevers and shove them any place you like as long as we don’t hear your bellyaching. Because it is about as boring as watching the English rugby team’s attempt at playing attacking footy.

Friends in final fling off failing footbridge A handful of old school friends from Hamilton drove out specially to Raglan last Saturday morning to catch the noon high tide and jump for a final time from the old Kopua footbridge – a fond farewell to the now nearly 50-year-old structure which will be demolished soon after today’s official opening of the new bridge. It was for old times’ sake that the four Richmond Park Primary School friends – now in their 40s – ventured to town at the weekend. Exchanges on Facebook had suggested up to 41 hardy souls might show up for a mass splash, but in the end only seven took the plunge into the estuary off the bridge rails. The small turnout didn’t dampen the friends’ enthusiasm and certainly not that of Tepora (Debs) Stephens who tried to set the whole Facebook thing up while back in New Zealand from Australia as a VIP host for the Rugby World Cup. A cousin of the Kereopas who lived here for 30 years, Debs donned wettie and aqua shoes while others stripped to their shorts and boxers for a final fling over the old painted rails. Debs looked askance at the rounded rails of the new bridge just metres away but declared she wasn’t worried. “When you’re kids, you jump,” she told the Chronicle. “But there’ll be an uproar if you (really) can’t jump,” she added, “and I’ll be back for that!” Another of the four recalled jumping and grabbing a handful of mussels in days gone by – then sitting on the beach and eating them raw, straight out of the shell. Longtime local John Kereopa, 52, was one of the few locals to join the Hamiltonians, after a clashing netball game apparently deterred others. He reckons he’s been jumping off the bridge since he was four years old and wasn’t about to stop now. Kaumatua from Ngati Mahanga were to deconsecrate the old bridge and bless the new one today (Thursday) before it was to be opened at 9.30am , and the ribbon cut by Waikato District Mayor Allan Sanson.

Old school friends from Hamilton take the plunge on Saturday

About 200 Raglan Area School pupils were to take part in the ceremony, with the public able to walk across the old bridge one last time before crossing the new bridge for the first time.

community with fundraising opportunities for Lions Leo’s Project for Youth, Raglan Operational Support, Te Mata and Raglan Area Schools.

Demolition of the old bridge will start almost immediately, says water & facilities general manager Richard Bax.

“This new bridge with its distinctive lighting and colours of the sea and paua will, I’m sure, become just as much a part of Raglan’s identity as the old bridge,” says Mr Bax.

“We know that many generations of people have fond memories of this bridge so we are recycling the hardwood handrail with two benches to be made locally. These will be placed near the barbecue at Kopua Domain,” he says.

*Today’s 140-metre new bridge brings to three the number of footbridges that have spanned the Opotoru River estuary, the first built in 1929, and replaced by the second in 1963.

The opening itself was to make a contribution to the

Edith Symes

Raglan creatives hit Hamilton Fringe Festival This year’s Hamilton Fringe, an annual celebration of underground arts activity, will have a distinct Raglan flavour with a number of residents contributing to the a showcase of the unique and experimental.

Running from September 22nd through to October 2nd, this year’s Fringe Festival will be one of its biggest with over 300 Waikato artists and 50 different events. Part of a worldwide, progressive arts movement that began in Edinburgh in the 1960s, the Fringe Festival encourages artists, performers, musicians and other creatives to expand their imaginative horizons in a supportive environment. “The Fringe is very exciting and alive, you‘re unlikely to see any old worn out drama. The performers and artists here are searching for new ground and I think that creates a fresh and very positive atmosphere,” says Raglan resident and Creative Director, Justine Francis. Justine also notes that because of the heavy involvement from Raglan’s creatives, she was able to collaborate with young talent such as the Festival programme and poster designer, Leighton Davies.

Raglan bases band the Hand Me Downs

One of the feature shows of the 11-day long festival is the ‘Nautical Exhibition’ organised by Raglan artist Jodi Collins, which brings both Hamilton and Raglan artists together in a visual expression of ‘ocean meets city.’ The opening night will set the theme for the exhibition with a special show by local theatre group Drama Trix, performing a mime and movement piece chronicling one character’s journey from the ocean to the city. Created especially for the exhibition, the 10-minute performance will showcase the hard work that has been put in by the group of young students. The piece also features an original music score by Tutunui Te Kanawa as well as choreography and direction by Drama Trix teacher Ruth Hare. Another contributor to the exhibition, Denise Fort, is excited to be unveiling new works and meeting other artists in Hamilton and the wider Waikato scene. “This will be my first Fringe Festival in Hamilton and I have no idea what to expect - I’m looking forward to getting my mind blown away by amazing artists and to realise once again there is still so much more novelty to discover and to create!” says Denise. With a distinct style (one of her key achievements) that has seen her designs adorn anything from CD album covers, surfboards, walls and t-shirts, Denise’s art is characterised by detailed line work and images that seem to come alive on the page. Denise describes her aesthetic as mainly influenced by nature, as well as being an expression of her past experiences that she pulls from her mind to apply to any medium that inspires. Instrumental in bringing Raglan artists like Denise to the Fringe Festival, Jodi had long planned to get involved with the event. “I’ve known it’s gone on for a few years now and always wanted to get Raglan people involved. By organising this show I wanted to encourage artists and make it easier to take part. And hopefully once you’re seen doing these things, you inspire other artists as well” says Jodi.

Denise Fort mid-artwork

Jodi will be exhibiting works herself as well as holding a children’s workshop – Creatures of the Deep - making soft toys as part of the Fringe kids programme. For those checking out the festival, visual treats won’t be the only thing on show. As part of the Festival’s aural delights, Raglan-based band, the Hand Me Downs, will be bringing their unique, alternative pop/rock sound to the Hamilton streets after playing to a receptive home crowd last weekend. 23rd Sep – 2nd Oct: Nautical Exhibition @ Draw Inc, 35a Ward St. 23rd Sep: Drama Trix performance 6:30pm @ Draw Inc, 35a Ward St 24th Sep: Creatures of the Deep, 10am-2.30pm @ Draw Inc, 35a Ward St. 24th Sep: Hand Me Downs, 9:30pm @ Cubby Hole, 195 Victoria St. Edith Symes

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FRI 23 SEPT @ YOT SAT 24 SEPT @ CLUB. Rollin’ in for Summer. YOT CLUB. Spikey-T B-REX. 9pm , Free Entry (London).9.30pm, $5

S I LV E R S M I T H I N G CLASSES with lauren Haynes. Starting 24/25th Sept. Enquiries to lauren haynesjewellery@gmail. com or 021617791.

Tamainupo/ Nga Tokotoru Rohe Wananga. Mai Uenuku kite Whenua Papakainga Ohautira Road, Waingaro. 9:00am. Saturday 24th September.

Kaupapa: Ahi kaa korero, answer questions and fill gaps regarding Tamainupo whakapapa and history. Review, writings brought by whanau. Discuss research, reports /evidence and appointment of whanau researchers to progress our reports and evidence for Waitangi Tribunal claims.


Situations Vacant

Courses, classes & workshops

For apologies or for a copy of the full programme, email: Administration Manager @: or (07) 825 0259. Naumai Haere mai




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NOTICE OF MEETING Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the WEL Energy Trust will be held at the Trust’s office, 1st Floor, Norris Ward McKinnon House, Cnr Victoria & London Streets, Hamilton on Tuesday, 27 September 2011 at 7.00pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Tricia Finn Manager Ph: (07) 838 0093 Fax: (07) 838 0070 Email: Web:

Lost LAPTOP HP Dark Grey. Substantial reward offered. Raglan West – no questions asked. Txt/ph 027 496 1114

Public Notices RAGLAN RESIDENTS & RATEPAYERS ASSN INC NOTICE OF 10th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, Saturday, 24 September 2011, at 10.00am. Venue : Raglan Fire Brigade Station, Wainui Rd, Raglan. AGENDA : President’s Report, Treasurer’s Report, Election of Officer, General Business. SPRING PLUNKET SALE, tables avail,1st October, 10am-12noon. Call Charlotte, 8257332. RAKAUNUI 2B2B HUI 11am Saturday 8th October. Poihakena Marae, Raglan. Contact: Lisa (06)8770263. Shared lunch. Welcome

RAGLAN VOLUNTEER COASTGUARD AGM 2011 Notice is hereby given that the 2011 Annual General Meeting for Raglan V o l u n t e e r Coastguard Inc will be held on Thursday 29th September 2011 at 1900 hours at the Raglan Bowling Club, Corner James and Wallis Streets, Raglan. AGENDA • Welcome • Annual Reports • Election of Officers • General Business We warmly invite members and interested parties to attend. Brigid Green, Secretary

RAGLAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Raglan Chamber of Commerce Guest Speaker Night KIRI GOULTER– Hamilton & Waikato Tourism Raglan Sunset Motel – Karioi Conference Room Tuesday 27 September 2011 Bar Open - 7.00pm Members Free. Non-members $15. RSVP: WHAINGAROA HARBOUR CLUSTER HUI Sunday the 25th September 2011 10.00am. Mai Uenuku kite Whenua Papakainga Ohautira Road, Waingaro. Tainui Awhiro Trust (N’ Tamainupo, Nga Tokotoru, N’ Mahanga, Tainui). 1. Update on claims. 2. Review research and legal team catch up. For any further enquiries to Administration Manager @ tainuiawhirotrust@hotmail. com or 07) 825 0259.

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Raglan Real Estate Ltd Licenced (REAA 2008)

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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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Viewing by appointment, contact the Team!

Saturday 2pm 24 Cambrae Road

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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. • • • • •



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FOR THE LOVERS OF NATIVE TIMBER • 3 bedrooms plus single garage • Unique open-plan pole house architecture • Private court yard with sun & native birds • New rimu kitchen and bedroom decking • Situated on 970m² • Safe swimming at the end of the road. Prior Auction offers considered.


Sunday 3pm Sunday 1pm

OPEN HOME Saturday 2pm 1 Bayview Road

200 Waimaori Rd

OPEN HOMES THIS WEEKEND: RENTAL PROPERTIES WANTED! Saturday 1pm Saturday 2pm Saturday 2pm Sunday 1pm Sunday 1pm Sunday 1pm Sunday 2pm

32 Wallis St 24 Cambrae Rd 1 Bayview Rd 16 Rose Street 200 Waimaori Rd 32 Wallis St 54 Wallis St




Auction Excellent tenants waiting Auction Auction Call the Property Manager Auction today for a free rental appraisal Auction Russ Adams 825 8669 Auction $695,000 mob 021 0200 7665 SIMON SAYS “BUY ME!” $115,000 Large flat section 1,547m² close to Lorenzen and Cox’s Bay. Ideally suited for a build project with a bordering wetland, with native plantings, inviting all the surrounding birdlife.

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)

Short distance to Raglan township, covenants in place.

Draw will be on December 9th 2011 at 8pm in the Ray White Office, 21 Bow Street, Raglan




Set your sights on an Island Cruise for two, or w.e. in Auckland!


*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.


This 3 bedroom rustic charmer will capture your heart.

• Just a stroll to Lorenzen Bay

Enter this home through a cosy great first lounge with Kent style fire, stepping up to a second living area.

• Elevated, tidy 2 bedroom home

The home also offers a single garage and double carport.

• Conservatory + Basement room • Single garage + extra storage space

Large outside entertainment area with gazebo.

• Landscaped and terraced grounds

Walk to the beach and corner dairy.

• 807m² section



LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION! $375,000 • Blank canvas of over 3 acres • Lovely lifestyle setting • Views of inner harbour, surrounding countryside & Mt Karioi • Fully fenced • Within walking distance to beach and surf • Nature’s playground at your doorstep!



• Superb lot of 7.89 hectares, potential to be subdivided • Well drained & tracked, easily accessible from road • Own boat ramp accessing whitebait & flounder • Mature native trees & abundance of birdlife, peace & privacy • Power & phone on boundary, springs onsite, no covenants.


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

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