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13th September 2012 - Issue #311

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Daffodil Day collectors Volunteers from left: Rochelle, Tarsh, Angela and Kate Front: Hayley and Grace image: thanks to Shelley Meek Should you wish to aquire any images from this week’s Chronicle please contact us on 825 7076 or email your request to

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Jo’s Takeaways. Te Kopua Domain...............................................................................825 8761

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To the Editor, To the Editor, Thank you Raglan! In response to the Together we raised $2200 23/08/12 Chronicle ad for for The Cancer Society on the Supermarket. Daffodil Day. What prices are Thank you to everyone competitive? who made a donation. An What really good extra special thank you to specials? legendary fundraiser Angela Bring back Pams! Massey who as well as If the SuperValue regularly donning a daffodil is “locally owned and hat and walking the streets operated,” why are so many was crazy enough to jump locals still unhappy and still into the freezing depths off making the trip to Hamilton? Kopua bridge on the morning Unhappy locals of Saturday 1st September. From too many names to Thank you also to the list! volunteers Hayley, Tarsh, Missy Jones, Raglan. Rochelle, Gareth and Pauline for your time. To the To the Editor, wonderful ladies who picked Thanks to all and donated locally grown who supported Little daffodils, a huge thank Rockhoppers! We will be you! Thank you also to the back for weekly sessions in following businesses for their term 4. support: Trust Hospital, West Renee Manning and Vicki Coast Health, Community Greetis, Raglan House, Raglan Bakery, The Post Office, Raglan Florist, To the Editor, Raglan Butcher, Waikato To the lovely lady Council, The Information who stopped to rescue my Centre, SuperValue, Ray runaway 2 year old son White Real Estate, Raglan on State Highway 23 on Video, The Raglan Club, Monday afternoon, please Raglan Pharmacy, Show contact Simon on 825 0493 Off, BP and Westpac Bank. so we can thank you properly Thank you finally to Raglan for saving our sons’ life. Area and Waitetuna Schools Simon Thompson, Raglan and the school communities for your generous support. Kate Dermer, Raglan

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Kristel van Houte demonstrates how stoat traps are checked and cleared

Local conservationists will be out in force this weekend, with a workshop on bushcraft set to take place in Raglan Town Hall on Saturday before they head out the next day to set up to 30 traps in native bush on and around Mt Karioi. It’s a community-led project of pest eradication which aims to protect native plant and bird life, says A Rocha Aotearoa NZ national president and Raglan resident Kristel van Houte who’s running the workshop to coincide with the tail end of Conservation Week. She’s hoping for a repeat of last year’s success in which 52 stoat traps were set across Mt Karioi’s main tracks from Te Toto Gorge (Karioi track) to Ruapuke Road (Wairere track). Kristel recalls it was “amazing” to have 50 people traverse the mountain in one day, setting traps to determine the feasibility of establishing stoat control over the entire mountain. This weekend’s exercise will be a “mini version” of that, she says, with 20 to 30 traps expected to be set. The long-term aim of the Karioi Biodiversity Restoration Project – run as a partnership between national Christian charity A Rocha, Te Whakaoranga o Karioi, local hapu and the Whaingaroa community – is to

eventually be able to reintroduce stoatvulnerable native species such as kiwi and kaka to the mountain. Volunteers expected to turn out for the hands-on bushcraft workshop and follow-up trap-setting day are in the most part “really committed” Raglan people, Kristel says, although last year’s exercise also attracted some conservationists from Tauranga and Auckland. Judging by the interest in this Saturday’s workshop, she adds, more people are “stepping up” and a lunchtime barbecue is planned to acknowledge that support. It’s a way of building on local enthusiasm with volunteers being trained on the day in bush skills by DOC staff, and people get the chance to be involved in both pest trapping and monthly monitoring of various species’ survival over spring and summer. The pest control project began three years ago in Upper Wainui Reserve and was expanded in 2010 to include Bryant Memorial Scenic Reserve, specifically to protect native forest birds and seabird nesting sites of the grey-faced petrel or Oi. Mt Karioi is the only Waikato mountain which hasn’t had an active restoration plan until now. Edith Symes

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Social sport a hit with Raglan youths

Staying active: Group of young Raglanders gather on a Sunday for some social sport image thanks to Ezra Andre

While Sunday is often one of those lazy layabout kinds of days - especially if you’re recovering from a big night out - a group of young Raglanders have recently been getting together for an afternoon of social sport every Sunday. Organised by 18-year-old Janet Andre, the social sport days were originally aimed at getting a

group of girls together to socialise and be active, “I was just thinking about how I used to play (sport). Growing older, a lot of the teenagers stopped playing and I really missed it,” said Janet. “It’s also about getting together and socializing and having something other than drinking to look forward to.”

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After creating a Facebook page to see who would be interested, Janet found that many of the local boys were also keen to do something active together, with the page now holding around 50 members. “The boys, like my brothers Josiah and Arden were keen so I didn’t want to leave them out, it’s cool because we have quite a few family groups now like the Meeks and the Poulters,” says Janet. There were about 20 participants on the day the Chronicle visited and the sporting get-togethers have been running steadily for the past two to three months now, a great effort considering they don’t have any sports gear. “We don’t officially have any equipment but between us we’ll have something. We usually have to rely on somebody to bring a ball and then we’ll use jerseys and shoes as markers,” says Janet.

The current Wintec cookery student has been looking around to see what kinds of funding is available even if it is just donations of soccer/rugby/tennis balls. Playing anything from netball, tennis, basketball, soccer and ‘jail’ (similar to capture the flag) Janet has mustered a pretty fit crew of youngsters. “Everyone seems to love it and look forward to it every week and they’re all keen to try anything out. It’s so great to see a group turn up like today.” With hope on the horizon for longer and warmer days, Janet is looking forward to summer when she can start organising get-togethers playing sport on the beach. The Sporty Girls and Boys of Raglan meet at the rugby grounds, 4pm every Sunday and invites anybody who wants to play sports and have fun to come along. Maki Nishiyama

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Beach-head the centre of fight against erosion Shifting sand about on an exposed and erosion-prone stretch of beach is a dicey task at the best of times, so who better to call in than an experienced local contracting firm by the name of Tricky Excavations. His digger got on the odd precarious angle but Stan Sedcole wasn’t pulling a lever wrong out at Ocean Beach last week as he cleared old vegetation away and set about reshaping the sandbank that forms a natural barrier between the strong tidal currents and the overlooking car parking and picnicking area alongside the council toilet block there. But though Stan made short work of his task, a digger’s rarely a popular sight at a beach and Waikato District Council staffer Noel Barber was away placating an upset nearby resident when the Chronicle called by to take a photo. As it turned out most concerns were quickly placated once it became clear the reshaping was only the first stage in a “Beachcare” project aimed at fighting erosion – even if there was some later worry for the exposed sandbank as a lethal mix of fierce northwesterlies and violent storms brought fresh foreshore erosion elsewhere about Raglan. Waikato Regional Council “Beachcare” coordinator Sam Stephens says it’s a threeway project with the district council managing accessway and earthworks aspects, the regional council supplying and managing planting of native species effective in combating erosion, and the community set to join in the planting day later this month. He says iwi are also involved, and they and the two councils met earlier this year to

Tricky excavation: Stan Sedcole at work tackling the erosion on Ocean Beach image thanks to Ezra Andre plan the work. Iwi will also help directly with the replanting. “It’s a continuation of the works started at this site two years ago where we have been reshaping and replanting the eroding bank with native dune plants,” Sam says. The project, he says, aims to “help mitigate coastal erosion, improve natural character and biodiversity values of the area, and allow the public to be involved in a hands-on way”. Sam says the native plants chosen to fight the erosion tide are spinifex, pingao – which is culturally significant to iwi as a weaving

resource, and also has spiritual values – and wiwi. “A lot of these native species have been lost from our coastlines as a result of cattle grazing, rabbits, development and recreation – motorbikes and the like – yet they provide a crucial role in building dunes and providing protection from erosion,” he says. He adds other species such as kikuyu grass and the South African ice plant, which currently dominate the Wainamu or Ocean Beach area, do not have the same ability to build dunes and self-repair.

Surf-reef company vanishes but broaderbased venture thriving An American company has “walked away” from Raglan town centre without a word – leaving a large vacant office space next to Vinnies and its former director, Shaw Mead, saying he’s perplexed as to what’s going on. The Wainui Road first-floor premises which until early this year housed ASR Marine Consultants and Research now lies vacant and the company has disappeared, says Shaw, although he adds he’s aware of some ongoing legal action in the background. “I resigned from ASR one-and-a-half years ago as a director,” Shaw told the Chronicle this week, “and one year ago didn’t renew my contract.” As a co-founder of ASR – which was originally based at his home office in Whale Bay – the longtime Raglan resident and environmental scientist said it was “quite upsetting” to see the business he built up over 15 years shut down locally, despite it still having interests in California and India. But he concedes he had a good indication of what might have happened, citing “very poor management” as the reason behind the company’s apparent collapse in New Zealand. ASR was bought out three years ago by a Californian-based group, Shaw explained, and he resigned as director 18 months

later because it became “top-heavy” with management at the expense of technical staff. “I couldn’t see how it (the company) would work,” he said. The upstairs office area on Wainui Road was stripped of its contents and vacated earlier this year. “Tenancy available” adverts in the Chronicle public notices column describe it as a combined administration, kitchen and toilet facility area of 260 square metres and direct enquiries to Raglan lawyer Jon Webb’s Hamilton office. Shaw said he still owned 20 percent of the company. But he made clear he was currently heavily involved with his new company eCoast, which he started last September on leaving ASR. It operated across Asia-Pacific, Europe, Africa, the Americas and in other parts of the world, he said. “We are doing really well.” His new consulting and research business was broader based than ASR, focusing not just on coastal management – of which artificial surf reefs were a small part – but also on both marine and freshwater ecology. “We’ve diversified,” he explained. However Shaw said he still had some input into surf reef projects which 20 years ago, with the new technology available, were

to be the biggest growth area. Two ASRdesigned surf reefs were built in India and there’s a research reef at Mount Maunganui, although its five-year Shaw Mead consent has now expired. Meanwhile there’s another wavemaking reef off Opunake, in Taranaki, which he said never got finished after the worldwide recession hit. Shaw said he took three colleagues with him when he moved from ASR to his new eCoast. His new company now has six partners and was looking to build a good, strong consultancy. As part of that a move from his home office in Cliff Street to commercial premises could be on the cards next year. Meanwhile former Raglan resident Dr Kerry Black, who at one stage owned 54 per cent of ASR, is understood to have sold out to American interests more than three years ago and to now live in Australia. Edith Symes

Sam says as with the previous work slightly to the west, the public will be invited to a special planting day. This is expected to be as early as Saturday week – September 22 – once work on fencing the new planting off from the public and providing new accessways is finished. All-up the project is expected to cost only $7000, thanks to the free community labour. The regional council puts the cost of plants at $4000 and the district council estimates its costs at $3000. Edith Symes

Raglan’s Film Festival is on again Raglan’s Annual Film Festival commences on Thursday, September 13th, running until Sunday September 23rd. This celebration of film is a highlight of the Raglan Old School Arts Centre year. The festival kicks off with Te Kumara on Thursday evening followed by two movies on the Friday evening, ‘Bernie’, at 4:30 and the boardroom thriller ‘Margin Call’ at 8.00pm. The impressive programme includes feature films such as ‘A Separation’, described by the NZ Herald as “Sublime and utterly heartwrenching....” Many Raglan locals won’t want to miss ‘A Deeper shade of Blue’, by legendary surfing filmmaker Jack McCoy. Youngsters are well catered for with an excellent selection of short animated movies on the afternoon of Saturday 15th. The kid’s session also includes a special 5-DVD box set of Flux Animation’s cartoons to be won! Commencing at 7pm on Saturday 22nd September, the Raglan Arts Film Festival Awards (RAFFA) ceremony shines the spotlight on Whaingaroa’s own filmmakers and actors with a screening of the short films and highlights of the nominated features before the honours are awarded. The event is sponsored by Creative Communities Waikato District and Flux Media. The Film Festival has its own website: Get in quick to reserve a ticket as the event always attracts many eager film buffs. To reserve a ticket Phone: 825 0023 or email Susan Guenther

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Nikau Cave and Café in Waikaretu, which is just one hour north of Raglan, is doing its part to pull people out of winter hibernation by holding a range of spring events. This Friday West Auckland singer

songwriter Sunny Ray will perform at 8 pm, with pizzas available from 5:30pm. Admission is $10. www. On Tuesday 25 September craft cheese maker Katherine Mowbray will hold a cheese making course,

featuring halloumi, feta, ricotta and mascarpone. Katherine has taught artisan cheese making for 20 years and aims to put people in touch with the handson process of producing a natural food product in their own kitchen. The course is from 11 am to 2:30 pm and is $120 for one person or $300 for three. Following the successful Ladies Evening there has been demand for a Men’s Night. On Saturday 29 September Olympic weightlifter Richie Patterson will speak about the behind-the-scenes experience of an Olympian. Start time is 6:30pm and Richie will speak at 7 pm, followed by dinner. Admission is $40 which includes a three course meal. In October two first aid courses will be held, Tuesday 2 October the full day course, First Aid as a Life Skill and on Wednesday 3 October a half day course, CPR + Basic First Aid for Teenagers. See for more information and bookings. Lastly, a date for diaries - accomplished solo musician Dave Alley will be playing at Nikau again on Friday 9 November at 8pm. For bookings call 09 233 3199 or email info@ For more information see our website or Facebook page.

Martial Arts medalists

Tahi Rangiawha, Luke Lovini and Sam Solomon all raised their hands when the call went out for Jiujitsu competitors to represent Raglan recently in Thames. No easy feat considering the competition that awaited them. The competition was pretty fierce. Sam won two out of three fights to rightfully claim his silver medal. Luke won all three bouts including taking down a black belt opponent. Tahi had to take it to the heavy weights. Tahi dropped his final opponent with a jab cross hook uppercut followed by a single leg takedown and got the decision in his 3rd and final fight - taking 1st place and the gold. My day was complete as I watched the boys receive their medals: Sam Solomon – Silver Luke Lovini – Gold Tahi Rangiawha – Gold What a day! Super proud as an instructor right now, thank you for your effort. Dai Sempai Dean.

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Raglan Harbour Bar Crosssing and Cavitation by Raglan Wharf Seagull

Firstly I am not sanctioned by Coast Guard, local councils or any other authority to write this article. I have tried to cover all points accurately as possible from my own experiences and hopefully it is of assistance to all other users. Listed below are the dangers of Harbour Bar crossings: • •

Lack of experience in dealing with breaking waters. Lack of local knowledge, including current weather, tides, sea conditions, and geographically where the most safest/ dangerous part of the Bar crossing is located. • Planning and working out the optimum time in advance to cross the Bar on that day. • Boat and crew not adequately prepared to cross the Bar. • Cavitation. • Panicking in a situation when it it all goes all horribly wrong. A number of harbours and river mouths around the NZ coastline have harbour bars. Most of these, at times, are notorious to cross, none worse so, than on our North Island’s West Coast. This article is based on my harbour, Raglan. Most of the content in this article is from my own personal experiences of over forty years plus of Bar crossings, and it does not get any easier. Hopefully most points are covered. A Harbour Bar has breaking waves at times because of its shallowing of depth and the size of the ocean swell as it crosses it. Swell can run out at sea up to 25mph, when it comes to the Bar, the bottom friction causes it to slow down, the wave swell length diminishes, but the swell height increases. The crest of the wave becomes unstable and overtakes the slowing waves and it breaks. Just like on any surf beach white water is aerated water and boat propellers can lose traction in white water: This is known as cavitation. Just what we don’t need when we are in the most dangerous of situations. CAVITATION: Because of the amount of air particles in the water your propeller looses its thrust, and the engine revs can change. You need your hand on the throttle like a feather, for if you panic and thrust the throttle down, it will just scream the motor and have no bite or thrust from the propeller. Then you have to pull back on the throttle and start again. You have no time for this. I believe many bar incidents occur because of cavitation. The next moment your boat will be sideways on to the next breaking wave bearing down on you. Swamped. It is not nice. The size of your boat, design of your boat, the size of your motor makes no difference, cavitation in these waters WILL get you. Remember, have the outboard leg right down, you may have it trimmed out whilst running at sea or up the harbour, but you need that outboard leg right down now. PROCEDURE FOR ENTERING RAGLAN HARBOUR: You may well say why are you in this situation, well, we go out on the full tide (optimum time to cross going out) and come back when the sea breeze has come up, swell could be up, the tide is wrong, and the fish bin is full. So stop at a safe distance outside the Bar. The Bar could be breaking right across. Secure everything movable on the vessel. Preferably rods out of the rocket launcher. Ensure anchor and warp are secure. Check petrol supply. Ensure life jackets are on and correctly fitted to all on board. Check outboard is fully trimmed down. Call Coastguard to go onto a Bar Watch for entering the harbour. Channel 86 Raglan. Establish your position with the harbour navigation beacons.(Sector Light) You will not see these when into the bar crossing. You will have a big wave in front of you. GPS. Use your wool trail on the GPS screen of previous crossings and put your boat symbol on them to stay on course. Possibility run one boat at a time in crossing the bar. You can get cramped for space if you have to maneuver. Right, begin your run to the Bar, running on the leads (Sector Beacon Light) and pick a lull in the swell, turn if not happy and wait for the next lull then run with it. Run a planing speed of say 15mph.The swell speed will dictate your speed but you must be planing. Ensure your crew is holding on to substantial fittings. Do not cross the wave you are running with. Stay on the back of it. If you think you have too much speed, do not go off the plane, but run, small runs, back and forth along the back of this wave and stay there.

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You are committed now. Do not turn back. Your wave will increase in size substantially. It will break so stay with the coming in procedure. The wave close behind, is about to do the same and will not catch up to you. Stay on the back, do not go through it. The sea will be smooth. White Water. Your hand is a feather on the throttle, the outboard rev will change notably as it fights for a bite in the water. As that wave breaks in front of you, it is still moving in, keep it calm, and you are in. It takes under 30secs. You only have that one wave, it is the one you rode from out at sea. Immediately check your bearings to the harbour beacons. When safely further up the harbour, clear your crossing with Auckland Coastguard. JOGGLE: Before I write about going out, the Joggle is the next stretch of water to pass through after that Bar crossing. The Joggle is pressure waves created by the large tides of the month and is worse when the maximum flood is running out. You have pyramids of water basically condensed at the entrance, but not on the Bar, rushing out to sea, but can hit you diagonally. Here you have to be patient as a skipper and unlike the Bar actually work your throttle through these seas. If your bow drops pull back on the throttle, if the bow is up use lots of throttle, you will not plane in this stuff. Negotiate these waters carefully as there can be some big holes. I have been dumped and the cross slop entering the fishing area meant running the bilge pump. CROSSING THE RAGLAN BAR GOING OUT: If it is a continuous Bar break, white water right across, the Bar is not negotiable! Do not go out at all. As above with coming in, these checks for crossing going out are the same. Secure the boat. Lifejackets on, check petrol. Outboard trimmed down, Call Coastguard to go onto a VHF Ch 86 Bar watch, crew to hold on etc. Try to cross on an incoming tide or high tide preferably. If the Bar is marginal, time the break - is it settled for 3 or 4 minutes before it builds again? Go down close to the breaking water to observe, timing of the breaks, which side of the entrance is it breaking from, stay on the leads (sector Light) to give your position, and stay in water depth 6/7m. If another boat is going out watch him and do not follow, the next set of swells he has judged to miss may hit you, so circle and judge for your optimum time. Two boats can cramp space to move around and you may have his wake to deal with. Look out beyond the Bar, to the horizon for dark blue sets coming, or look South to Whale Bay or further for sets crashing on the shore. Inside the Bar run the boat in slow circles, waiting. It is safe here. If the lulls are judged to be long enough, time your chance after the next break. If you are going, go go go! If the wave/swell rises, go for the saddle the lowest part of that peaking wave. You are committed you cannot turn back. Bow ( the boat front)always to the wave, if you have to wear one, take it easy, just good easy motion up the wave and down the other side, don’t gun the motor for you will be hugely airborne and it’s a long way down into the bottom of the swell and the next one is coming now to swamp you. So next wave quickly look for a soft low saddle to cross, again if the previous broke you may have cavitation, take it easy. Bow to the wave, wear it and the same for the next, if you are through, everyone will be wet then…. Quickly move out of this area, a five minute run, then stop and take stock. Call Coastguard to say you are through the Bar. Give a TR Report for the rest of your day. Boats and outboards are very well made today and the incidences of motor failure and petrol blockages on the Bar have been eliminated. Boats do not fail on Bars, Skippers do! Today it is Skipper error, being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Panic, pushing the throttle down in mushy aerated water, you just lose it. If you are afraid, do not go. If the conditions are marginal do not go, stay away! Local Coastguards run, in our case, two Bar Safety days per year, these are well worth attending. Firstly you are on their vessel and they show how far off shore the Bar actually is, it is not at the seemly entrance but a further kilometer out to sea. They show you the width, depth, take you through and back. They point out the sand spits or shoaling areas on both sides. This is the knowledge you need to build on. Remember, if you go to cross the Bar and you consider it too dangerous and you don’t go, good on you, you live for another day and those fish will still be out there for you next time.

On the search for marine rescue volunteers Raglan Volunteer Coastguard is on the search for new recruits. If you’ve thought about joining, have little or lots of ocean experience, and thrive on achieving goals with a unique and dedicated team of like minded people then we want to meet you! Our search and rescue personnel fulfil varied roles including rescue vessel crews, radio communication operators, and incident administrators and managers. All of our volunteers train hard, are physically and mentally equipped to take on any challenge in often less than inviting conditions, and are dedicated to the 24/7 year-round service we provide to the greater Raglan maritime community. Training at Raglan Volunteer Coastguard is to the highest level of marine Search and Rescue offered in the country. Some classroom-based learning is required; however, the majority of our training is practical taking into account skills, drills and a range of life-like scenarios designed to the local environment and community needs. “Rescue volunteers are expected to commit to a tenweek induction programme starting 3rd October 2012 before becoming an on-call trainee for approximately 12 months, and then graduating on to operational crew,” says Raglan Volunteer Coastguard Unit Training Officer, Vivienne Regnier. If this sounds like you and you want to find out more then join us at our annual Recruitment Information Evening 1800hrs Thursday 27th September 2012 at the Raglan Volunteer Coastguard Base, 11 Wainui Road (behind Fire Station). For all other volunteer recruitment or training enquiries contact Vivienne 825 0345 or 027 602 8036.

Golf Club Champs The first round of the Raglan Golf Match Play Championships were supposed to be played last weekend. Unfortunately, due to bad weather very few people attended and some games had to be postponed. Most of the remaining matches in the first round will now be played this Sunday the 16th of September. There are 3 divisions Seniors 0 to 12 handicap,Intermediates 13 to 18 and 19 to 36. If you are interested in entering see you at 9.30am this Sunday. Any enquiries phone Pete Hogg 8256757.

Letter: Vets to the rescue. Recently I have had the misfortune of watching a young healthy vibrant dog stricken with a rare condition – deteriorate to the stages of near death – only being saved by the skills and determination of the vets and nurses at our local clinic and one heroic dog donor. My loved pet was saved in part by a blood transfusion from her pal at home. Which led up to the conversation about setting up a register for blood donor dogs – they would need to be young healthy and of good size and be able to assist a trauma at short notice. Shane & Donna had considered this for some time and potentially a cost of setting up such a scheme may be prohibitial – I’m sure responsible dog owners would be happy to pay an offset cost for the life of their loyal friends. For information or to volunteer donor dogs please contact Donna or Moana at the Raglan Anexa Vet clinic 07 825 8390 Lynn Jamieson, Raglan

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Bring something to share:a psalm, a scripture or word of encouragement . Stories of faith. Raglan Community Church

Ph: 07 825 7305 48 Bow St, St Peters Hall

THURS @ Raglan Community House 10 - 1pm CV Writing Assistance. FREE. All welcome. Appts required. Ph 825 8142. THURS @ THE RAGLAN CLUB. Euchre. All welcome. 6pm. SATURDAY 15th SEPT @ Raglan Club, ABs vs Springboks on the big screen from 7:30pm. 7pm Happy Hour, Half time nibbles. R A G L A N KINDERGARTEN SILENT AUCTION. Saturday 22nd September at the Town Hall. Open from 10 am for viewing/ bidding. For more details please phone 8258674. SUNDAY 16 SEPT: MANA TANE men & kid’s bike ride, potluck picnic & bbq. from 9:30am @ Te Kopua domain, 12pm lunch. SUNDAYS @ TE UKU CHURCH, Evening service 7pm. MAINLY MUSIC. Monday & Wednesday 9.30am@ Te Uku Church.

FRI 14 SEPT @ YOT Club, IVA LAMKUM Black Eagle Album Release Tour. Tickets @ FRI 14 SEPT @ NIKAU CAVE and Cafe, Sunny Ray - singer songwriter. 8pm, $10. Pizza from 5:30pm.

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TUES @ RAGLAN CLUB -- Texas Hold’em 6.30pm. WEDNESDAYS @ BLACKSAND CAFÉ. Knitting Circle from 9.30am. Beginners welcome. HEALING ROOMS. Sick of being sick? Come to Plunket rooms 1st and 3rd Thurs,11-12pm RAGLAN RAMBLERS WEDNESDAY 19 SEPT: Raglan Ramblers 9am car park next to the fire station: Hakarimata – over 300m of climbing up many steps through the bush to get views over Ngaruawahia and the Waikato. The whole track is over 10km, but we’ll only do part of it. Bring lunch. THE RAGLAN & DISTRICT MUSEUM SOCIETY will hold its 2012 Annual General Meeting at the museum at 10am on Monday 1 October 2012. All members and intending members are very welcome to attend. TE MATA SOCIAL CLUB AGM Tuesday 25th September 7.30pm. At the Te Mata Club, Kawhia Rd, Te Mata. FLAXEN END OF WINTER SALE! Up to 50% off. Starts Friday 7th September.

SAT 15 SEPT @ YOT Club, INDEPENDENCIA, Latino Mix with CARECA Selector $5 THURS 20 SEPT Club, COACH Tree Tour with BROWN and SCOTT, $10


For Sale NEW SUMMER Nancybird leather Bags & wallets Nyne, Shakuhachi new additions too!

Courses, classes & workshops ZUMBA! @ TE UKU HALL Monday 9.30am, Wednesday 6.30pm - ring/txt Sarah T for more info 825 55844 or 0272106784. MEDIC FIRST AID CLASSES. Workplace first aid. Ph 027 231 8805.

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Make your own ring & earrings in this one-day beginner’s class. INTERMEDIATE CLASSES:

Re-Use, Re-Cycle, Re-Claim - 27th Oct.

Bring along your old bits ‘n’ bobs to re-vamp or repair.

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Refresh your skills and delve into design. Complete a pendant Spend two full days learning the & stud earrings. fundamentals of silversmithing TASTER CLASSES: in creating a stone set ring (no This is a 3 hr intro class. Make either a basic ring or earrings prev. exp. needed). Appointments taken daily. 2-DAY INTENSIVE - 13th & 14th Oct.

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To Let WATERFRONT COTTAGE 2 mins walk from shops. Cliff St so nice views.1 bdrm $170/wk avail 11 Sep. Spacious fertile gardens, fruit trees, bbq, parking. Call Mel 021 760 468. COSY COTTAGE TO let 1 ½ bedrooms, close to town and wharf. $250 p/w ph 021 456 396. WEST OF WHATAHWHATA (on Divi) 3BDR plus office. Private, Pets ok. $380 pw. Phone 027 620 6299. FLAT 2 BEDROOM, furnished. SKY T.V. heat pump, harbour views, quiet, suit working person/couple with references. $270 p/w ph 825 6875. COMMERCIAL/RETAIL SHOP PREMISES Raglan CBD, 84 SQM TWO available Ph 021 363465 or

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TOUCH COMPASS D A N C E WORKSHOP@ Raglan Town Hall, Wednesday 19 Sept, 7:30pm. All welsome – gold coin entry.

SUPERKING BED WITH base. $100 ono. Call in the evening. 825 0064 HOT WATER CYLINDER 180ltrs, good condition. 10 years old, $300, ph 022 1608 789. ORGANIC SHEEP Wanted MANURE, $10 good sized bag, ph 825 0522 or WEDDING CARS ph/text 022 609 0052. REQUIRED, anything For Hire considered, for F L O O R S A N D I N G October 6th in Raglan. EQUIPMENT for hire. Ph Gail, 021 128 7261 Ph Raglan Flooring 825 or 09 537 6317. 8777. Birth Notice BOUNCY CASTLE, Great entertainment for the kids, JESSON - MICHAEL call Vicki 825 7575. & CLEMENTINE are excited to anounce Situations Vacant the safe arrival of their CASUAL STAFF beautiful baby girl Holly REQUIRED. Experienced Janet Jesson. Born caregiver, must be 28th August 2012 at available to work rostered 11.46am weighing 6.12 duties. Contact Manager, lbs at Waikato Hospital. 825 8855. Raglan Special thanks to Hospital & Rest Home. midwife Sarah Power.

Public Notices

Death Notice BAKER, JEAN ANNE, passed peacefully on 9 September 2012 aged 83 years. Loving wife of the late Hugh Baker. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Pam and Terri, Lindsey and Stevie. Adored grandmother of Megan, Brigette, Matthew and Emma, Sam and Michelle, Ben, Katinka and Andrew, Daniel and Jayne, and Tamsin. The special great grandmother of Dagan, Isara, Kalani, Belle, and Matilda. A very private person who touched many lives with her quirky sense of humour. Gracious and courageous till the end. A service for Jean will be held at Hamilton Park Cemetery Chapel, Morrinsville Road, Newstead, Hamilton, on Wednesday, 12 September 2012 at 11am followed by private cremation. In lieu of flowers donations preferred to St John Ambulance Association, Private Bag, 3215, Hamilton 3240 or these may be left at the service. Messages may be left online at www. or posted to the Baker family PO Box 5523 Frankton, Hamilton, 3242.

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OFFICE SPACE Tenancy available upstairs at 1 Wainui Road, Raglan (previously the ASR Limited offices) with a combined administration, kitchen and toilet facility area of 260m2. All enquiries to: Dawn Brock Wainui Road Tenancy P O Box 132 Hamilton, 3240 Ph: 07 834 3311 Email

R A G L A N H O R T I C U LT U R A L SOCIETY. Our next Free meeting will be on 18th September in the Union TWO MARES FREE to TAINUI Hall HAPUatTRIBUNAL Church 1.15pm. CLAIM a kind home. Good as REPORT FEEDBACK MAI UENUKU KI TE WHENUA MARAE AGM The speaker will be Bush HUI. companion horses or Barton who will tell us grazers. Handle Sunday 23rd September 2012, 10am Sunday 16th September 2012,retired 2pm - 5pm. about St John’s. Interest Kokiri Centre – office building.well but need TLC and 319 Ohautira Road. Table: Your favourite photo. Riria Kereopa Memorial Rd, Raglan. time to get them riding attendance: Floral Decoration: Double again. Contact Tamara In Kaupapa: Maori Land Court Officials. Final endorsement report for0211747571 Waitangi Tribunal Claim. Delight whichof Tainui requires / 8258286 Lawyers Miharo Armstrong & Tania Te Whenua. Last chance for comments or changes. two complementary Environmental Malibu Hamilton. Dinner to follow. Public Notices decorations which connect Agenda: For apologies or for a copy of the full programme, email the in some way. If you intend Marae matters, Election Marae Trustees, Election Claimant Administration Manager: Trustees, Overview of claims by lawyers, Harbour environto go on the overnightor call (07) 825 0259 mental concerns. trip to the Rotorua region Nau mai,bring Haereamai HOODY OR Nau mai, Haere mai please $50 deposit. T-SHIRT WITH We need at 25 people to go EVERY CUSTOM so give it earnest attention. M TAINUI HAPU TRIBUNAL CLAIM Now that spring is officially SURFBOARD REPORT FEEDBACK HUI. WH here you should have ORDERED THIS plenty of flowers for the MONTH. BEAT THE Sunday 16th September 2012, 2pm - 5pm. Sunda competitions so bring them Kokiri Centre – office building. SUMMER RUSH! 319 O along and make a great Riria Kereopa Memorial Rd, Raglan. In atte 13th September PH MARK: display. New members are Kaupapa: Maori L Old School Arts Centre Order Number 9237 (13/9) 021 807 616 most welcome. Final endorsement of Tainui report for Waitangi Tribunal Claim. Lawye


Last chance for comments or changes.

SEPTEMBER IS CERVICAL SCREENING AWARENESS MONTH Regular cervical smears are recommended for women aged 20-69years of age. Come in to West Coast Health Clinic for a cervical smear during September and get an instant gift PLUS go in the draw to win a basket full of goodies. Appointments available Mon – Fri from 8am with late nights Mon & Thurs. Ph 825-0114 or email tracey@ westcoasthealth. to book your appointment today. Cervical screening save lives … it could save yours!

20 th September Dinner to follow.

Environ Agend For apologies or for a copy of the full programme, email the Marae Administration Manager: Old School Arts Centre Order Number 9238 (20/09 Trustee or call (07) 825 0259 mental Nau mai, Haere mai Nau ma

Raglan Film Festival 13th to 23rd September! at the Old School Arts Centre, Stewart St See this year's exciting line-up including:

Te Kumara | 33 Postcards Sky Whisperers Ranginui + River Dog Margin Call | Le Havre Bernie |The Separation A Deeper Shade of Blue | Movies for Kids a selection of Whaingaroa short films with the RAFFA Award nominees Adults $11, Children $6

Get your guide with all movies and session times around town or see the website: For more information call the Old School on 825 0023

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Raglan Real Estate Ltd Licenced (REAA 2008)

AUCTION - Fri 28th September 2012 - 6pm Ray White Office, 21 Bow St, Raglan Enter the Auction property address in either YouTube or Google for video. ON



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OPEN HOME PRIME PROPERTY / PRIME LOCATION • If intimate close-up harbour views are important and location everything, this will be your first choice. • Open planned living, incorporating 2 double bedrooms, 1 single bedroom, 1 bathroom plus single garage. • Perfectly comfortable as is - yet with room to add your

Sunday 1pm 35 Opotoru Rd

own touch and flair. • Room for the boat/bus on this 878m2 site with spacious garden at the rear. • Great location, within a quick stroll to Raglan amenities. Prior Auction offers considered.



This home is fabulous!!! Exquisitely finished to the highest specification. It has 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, double garaging. Flowing to the outdoors and designed for both entertaining and family living. Located within walking distance







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Saturday 1-2pm 2a Tahuna Ave

to the beach and town centre. Discretely hidden from the world. Setting the mark for quality residential construction and style. Prior Auction offers considered.

You Can!!! Afford Land in Raglan

AUCTION 28.9.12 OPEN HOME CHARACTER BACH – GREAT LOCATION – READY FOR SUMMER!!! There’s no better time to take advantage of this perfectly positioned property. Access to the beach is just around the corner. The bach has 2 bedrooms, Kent fire and is fully insulated, single

Saturday 1-2pm 2 Tahuna Ave

carport and storage shed. Enjoy the charm of yesteryear. Just minutes to town and swimming, kayaking, fishing!!! Prior Auction offers considered.



COGSWELL COUNTRY LIVING $395,000 • 4 bedroom home set on elevated site 17871m² • Open plan living, log fire, recently upgraded kitchen, large private deck area, outside room. • 2 ½ round barns, (1x3 bay & 1x2 bay), plus large disused chicken shed approx 70m x 15m with suitable paddocks • Great location, easy commute to Hamilton or Raglan

OPEN HOME Sunday 12pm 16 a Lily St


KICK BACK & RELAX $310,000


Great location, views, approx 25 minutes from Raglan. Fully fenced, power and phone on boundary. SANCTUARY (Lot 2) - 1.1315 hectares - ID#RAG20395








• 5b Waikowhai Place 1034m2 (approx.)

Make an appointment to view these sections anytime!

Step into this delightful character cottage and be charmed!! This would certainly make a perfect holiday home - short stay holiday business already operating. 2 bedrooms, large open plan living that flows out through 2 sets of french doors onto a wrap around deck, the bonus is a delightful caravan. From the house and deck there is a water view and a wonderful expansive view of native bush.

Offered in excellent condition, this well-loved home could be just what you are looking for. This cute 2 bedroom house is situated on 814m² – very tidy with loads of potential. Fantastic location only minutes from shops, beach, boat ramp and just a short walk to the golf course. Plenty of off-street parking. Give us a call to view this wonderful property today!


A great opportunity to enter the market and reap the rewards. Land bank or build your new home. Be a bidder at the Auction! Prior Auction offers considered.



• 10 Simon Rd 1547m2 (approx.)

SERENITY (Lot 3) - 1.1525 hectares - ID#RAG20396

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