Skip links

About Us

What isRaglan Naturally?

Raglan Naturally is a way for our community to plan for the future, in ways that strengthen relationships and build partnerships, so that we can take action to ensure all of life in Whāingaroa thrives.

The Raglan Naturally Community Plan Feb 2020 and the Raglan Naturally Trust Deed are the foundational documents of the organisation.

Read the plan

Growing together as a community

Taruke Thomson for Ngāti Hourua, Jo Kukutai for Ngāti Māhanga, Michael Edmonds for Tainui Hapu, Meti Hughes for Ngāti Tamainupō

Craig Mitchell, Rachael Goddard)

Tony Oosten (Treasurer)

— The Trust Board
  • The Raglan Naturally Board works in accordance with the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. The Board comprises representation from Whaingaroa hapū and community in a co-governance model.
  • Co-governance for RN is leading by example, the journey will be constantly evolving.
  • Relationships and partnerships are key.
  • Relationships and partnerships are equitable.
  • These relationships and partnerships are actively supported through research and resourcing.
  • The Raglan Naturally Board is driving the change we know is needed to create a healthy thriving community.

Read More About the Trust


Our Coordinators

The coordination team work with the community and other key stakeholders to support community projects aligned to or outlined in the Raglan Naturally Community Plan 2020.

Our Raglan Naturally Coordinators are well connected in our communities and are continually building an understanding of diversity and the needs in our community.  Right here in Whaingaroa there is an abundance of skills, wisdom and resources and the Coordinators are here to support you to lead and take action. 

The Coordination focus is to not only facilitate a process wherein the community plan is managed to successful completion but to ensure sustainability of the Raglan Naturally organisation, with the support it brings to community.  Actively seeking out opportunities for resources and support for ongoing sustainability for the community is part of their work. 

Gabrielle Parson

Community-Led Development Coordinator

I moved to Raglan with my family 10 years ago and have been actively involved in the community during this time.
Having worked as the Project Coordinator for the revitalisation of the RN Community Plan, from 2017-2020, I was keen to support the community into the implementation stage.
Currently as Chair and in my 6th year on the Raglan Community Board, I bring my community knowledge and connections in local government to this work.

I really enjoy connecting with community members, having good conversations, learning about Whaingaroa Raglan and building relationships. My training in facilitation and wellbeing align well to community-led development.

My family and I feel strongly connected to Whaingaroa and love being part of this diverse, vibrant and caring community.