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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

Our story

Since 2017, and after three years of working with the community to revitalise our community plan, ‘Raglan Naturally February 2020’ was created. Through the revitalisation process, it had become clear that the community wanted Raglan Naturally to be kept alive.

The Raglan Naturally Committee hosted three facilitated workshops with our Focus Group coordinators at the end of 2019 where it was agreed that there was a need for an official Raglan Naturally organisation to continue community-led development and support the implementation of the plan. It was agreed that the best structure would be a co-governance organisation (between Iwi/Hapū and the community), operating as a Charitable Trust. This direction is supported by key community organisations.

From left: Rachael Goddard, Taruke Thomson, Rolande Paekau, Tony Oosten, Jo Kukutai, Louisa Barham, Craig Mitchell

Rolande Paekau for Tainui Hapu,
Taruke Thomson for Ngāti Hourua, and
Jo Kukutai for Ngāti Māhanga (CoChair)

Craig Mitchell, Louisa Barham (CoChair), 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
Raglan Naturally Team

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. 

Raglan Naturally Team

Denise Reynolds

Hapori Engagement Coordinator

Ko wai au? Ko Tainui te waka. Ko Waikato te iwi. Ko Pīrongia, ko Karioi, ko Taupiri ngā maunga. Ko Waipa rāua ko Waikato ngā awa tūpuna. Ko Ngaati Maahanga-Hourua te hapū. Ko Te Papa-o-Rotu te marae maatua. Ki te taha o tōku māmā, ko Koro Whati Tamati, rāua ko Miriama Hari Hari Tamati, ōku tūpuna. Ki te taha o tōku papa, ko Charlie Reynolds, rāua ko Rangitaapua Paekau Heitia Reynolds ōku tūpuna. Ko Nancy Tamati Reynolds, rāua ko David Reynolds tōku maatua. Ko Denise Reynolds tāku ingoa. Ko Theo Roodakker tōku tau.

Tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou, tēnā mātou. He aha tāku mahi? Ko te hapori engagement coordinator. Te nuinga o tāku mahi i haere au ki te kōrero ki ngā hapū katoa kei roto i te rohe o Whāingaroa. He aha ai? Mo te māhere o Whāingaroa ko Raglan Naturally.

It was identified that hapori are not fully represented in the Raglan Naturally (RN) Plan published in 2020. I know Māori have aspirations for our community. I am aware that there are a lot of you who want to talk and share with each other about what is good for Whāingaroa. Have you read the RN Plan? Do you know what it is for? Do you want to know and contribute what you like, what you want to see and what you want to know and want to share? Over the next two years RN is organising events and I hope you will be involved. Read our Annual Strategic Plan 2022-24 and Beyond, on our website. Check out our Annual Work plan. Have you got ideas? Ka pai. Ka kite ākuanei.

Raglan Naturally Team

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.