Tēnā tātou e te whānau a Whaingaroa, Greetings to everyone in the Raglan Ward


ka timu te tai ka pao te tōrea  – when the tide is receding the oystercatcher is at work

Our whakatauki is an old saying about the Torea/Oyster Catcher, expressing the truism that when the right time presents then the appropriate action must follow: 
Flocks of pied oyster catchers are regular visitors to the Ōpotoru estuary and upper reaches of the harbour. They sit and wait for the tide to ebb then they get down to work searching the mudflats for food to sustain life. 

Newsletter 2 – April 18, 2020

Introducing an online resource of locally relevant information during COVID-19 Alert Levels and beyond:

We have been putting together an online resource for members of our community to access relevant and up-to-date information in response to the COVID-19 pandemic at: www.raglannaturally.co.nz

Here you will find local information around:

As well as national and regional information around:

We welcome you to contact us if you would like to add any relevant information.
Raglan Naturally Coordinator
Gabrielle Parson
E: raglannaturally@gmail.com
P: 021 844 785
Raglan Ward Councillor
Lisa Thomson
E: lisa.Thomson@waidc.govt.nz
P:  021 179 8256


“Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini” 

My strength comes not from one but from the collective effort

Here are some key updates from community groups and organisations:

While it’s wonderful to see people supporting one another by offering free items, such as excess fruit, baking and blankets, it poses a risk of spreading COVID-19 as it can live on surfaces for some time.

There will be time after lockdown to show your aroha by offering assistance – but for now, spread hope with words of encouragement and brighten someone’s day with a teddy bear in your window 🧸 ❤️

Locally you can call the below numbers for support:
Raglan Foodbank 07 825

Raglan Community House 07 825 8142

‘Kia aroha ki te tangata, be compassionate, kia manawanui, be generous in thought, kia mau ki te ture, stay home, whakaorangia te tangata save lives. Ka taea tātou, we can do this’ 

Key contact numbers

  • Freephone 0800 800 405 has recently been set up by Waikato Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group for anyone in our district struggling to get food, groceries, medication or other household goods and services.
  • Raglan Foodbank 07 825 7543
  • Raglan Community House 07 825 8142
  • RN website for all key contact numbers and local info www.raglannaturally.co.nz

Looking out for others and taking care – we are social distancing, but we don’t have to be distant:

Sometimes we might feel like we can’t really do anything to help this situation, while we stay home. But what we can do is keep an eye and an ear out for others.

There are vulnerable people in many neighbourhoods that could be needing some extra supplies, support, kindness or connection during this time. And we all know how hard it is sometimes to ask for help. Even the smallest of interactions like smiles and waves over fences can mean a lot.

A connected community is a resilient community. So perhaps the easiest and greatest thing each of us can do, is check in on those around us, via phone, or fence, maintaining safe distances.

We will continue to support the community with regular updates and current information.
Visit the Raglan Naturally Website for the latest updates.

We are connecting to and being supported by

Waikato District Council

Civil Defence

Raglan Community Board

Raglan Naturally Team 


Department of Internal Affairs

From the working group team!

Louisa Barham – Raglan Area School, Lisa Thomson – Raglan Ward Councillor, Gabrielle Parson – Raglan Community Board, Mike Rarere – Raglan House, Taruke Thomson – Ngāti Māhanga representative, Fiona McNabb -Xtreme Zero Waste Board Chair/Health professional, Anna Whitehead – community member/nurse, Sarah Lancaster – Timebank, Maki Nishiyama – Raglan Chronicle/Youth Representative Raglan Naturally, Karamea Puriri – Raglan Naturally Committee Chair, Aaron Mooar – Raglan Radio, Dennis Amoore – Raglan Community Board. We are also connecting with other networks in our community that are not mentioned above.

©2022 Raglan Naturally


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