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 5 – May 18, 2020

We want to acknowledge our essential services, our essential workers and community for stepping up to the challenge that the government issued when we went into Level 4, going into Level 2 is testimony to our collective response to Covid-19, well done and thank you everyone

Thank you to all the local businesses and organisations who are doing such a great job of getting set up for Level 2 and keeping us updated!

We also acknowledge all the work that the Waikato District Council is doing to support us with community facilities and services in Level 2.


Here is an update from them:

Waikato District Council Information Level 2:

Offices in Ngaruawahia and Tuakau will open from Tuesday 19 May. Opening hours will be Monday to Thursday 8am-5pm, Fridays 9am-5pm at Ngaruawahia, with 830.am – 5pm Monday to Friday at Tuakau. There will initially be some limitations to services available at the offices themselves. Operations will be reviewed on a fortnightly basis as we progress through Level 2.

Libraries/ service centres
All our libraries/ service centres except for Meremere Library will re-open from Tuesday 19 May with reduced hours – Monday to Friday 9am-4pm. They will not be open on Saturdays. There will be no programmes or events running that could encourage gatherings. A strict one person at one computer terminal rule will be enforced. But customers will be allowed to browse through books while adhering to physical distancing measures. Operations will be reviewed on a fortnightly basis as we progress through Level 2.

Playgrounds will re-open on Saturday 16 May. This week they are being sanitised and signage is being installed reminding people to keep 2 metres away from people they don’t know. Parents and caregivers will need to make sure children wash their hands before and after using the equipment.

Boat ramps
Boat ramps will be open from Saturday 16 May, except for ones on the Waikato River. These will be open once the rahui on the river is lifted.

Community/town halls
Our hall committees are preparing to have our halls open as soon as possible, while ensuring that Government guidance on gatherings, hygiene, physical distancing and contact tracing are followed. To find out when your local hall opens please contact the relevant hall committee. Details are available here.

Details about when Xtreme Zero Waste Resource Recovery Centre will be open to the public will be available as soon as possible.

Rubbish and recycling
Rubbish and recycling collection will continue has it has done through Alert Level 3. Details are available here.

Walking tracks
All our walking tracks and walkways are open under Level 2. But the Hakarimata Summit Track in Ngaruawahia, co-managed by DOC and Waikato District Council, remains closed until further notice because of the high number of people who usually use the track leading to difficulties meeting Government guidelines on physical distancing and hygiene.

The Raglan Kopua Holiday Park will re-open on Friday 15 May

Council meetings
Council meetings will continue to be held via Zoom for at least the next few weeks. These will be livestreamed on the Council website during this time.


For more details visit the council website.

Community News – Meridian Funding:

A big thank you to Meridian Energy for supporting and funding our Community Response Planning Covid-19. We look forward to working closely with Meridian Energy in the future on our Community Response planning.

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“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:

The Community Response Planning Group have created a printed leaflet to be used by local organisations and businesses to make available to their customers.
If you would like some of these leaflets for your organisation or business please contact Lisa/Gabrielle or email us.
Gabrielle Parson
P: 021 844 785
Lisa Thomson
P:  021 179 8256
You can click the image below to access a downloadable PDF version.

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

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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