Tēnā tātou e te whānau a Whaingaroa, Greetings to everyone in the Raglan Ward
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.
As Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said: ‘As we go into Easter – Thank you, to you and your bubble, you have stayed calm, you’ve been strong and you’ve saved lives and now we just need to keep going’
The Aims of the Covid-19 Raglan Community Response Plan:
We are a group of community members who have come together to collaborate and support our communities. We have formed a ‘working group’ and are creating a Community Response Plan to Covid 19.
- To connect, collaborate and work closely with all community leaders, organisations, businesses and community groups.
- To update and inform the community
- To provide support to our essential services
- To support those in need
- To work closely with Councils, Civil Defence and follow the government directions and guidelines.
“Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini”
My strength comes not from one but from the collective effort
Our community strengths include our commitment to our people and our environment, the care we have for each other and our ability to collaborate and work together.
Well done everyone! Let’s keep caring for each other, continue being courageous and compassionate, continue to stay at home and save lives – We are all in this together Whaingaroa/Raglan.
We have been busy connecting with our essential services/organisations over the past 15 days – it is amazing how many incredible people we have working behind the scenes supporting our community.
Here are some of the key messages they would like us to share, let’s help keep them safe by keeping ourselves safe:
Raglan Volunteer Fire Brigade
There is a total fire ban in place until further notice.
Raglan St John Ambulance
The sooner we all isolate the quicker we will get back to normality, stay safe, stay at home.
Coastguard is enjoying a temporary break, help is on its way, good times are around the corner, Stay in your bubble and close to home at all times.
Raglan Food Bank
is operating as normal and is providing essentials to those who have immediate or urgent needs.
Big thanks to the new owners of Raglan Shuttle, they have been doing all they can for our community by providing delivery services across our Ward.
Up to date, local information:
Visit the Raglan Naturally website www.raglannaturally.co.nz. We will be updating information on our essential services and how you can find support or contribute.
Check out our ‘what we can and can’t do’ section – if you are feeling unsure.
We will have regular newsletters out to the community over the coming days with updates, community information and messages of positivity.
In the meantime our working group will be listening and looking out for ways to further support our communities. If there is anything you need, to feel strong in your bubble please let us know.
Or if you notice anything or would like to share ideas please be in touch.
‘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’
We are connecting to and being supported by
Waikato District Council
Raglan Community Board
Raglan Naturally Team
Department of Internal Affairs
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 5199
- Raglan Community House 07 825 8142
- RN website for all key contact numbers and local info www.raglannaturally.co.nz
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, Anna Whitehead – community member, 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