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Community Wellbeing
Te Oranga o te Hapori

For us in Whaingaroa, wellbeing is about the health of our whole person – mind, body and spirit – in connection with our whole community and our environment, and with the Treaty of Waitangi as an overarching guide.

Raglan is a vibrant, caring community that engages in issues important to us. We are resilient and open to growth and change, with a strong community spirit that keeps us connected and cohesive. There is strong local leadership in all age groups and we live in an environment rich in natural resources that support wellbeing.

“There is a community pride in Raglan that keeps us active and collaborative”

Mike , Raglan Community House

What we have

General Practitioners and practice nurses at clinic in town.
Raglan Medical
Mental Health Support Service (what does this look like)
District nurses
Dentist and hygienist

PRIME (Primary response in medical emergencies) during West Coast Health opening hours. St John’s NZ are currently reviewing PRIME.
Coast guard
Surf lifesaving
Police including community patrol

Rest home and palliative care (nurses and West Coast Health General Practitioners)
Stewart street housing
Community House meet ups and support
Light exercise
Senior technology group

Counselling and psychotherapy
Massage therapists
Medical Herbalists and Naturopaths
Energy healers
Coaching and Mentoring
Rongoa traditional Maori medicine
Meetings and workshops

Bryant Retreat for fragile mums
Kindergartens and Early Childhood Education centre
Play Centre and Play groups
Mainly Music
Raglan Noticeboard Facebook Page
Raglan Radio
Maori Wardens
Neighbourhood Support

Counselling Budgeting advice
Drop in Centre
Opportunity Shop
Homeless people welcomed

Raglan Ramblers and other walking groups
Raglan Gym
Keep fit classes
Dance classes such as Nia, Zumba and African Dance
Excellent skate park and variety of playgrounds

Faith-based organisations
Crop Swap
Horticultural Society
Writers group
Knitting Circle
Book clubs
Permaculture group
Whaingaroa Environment Centre
Raglan Timebank
Old School Art Centre
Information Centre
Library – including a Council Officer who deals with local issues
Community Bus

Most common themes from the community

Access to a range of health services

More support for people on low incomes

Mental health issues are a priority

More action on crime

More support for older people & those with disabilities

Creating culture of caring and kindness

Healthy environment


Raglan has a community wellbeing hub fostering connectedness and access to wellbeing services.

Local healthcare services are holistic, accessible and affordable.

Hapū and iwi have culturally relevant health and wellbeing services.

There is a strong focus on mental health support.

People have access to affordable and good quality food, water and housing as well as meaningful employment.

Raglan has a strong identity as a safe and caring, age-friendly community.

Raglan celebrates and respects cultural diversity.

Recognise that a healthy natural environment is essential for community health and wellbeing.

Arts and creativity and are valued as important aspects of wellbeing.

Possible pathways toward achieving these aspirations

To thrive is to create a culture of inclusiveness and caring for everyone in our community – let’s focus on that.

I like the idea of a community hub – experiment with different ways to connect.

Connect services that can help the most vulnerable, using the skills of locals and providing a funding pool to pay for these.

  • We have a community hub that provides a space for groups and individuals to meet, find out about and access health and wellbeing services, and enjoy a range of creative activities such as a Blokes Shed.
  • A community connector actively brokers connections for people who are isolated or lonely.
  • Conventional and complementary health services are integrated and culturally relevant . Health and wellbeing services are available at Poihākena Marae or other suitable venues.
  • Medical emergency services are available at night and in weekends
  • We start courageous conversations about mental health, drug and alcohol, family harm and suicide issues in Raglan .
  • A health literacy programme is initiated to ensure that health information available is user-friendly, useful and accurate.
  • Create more awareness and support for community initiatives that provide services and goods for the community, e.g. Crop Swap, Tool Library, Community Gardens, etc.
  • Youth are educated and empowered to take responsibility for their health and wellbeing
  • We have a directory of local health and wellbeing services, including support groups and organisations.
  • An audit of wellbeing support groups in Raglan is carried out and gaps are identified.
  • Families are supported through the provision of excellent childcare services and parenting programmes
  • We bring back the shopping bus, and provide more transport support for the older people to get to appointments.
  • We look at ways our community can support the police including community patrols
  • We research the presence and use of toxic chemicals in Raglan. We investigate ways to limit their use and mitigate their effects.
  • Everyone has the opportunity to participate in environmental care and restoration, to grow food and/or access local produce.
  • We promote community resilience initiatives such as Raglan Timebank and Crop Swap
  • We have regular community celebrations and activities that foster respect, caring, kindness and connection such as pot luck dinners, street barbecues and low cost family friendly events.
  • Public health nurses