Raglan News Bulletin Wednesday, November 8, 2023


Protests have already occurred against the proposed windfarm but Bluefloat Energy will be in town on Thursday evening 5pm at Sunset Motel for an information evening to talk about their plans for a wind farm off the Whāingaroa coast. They are still in the early feasibility stages and the farm wouldn’t be operational until next decade if it went ahead but the company is starting early with its PR and community engagement.

BlueFloat are saying the project will deliver over 800 MW to the country with jobs and other benefits for coastal communities but there are members of our community concerned about the impact on sea life.

Whaingaroa Youth Movement have announced their end of year show with a community dance performance at the Wainui reserve Bush Park on 1st December at 11am. It will be 20 years since the first performance in 2003 when Patti Mitchely started off Whaingaroa Youth Movement with a half year set of classes. 

Raglan Theatre Academy has also announced their end of year show, The Lightening Thief with 4 showings on the weekend of the 25th and 26th November. The synopsis says that lead character  Percy Jackson doesn’t fit in at school and once it is discovered he has special powers, he is sent to Camp Half-Blood, a summer camp for demi-gods. 

In our news round up from over the last week:

This weekend, 144 people entered the Horticultural societies flower and vegetable show with organiser Geoff Pownall saying they were pleased with the turn out. 

Shows were sold out at Freedom to Fly’s first ever circus festival and the Hikoi for Hauora had a good turnout with a full school hall hosting Rob Mokaraka’s Shot Bro presentation followed by a community conversation about  mental health and suicide prevention.

Last Thursday 70 people turned up to the council wastewater hui with many questions for the 10 or so council representatives who were there. Human error has been blamed for the accidental releases of wastewater on the incoming tide in Raglan over the last few weeks. With many promises that further validation checks would be put in place to make sure it doesn’t happen again.