Raglan News Bulletin Wednesday 10th August 2022

Nominations for the 2022 local body elections close this Friday and so far we have confirmations from our councillor Lisa Thomson and three out of six Community Board that they will be returning.  


Dennis Amoore, Tony Oosten, Chris Rayner and Kiri Binnersley are the board members who have confirmed they will stand again. Gabrielle Parson says she is too busy to be the Chairperson again but hasn’t made a final decision about returning to the board. Also in the undecided category is Satnam Bains.


There are 4 candidates for Mayor including Raglan Resident Ra Puriri, who is also standing for the Whāingaroa council ward against Lisa Thomson.

The brand-new Tai Runga Takiwaa Maaori Ward which covers the southern half of the district has 2 nominations so far. They are Korikori Hawkins & Tilly Turner.

We also have confirmations that our current councillors on the regional council Fred Lichtwark and Pamela Storey are planning to run again.

Nominations close on Friday 12th August at Noon.

Work at the wharf kicks off today with a blessing for the project held first thing this morning before the contractors got underway. The project will include improvements to the piles under the wharf, a new pontoon, railings and a kayak ramp. The eastern walkway to increase pedestrian safety around the silos has been postponed due to the cost increases occurring across the building sector currently.

The District council has just approved the application for stages of the World Rally Championships New Zealand leg to be held in our district.  Local councillor Lisa Thomson was the only dissenting councillor for the decision to close off roads in the Raglan and Te Akau areas on 29 September.

Council received 527 submissions from all over NZ, with 75% of them supporting the application.  In total,176 submissions were received from the Raglan area - 116 in support, 63 in opposition. There was strong opposition from residents who live on the route and won’t be able to leave their properties on the day of the rally but it wasn’t enough to stop the event.

That is the Raglan news for 10th August 2022.