Raglan News Bulletin Monday 8th April 2024


The wait is nearly over for the Wharf project which is about to move into its last phase of construction.  Over the coming weeks Council contractors will be constructing a new concrete footpath, raised pedestrian platform across the entrance lane, parking wheel stops and asphalting. While they will aim to keep disruption to a minimum there will still be lots of construction traffic and there will be several periods of limited access to the Wharf area.  This work is in preparation for the area to be open to the public from Saturday 4 May.

Waikato District Council will be running a Drop-in Session for the Draft Annual Plan in Raglan this Friday with staff and political representatives available.  

Everyone from the Mayor down, including Councilors, Community Board members and staff have been signaling that it’s going to be a difficult time financially since the new government halted plans to fund the 3-waters services.  Because of what many are saying is an impossible burden communities are now being asked to consider what services they think they can do without - or alternatively accept extremely high rates rises for the foreseeable future.

The drop in session will be at the Town Hall, 41 Bow Street on Friday 12th April at 6.30pm.

In local sport there was success for Raglan at the NZ Surf series event in Auckland over the weekend but not where the pundits were predicting. Halfway through the competition reports were waxing lyrical about Billy Stairmands performance but he dipped out in the semi finals and it was left to Caleb Cutmore to carry the flag. He won his semifinal but came second in the final to Daniel Farr who surfed the best round of the competition with a 17.34 points, ahead of Caleb’s 14.87.  

Alani Morse made it into the Women’s final, coming third to Leia Milar and Elin Tawharu.

Liv Haysom, Kora Cooper & Taylor Hutchison also made it to the semis while Luke Dymond, Navryn Malone, Theo Morse and Tom Robinson made it to the quarter finals. 

And while they all will be returning home Billy Stairmand is heading off to Tahiti today for two weeks of training at Teahupoo

In other sports news the Whaingaroa Whai rugby league team had a great start to their second season on the weekend beating the Te Amamutu Firehawks 22 - 14 in what was described as a game full of physicality in Te Awamutu on Saturday. Taking away the MVP points were Timoti Aitken-Read, Tawhiri Barber-Salvation and Dion Izayah Wereta who scored 4 tries for the match. 

Next week they have a home game att the rugby grounds at 1pm on Saturday as do the Raglan Roosters Football Team who will be opening their season at Papahua at 1pm on Sunday.

That is the raglan news for Monday 8th April 2024