Raglan News Bulletin Wednesday 1 November 2023


Council and the Community Board are holding a public meeting on Thursday evening to discuss the recent problems with wsatewater being discharged on the incoming tide in Raglan. The meeting will be in the Stewart St Church Hall at 6pm

Lots of people from council will be present including Council managers, Council staff, Watercare staff, the chair of the Waters Governance Board and our local Councillor and Community Board Chairperson.

The meeting will be filmed and put on youtube afterwards for those who can’t make it and there will be an explanation of the technical issues that caused the problem and a chance for the public to ask questions. 

Meanwhile Waikato Regional Council has started an investigation into the events of the last month because the discharges are a breach of the wastewater system’s Resource Consent. The last time this happened in 2016 they said the District Council’s poor record with wastewater getting into the harbour would be taken into consideration with future breaches of the consent conditions, but it will be some time before we hear the result of the investigation

Waikato District Mayor Jaqui Church has apologised to the community for the continued problems and says that council and Watercare are now manually checking that the system is working properly as the bug in the system popped up a second time after they thought they had fixed it.

Rob Mokaraka, is bringing Shot Bro to Raglan this week, he’ll be at the Area School this morning at 11:15 talking to senior students and staff and he’ll be part of a hikoi round the three bridges on Saturday at midday before repeating Shot Bro for the public at 2pm in the school hall. Rob has taken his experience of being shot by the police and turned it into a one-man theatre project called Shot Bro – Confessions of a Depressed Bullet. 

Rob will be holding a conversation afterwards and mental health professionals will be on hand for people to talk to individually. There will also be kai, and parents are welcome to come along to this morning’s presentation.

Organisers are also asking people to wear green and orange colours which are associated with mental health and suicide awarenss respectively.

Sarah McOnie from Ngāti Maniapoto/Kāi Tahu – iwi; Ngāti Te Kanawa – hapū and also known as Sarah Court locally has made the finals of the Maori Literature Trust 2023 awards in the english short fiction category, Sarah is a writer, creative and counsellor better known for her operatic performances and working at the Community House till recently.  Sarah says she is astounded and excited to be in the finals.