Raglan News Bulletin Monday 5th February 2024


It’s time to start building your rafts, say the organisers of the Recycled Raft Race. Whaingaroa is welcoming back Maui Dolphin Day and the recycled raft race after a two year hiatus.


After being a regular event on the local calendar for nearly two decades Covid, and its aftermath, caused the cancellation of the event for the last two years but Xtreme Zero Waste and the Whaingaroa Environment Centre are very excited to be putting on Whaingaroa’s favourite community event again in 2024. It will be held on March 2nd so like we say; time to get building the rafts.


There will be a live video stream from Waitangi in the town hall tomorrow as part of the local Waitangi day celebrations from 10am till 2pm. Organisers are promising there will be cake, tea and coffee - and the airconditioning will be on as we’re expecting a high of 26 degrees for Tuesday. There will also be a chance to learn about Te Tiriti.


Raglan is slowly getting back to normal after a busy summer over the next week or so. Kids will be back at Raglan Area School on Wednesday with senior students popping in today to confirm their subjects, the first Live and Local of the year, celebrating local musicians,  will be on at the end of the week  and construction at the wharf project is scheduled to begin next Monday 12th February. They’re picking up where they left off with construction of the tidal steps down into the water continuing plus a lot of trimmings like asphalt, signs and trees being installed before the project is completed.


2024 is Raglan Community Radio’s 30th year of existence. The station first went on the air on November 5th from the announcer's booth in the Raglan Area School hall and has survived a couple of relocations, a change in frequency, financial challenges and even a period where the government forced us off the air but we’re now the longest running independent community station in the country and will be planning a big celebration come November.