Man Appears in Court in Relation to Raglan BP Armed Robbery


A 37-year old man identified as Theodore Clarke has appeared in court in connection with the armed robbery at the Raglan BP this August and will be sentenced in February of next year.


He faced charges of aggravated robbery, unlawfully carrying an imitation firearm, theft of a motor vehicle and failing to stop for Police

Police would like to thank the community for their ongoing support and assistance in this enquiry.

Watercare and Waikato District Council are recommending people keep out of the harbour till Sunday afternoon after making a controlled wastewater discharge into the harbour during the incoming tide yesterday afternoon. 

They were forced to release the fully treated wastewater early because heavy rain over the last couple of days meant they were in danger of having an overflow of untreated wastewater into the harbour.

So while the contamination risk is classed as low the recommendation is not to swim or collect shellfish until Sunday afternoon when an update will be made on the council facebook page. 

The Raglan Arts Film Festival Awards Red Carpet event was held at the Te Uku Community Hall this weekend.

Robin Smith walked away with the Grand Phoenix Palm Award for best overall film for Raglan Gems, which chronicled the birdlife in the Whaingaroa harbour. 

Best Tamariki award went to Go Cart Run by Ridge Skerman and Miller Kirk  

The best Rangatahi film was Waste of Time by Zen Lally  

The Best Open Amateur was Raglan Gems – Robin Smith  

And the best Open Professional was Painting with Places about artist Amanda Watson.

Raglan community identity Narina Hurst received a service award in the form of a plaque at this weekend’s Raglan Community Patrol 25th anniversary celebration.

Narina has given ten years of service to the Community Patrol, otherwise known as the Night Owls, She served on the committee executive for a long time, only stepping down in recent times.  Narina is also a DJ at Ragan Community Radio where she has shown a similar level of commitment.

Waka Kotahi have proposed speed limit changes to parts of SH23 as part of the Road to Zero Campaign:

Most of the road will be reduced to 80km/hr with 60k/hr through Te Uku and Waitetuna.  Waka Kotahi is famous for moving very slowly on projects so we’re not expecting this to happen anytime soon but they are looking for consultation for these changes at the moment at where we also expect many submissions calling for a reduction in speed at the legendary Greenslade Rd intersection. 

And that is the Raglan news for Wednesday 23rd November 2022