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Raglan Community News

A tight-knit and vibrant community, Raglan always has interesting events and happenings that keep things exciting in our little town. You can read featured stories from our local newspaper or head over to the Raglan Chronicle website to read up on recent happenings in our town.

Laborartry Summer School 2023

Laborartry Arts Summer School

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Immersive courses designed for all levels of experience. Participant numbers are limited to enable focussed and effective learning.
Harry Potter stage show in Raglan

Harry Potter – the stage show

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This year we are adapting the story of Harry Potter. We usually put a twist on our adaptations, so you may see a few fun surprises.

The Rangitahi Project, 14 years in the making

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We were incredibly pleased to hand over the first stage of the Rangitahi sections to their new owners last week. It is the biggest milestone to date and we are…

Enterprising Nia teacher honoured as ‘a real star’

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From a national longboard champ to championing the health of others … it’s been quite a ride for Raglan’s Belinda Goodwin, who was honoured this month with a Parkinson’s Volunteer…

Five ways to winter resilience with the Herbal Dispensary

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PLENTY OF PLANTS Put down the packets and pick up the plants! Eating with the seasons provides the mind and body with the nutrients needed to maintain resilience. For example,…

Lockdown in Mallorca

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You may well remember Jesse Turner serving you at Rockit Kitchen. Jesse lived in Raglan a few years ago and made it home, purchasing a charming character cottage on Government…

Raglan artist chosen to confront racism with creativity

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Raglan artist Simon Te Wheoro has been selected to respond creatively to alarming signs of racism, and spark crucial conversations about unity. (more…)

Leaving behind a green footprint even in death

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Death is not an easy subject to talk about but increasingly people are wanting to take control of their final send off. (more…)

He Puaawai: Blossom forth from a new beginning

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Lee, a Raglan local, is Leader of Curriculum at He Puaawai, Fraser High School’s Teen parent unit. Struggling to fight back the tears Lee Marchioni tells her graduate student Danielle…

Pou weave Raglan and Rangitahi together – connecting the past and present

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In a recent dawn ceremony attended by local iwi, contractors, the Peacocke family and existing peninsula residents, the Rangitahi Bridge was officially opened with a blessing and karakia by local…

Soothing Surf with Surfers healing

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Last week Raglan hosted a significant Surfers Healing event at Ngarunui beach.  Surfers Healing is a foundation that organises opportunities for children with Autism to experience the power of surfing.…

The Herbal Dispensary

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This month the Local Rag sat down with Bronwyn Lowe from the Herbal Dispensary. Opening the shop back in 1996, The Herbal Dispensary has been a mainstay in the Raglan…

Wheels are spinning for a good cause

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It’s a ride of a lifetime for two local cyclists and it’s all in the name of a good cause. Mick Hodgson and Dirk De Ruysscher are getting in the…

Local artist gets back to nature for art’s sake

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A journey back into education has brought local artist Amanda Watson’s creativity close to nature and close to a major international art award. A series of work for her Master…

Arts centre’s fundraising supremo getting there – brick by brick

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She’s always been a real brick around the Raglan Old School Arts Centre in Stewart St so it’s perhaps fitting that Susanne Giessen-Prinz is busy selling just that – bricks…


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On the corner of Wainui Road and Bankart Street is a boutique concept store housing an amazing hand curated experience from NZ and around the world. From womens and mens…

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