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Questions and Answers
Q. How did Raglan get its name?
A. Rakataura and nine others from the Tainui canoe discovered the harbour in about 1400 and called it Whangaroa meaning Long Harbour, or ‘the long pursuit’. The early Europeans knew it as Whangaroa, later changed it to Whaingaroa to distinguish it from the Northland harbour of that name. Putoetoe was the original name of Raglan town area — most likely bestowed by the Tainui Tribe when they first settled round the Whaingaroa Harbour. It was so named because of the large area of toetoe growing here.
The name was changed to Raglan after the 1855 death of Field Marshal FitzRoy James Henry Somerset 1st Baron Raglan, the officer of that name who distinguished himself during the Crimean War. This was formalised on 2nd March 1858, when the NZ Government Gazette, declared by authority, “West Whaingaroa is denominated Raglan”. On 25 June, 1972, the then Lord Raglan presented the Raglan Club with the family’s coat of arms. The Club was also granted permission to use part of the arms in their coat of arms. it is described as a Panther Argent, spotted of various colours, fire issuant from the mouth and ears proper, gorged with a plain collar and chained Or. Field: Sky Blue. Because of its connection with Raglan during the Vietnam war, the 161 Battery of the NZ Army also has approval from the College of Arms to use the same Panther as its emblem.
The arms of the old Raglan County Council also used elements from the Lord Raglan Family coat of arms. The county was absorbed into the Waikato District Council in 1989.
Q. What is the Raglan postcode?
A. The postcode for in and around the town area of Raglan is 3225 and the postcode for Raglan PO Boxes is 3265. The Whaanga Coast area including Manu Bay and Whale Bay has the 3297 postcode.
Te Uku, Te Mata and Waitetuna are in 3295 postcode area. Across the Raglan Harbour, the postcode for the Te Akau area is 3793. Ruapuke to the south of Raglan and Mt Karioi has a postcode of 3296.
Q. How many people live in Raglan permanently. My mother is looking at moving to the area. Are there lots to do for older women? Tai chi? Art classes?
(Statistics NZ says that the estimated population of the Raglan community in 2011 was just over 3,400.) Update based on 2013 Census: The population of the inner Raglan area is 2736. The outer Raglan area including Manu Bay, Whale Bay and the rural areas has a population of 1896. So there are 4632 people living in and around Raglan. The population for the Raglan Town area would be about 3,600.
There is a light exercise group that has sessions 3 times a week with mainly older men and women as members.
Raglan Old School Arts Centre has drop in sessions for clay art, painting, fibre and fabric. There are a number of book clubs and a writer’s club.
There is a knitting circle that meets at Blacksands café very Wednesday morning.
There is another art group that meets in the Te Uku Hall.
Music n Mingles runs at the Raglan Club.
Tai Chi runs from time to time. I don’t think it is going in 2012, but several yoga groups.
Yes there is plenty to do for older women.
Q. I’m planning a wedding in Raglan. Who are some of the local DJs?
A. Some I know of are Felix (firstname.lastname@example.org), Jinja Jamboo, B-Rex (email@example.com) and Ollie B (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Q. How long does it take to drive from Auckland to Raglan?
A. It takes about 2 to 2 1/4 hours to drive from the centre of Auckland to Raglan, depending mainly on the traffic conditions in Auckland. From Auckland airport to Raglan takes about 2 hours. Coming from Auckland leave SH 1 at Ngaruawahia and take SH 39 to Whatawhata, then SH23 to Raglan.
Q. Where can you get free WiFi broadband in Raglan?
A. In the Raglan Library in Bow St. When the Library is closed you can still get the broadband WiFi signal outside it. Some Telecom phone boxes have free WiFi in the zone around them. Most cafes have free WiFi.
Q. Where can you get gluten free food in Raglan?
A. The Raglan SuperValue and the Herbal Dispensary stock gluten free items. Most cafes have gluten free items on their menus. The Top Cut Butchery has shop made gluten and preservative free sausages.
Q. What days is the rubbish collected in Raglan?
A. The CBD and Raglan West is on Mondays. Raglan East on Tuesdays. Put it out before 8am on these days. You need to put your rubbish in a blue bag which can be purchased at the Raglan Four Square and other stores. Recycling goes out on the same day in a green bin. They will take cans, glass bottles, plastics (1,2,3,4,5,6,7), paper and cardboard.
Q. What is the best way to get to Waikato University in Hamilton from Raglan on public transport?
A. During school terms, the 7.00am Monday to Friday bus from Raglan goes right through to the St John’s stop near Waikato University in Hillcrest Rd. In the afternoon the bus to Raglan leaves the St John’s stop at 3.15pm.
Q. Who do you deal with to book the Raglan Town Hall or Supper Room?
A. The staff in the Raglan office of the Waikato District Council at 7 Bow St, Raglan 3225. Phone 07 825 8129
Q. Where can I get a Warrant of Fitness (WOF) or a Certificate of Fitness (COF) for my vehicle in Raglan?
A-1 You can get a Warrant of Fitness for a car, motorbike or trailer from:
- Bow Street Motors 20 Bow St, Raglan Phone 07 825 8150
- Raglan Service Station (1983) Ltd3 Bow St, Raglan Phone 07 825 8013
- BP2Go/ Top Garage Main Road, Raglan Phone 07 825 8393
A-2 To get a Certificate of Fitness (COF) for rental operators, passenger or for larger vehicles you need to get a COF rather than a WOF. There are no permanent facilities for this in Raglan but the VTNZ Te Rapa Branch organises a roughly monthly service in Lily Street, Raglan. To book for this contact Bryce Stevenson on phone 07 849 0649 or Email email@example.com (VTNZ, 16 Tawn Place, Te Rapa, Hamilton)
Q. What is the name of the surf shop at the end of Volcom Lane?
A. The shop’s name is Raglan Surf Emporium (was GAg)
Q. Where is Wainui Beach?
A. There is no beach named Wainui Beach. Ngarunui Beach is accessed off Wainui Road by a short road through the Wainui Reserve. (People sometimes refer to this beach as Wainui Beach, because you get to it through the Wainui Reserve. It used to be called Ocean Beach. It is now called Ngarunui Beach.)
Q. Where can you buy Blu-Tack in Raglan?
A. At the Raglan Book & Gift Centre in Bow St. They mainly sell it to surfers for use as ear plugs.
Q. Where is the Raglan Surf Life Saving Club?
A. It is above the south end of Ngarunui Beach, accessed south of Raglan off Wainui Road, then on the road through the Wainui Reserve. The Club building is a popular venue for wedding receptions.
Q. Who is the Mayor of Raglan?
A. Raglan does not have a Mayor of its own. It is part of the Waikato District. The Mayor of Waikato District is Allan Sanson. The Ward Councillor for Raglan is Clint Baddeley. The Chair of the Raglan Community Board is Linda Cole.
Q. What are the restrictions on getting married on a Raglan beach?
A. To get married on any beach or coastal reserve in Raglan you need to complete a booking form
and send it to the Waikato District Council.
Q. Where can I buy a SIM card in Raglan?
A. The Raglan SuperValue in Bow St and the BP 2 GO on the Main Rd stock 2 Degrees SIM cards. The supermarket sometimes has low cost mobile phones. You can buy top up vouchers for all networks at the Raglan Supermarket.
Q. Where can you get pizza for lunch in Raglan now that Costa’s has gone?
Pizza is available for lunch at Valente’s, although soem days they don’t open for lunch (Although it isn’t on their printed menu, pizza is always on the blackboard menu). The Harbour View Hotel also has pizza available. The Raglan West store also does pizza.