By: Raetihi Information Centre  06-Dec-2011

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Hey Raetihi’s got talent entrants….there is a performance coaching session this Wednesday at the Theatre at 3.30pm. Jerome Kaino will be giving tips and encouragement. It might be a good idea if you are thinking of entering this Sunday’s heats, as, due to the power cut there won’t be much time for rehearsing on Sunday! So come along on Wednesday and have a go.

White Ribbon Motorcycle Riders are coming to Ohakune on Saturday 19th November and will be attending a community event at Ruapehu Rugby Club, Rockfort park from 3pm to 6 pm. Bring the family for a fun afternoon as well as making a stand against violence to women and children. There will be Harley rides, face painting, local and guest speakers, bouncy castle, family games, brain teasers, free sausage sizzle, information stands from support services and more. If you’d like more information or want to run a fundraising stall call Pete or Goldie on ph:06 3859500 or Jude on ph:06 3858987.

The first Raetihi Gutbuster exceeded everyone’s expectations, starting with the forecasted rain which held off until well after the prizegiving. More than 60 riders turned up to tackle the challenging but achievable ride; there were many family groups and the ages ranged from 7 to 69, (with one 6 year old being part of a relay team.) Three guys even managed to do it on a three seater tandem.

It was a fun ride, but times were recorded, and the first man home was Don Cameron, (who happens to be our Deputy Mayor). He blasted the course in 40.01, and was followed by Hamish Doohan from Te Awamutu in 42.43. The next three riders home were females, being Michelle Brixton in 43.03 and Nerissa Chapman in 43.39. Third female (fifth overall) was Jennie Anton in 44.06.

Plenty of people treated it as a fun day out on the bike, with stops for photos and drinks, but everyone was back safely in an hour and a half. With little experience in putting on events, the organizers didn’t seem to be aware of the usual requirements for long speeches, and instead got straight into the prizegiving. A last minute cash donation by a generous local meant small cash prizes were awarded for 1st and 2nd Male, Female, and Under 18, and the youngest and oldest riders were refunded their entry fee. The Spot Prize table was groaning under the weight of the goods and vouchers donated for the event, and to make sure no-one went home empty handed, there were fresh local carrots for everyone.

There was a great party/market atmosphere at the event start/finish area, with BBQ, Volcano espresso coffee, Devonshire teas, cake stalls, Bouncy Castle, and of course, the Waimarino Museum itself was open for visitors.

Riders were a good mix of locals and visitors, and everyone seemed to have a good time. Next year we plan to have a section that goes all the way to Pipiriki and back (50k approx) to satisfy the requests of the more serious riders, but we will definitely keep the 18km option that was this year’s event. See you in 2012!

Contact Lucy Conway ph: 06 385 3123

The Inaugural Raetihi Gut Buster

The Raetihi Community Trust is working on an Oral History Project. As part of the project we aim to train a core group of local people in recording the living memories and experiences of older members of the community so that their stories can be preserved for future generations.

As such we are running an Oral History workshop at Te Puke Marae over the weekend 7th and 8th of May. This will be facilitated by Taina McGregor, Oral Historian, Maori, from the Oral History Centre at the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington. The workshop covers the technical side of recording, how to interview, what questions to ask and how to use video cameras, as well as the ethical side from a Maori perspective. The workshop is free and is open to anyone from the community, but there are a limited number of places.

We are looking for people who have an interest in local history, a sensitivity to ethical and cultural considerations around recording oral histories, an ongoing commitment to work with locals to record it, as well as share the skills they have learnt with others so that more people can be involved.

We are either looking at running the workshop from 9am to 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday; or running a session after tea on Saturday and then finishing at noon on Sunday, depending on what people prefer. Please see attached programme.

Following a meeting held in December, a core group of people are working towards establishing some community gardens on land at the back of Raetihi Police Station.

The aim is that the gardens will provide a place where locals can come and learn about how to run a successful garden- what grows well in local conditions, when and where to plant, how to develop good soil, as well as ways of using the produce such as bottling and preserving.

With rising food prices and concerns about the health risks of modern living, the community gardens will provide a way to share gardening skills, knowledge & space so that people can be more self sufficient and live healthier lives.

For previous generations it was common for families to have a home garden which provided food for the table and to know how to preserve food for later use. It’s hoped that such knowledge and experience from both locals and people from outside of town can be passed on to future generations.

The gardens also hope to provide a space for people in the community to work together, making Raetihi a more beautiful place to live.

A meeting to make plans and decisions about the funding will be held on Tuesday 15th March at 5:30pm at The Centre, 14-16 Seddon St, Raetihi.

All are welcome.

Invitation for all individuals, Whanau & Community Groups of Raetihi to attend a Hui based around applications for the Whanau Integration, Innovation and Engagement Fund(WIIE) which is available to support whanau to engage with each other, with whanau, communities & providers. Advice will be given and everyone…will be shown how to apply for the WIIE Funds.

Where: Te Puke Marae
When: Saturday 5th February 2011
Time: 11.00am

Any queries or RSVP please don’t hesitate to contact;
Ngati Rangi Trust Office
Chaana Morgan
Ph: 06 3859500
Email: [email protected]

By Liz Brooker

While many academics spend years paying lip service to their research, Jude Rivlin’s thesis conclusions are set to directly benefit the Raetihi community. Affectionately called ‘A tale of two towns’, over a year was spent by local Ms Rivlin researching a comparative social study of the differences between Raetihi and Ohakune. The conclusions are a perfect compliment her new part-time position after having just being hired by the trustees of the reformed Raetihi Charitable Community Trust. Ms Rivlin’s initial research looked in to the 2006 NZ census figures and proved there was significant disparity between Raetihi and Ohakune. “Raetihi’s average income was $19,100 while Ohakune’s was $24,700, unemployment rates in Raetihi were over twice Ohakune’s rate at 7.9 percent. The most common group for employment was labourers in Raetihi; just ten minutes down the road it’s managers. Researching and hearing peoples stories this wasn’t always the way – Raetihi used to be the prosperous one. Having spent the last year exploring the two communities and how they have changed over the years I’m very excited about being able to help address some of the disparity.”

International research has shown throwing money at small rural communities may provide short term, quick fix solutions to problems, but evolving social theory, explored in depth by Ms Rivlin, prove that for a small town to develop sustainably, long-term, inter-community relationships are key. Development of the role is part of trustees Fiona Fraser and Lynne Pope’s vision of helping to solve local problems with ongoing community improvement. Payment for first three months of Rivlin’s employment has been provided for by a $3,800 COGS grant and the pair are hopeful of securing additional funding for a further nine months with an application to the Ruapehu District Council communities grant scheme. “It’s all about the connections between people”, Ms Rivlin said. “Knowing each others interest, developing levels of trust and networking. In Raetihi, there is strong bonding between immediately likeminded people. This is how groups get by during hard times but there is a shortage of bridging and linking across the broader community.”

Ms Rivlin’s primarily role is to help link different community groups by finding out if and where there are commonalties and where organisations can choose to work together for mutual benefit. “There are so many groups working hard but are struggling out there on their own. The majority are run through the generous donation of volunteer time but this, in 2010, is not always sustainable. With the changes in lifestyle and the demands economically to work longer hours, there is not often the time available there used to be to do voluntary work. By finding common interests and sharing information and resources Raetihi’s community vision can be maximised.”

While Ms Rivlin understands the large focus on tourism as being seen as the answer to economic development, community development can also be a solution.

“I get the feeling that there has been a shift in the town’s positivity, look at the resurgence of Raetihi Promotions and the youth groups. What does an organisation need? Can I help make things easier? Things are again starting to happen and there is a number of organisations working to help their community but we need to include all parts of a community for it’s economic growth and development – this is the only way forward. If you make your town an even better place to live, people will want to visit.”

The information in this article was current at 02 Dec 2011

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