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History and culture are closely linked in a town like Raglan, especially as early settlers were creating and building much that was needed for daily life. From houses and shops, to bridges and wharves, early photos show the extent of European influence on the architecture.
Raglan Heritage Trail
The Raglan Museum has installed signs around Raglan with photos and information on heritage sites.
There are also brochures which describe historical buildings and other heritage features including the former Raglan School, the former Putoetoe Redoubt & Courthouse Cottage and the Habourview Hotel. Many are Heritage NZ registered (See entry for the Harbour View Hotel here.).
More detailed Heritage Walk brochures are also available from the iHub and Museum.
Rodger Gallagher initiatives via: https://www.raglan23.co.nz/
Note: You can click on either cover of the Walks brochures to download PDF versions.
Whaingaroa Heritage & History Signs Walk Map
There is a sign or monument at each of the locations listed, showing photographs and information relating to the history of the site or building.
While some are still in use, for example the Town Hall (6), the Dairy Factory (8) and the Wharf (9), others have changed considerably over the years, for example the Post Office (3) and the Old School (10).
Note: You can click on the Map to download a PDF version.
Raglan Old School Arts Centre
The Raglan Old School is the oldest building in Raglan without significant recent modifications. It has been a focus for the community as a learning and activities centre since it was built in 1883. Teaching ended at the Stewart Street site in 1962 with all classes moving to the Raglan Area School on Norrie Avenue.
The Raglan County Council then looked at demolishing the building. But a campaign led by Glen Young – first chairperson of the RCAC, and Tuaiwa Eva Rickard (nee Kereopa) – a local kuia, saw lawyer Ronald Young (a former High Court judge) achieve legal protection for the Old School under the Historic Places Act. Leading up to that Eva Rickard, Shelley Sikisini, Yvonne Latrobe and other young women came in to the building and occupied it. They set up a committee (The Whaingaroa Arts & Works Centre) and then negotiated with the Raglan County Council.
Further details at https://www.raglanartscentre.co.nz/heritage/