Monthly Archives: April, 2019

Raglan Arts weekend 2019

April 15th, 2019 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Raglan Arts weekend 2019”

It’s the 10th annual Raglan Arts weekend this week, and if there’s one thing we recommend you do this Easter long weekend, it would be this!

From Saturday 20th April to Monday the 22nd, you’ve got the opportunity to get a behind the scenes look into our unique, creative community, and see for yourself all the incredible talent that comes out of our little town.

Not only will you be supporting a local community of artists, you’ll also be able to meet the artists themselves. What makes this weekend so cool and unique is that you get to visit the artists in their studio’s, it’s like a tiki tour of Raglan! You’ll also get first dibs on some of the artists newest pieces, many of which will be making their debut this weekend.

A local favourite, Sam Mathers is a contemporary artist who’s works are sought after by Art collectors in New Zealand and around the world. He has a unique way of visualising the world around him and transferring it to canvas, which result in magnificent usually large-scale pieces that are quirky and bold. Make sure you check out his studio when you’re here, his works are not to be missed!

Rangitahi also has a special feature in the work of Toni Kingstone, who’s named one of her work’s “Rangitahi” after the land, and features the peninsula in the foreground of the painting, looking out to Mt Karioi. Toni is heavily influenced by nature & the environment, particularly native birdlife. She’s known for her peaceful  artworks that combine natures elements, usually incorporating a secondary element that’s not obvious at first glance.

Make sure you grab a map from the Raglan Old School Arts centre, the information centre, or any of the local cafes before the weekend and you’ll be well on your way!

Enjoy the weekend celebrating our local culture and enjoy our piece of paradise!

The Principles of Urban Design at Rangitahi

April 15th, 2019 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “The Principles of Urban Design at Rangitahi”

Rangitahi’s vision is to sustain and celebrate Raglan’s dynamic and unique culture. With respect for the natural surroundings, our vision for Urban Design at Rangitahi is one of diversity, much like the people of Raglan, yet still inline with the typical Raglan “village-scape.” In order to create an extension of the existing Raglan community, celebrate local culture and provide a lifestyle close to nature, we have come up with The Principles of Urban design at Rangitahi.

  • Collaborative & Quality design

Quality urban design sees buildings, spaces and places not as isolated elements but as part of a whole. A sense of collaboration and cohesiveness should come across in the overall urban design at Rangitahi. Our objective is to showcase high quality houses, streets and public spaces, with a mixture of lot and house sizes and typologies to provide choices and value to the development. All architecture will be reviewed to ensure there is a range of good quality, well-designed contemporary homes for a variety of people and families from different demographics. And to ensure the overall urban design reflects a cohesive, interactive & engaging community environment that responds well to the landscape & embraces the Raglan culture.

  • Sustainable development

Rangitahi is committed to energy conservation, encouraging sustainability through quality design. Guidelines will control the quality of the residential development, along with the use of a design review panel to ensure consistency for those purchasing in Rangitahi. Low impact design solutions, alternative energy solutions and rainwater harvesting are 3 important things to consider when building on the peninsula. We believe it’s important to preserve the natural & unique environment on Rangitahi, and in New Zealand, by incorporating sustainable or Eco-friendly materials into the urban design wherever possible.

All houses must be designed and built to reach a minimum of 6 stars using the New Zealand Green building Council Homestar rating system. Official certification of homes is optional, but is recommended for additional value to your home. The check list can be found here.

  • Respect for land & sea

The urban design at Rangitahi must respect, connect and collaborate with the environment & natural surroundings. It’s important to incorporate the land & sea into our urban design as this is core to the Raglan culture and a reflection of its values. This includes the incorporation of outdoor living areas, various forms of planting as well as holistic landscape design. It’s important to consider the landscape and natural environment when designing at Rangitahi so to ensure the overall urban design contributes positively to the development and doesn’t have a negative impact on the land & sea.

  • Architectural diversity

A variety of architectural styles are anticipated and encouraged at Rangitahi, as quality urban design fosters diversity. However an appropriate use of building forms and materials is necessary to ensure that a cohesive and appropriate ‘Raglan’ style is achieved throughout the development. Variation is required through form, roof line, massing, materials, colour and detail, and the architecture in Rangitahi should respond well to the site and positively address the street and surrounding reserves.

  • Creativity

Quality urban design encourages creative and innovative approaches. Creativity adds richness and diversity, turns a functional place into a memorable place, and helps create a sense of place. It builds a strong and distinctive local diversity which is integral for the unique Rangitahi culture. It also facilitates new ways of thinking, and willingness to think through problems afresh. A creative approach is key to working with the different sized sections and the slope at Rangitahi. Ultimately creative urban design supports a dynamic urban cultural life and fosters strong urban identities.

  • Sense of place

Creating a sense of place and community at Rangitahi is important to ensure a safe, vibrant and friendly neighbourhood. The urban design at Rangitahi should be one that is welcoming and cohesive, facilitating social inclusiveness and community comradeship. One way to create a sense of place at Rangitahi is by celebrating the landscape, to facilitate connections between the people and the place. Celebrating important places and reflecting local identity make for urban areas that are special, and by ensuring this is done at Rangitahi we are creating our own unique sense of place.

You can view or download the Rangitahi Design Guidelines here. Or if you’re interested in purchasing or looking at one of our available sections on Rangitahi, book a site visit with us! We’d be happy to show you our piece of paradise.

Rangitahi features in article on

April 10th, 2019 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Rangitahi features in article on”

OneRoof features insights into the property market, thousands of listings and the latest news. OneRoof can help make your property decisions easier. Content also includes information on Local schools, crime stats, commute times, property values, market trends and a mortgage calculator.

on the 5th of April 2019, OneRoof published an article called; “10 NZ suburbs where the housing market is tipped to boom” Below is a small snippet from this piece, but head to their website if you are interested in reading more about the New Zealand property market.

“The ‘Golden Triangle’ centres of Hamilton, Tauranga and Raglan – along with the Auckland suburbs of Onehunga and Westgate – remain among the pick of top growth areas for the second year in a row…”


“…Evans predicts that Raglan will continue to experience strong growth with increasing tourist numbers and a new 550 section development. ‘Raglan is well placed for residential intensification, with existing amenity provided by a boutique village and the rapidly growing city of Hamilton 30 minutes’ drive away.’ This is a vision which is shared by the developers of Rangitahi Peninsula, a new multi-million dollar housing development. The first phase of the project is underway and includes construction of a new vehicular bridge to access the suburb.”

Read more on this article by clicking here.

Interested in checking out whats on offer at Rangitahi? Have a look here, and book a site with us, we’d love to show you our piece of paradise, where you can build that dream coastal home you’ve always wanted!

A Raglan Bach: Whare Tatū

April 8th, 2019 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “A Raglan Bach: Whare Tatū”

Whare Tatū

A classic Raglan style Bach nestled behind the estuary, evoking feelings of true relaxation through it’s minimalistic design, we spoke to the owners of this simple yet stylish ancillary dwelling and asked them about the inspiration behind the project…


Which is Maori for 

(verb) to land on, arrive, settle

We think Whare Tatū reflects true Raglan coastal style, what was the inspiration behind the project and who designed your home? 

The little bach, Whare Tatū is a space created for whanau, friends and visitors.  Fundamental key elements for this space were, simple, casual and informal.

From a design aspect, inspiration was taken from every old ramshackle shed, barn, lean-to and surf pad lived in or seen, genuine in purpose, minimal, and cool as f*@k

In collaboration with long time friend and fellow surfer, Adam Mercer, from Mercer & Mercer Architects and his crew, everything was thrown into the pot to bring this surf whare to life.  Adam understands the Kaupapa, this way of life, surf culture, and most importantly, this very cool part of the world that can’t be taken for granted.

What inspired the materials that you used and what were they? Eg the cladding, the interior ply, the decking etc. 

From the tree, as much as possible, otherwise practical in support of its natural environment, colours of the Ponga and Harakeke, natural hues.

How did you choose the site and what drew you to it? 

Siting of the Whare looks easy, nestled into an incline on it’s south side and perched above the orchard on it’s north, overlooking the estuary and out to the harbour beyond, its 40sqm of bespoke space and decking connects seamlessly to the larger landscape it inhabits.

How did you find the building process and did you face any challenges with the site?

This is a simple home, but simple is never easy, building rarely is.  Paramount for success is to find the right crew, people with a genuine interest in what you want to create, and communication is key.

What advice would you give people looking to build a simple home like Whare Tatū in Raglan? 

So, what is a home?  What do you need from a building in the most basic terms?  Privacy and outlook, form and function, security or openness?… ultimately, don’t you want to feel like you live on the coast every day?

You can book a stay at Whare Tatū via Airbnb. With one double bedroom it sleeps 2 guests and is walking distance from one of the best cafe spots in Raglan!

Interested in building a bach or holiday home in Raglan? Come and check out our beautiful coastal sections on the Rangitahi Peninsula, all with water views and native bush surrounds. Check out what’s on offer here, and book a site visit with us! We’d love to show you our slice of paradise.

A look inside: Rangitahi Stage one sales

April 4th, 2019 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “A look inside: Rangitahi Stage one sales”

After 12 years of planning our project, it generated a lot of local interest in the opportunities the Rangitahi project was likely to present. With local Raglan residents wanting to secure an affordable and beautiful piece of land to build a good quality home within close proximity to the town centre. So it was not surprising to us that when the Rangitahi project was first released in 2017, that 56% of the sections in stage one sold to local Raglan residents. Some of which are new families relocating here from around NZ.

Raglan has always been a popular holiday spot in the summer months, but this has grown to extend throughout the year with the beauty of the rugged west coastline enjoyed in all seasons, particularly with its famous left-hand surf breaks. So of course a percentage of the homes on Rangitahi will be holiday homes. 26% of the stage one sections were sold to families that have a special connection to Raglan, whether they have been holidaying here for years, grew up here or have family living here. So it has been lovely to be able to reconnect these families with Raglan, an opportunity to build a family Bach and continue their legacy of family memories in Raglan. We have found that a lot of these couples/families plan to retire or move their business here.

Across the Waikato there is a huge amount of building and development occurring partly due to our growing population but also due to the fact that people are looking to buy land outside of Auckland where property prices have become too expensive. Building can seem like a really daunting task to some, and this is where the housing companies come in, they can provide security around price and timeframe, by managing the build from design to handover. 9% of our stage one sections were sold to housing companies who will provide “house and land packages” to the “turn-key” sector of the market whether these will be full time residents or holiday homes we will have to wait and see. 

The remaining 5% of sections were sold to property investors some local some from out of town, with the view to develop high quality properties, perhaps to sell on or as rental investments. 

It has been exciting working with all types of buyers towards our vision of urban design to create a vibrant extension of the Raglan community. Come and check out whats on offer here, and book a site visit with us, we’d love to show you around! 

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