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Raglan is a small beachside town located 48 km west of Hamilton, New Zealand on State Highway 23. The population of the Raglan statistical unit was 2,637 at the 2006 New Zealand Census in 1,068 households, with a median age of 37 (NZ median 35.9) and median personal income of $18,900 (NZ median $24,400). In 2013 the population of the Raglan statistical area had risen by 99 people to 2,736. The population of the Raglan ward was 4680 in 2006. It had increased to 4920 in 2013.HistoryThe area has been inhabited for at least 800 years and was originally known by the Māori people as Whaingaroa . The name Raglan was adopted in 1858 in honour of Fitzroy Somerset, 1st Lord Raglan, who had been the commander of British forces in the Crimean War shortly before. The 1858 census put the Ngati Mahanga population of Raglan at 424.The first Europeans to settle in the area were the Rev James and Mary Wallis, Wesleyan Missionaries who were embraced and welcomed by local Māori in 1835. European settlement, including large scale conversion of land to pasture, began in the mid-1850s after a large sale of land by Chief Wiremu Neera Te Awaitaia.The Raglan economy was supported initially by flax and timber exports, followed by farming which is still the mainstay of the area. Tourism and the arts are also significant contributors to the current economy. Raglan and District Museum contains historic artefacts and archives from the region. A new museum building was built in 2011.Raglan is in Waikato Region. Explore the family-friendly attractions of Raglan and add them to your vacation plans using our New Zealand trip planner .
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