• Heather Vermeer, Christine Young, Aidan Bennett, Crystal Sharp, Nikki Davidson.
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Brightening up winter

As I write this, thunder is rattling the windows of our Mairangi Bay offices, the heater is cranked up to full, hot drink consumption has tripled and the muffled chants and cheers of the FIFA World Cup play as a backing track to the creation of this issue. It’s full-blown winter. 

Despite the inclement weather, our ace team has rugged up to get out and about to plenty of events across the Shore over the past month. A highlight for me was Augustine’s gorgeous opening night launch of its flagship fashion store in Takapuna. This popular New Zealand clothing company came to the Shore thanks, in part, to a visit the owners Kelly and Nathan Coe had to Takapuna Beach Playground with their children. So inspired were they by the beach-facing site of the old Stand Up Paddle store, and it’s villa character, they decided to move here. And in doing so, have brought renewed life to the retail heart of Hurstmere Road. 

The store is stunning and so are its husband and wife owners, Kelly & Nathan. I loved chatting with Kelly before, during and after launch night to put together a celebratory cover spread for this issue. 

Winter Wellbeing is a focus for us this month. We talked to several locals about their take on this, and provide ideas and inspiration on ways to keep well this season. I learnt a lot from our health columnist John Appleton’s article on gut health - he’ll send you a free ‘Food Matters’ DVD if you get in touch with him this month. It could inspire you to eat more cleanly and improve your health.

Community wellbeing has been given a boost by the launch of an innovative new Shore project. KiwiHarvest North Shore is a food redistribution scheme, which ensures that unused nutritious food doesn’t go to waste. Takapuna North Rotary kickstarted funding for the project back in May 2017 and, along with other local Rotary Clubs. have been able to provide a van for this purpose. Publisher Aidan Bennett went along to find out more about this brilliant community initiative ahead of this issue. 

Wishing all our readers well this winter.

Heather